It's been such a dreary sprinter in New England. I've had some serious regrets about our decision to leave Virginia, where flowers bloom in March and a warm breeze makes outdoor-life lovely, and return to the land where spring is lost. Southwest’s catchphrase has echoed in my mind the last few days- I want to get away! Just not on one of their planes ;)
Many snow-hardened veterans have the good sense to fly south for spring break to get a substantial dose of vitamin D, and I'm seeing beautiful, tropical, warm, photos on my news feed with envy. In a few more years, I’ll be more inclined to vacation with my kids, but at this moment, I don’t think we’d make it through the plane trip! Our growing family is at a very rambunctious stage, and my smallest can scale the back of chairs like it’s her job.
When we finally do get away, I want to do something unique. I’ve been thinking about family mission’s trips that would help our kids grasp an understanding of how other people live. I feel like that’s the beauty of traveling, seeing other people and cultures, but that can be easily missed in popular tourist destinations with the endless rows of t-shirt shops. Growing up, I traveled A LOT- from Saint Petersburg to Hiva Oa, and what I cherished the most were interactions with local people. Some were positive, and some were shocking, but they helped shape my perspective and develop compassion for humanity’s differences.
While I was perusing lovely destination, I heard about Kalu Yala, a village Panama. It’s a modern, sustainable village where people go to study abroad, launch sustainable businesses, and explore something completely different. With a negative carbon footprint and home-grown jungle food, visitors truly experience something unique. And if you love it, you can buy a sustainable home in their growing village- fascinating!
Visitors sleep in tents with air mattresses, or get cozy in hammocks, and receive three meals a day for $70 per night. From Kalu Yala, you can explore the surrounding jungles or participate in some of the unique educational programs they offer. So what could go be wrong? Check out Kalu Yala Criticisms to see for yourself!
Next week, I’m debating about sharing my top ten exquisite vacation destinations [that are off the beaten path] OR about the time we spent three days at JFK and then crash landed on their emergency runway… what’s your pick?
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