Why I Backed Out of the Trip...
I just returned from a 5-day trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Not only was this my first visit to this country, but, it was also my first experience taking a trip with total strangers. I received an e-mail from an organization called "Have Fun Do Good" back in August through some random subscription.
The premise of this organization is to incorporate volunteer work and travel (hence- having fun and doing good). Needless to say, this totally struck my fancy and I snagged a spot almost immediately. In the month leading up to the trip, I started to get second (and third and fourth) thoughts about following through with my commitment.
I've traveled alone before to Italy and Greece, so, this didn't seem too far off- however, the more I started to analyze my decision, I came to the conclusion that traveling alone is way better than traveling alone and being "forced" to communicate and room with strangers for five days. I came this close to backing out, deciding only a week prior to go ahead and stick to my original plan.
I can say now that my prior thinking was so misguided. Perhaps I got "lucky" with such an amazing group of humans... although, I venture to say that any person that signs up for a solo volunteer travel experience has to possess similar qualities as the next guy or gal. The five days flew by in the best way possible. I was surrounded with like-minded individuals - each with a varying back story, but, all with caring hearts and silly personalities.
Carving out time from our normal routines to help those less fortunate is so beneficial for the soul! I really love the theme of Have Fun Do Good, and I hope that Costa Rica was only the first of several trips I will be attending in the future. Moral of the story: Stepping out of your comfort zone is supposed to feel scary. Feelings of apprehension or uncertainty go hand in hand with growth and knowledge. This trip was a grand reminder for me to not shy away from the unknown because who knows what experiences lie on the other side?
Ciao, y'all :)