As I look to the future and say goodbye to my cushy Boca Grande lifestyle, here are the things I’ll miss the most . . .
10) Brushing My Teeth. No more brushing with tap water, not to mention I won’t have an electric toothbrush. Tragic. But I hear dental care is cheap!
9) Fake Meat. I live on vegetable protein masquerading as animal product. Quorn Chik-n from France, Boca Burgers . . . I love it. I’ve never been a big fan of meat, and I don’t crave it. I like it sometimes but I find the fake, vegetable based type easier to enjoy. Meat is for special occasions, cooked by someone else. I’m pretty sure vegi-burgers are not a staple in Central America.
8) Food without Fear. Everything I put in my mouth will no potentially carry a parasite or bacteria that could make me ill or worse. Maybe this should be close to number one in the things I’ll miss list . . .
7) Turtle Patrol. Obviously!
6) A Home Base. Perhaps I’ll find one but it looks like a new, nomadic lifestyle is on the way for me. Minimal possessions, no comforts of home.
5) Air Conditioning. I am not even a fan of air conditioning, but after 5 months in subtropical rainy season, I see the benefits. And I know I’ll never sleep well in 90 degree, 90% humidity without it.
4) Jokes. I don’t think my Spanish will be sophisticated enough that I can crack jokes. Holy sh*t, there goes my personality!
3) Feeling Safe. I love to travel and I try to take every reasonable precaution. It’s nice not to have to worry about safety, or at least to be able to know you’re not in danger of being a target because you’re a tourist or an American. But for the next 6 months I’ll need to be vigilant. Always. And that’s a drag.
2) Normal People. Well that’s not entirely true, I’ll meet some normal folks, I suppose. But I’ve really enjoyed meeting grounded, happy people with a home. I used to be one of those people and I relate to them. Now I will meet nomads and I’m scared they’ll be nutters. We’ll see.
1) Clear Communication. Even among people of the same language and nationality this can be a challenge. I will be out of my element in written, verbal and non verbal communication and that’s scary. I can’t imagine how I’ll deal with it . . .
. . . but that’s personal growth, right?
What scares you about going on a permanent road trip? Leave me a comment!