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Travel Tips | Leave Room for Spontaneity

Brian, one of our adventurous travelers during our Nicaragua Experience

Brian, one of our adventurous travelers during our Nicaragua Experience

There are so many tips out there and we want to share them all with you!

BUT to kick off our Travel Tip Tuesday series we thought we would start with one of the most important tips out there when getting ready for a trip, so here it is….. LEAVE ROOM FOR SPONTANEITY!


This can be a tricky one because it’s super common to have a limited amount of time and the desire to do as much as you can while on your trip. But from the top of the highest roof top, I shout, leave room for spontaneity!!


After decades of traveling the world, we have found that our most epic and memorable experiences happen when you put down your guide book and let the wind blow you through the day. Sure, you certainly want to try and see all the icons in your destination but don’t be so rigged with your schedule and certainly don’t stress out your travel partners with a strict timeline – that will totally kill any good vibes!

So what does this look like? Well it can look different for everyone and it is unique for each destination, but we have some simple ways to plan the best trip with plenty of room for the unknown to provide a refreshing surprise!

  1. Plan Free Days! – This is huge, leave a day or two for wandering. Even if you just leave an afternoon or morning open you may just wind up in an off-the beaten café or cross paths with well-informed local or maybe your next love.

  2. Forget your comfort zone. It is very easy to fall into familiar routines when traveling, but don’t do it!!! Don’t get a hotel with a TV, strike up conversations with new people and for Pete’s sake, TRY NEW THINGS!

  3. Don’t Stress. If you don’t make it to all the places on your list, your trip can still be a great success. The best memories that you will make will not be taking a photo of Eifel tower or the comfy bed in your hotel, they will be the unforeseen stories or mishaps that lead you down an untraveled path, it will be the random waiter or waitress you met, it could be the local family that you got to know at a local park, it may even be the gnarly street food you had in the streets of Bangkok or… that time you saw a woman selling honey on the side of the highway and wanted to go and see what honey made at the top pf a volcano tastes like! You get what I am saying here. All of the plans in the world could never include these types of experiences.


One of the things that See The World In Color takes great pride in is creating space during our trips for this type spontaneity. We certainly got you covered for all of the hot spots, but you can be sure we leave room for the unknown beauty to find you and allow you to have the most unique experience – FOR YOU- possible!

Cheers!


Nicaragua Vacation Travel Tours | Playa Yankee | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

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Sometimes you have to LET GO OF IT ALL & GET WILD 😎  We love this photograph of Dennis & Shannon, two of our travelers, chasing an absolutely KILLER sunset that was falling into the great Pacific Ocean 🌊  Playa Yankee is one of our favorite beaches in all of Nicaragua.  It is MASSIVE and very rarely has anyone else on the beach --- yepppp, we pretty much have our own private beach during The Nicaragua Experience 😍  We're so fortunate that this beautiful paradise is only a 5 minute walk down the hill side from our gorgeous boutique hotel that we have all to ourselves too.  Oh Nicaragua, you have waaaaaaaaay too much beauty, we're so lucky to know you ☺️ We're JUST ABOUT filled up completely for our June of 2017 Nicaragua Experience but there is still time to book the trip of a life time --- please visit http://www.seetheworldincolor.com/nicaragua for all the deets ✌🏽

Human Capital | Invest In Yourself

Happy New Year!

We here at See The World In Color could not be more excited about 2017!

Did you know that YOU are your greatest investment? The more you invest in yourself - whether it is education, self-care, free time, achieving personal goals or our personal favorite - TRAVEL - you are more likely to live a happier, healthier & wealthier life while positively affecting the people around you.
 

How you ask?

Investing in YOURSELF generates Human Capital!

What is Human Capital?

“The stock of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.”

See The World In Color believes strongly in the power of Human Capital and we want to encourage you to increase your Human Capital in 2017 - whatever that may be for you!

Cheers everyone! 

-Will

Purpose & Reason for Living | See The World In Color

What' Happening Ya'll!

Will, from See The World In Color here..

This is something that has been brewing inside me my whole entire life and is just now, 35 years later, starting to manifest itself in my life through everything I do. It's a good thing too, because I was sure I was going crazy at least that is what most of society would say.

Ok, so what the hell am I talking about.....?

One of my great passions in life is - energizing, inspiring, including & empowering the people around me and everyone I meet.

Sometimes this is hard for people to understand, because a lot people think I am some strange being that arrived from another planet - just trying to ruin everyone's contentment with complacency and status quo lifestyles. Ha! 

Well I am here to tell, that is not the case at all and here are the reasons why!

Why?!?!

  • I want people to feel the true freedom that you can find in any given present moment.
  • I want people to taste, hear, smell , touch & see all of the amazing creations on this earth.
  • I want people to find & be their true authentic selves.
  • I want people to let go of fear and chase their dreams.
  • I want people to love ❤️ themselves and then love the entire world.
  • I want people to LIVE everyday!!!!

- Life, in the bodies we have now, is so temporary. Your days seem long but the years fly by way too fast - none of us want to wake up 30, 40, 50, 60 years from now and say - "I should have, "I could have"

We have to CHOOSE to live everyday!! And I mean wake up and make the conscious choice to live - everyday!

I'll let this one ride 😜 with one of my favorite quotes , that happens to be from Eckhart Tolle

- "Realize deeply that the present moment is all that you ever have" -

.....and if you ever wondered......THIS... is exactly what See The World In Color is all about! ❤️

Cheers!

