Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Photo Fun and Why Travel Could Save the World

“ Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert

Greetings from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the east…best…coast of Costa Rica! My unabashed love for this town continues on…

This visit makes 24 voyages to Costa Rica in the last 3 years. If my math is correct, I’ve come to this town for at least a portion of 6 or 7 of those trips. There is something indescribable about the vibe here. The variety of beaches, the food, the people. Having traveled up and down both coasts and all through the central valley of Costa…for my money… this place is hard to beat.

Below are a few photos from the last couple days. Maybe they will help explain what makes this place so special.

Also, a partial repost/rewrite follows the photos. I wrote this little blurb on the Friday roundup last week, edited it for a Facebag post later that day… and am reposting it here again. Travel will save the world! I’m certain of it.

Open to comments.

Pura vida.

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I honestly believe that if everyone in America had the opportunity to travel to 5 or 10 other countries, there would be far less talk about “them” and “those people” whoever “they” may be on the current 24 hour news cycle.

And I’m talking real travel – not stepping off the cruise ship with your white sneakers into the sand of some carbon copy Caribbean island for 3 hours, hitting a gift shop, grabbing a fruity cocktail and saying you’ve “been there”.

After years of travel to 35+ countries, one thing I’ve learned for certain is that most people out there are just like you and me.

Just. Like. You. And. Me.

They want what’s best for their loved ones. They want to laugh. They want to enjoy a good meal or a beverage with a friend.

They may look different. They may talk different. But they are human, and with rare exception, are far more like you than they are different.

Travel breeds understanding, compassion and empathy. If that isn’t worth the price of admission, I don’t know what is.

See you on the journey…

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