My plans have changed.
Originally I’d hoped to be in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos but something didn’t sit right. Although I found several amazing itineraries, I couldn’t pull the trigger on any of them. After many walks on the beach and some serious navel gazing, I had an epiphany. Mexico is not right for me, right now. Here’s why I decided to change my plans.
1) My itineraries in Mexico involved planes, trains and automobiles – one day here, one day there, put a stake in the ground and run off to the next place I can check off my list. That’s my old style of traveling. I’m very good at it. No one can race through a city like me, seeing all the critical sites, suss out the less traveled places, cross them off the list and fall into bed, exhausted, to start another day the same way. Go go go. I’ve done it. I want to try a different way this time. I have no timetable, nothing specific I need to come back to. Nothing but time to investigate. I will do Day of the Dead as a side trip next year, after I’ve done some slow travel.
2) I’m not considering this a vacation. It is a new lifestyle I’m trying to make a go of . . . one where I can work anywhere. So planes, trains and automobiles doesn’t really work. I need to watch my money, try to earn an income, and see what a location free lifestyle can look like. I’m excited about that! But I’m not on vacation.
3) I’d like stronger language skills before I head off beaten path. I should be practicing and learning more Spanish, but for now I am otherwise occupied. I want to and will learn Spanish, in due time. I look forward to it. After turtle season!
So I will head down to Nicaragua, one of the safer countries in Central America and see what there is to see . . . in my own time . . . in a new way.
And yes, I’ve purchased the ticket. It’s one way.