Rest and Relaxation in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua


There was a time when I thought I would never get tired of travelling.

I don’t mean getting bored with discovering the world, I am talking about simply becoming warn out. Achy feet, low energy, regularly lugging backpacks around from one city, village, or country to another.

After 2 straight years of travelling, it happens.

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

As exhilarating as it is to visit the Great Pyramids, revel in an African safari, or discover untouched hidden beaches, becoming fatigued and exhausted is inevitable.

This past January we left Toronto, and landed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We journeyed at our leisure stopping in small beach towns, big cities, and everything in between.

The Church of Santo Tomas, Chichicastenango, Guatemala

The Church of Santo Tomas, Chichicastenango, Guatemala

After a month in Mexico, we made our way to Guatemala, but this time speeding it up a little, as we had 5 more countries to visit before June arrived.

Guatemala was a colourful whirlwind of textiles, friendly Mayans, and beautiful scenery. El Salvador and Honduras were also great fun, but we were starting to feel it all catch up to us.

The Beaches of El Tunco, El Salvador

The Beaches of El Tunco, El Salvador

Early morning wake up calls, weight on our backs, dusty roads, hours of walking, local buses with no available seats, and the searing heat really began to take a toll.

We even ended up staying at a fantastic hostel, in Santa Ana, El Salvador, for 8 nights instead of the 3 we booked, because we were just too comfortable to leave. The only thing we did was climb a volcano, and other then that we just relaxed.

Hiking up Santa Ana Volcano, El Salvador

Hiking up Santa Ana Volcano, El Salvador

If you have the time to take, it is so important to slow down, recharge, relax, and enjoy the place you are in, in the present moment.

Cody and I fortunately had time to spare, so 2 and a half months into our 5 month Central America tour we decided to take a break from the continuous travel and book a house in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua for 3 weeks.

Our small casita was 10 km outside of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua and perfect for a quiet getaway. What did we do for 3 weeks in the jungle you ask?

Absolutely nothing. And it was just what we needed.

Apart from cooking, and doing the dishes; the two of us laid around in hammocks with a good book, spent the day at a nearby beach, practiced yoga, watched movies, and received daily visits from the resident dogs on the property.

We are often reminded of how important it is to be active, and people are constantly glorifying being busy; but we are rarely advised to do nothing with ourselves.

I’m not saying that practicing yoga, or reading a book is doing nothing.
What I mean to say, is that these may be activities that are not seen as a path to success, or productivity.

Rest and Relaxation in San Juan Del Sur

I see you

But they are just as important, as they teach us to take the time to just be, and do (or not do) exactly what we want.

There were times in San Juan Del Sur that I would sit in a hammock and just stare out into the trees, listening to the wind, and watch beautiful birds for hours.

Rest and Relaxation in San Juan Del Sur

Rest and Relaxation in San Juan Del Sur

Perhaps that is a waste of time for some. To me, it is a human being in the moment, something most of us understandably have a problem with.

Our time in San Juan Del Sur was spent resting, recharging, taking it easy, unwinding, doing nothing, chilling out, etc…. and that is more valuable than having a list of 100 things to accomplish.

I believe it is vital for good health, and productivity.

Take care of yourself, sit still, and be aware that you are here. Without still reflection we are merely robots wandering through a world that deserves to be taken notice of.


Comments To This Entry.
  1. You’re so right!
    Make the most of it. If you have kids you won’t get the chance again!

  2. Randall May 3, 2016 Reply

    I tried to keep up to date with all my friends and family back home while travelling but I found it to be way too much work. I couldn´t imagine running a website full-time. Good on you guys for taking some time to yourselves.

    • Giselle and Cody May 12, 2016 Reply

      Randall, it is a lot of work but it is also very enjoyable.
      If you do decide to start up your blog, please send us the link. We would love to follow along.

  3. Christina May 4, 2016 Reply

    I had a similar experience in Santorini. We were backpacking across Europe and moving a lot quickly so it was nice just to do nothing. It must have been nice reading and cuddling the doggies. I hope you both feel reenergized!


    • Giselle and Cody May 12, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much for writing Christina. Travelling (especially if you are moving along fast) can take a lot out of you. It is always nice to just relax, breathe, and really be in the moment. After our time in San Juan del Sur we moved along to San Jose, where we house sat for 3 weeks. We are definitely re-energized now 🙂

  4. Matthew May 5, 2016 Reply

    I did the exact same thing while travelling through Central America, but I stopped in El Tunco, El Salvador. i spent 1 month there swimming, eating fruit, and laying in a hammock. I was 4 months in at that point and still had 5 months. It was a great way to recharge my body and mind.

    • Giselle and Cody May 12, 2016 Reply

      Sounds like a great way to relax Matthew.
      El Tunco would have been a perfect place to soak up the sun and beach!!

  5. Matt and Alana May 16, 2016 Reply

    Hey Guys- We hit that feeling on a couple occasions and taking some time to recharge and get your mind and body right is exactly what we did too. Happy to hear you’ve enjoyed your time in CA so far. And we loved San Juan del sur, that was the spot that first got us thinking about long term travel. Great memories.

    Take care and safe travels!
    Matt and Alana

    • Giselle and Cody May 22, 2016 Reply

      Hey Matt and Alana, it is very important to take some time and re-charge for sure.
      It is very tiring sometimes to always be on the go and moving from town to town, hostel to hostel….
      We love finding a great place and chilling out for awhile. We were just in San Jose, Costa Rica for three weeks housesitting.
      It’s always so great to have a kitchen and do your own cooking 🙂

  6. Sandra July 9, 2016 Reply

    Did you guys like San Juan Del Sur?
    My boyfriend and i went there expecting to relax and chill out, but instead it was loud and lots of parties.
    We were suppose to stay for a week but ended up leaving after a few days.

    • Giselle and Cody July 10, 2016 Reply

      Hey Sandra,

      We did enjoy our time in SJDS, but we stayed about 10 minutes outside of town in a nice quiet house, so we didn’t experience much of the partying atmosphere.

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