JETSET EXPERIENCES: Defrost in warm weather luxury

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There is nothing like looking forward to shedding the bundle of jackets and snow boots that define many of our winters and anticipating a barefoot, warm-weather adventure on the beach. For a long weekend or a holiday getaway Costa Rica is the perfect escape for families and couples alike looking to sit back, relax and enjoy the splendors of this tropical paradise.

Las Catalinas, located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, is a novelty in the luxury accommodation world creating a unique and well thought out community village including private residences, studios and penthouses strewn among the cobblestone piazzas and sandy beaches that encompass this property. “Its purpose is to create a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling and fun.” With over 30 km of mountain trails for biking and hiking, a triathlon-training course and their own private beach to soak up some well-deserved downtime, they have truly thought of everything to make this a home away from home.

On Saturdays enjoy a local craft and farmers market that sets up shop on the grounds as well as live music to complement the laid-back beach vibe of their outdoor lounge. Each modern and appropriately beach-themed residence comes with its own designated “house mom” who will greet you in the morning with fresh fruit and coffee as well as oversees your daily needs from a beach picnic to laundry.

With direct flights from Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto and New York (with additional cities anticipated for the 2015 season) the beaches of Guanacaste are only a short trip from your snowed-in city dwellings. Embrace your adventurous travel spirit and defrost in the lap of warm weather luxury at Las Catalinas. For more information on your Costa Rica getaway, contact Lindsey Woodcock at Lindsey@jetsetworldtravel.com.

JETSET EXPERIENCES: The solo journey, an adventure to feed the soul.

Eleutheromania (n): an intense and irresistible desire for freedom.

It has been three weeks since I began my solo adventure in Costa Rica, and I feel as if I am just settling in. I don’t want it to end. I have garnered a sense of comfort in being on my own, enhanced by the beautiful landscapes, the uplifting vibe of a proud culture and inquisitive strangers who have become friends. Embracing the opportunity to immerse myself into the soul of a foreign country, vulnerable and wide-eyed, has reinforced the notion that life is all about the adventure. Traveling alone heightens that experience in a way no other method can.

As I wake up in a hammock on the porch – to the sound of the neighbor’s chickens crowing and coconuts falling to the ground – my primary thought is how fortunate I am to be here! The stress of navigating unmarked highways (actually dirt roads), stumbling through conversations in broken Spanish and keeping safety top of mind has dissipated. Instead, I acknowledge the hiccups along the way as small victories that together result in one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to date.

The sense of accomplishment and appreciation that can be gained by setting off on your own journey is something everyone should experience. There is an intense feeling of freedom in throwing out any kind of agenda and embracing the extended surf sessions, eating dinner at five and taking the scenic route because frankly you don’t have anywhere else to be. It will make you absorb the new destination as if you were drinking out of a fire hose; it will also bring gratitude for the support of your friends, family and your life at home. So pack your bags (don’t forget your Garmin!), bid adieu to familiar faces and embark on an adventure that will feed your soul: the solo journey.

To plan your next adventure, please contact Lindsey Woodcock at lindsey@jetsetworldtravel.com.