It may seem a bit early to talk about 2013 in November, but with just 60 days left till we greet the New Year, its a good time to think about the future. As tradition goes… each New Year that arrives we make resolutions. Some involve our finances, our health, our, friends, relationships and often times our travel.
It is also a great time to reflect on just who we are, where we are and where we would like to be, in all aspects of our lives. Well, maybe you already live in a vibrant city and have an exciting job and active social life, but nothing can replace the unique experiences traveling offers. Visiting a foreign country like Nicaragua opens your eyes to how the rest of the world lives. There is no question you will return home with a new appreciation for your own country while gaining a broader worldview in the process.
Traveling provides a sense of adventure, but it also opens doors to cultures you may never see on the Discovery Channel. For those that have the good fortune to live in places like North America, even a week in another country can serve to prove that people do live without the luxuries that North Americans are accustomed to every day.
If nothing else, you will become appreciative of other cultures instead of instinctively criticizing that which is “different,” you will be motivated to try new foods or alternative forms of entertainment.
Even if you are not as culturally minded as a lot of folks, travel still remains an appealing form of escape. I am sure you would long for some wonderful sunshine and sand in your toes on a beach in Poneloya, León Nicaragua than 10 inches of snow awaiting you outside your front door. Nothing could be more exhilarating than a swim in the deep blue waters of San Juan Del Sur. Discover a destination for visitors which still retains its untouched charm. You will be fascinated by unassuming colonial treasures in León and Granada. You might even get used to enjoying a beautiful sunset at the stratovolcano- Telica one of several volcanoes of the Nicaraguan volcanic front, located in the western part of Nicaragua. In every corner of Nicaragua, there is excitement waiting for you — it is simply a matter of putting on your sunglasses sticking your head out the door and going for it!
Just think about the many benefits of learning another language. Taking a semester off from school or a leave of absence from work may have you return with a strong grasp of Spanish. Que Bueno!
In a world where becoming bilingual is a beneficial part of your resume, at the office and in day-to-day life, traveling can serve as a gateway to your success. Modern day protocol calls for business not only conducted in English, but also Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. So if you want to secure more business trips in the future, Plan a trip to Nicaragua and learn a language abroad. You’ll get a solid education and leave with fond memories.
Speaking of moving up in the business world, traveling can also increase your contacts if you keep your eyes open. Who knows what can happen over breakfast in Managua! Maybe a new import/export opportunity for your business? As far fetched as it may seem, things always seem to come together when you least expect it. You could be partying it up in Montelimar while on your two-week vacation and suddenly strike up a conversation with a fellow traveler, which could lead to some promising business partnerships.
Whether you’re a lover of history, architecture or nature, only travel will satisfy your passion. No words can describe the rush you feel when sand boarding down the Cero Negro Volcano or admiring the neoclassical ceilings of the 300 year old Cathedral in León. It is this reason, as well as the rush one gets when witnessing an ocean sunset in the Corn Islands, that leads many to the first travel booking site they can get to.
Being able to say that you’ve seen one of The UNESCO’s world heritage sights (and have the pictures to prove it) or some of the most important historical landmarks, is a claim like no other, and should make you incredibly proud. At the same time, these adventures enrich your life.
One of the most important reasons to travel is that you discover a lot about yourself. A special vacation, like going hiking or horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Jinotega and visiting a coffee farm in Matagalpa or taking a tour of a cigar factory in Esteli ….Now THAT is, a trip with cultural significance. Not many things in the world can inspire you like seeing scenes like that.
Spending a vacation in Nicaragua can provide you with a whole new perspective, whether that means no longer sweating the small stuff or vowing to get out there and meet new people upon returning home. Those who have left their comfort zone and headed for a foreign destination have done the right thing; there is nothing like taking a trip to make you a new person. Whether alone, with a partner, or in a group, your emotional growth surely speeds up when you’re discovering the world outside your comfort zone.
Remember to plan way ahead by researching hotels, hostels and must-see sites before your departure to Nicaragua. Keep in mind, though, that it is a good idea to leave room for some spontaneous activities when you’re actually there.
Once you’ve reached your destination in Nicaragua, remember that sacrificing cheap thrills for the real deal is well worth it, but not when it comes to tourist traps and yes, there are a few places that are simply overpriced and overhyped, with little cultural value. Check out the sites that you feel you will most appreciate.
2013 is just around the corner and as you ponder what your life could be like, think about taking a chance on discovering something new and exciting. The most important thing, however, is to keep an open mind. Traveling will transform you! Something to think about in the New Year, and your New Life, a visit to Nicaragua!