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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.