Pura Vita - The Art of Traveling Without An Itinerary

Pura Vita – The Art of Traveling Without An Itinerary

Today I canceled nearly all my reservations for my trip to Coast Rica next week. Yes, you read that right. The only items I kept were the ones that would cost me large deposits to cancel. This means of course that I still have my plane tickets, but other than those and my first night’s hostle in San Jose I have no plans and no set schedule. For the first time in my life, I will be traveling without an itinerary!

In Costa Rica there is a two word phrase that is as ubiquitous as rain in October, that comparison will come into play later… But the phrase I am referring to is *pura vida,* which literally translates to “pure life”. While I have yet to experience the authentic pura vida lifestyle– YET being the operative word, from what I have read this phrase represents the prevailing life philosophy of the locals– that is to enjoy the moment, savor the beauty, and embrace life.

October happens to be the rainiest month of the year in Western Costa Rica and the Central Valley, which includes the capital city of San Jose. October is also the dry season for the Caribbean side of the country, which is equally breathtaking and ecologically diverse. In the spirit of the pura vida philosophy, I have decided to ditch my itinerary consisting mostly of western CR locales, cancel my reservations, study up on transport options, and just play the majority of my trip by ear.

These factors in mind, I will spend one night in San Jose before flying up to La Fortuna to see the Arenal Volcano. That flight was non-refundable. But where I go from there and how I make it back to San Jose for my departing flight two weeks later will be as much of a surprise for me as it will be for you. Maybe I’ll take the water taxi to Monteverde, maybe fly down to Quepos… I read Puerto Viejo has wonderful weather this time of year, or I could spend a couple days in Granada. Endless choices has to be better than trying to adhere to a rigid itinerary. No worries, I will try to post daily updates whenever I have access to wifi, until then… ¡Pura Vida!

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