Growing up I have had the good fortune of being able to travel to numerous places in my life, both domestically and internationally.
Much of my traveling is because of my mother, who has always been big on traveling. In fact, she named me Christopher much because of her love for traveling. Since she was born in Argentina, she is big on Latin culture and in their culture, Saint Christopher is the patron of travelers.
Domestically I have pretty much traveled to all regions of the United States, which is awesome since I have been able to see many historic places, along with many very different cultures, some of which have been quite a shock.
Internationally, I have mostly ventured into Latin American countries, including Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico. Some of the places in Mexico I have been fortunate to visit of Mexico City, Puerto Escondido, Ixtapa, and Oaxaca.
If there is such a thing, the traveling gene seems to have definitely passed down from my mom. I always enjoy traveling, whether it is a road trip, a camping trip, or an international trip to Puerto Vallarta with some friends.
But on many, if not most, of the trips I have been on have been planned by my mom, with her getting to select the destination to travel to. But not this time, I get to make the selection for our next trip.
Ever since I begin going to college, first Cal Poly and now Sac State, my mom has held strong saying that when I graduate I will be able to pick our next destination, as long as I plan the whole trip.
I’ve never had this much pressure in our trips, I am usually just there along for the ride. There are so many places in this world that I long to go to that I haven’t been yet: Europe, Spain, Peru, Jamaica, Costa Rica, etc.
Since I graduate in May, I have been thinking about it a lot this semester and have finally come to the conclusion that I want to go to Costa Rica after graduation. I chose Costa Rica because I have always wanted to go there, ever since seeing it on TV as a little kid and seeing the beautiful rain forest, coastline, and the diverse animals.
But what this trip is really making me realize is how hard it is to plan a trip of this caliber.
Everything from the flights, to the lodging, to the activities and eating, it is quite stressful when looking at all of the decisions that need to be made.
Looking at just the regions of Costa Rica alone become overwhelming when trying to figure out where we should go. Each region offers many different pros and cons to its visitors. Finally, after long lists of the pros and cons, I decided on the Osa Peninsula just last week. But this is the only decision I have been able to come up with, and have many more to make.
Since the Osa Peninsula is a rather remote part of Costa Rica in the rain forest, I have to make a decision on whether or not to fly in a small plane, or take the bus there. If we fly, it is only about an hour, but my mom hates small planes. If we take the bus, it is an eight hour drive. So, do I please the mother who has taken me around the world? Or do I just take the short flight without thinking about it?
Another stressful decision yet to be made is the lodging situation. Since the whole family is going, this means that we need a place to stay to fit five. I am still yet to figure this out, but have narrowed it down to many eco-lodges on the peninsula.
This has been a very eye-opening experience as I didn’t realize how stressful it could be to plan a trip of this caliber. Perhaps that is why my mom wanted me to do the planning, to see just another part of growing up after graduation.
Be sure to check back in late-June to July for a column on how the trip went!