It is cold, blustery and rainy here today; a perfect time to dream of warmer places and times. When it comes to travel daydreams, mine are somewhat endless. Just the places I want to sneak off to with the husband alone could take a lifetime of frequent-flyer miles: Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Railay Beach in Thailand, Bali, Brasil, Anguilla and British Columbia all rank high on the list. My father has spent a lot of time in Japan, and I'd love for our whole family to take a trip there with him as a guide (said trip would involve a criminal amount of sushi). With our friends, I'd love to head to Mexico for a beachy, lazy kid-fest of a vacation: deep-sea fishing for the husband, sandcastles with Baby J and fish tacos and margaritas for the whole crew. But today, I can't stop thinking about a chick vacation; namely one to Costa Rica.
I'm pretty much the only person I know who hasn't been to Costa Rica and I am dying to check it out. Awhile back, I was flipping through a magazine and saw the most perfect looking place to retreat with a bunch of my girls in this tropical paradise, and it will remain nestled in the back of my mind until I can one day make this trip a reality:
Pura Vida Adventures is a surf and yoga retreat for women in Malpais on the Pacfic Coast of Costa Rica.
A typical day there involves yoga, breakfast and surf instruction in the morning, lunch and free time in the afternoon, and a sunset surf session, followed by an evening out. Rinse and repeat. In my daydream, the husband, boy and I would fly down there, meet up with friends, and get the menfolk situated in some jungle outpost a stone's throw away. I'd then abscond with the ladies for a week of surf camp, after which we'd return to the fellas all limber and surf Betty'd out, ready to commence Costa Rican week two, wherein we'd continue to surf all day, showing off our mad skills that we had picked up between asanas and mojitos over at Pura Vida.
This trip would also involve ridiculous amounts of Costa Rican coffee, fresh fish, and a deep, dark tan.
It's my daydream and I don't have to wear sunscreen in it!
Truth be told, I'm actually pretty happy to be hunkered down in Maine right now, even with this storm blowing away outside. Still, I love to dream of the travels in our future and keep the wanderlust alive!