Over the course of 9 months in 2017, my partner and I sold all of our possessions, including 2 vehicles, and a house full of stuff. In order to sell the house for its maximum value, we also completed 3 months of renovations that had been lingering for over 3 years. We wrapped up 2 businesses and left a town and tight knit community that we both cherished. We did all of this in order to seek out a life of freedom, away from the hustle and bustle of the 9-5 life, but most importantly, we did it so that we could travel. This is our story…….
Well, after spending 4.5 months here on the same remote-ish beach in Costa Rica, we have found that it is definitely time to move on.
When we look back at the state we were in when we arrived here, we were nothing short of shell shocked. We had just come from 9 months of selling all of our stuff in multiple garage sales, renovating our house to get it ready for sale, finishing up our work contracts and moving as fast as possible through life, so that we could get here and just breathe. Well, we did that! We collapsed on this beach and literally hibernated for at least 2 months while we fulfilled our first housesitting gig here on Playa Matapalo in Costa Rica.
Just as that gig was finishing, we were asked by a neighbour if we could manage his Cabina Rental property. This meant moving 2 doors down, temporarily adopting his three awesome dogs, and managing the day to day goings on of his 2 Cabinas. Not a huge chore in return for a couple more months of accommodation, not too mention the chance to make a bit of money on the side! Hell yeah!
We jumped into our roles here with both feet, right at the busy Christmas and New Year season. Did we know what we were doing? NO! Were we nervous, frightened or afraid? NO! We were just gung ho to try something new, and get a chance to extend our stay on a beach that we really didn’t want to leave after all.
Well, fast forward 2.5 months, and we are now ready to move on. Although this place is spectacular, and well, perfect really, we are yearning for new and exciting experiences. It is a pretty remote place and coming and going is a challenge with bus schedules and walking 2 km back and forth to catch it. There is only so far that we can go on the bus, as it only goes in a couple different directions, and of course, we need to return to the house each night to take care of dogs and guests etc. So we have explored as far as we can around us with those limitations, and really feel like there isn’t much else to see. Our beach is spectacular, and we make a special concerted effort to not take it for granted, but it really is the same every day, and we yearn for some action. Something new and different. Something that only travelling can bring!
Besides, the other day we were accused of spreading some vicious rumours about one of our neighbours. While what we were accused of is definitely NOT true, it was in that moment that we both decided that YUP, it’s time to move on. We clearly have been here too long if we are starting to get woven into the Payton Place dramas that are going on around us.
Off to El Silencio!
We have been promising our Canadian friend that lives really close to here, but up in the mountains, that we would come and help him with some projects on his property this spring. We didn’t know how long we were going to have to stay in our current spot, but we figured we would have plenty of time to help him out after we were done here.
(Our friends property complete with his own perfect clean stream running through it!)
He has a bunch of acres of property up a river and deep in the jungle. Every day he bears witness to Toucans, Scarlet Macaws, Morpho Butterflies and numerous other animals flitting to and fro. We have visited his property a couple times, and have similarly fallen in love with it. It really is a perfect little jungle paradise, and we look forward to staying there for a few weeks and experiencing Costa Rica from a different perspective. Not too mention that we have formed an incredibly tight bond with him in the last few months that we have know him, and we feel like he is family to us more than just friends. We really look forward to hanging out with him more, and on his terms as most of our friendship has taken place down here at the beach when he comes to visit. So that will be a nice and new experience.
His neighbours that live less than a km away have a house that sits high up on the hill, that is currently unoccupied. The matriarch of the family had lived in it for many years, but recently decided that she is unable to climb the hill to get to it numerous times per day. So it sits vacant, just waiting for someone to stay in it. At a price of $60/week, we are excited to know that we will have our own space complete with Electricity, a Fridge AND a flushing toilet! All of these things are a bit of a luxury in the parts where we are headed!
We are off to El Silencio on March 15th!
Next to Nicaragua!
While at Envision Festival a couple weeks ago, we received a happy text message telling us that we had been selected to housesit at an apartment in Rivas, Nicaragua starting in May. We had applied sometime at the beginning of February and had gone back and forth with them numerous times, each time getting shortlisted a little more. Well, thankfully we got chosen and we are really looking forward to that as well.
We will be there for 4.5 months, but unlike this place where we currently are, we won’t have pets to take care of, and surely no Cabinas! In fact, the owners have insisted that they don’t expect us to be there full time, just to make sure that we are checking in on the place once in a while. As we don’t plan to travel a ton while there, it is surely nice to know that we can come and go as we please, and it will be so nice to have a place to leave the majority of our stuff, so that we can travel light throughout the country! Not too mention that we will be close to buses that can take us in any manner of directions, and Lake Nicaragua is nearby where we can ride the ferries and do some exploring around there. We are very excited about this opportunity!
(Some pics of time spent in Nicaragua back in 2004. I’m looking forward to seeing San Juan del Sur again!)
On a side note, in 2004 my ex-husband and I spent 4 months living in Nicaragua in the then quiet and quaint San Juan del Sur, which is only 40 minutes from our housesit. I made many friends there that I still keep in touch with today, and I look forward to re-connecting with them some 14 years later!
We were on the Radio! (And other news……)
I keep meaning to mention that before we left Canada, we were interviewed by our community “Let’s Talk Trash” group about our minimalist journey. They aired the interview on their radio show at the end of January. Here is the interview if you would like to give it a listen: http://cjmponline.ca/podcasting/index.php?id=2526
It is such a trip for us to listen to this now that we have been away for a few months. Our perspective on life has definitely shifted, and we are constantly aware of what it is that we are buying as we now have to carry it all around with us!
I was also recently featured on a blog that features Etsy shops specifically. She wrote a thoughtful article on my Etsy shop and my journey as a Digital Nomad. You can check that out here: http://thewomenteam.com/psychedelic-fun-design-by-a-woman-of-travels/ If you enjoy the article, I would be super grateful if you could share it on your social media pages! It certainly will give my Etsy shop a boost.
As usual, thanks for reading and following along on our journey! We are still constantly in awe of this life that we have created for ourselves, and look forward to so much more fun and excitement to come!
Pura Vida from Costa Rica!
Thanks for reading! Please know that above all else, I aim to inspire others to just get out and see the world. Traveling is such an enriching experience, and I can’t even comprehend how much it has shaped me as an individual. If you have ANY questions, or need travel advice of ANY kind, PLEASE don’t hesitate to email me at the address below! I will do my very best to help you in any way I can!
Xoxoxo Happy Travels!
Current Location: We are managing a Cabina on the beach at Playa Matapalo, between Quepos and Dominical, in Costa Rica.
Travelling Plans: On March 15th we are headed up into the Costa Rica mountains to stay at our friends farm in the jungle. There we will be helping him with some large landscaping projects for 5-6 weeks. After that we have been accepted to housesit at a house in Rivas, Nicaragua beginning May 4th. We will be there for 4.5 months. To learn how you can housesit, click here.
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