And the I deal with that kind of stress in one of two ways: watch marathons of “The Housewives of Beverly Hills” or indulge in retail therapy.
But not the conventional kind.
I have never been to Costa Rica, much less Central America. And I really didn’t have any immediate plans to travel there. Sure, there’s great surf. And yes, the beaches are picture-perfect.
But Costa Rica? Using a group buy?
Oh, yes, I did.
OK, so I was a bit stressed out when I purchased it. But it’s not a bad deal. Four nights includes a three-course cooking class with a professional chef, a bartending class and a six-course meal with a private chef — all for less than $700. (And that includes all transportation. I just need to cough up the cash for airfare.)
This spontaneous decision has become part of my plan for 2012: I’m going to DO things, not wait around or put it off until later. I drive past restaurants and read travel stories and say, “Maybe next time.”
Well, next time has come. It’s called 2012.
In addition to Costa Rica, I’m heading to Chigasaki, Japan, then Okinawa (since I’ll be there). And I’ll probably visit Derek again in Madison, Wisc. I figure if I’ve got the time — and a credit card — I should just go. I don’t have kids — unless you count my dogs — and I don’t have a mortgage. I don’t spend extravagantly and, despite Friday blogs, I eat in a lot.
So why not live a little, right?
If you’ve been to Costa Rica or Okinawa, I’d love your advice. Places to eat, things to do, breaks to surf. And for everyone else, dish your travel plans for 2012. Maybe someone will know a great little hole-in-the-wall place to eat or dive bar with incredibly local music that will make your trip all the more memorable.