Thriving in the Time of COVID-19

What a difference 4 kilometers can make!  Previously, in my COVID chronicles, I was sweating all the uncertainty we were feeling about the rest of our plans for the year. We had just purchased a July flight home from Costa Rica that we weren’t sure we’d be able to take and the odds of making…

Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19

Many years ago I took a personality assessment for work and the results included this sentence that has stuck with me ever since: “Jaime likes to plan her work and work her plan.” I think one of the reasons I remember it so well is because our results were shared with our colleagues and all…

Normalcy in the Time of COVID-19

My last post was pretty bleak, so I’ll start by saying, I feel much better. We’re still here in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, but things have gotten easier, as they tend to do. We’ve gotten used to this “new normal” of home-all-time, limited-grocery-shopping, daily-Zoom-calls, takeout-once-a-week, only-go-out-for-walks during the global pandemic. Being able to get used to…

Stuck in the Time of COVID-19

Or, All the Things I Hate About This Stupid Pandemic We’ve been in Costa Rica for almost six weeks now and in our chosen “shelter-in-place” home in Playas del Coco for two weeks. Here’s a link to my prior post about how we ended up here. We don’t regret our decision to remain in Costa…

Travel in the Time of COVID-19

I’m supposed to be on a plane right now, as I draft this post on March 21 at around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Today was to be the day we’d be traveling from Costa Rica to Peru. It was to be the day ending a weeklong trip from one of my best friends during her…

FAQ – What Did We Learn On Leg 4?

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 4? With each leg, we continue to learn a lot about the places we visit. But, I feel like we’re learning a little less about ourselves and long-term travel. However, we are still learning and perfecting our process and certainly had some good lessons on Leg 4…

FAQ – How Do Our Leg 4 Numbers Look?

Where We Were Countries visited: 11, 4 new in bold – Ireland, Romania, Spain, England, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece Cities visited (overnight): 20 Number of hotels: 12 Number of hotel nights: 19 Number of apartments: 13 Number of apartment nights: 99 Total beds slept in: 25 Total lodging budget:…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 3

From the very beginning of our planning, we expected our Asia leg to be the most exotic and therefore most memorable of our initial three long trips. What we didn’t expect was how many once-in-a-lifetime experiences we’d be able to pack in and how many of them we could only describe as “magical.” While so…

FAQ – How Did Our Numbers Look for Leg 3?

Numbers are great for wrapping our heads around all the experiences we’ve had. So, here is our 3rd leg represented in numbers: Countries visited: 5, all new for us – Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, IndonesiaCities visited (overnight): 9Number of hotels: 8Number of hotel nights: 17Number of apartments: 4Number of apartment nights: 68Total beds slept in:…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 2?

First, some positive reinforcement. I have done such a good job catching up on the blog during our time in Asia. I wrote our last two Europe posts at the start of our Asia leg two months ago and in that time have not only managed to complete all my Mexico/South America posts but also…