In an act of total transparency, I want to confess that I’ve been bullying the month of March and exposing it to the coldest shoulder I’ve ever had.
This is so unlike me. I tend to sample life impulsively in a day by day schedule that’s really no schedule at all. The idea of skipping ahead to anything freaks me out.
But no offense to the first awakenings of spring, the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, the ides, and the adorable town of West Palm Beach (which I’m on a plane headed towards right now), I honestly just want March to be over.
It’s all April’s fault.
How am I supposed to focus on anything at all when in only a few weeks, I’ll be venturing off to one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world? Somewhere so completely different from anywhere I’ve been in order to experience things I’ve never previously thought possible.
Not to mention April also brings my birthday, the completion of my new website, a return to Europe, and the newsletter in which I finally get to reveal my off-the-beaten-path plans to you (not signed up? You can do so here).
See the effect it’s having on me? This preview is supposed to be all about March.
Ok, so enough thunder-stealing April.
March, it’s your turn so have at it.
Well, after February has its say.
The rest of the year has a lot to live up to because February knocked it out of the park and set the precedent very high.
I’m talking 13,000ft high because that volcano climb in Guatemala I told you about last month, well it actually happened. AND I MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT!!
It was tasking and grueling (which is pretty much what I expected due to my total lack of preparedness) but watching the sunrise from above the clouds after effortfully trudging up volcanic ash in high altitude made all the pain and “so this is how I die” moments worth it.
I also formed an unexpected friendship, without which, I likely would not have made it to the top.
Not only was this my first trip to Guatemala, but it was also my first time in Central America. Considering it’s only a two and a half hour flight from my home state of Florida, many were surprised that I hadn’t been before.
To be honest, one of the reasons I kept avoiding the area was because I was nervous about traveling there alone. Central America’s infrastructure isn’t as stable as the European countries I’m used to visiting so I kept putting it off and opted to stay in my Euro-comfortzone the past couple of years.
But travel is about pushing yourself out of that comfort zone and experiencing something culturally different than what you’re used to.
So I bit the bullet and went.
And I had an amazing time and never once felt unsafe. I stayed mostly in and around Antigua making chocolate the may the Mayans did, biking through the villages outside the city, eating lots of guacamole and tortillas (far, far away from the touristy city center), and of course volcano-gazing.
More Guatemalan posts coming soon so watch this space!
What’s Coming Up In March?
The only trip planned for this month is 7 days in the sleepy town of West Palm Beach, FL.
Reminiscent of Key West in its laid-backness, West Palm Beach is a chill out and day drink kind of town. It’s walkable for the most part with the further out areas being cheaply accessible by Uber.
Downtown is comprised of gridlocked streets oh-so-cutely named after local flowers, herbs, and various other perennials. As if that’s not Pleansantville enough for you, the roads even run alphabetically – Banyan, Clematis, Datura, Evernia, Fern, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Iris (ok you get the picture). Brick sidewalks are adorned with sidewalk cafes. Bars and restaurants line the blocks making it easy to weave your way from venue to venue.
It’s one of my favorite places to visit and I normally make time to go at least once a year. I’ve been wanting to write a post on it for awhile but it’s one of the towns I almost know too well. For some reason it’s the ones I’m most familiar with that are the hardest to write about.
Blog News and Announcements
THE NEW SITE IS FINALLY ALMOST READY GUYS!!
My new website design is in its final stages with a tentative launch date of March 28th. This project has been so incredibly fun to work on and the designer I hired has managed to capture the essence of this site perfectly. He’s been an absolute joy to work with and I can’t wait for you guys to see the final product. I promise it will be much more beautiful and user friendly!
You may have noticed the almost deafening silence on the blog and on social media lately, but the wait will be well worth it. All the new features on my future site have required my full attention as it has required a ton of content creation and some tedious reworking of my pages. Just wait until you get a peek of the new “Destinations” page and you’ll understand!
Well, that about wraps up March.
Next up – April. I’m bursting to share details of my upcoming trip to the Middle East. It won’t be long now. What are you getting up to this month? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Why Suffer From FOMO When You Don’t Have To?
Taking on the classic “round-the-world” route, the next Travel Dispatch journey kicks off Nov 15 as I travel east to west, looping the globe over a period of 12 months with $25,000. Now’s your chance to get in on it from the very beginning!