Sometimes your intuition directs you to a place you've never been, and although it can be intimidating to find yourself in a completely new environment.. Deep within, you can feel that this journey is a part of your divine destiny.
At least that is how it has felt for me.
When I went on my first solo trip as a 21 year old female, my head was filled by friends and family with, "What - ifs" and, "Do you know how dangerous that can be?"
Despite the concerns, my heart had been called on a mission: and I was going to answer it!
Costa Rica to experience La Pura Vida ~
I had been working as an Administrative Assistant to the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program of my local Children's Hospital when I realized, I too needed to heal.
My father passed away from cancer when I was 10 years old which was quite traumatic. Watching him undergo surgeries and chemotherapies only to deteriorate in front of our eyes was the most painful time of my life that I had not yet dedicated time towards truly transcending.
So my intuition led me to research how I could do some soul searching.
I came across a learning vacation at School of the World where I signed up initially for spanish classes.. But little did I know, that something much larger awaited me.
Along with spanish classes, I decided to sign up for daily Yoga as well since I had heard so many great things about it.
The intention had been solidified. I respectfully resigned from my job. I was set!
A month in Costa Rica learning spanish and Yoga! I thought, I can immerse myself in the culture and return with new insight, plus being able to finally make my family proud by speaking spanish more fluently.
Ha, well.. Let's just say that I still struggle with my spanish :x.
BUT, I received the greatest gift that saved and changed my life forever.. and that gift is..
The beginning of my journey with Yoga is an expansive post for another time and space. I'll keep you posted ;)
As far as the travel experience, School of the World has an amazing team of teachers and the facility is so comforting, I felt right at home. Offering not only spanish and Yoga classes, but surf lessons and photography as well, the school attracts people of diverse backgrounds from all around the globe.
My desire for culture and global awareness was easily exceeded.
I made friends with locals as well and have remained in close contact with the people I met along this journey years since.
It's a deep connection that is shared when you meet people through travel. Such unique experiences that although the relationships may be short in time, are heart-warmingly fulfilling in spirit.
Traveling alone, you learn more about yourself than you could ever imagine. You realize the strength and courage you possess, and it grows through each experience.
During my time there, I volunteered at a local preschool teaching english, helped a missionary feed the homeless, climbed mountains and watched the sunset, made life-long friendships, cried, laughed until it hurt, wandered aimlessly, donated clothes, and fell in love..
With life and with myself.
A feeling I had long lost.
If you are considering traveling, my advice would be to research your ideal locations, keep an open mind and open heart, and if your intuition is truly calling you to this place.. Follow it! There is probably a life changing gift waiting for you there too :)
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PS: School of the World did not ask me to write about them, but I am personally so grateful for the experience I enjoyed there, that I feel inclined to share it with as many people as I can. If you're interested in a vacation that involves more than simply laying along the shores of a beautiful beach (although there's nothing wrong with that), I would highly recommend SOTW!
It's a great way to meet and connect with new people while visiting another country. The classes are worth every penny. Plus, big bonus as a solo female traveler, I always felt safe and even at home during my time there. (I actually flew back 2 weeks later because I felt homesick once I got "home").
Have you been on a learning vacation before? I'd love to hear about your experience!
Thanks for reading! Lots of Love.. Namaste <3