Sunday, March 11, 2018

Packing for Nicaragua

While packing my carry-on this morning, I have been thinking about our trips, past and future.  The first time we went down to Central America was in 2001 with two teenage boys in tow.  We had no reservations.  Just rented a car and criss-crossed Costa Rica with no set itinerary.  We did this again in 2003 in Belize.  In 2013, however, we booked a tour to Panama and then traveled independently for a week, although we had prebooked all our accommodations.

The internet has changed travel planning forever.  Flying to a foreign country without prebooking is a risky business.  Every good hotel has its own website, not to mention space on Expedia, Travelocity and  With everyone owning a cell phone, tablet or laptop computer, those carefree days of spontaneity are long gone.  Hotels are booked months ahead.

I'm trying to embrace this fact and not fight it.  After all, it takes the stress out of travel.  I know exactly where I'll be staying every inch of the way.  With that being said, I have intentionally left three days blank for those serendipitious encounters.  I'll let you know how that goes!

See you in April.

                                                                                       Marea and Mimi

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