Van Halen knows what's up... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NshzYK9y0
02/04/2016 - 02/05/2016
Almost exactly a year ago, I was heading out on the most exciting, nerve-wracking, trip of my lifetime... my solo backpacking trip to SE Asia. I had quit my job, was going to be spending my own hard earned cash money nonstop for the next foreseeable few months and couldn't have been more pumped. I think back to the feeling of that time... a swirl of anticipation, the fun of the unknown, coupled with the hours of research trying to figure out how to plan without knowing anything about the areas (may or may not have had a few "chrissy fits" over frustration of indecision or lack of/overwhelming amounts of information).
Flash forward to the present and I've booked myself a roundtrip ticket to Panama... and have done little to no research whatsoever. Once I was back to the working world, I was head down in the depths of trying to learn a new industry that I almost felt that I shouldn't go travel.
With the help of my wonderful, planner of a boyfriend, Jon... We set our sights on Central America. A place neither of us had been that was close enough that taking a 10 day vacation wouldn't require 18+ hours of flights (I'm lookin' at you Asia!) but also far enough that we could experience a different environment altogether.
That seemed to be the go to question after we had locked in our tickets. We had heard a lot about Costa Rica and Belize which are still on my to see list by all means... but we kept hearing that Panama was this place that had yet to be fully discovered by the hoards of tourists that inevitably invade. Once we started doing more research on what we wanted for this vacation.... ultimate beach time + some outdoorsy action + cultural experiences + short time in a big city... Panama fit the bill to a T.
So here it is, my trip to Panama... Spoiler alert, it fucking ruled.