(This photo of a nearby beach felt like it was saying, “After the mess there is space and a clearing ahead for you to find what you’re looking for.”) As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, while I imagine you are enjoying my photos and descriptions, the fact is, I am here, taking this journey, because I felt lost and disconnected from myself. If life had signs for me, or the universe was guiding me, I could not see or feel those signs anymore. I knew something was wrong.

I’ve spent years meditating, taking vacations, trying yoga, going out with friends, staying home alone, drinking, not drinking, eating healthy, eating whatever I wanted, shopping, saving, consulting spiritual advisors, being married, getting divorced, traveling to Arizona, studying Buddhism, starting businesses tied to passions,….you name it, I tried it, and yet, I still felt disconnected. The more that disconnection grew, the more disappointed I grew in everything I did. Once my heart started hurting, literally, I knew I had to change my life, or it would kick me in the, apparently, chest.

The thing I’ve always loved is travel and meeting people, so that’s why I chose my current path. A little while ago, I started doubting this choice. I found I couldn’t travel to the city I wanted to meet up with friends, and was at a camping hotel where the manager was an absolute unhelpful git, I felt like I didn’t want to pack, unpack, and travel anymore, and felt, to be honest, a bit homesick.

But then I remembered the universe had told me on Playa Flamingo to “go a little further”. So, rather than give up, I plodded onwards. This is when things got interesting.

I was eager to get to Samara where a lovely couple I met from Victoria Canada, Maggie and Lloyd (see my cool people page!) were staying. For some odd reason, I kept referring to it as “Samsara” with an extra “s”. Longer story short, transportation there from Corcovado, where I was, would either be 12+ hours or $400, so I decided on a closer town called “Uvita”. Checking out available hotels, I knew mine right away – it was called “Hotel Samsara.” That was the first sign.

When I arrived, my room wasn’t ready, so I was told about a walk through the jungle to get to the nearby beach. Naturally, I took that walk.

All the wildlife tours I took paid off – I saw tons of wildlife and knew each one intimately. The tree leaf cutter ants, the lizards, the birds, but when I heard the noise of a clearly larger animal I began to worry…until I discovered I happened on to a herd of cows in the middle of the jungle! Another sign I was in the right place.

When I arrived on the beach, I was just overwhelmed by the beauty and expansiveness and peace. I felt really joyful and light.

I walked along the beach and took lots of photos of the view, but it was the sand that caught my eye. Suddenly I was seeing what looked like art made by the ocean. Some of the “paintings” looked like angels or fairies. Another sign. (I do not consider myself religious, rather when religious items come in to my life I feel like the universe is speaking to me.)

When I walked back to my hotel, I noticed a small river below, and on one edge, a lizard. I love lizards, so stopped to admire it. And then, all of a sudden, it ran right on top of the water! It was a Jesus Christ lizard, of course. For the first time on my journey, I felt signs were showing up, and breathed a sigh of contentment, hoping to begin to see more pieces of what brings me joy in life.

Learn about Heather and what set her on her world journey. She also explains why this life is not just for Millenials, it’s for anyone that wants to create a life around what they love most in life. 

Listen to an episode of the video interview series that will inspire you to follow your heart. Whether you want to travel full time or have another calling, this series is for you.

See the amazing people I’ve been meeting on my travels and the fun stories that go along with the meetings.

Check out my travel photos from around the world to see the world from wherever you are.

If you’ve been thinking that there’s got to be  more to life than work, or, you’ve lost your job, and wonder whether now is the time to do something you’re more excited about, this quiz will help you. Answer a few questions and get a free guide to help you know the areas you need to work on, followed up with inspirational and helpful tips to put your dreams into action.

Traveling the world full-time may sound glamorous and exhilirating. (In many ways, it is!) But, it’s not full-time fun. Before you decide to go, take this quiz to make sure you’re ready, and, if not, find out how to bridge the gaps.

This fun quiz helps you understand what your travel personality is, and how to make sure you indulge it when planning your next trip to maximize your enjoyment!

This one is pure fun – test your transcontinental travel trivia knowledge. Hit the button below if you dare take the quiz and see your score! 

If you enjoyed the first quiz, see how you do on the second one! More fun, more tricks, Click the button below to test your knowledge!

If you want to see every post I’ve written, starting with the most recent, this is the place to start!

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.

Many of my blog posts are about things I’ve discovered about myself or about being, while I’ve traveled. If you’d like to focus on posts that only have self-discovery themes, click the button below.

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.

Sometimes I write posts where I give insider information on certain cities I’ve visited, which may be more along the lines of places to go, how to save money, etc. If that’s your main interest, check out this compilation of posts.

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.

If you’re looking to read blog posts about specific destinations, click the country of your interest below to go to it’s blog page and get country-specific reviews and thoughts.

Africa

Argentina

Brazil

Cambodia

Chile

Costa Rica

France

New Zealand

Peru

Portugal

Scotland

Thailand

Uruguay

Vietnam

 

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