A Sea Turtle's Journey and The State of Humanity|See The World In Color|A New Way to Travel

It was another beautiful sunny day on Playa Yankee in southern Nicaragua, it is safe to say everyday is beautiful here, and we just arrived to our surf spot where the waves were just calling our names.

As we hopped out of the pick-up truck that drove us to this perfect beach spot, I noticed a young boy, seeming all alone staring at the sand from a distance. After a second look I noticed that he was walking along with a massive sea turtle!! I decided to go and see what was going on.

When I came closer my heart was filled with joy and my eyes began to tear up. Slow step by slow step with the hot sun beating down on the turtle and the boy, this young boy, no more than 7 or 8 years old was helping the sea turtle back to the ocean. The sea turtle had just laid her eggs on the beach and was on a 300 yard turtle speed journey back to the ocean.

As you may know there are many predators that prey on sea turtles and their eggs and the journey back to sea can be ruthless for the turtle. This was not the case today, as the young boy walked beside the turtle to ensure its safety.

Specifically for sea turtles in Nicaragua, it is been a difficult road of survival. Historically, Nicaraguans would capture and kill sea turtles for their meat and steal the eggs for certain Nicaragua dishes. It had become so bad that the sea turtle was facing extinction. Fortunately the Nicaragua government recently implemented a law that made it illegal with a mandated prison sentence, not just a fine! This along with environmental organizations educating the Nicaragua people has made a positive impact on the population of the sea turtle.

Thought today, this moment was a part of something bigger for me. As you may know I spent 2 years living and working in Nicaragua. During my time living there I witnessed many accounts of animal cruelty by Nicaraguans. From deliberately running over street dogs with cars to letting horses die from starvation as they lay on the highway. These experiences jaded my view on human animal relations in Nicaragua and hardened my heart towards Nicaraguans.  I started to think that all hope was lost for having compassion for animals in Nicaragua.

For me this situation was a reminder of (3) very important life lessons.

1.     No matter how dark the world seems there is always someone living a life out of love and compassion and that this is the true fabric of humanity. And just as I became jaded and lost hope, this so commonly happens to all of us. Therefore we act out of fear and anger towards others and animals, not because we are inherently bad people but because we too are looking for love and compassion but have not received it enough themselves. It is a viscous cycle.

2.     Always choose Love. Simply remember that we are all fighting a battle inside based out of not receiving love. 

3.     EDUCATION IS EVERYTHING! If people don’t understand what they are doing they can easily commit some of the most horrific acts in the world while thinking it is completely justified and correct… Remember how our homeboy Jesus died?? Or what about slavery? Maybe the German Natzis?  The list could go on and on of how humans have fucked up the world, but I will stop there because I am sure you get the point….

Back to the story……………

As the sea turtle slowly approached the edge of the water, we had all gathered around both the boy and the sea turtle.  Finally after a long journey, the big old amphibian dove into a wave and then, suddenly, an enormous applaud from all of us erupted. Knowing that boy could have easily stole the eggs and sold them for money, it was emotionally beautiful to see that he chose compassion over greed. 

I think we all could relate to that turtle in some way or another and it sure was good to know that, at least for this time, she was safely back to sea to patiently wait for her eggs to hatch.  She will return in two months to guide the baby sea turtles to the ocean and the circle of life for the sea turtle will continue.

Oh…. And we were able to catch some gnarly waves shortly after!!!!

Until next time, Cheers!

The Legend of The White Lobster - Nicaragua | See The World In Color | A New Way To Travel

There is nothing more peaceful than watching the sun set into the pacific ocean on a completely secluded beach with your fellow travelers. Then just as that last ray of sunshine fades, the light is re-ignited by a giant beach bonfire made from collected driftwood and dried jungle grass – The stuff dreams are made of -  Oh man, please take me back to that moment right now!!

 

Fortunately this is how when spend our last night in San Juan del Sur with our travelers on The Nicaragua Experience and we will be back soon. But for some reason, this time, things got even more surreal.

 

As you can see from the photo above this was one of the clearest nights to date and you could literally see millions and millions of stars flickering above. I am sure the bottle of Flor de Caña rum, in my opinion the most delicious bottle of booze you can find when living the beach life, helped the situation but it seemed every time we would look up into the sky, a shooting star would grab our attention. Truly magical!

 

Ok, so back to the story. You may have heard of something called “the white lobster”, or maybe not? Well in Nicaragua “the white lobster” refers to the myth that loose bricks of cocaine can sometimes wash up on the beach. Most of the time because drug runners and pirates, yes pirates, release contraband into the sea when they fear they will be caught by Nicaraguan coast guard – sometimes it is a strategic release, but most of the time the ocean current decides to take wherever the hell it wants to take it!

 

Hence you may spot a “white lobster” tickling your toes as you are staring out into the waves!

 

So…… As we were enjoying an absolute perfect night, good company, good booze and an epic night sky, we noticed a set of flashlights combing the shoreline a few beaches up from us. After just sharing the legend of the “white lobster” to our travelers, we were all a little curious as to what the bloody hell was going on!

 

The lights slowly became closer to our site and we slowly became a little more concerned. One time I looked over to some of our travelers and they each had a rock in the hand, filled with pride they said “we must protect this beach” for a few minutes we were all amped up as if William Wallace gave us the epic war speech to defend our territory!

 

Then back to reality…

 

After some epic war cries and loud cheering, we decided it to be best to pack up and head back to the hotel.  “There will be no war today, my friends. We must retreat.” I shouted

 

Ridiculous right??

Nicaragua has some of the safest beaches in the world and we were very happy to learn that it was just a few locals doing some night fishing and if anything we missed an opportunity to make new friends of a bottle of rum.

 

Until next time!