Costa Rica Posts
Lessons Learned From Traveling - How Ziplining In Costa Rica Taught Me To Live In The PresentCOSTA RICAHeather Markel, Writer, Speaker, Photographer, Traveler, Business StrategistI never expected this experience. "Are you alone?" This is a question I am often asked....
The Feel Of TravelHeather Markel, Writer, Speaker, Photographer, Traveler, Business StrategistThe real reasons I find travel precious. "Are you alone?" This is a question I am often asked. Solo traveling the globe, alone, means, well, I'm on my own a lot. Depending on...
(Haggis, neeps and tatties enjoyed in Scotland.) Reflecting on my adventure so far, I've found that some of the most interesting cultural differences are seen by food, people, scenery (and cows!). Here are my observations on what makes the heart of a...
(Somewhere in the Atlantic, or maybe the Pacific...) One of the craziest things about Costa Rica is that there are no addresses for anything, more like approximate locations. When you get directions they're always something like this (exaggerated SLIGHTLY...
Having been around so many animals in Costa Rica repeatedly, I have begun to learn which noises belong to which animal. There's the 5:30am wake up call from howler monkeys. The distinct call of the Tucan, the annoying chickens and many more. I began to...
It seemed worth commenting on the cows I am meeting here in Costa Rica. Besides the fact that they have appeared for me here as guides, as friends, and provided humorous connections to people for me (amused by my love of cows,) they are an interesting breed. Literally...
After my recent experience with signs and feeling I was in the right place, the next level began to happen. I had a visual glimpse of something I was doing and once it came into my mind, my heart started dancing with joy. It’s not a new vision, it’s one I’ve been...
On a recent walk through a small jungle, I had to cross a hanging bridge. In fact, it is the very one pictured in this photo. Though very low to the ground, it also moves, a lot. In fact, even though I was grasping the sides and walking very intentionally,...
One of my favorite discoveries in Costa Rica has been the local Sodas. I learned about them from some fellow travelers. They are family run eateries where you can get any meal of the day for about $5. Not to mention that the food is really good and, way more than you...
Don’t misunderstand me - I know how to put clothes into a machine, and I know how to put them in water with some laundry detergent. But, in Costa Rica I am unable to wash my own clothes. I don’t mean that I forgot how. I mean, first and foremost, if I wash them in the...
Most of what’s keeping you from what you want – full-time travel, a new business idea, a radical career shift – are your excuses. After one session with Heather, you’ll understand which excuses are holding you back the most, how to get them out of the way, and you’ll leave with an action plan that helps you set the foundation to pivot into the life you want.
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Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve all had a chance to ask the question, “what now?” If you’ve decided it’s time to quit your 9-to-5 to travel full time (or take it with you while you live nomadically), this program will help you address the core mindset, money, and planning gaps you have. This is the program that will help you acknowledge and overcome your fears about what’s next, figure out how to afford and sustain your travels, and feel confident about planning your adventure. Book your free session to see if you’re a fit!
You’re finally serious about traveling full time, but you cannot figure out how you’ll afford it. Or, you’re just curious whether it’s really even possible to afford the lifestyle. Bootcamp is for you! We’ll go dive deep into savings strategies before you go, how to save on the road, and how to sustain your travels, as well as look at lots of work opportunities if you want to work while you travel! Includes a 3-day build your budget challenge to get you thinking about how to replace dreams with real logical steps to make it happen.
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I’ve been traveling the globe solo, and many of my posts share thoughts and resources specifically for other solo travelers. If you’re a fellow solo traveler, or you’re thinking about solo travel, this is a collection you will find of interest.
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In 2020, I was traveling in New Zealand as the coronavirus pandemic brewed, and, got stuck there. If you want to read about what this time was like and traveling during this time, check out this page.
At the heart of international travel is learning about the many different cultures and ways of being around the world. The posts compiled on this page speak, specifically, about the cultural observations I’ve had.
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