The Gift of Happiness.
When I was invited to go on a trip to Costa Rica, I was stunned. I had only ever heard amazing things about Costa Rica. To travel there and take in the sights, I was simply flabbergasted. I think at one point, I had to pinch myself in order to believe it.
Being a Latina, I was overwhelmed with excitement to be able to visit a Spanish-speaking country. Not to mention, a chance to re-encounter what I left behind so long ago. I’ve longed for the delicious fruits and authentic Latin cuisine. The kind that have forever dwindled with desire in my fondest memories.
What is the Gift of Happiness?
The Costa Rica Tourism Board launched the Million Dollar Gift of Happiness campaign, which included giving away a million dollars worth of trips to Costa Rica. They gave away these gifts to bloggers and influencers either through Facebook or directly. The winners were invited to experience Costa Rica’s Certified Sustainable Tourism and a chance to see why Costa Ricans are such happy people.
People receiving Gifts of Happiness didn’t just get an email. They got a handcrafted box, a letter from the Costa Rica minister, and responsibly sourced wood engraved with a well-dressed Mr. Sloth.
We were excited to be traveling but, even more, excited knowing that everywhere we’d be visiting was sustainable. It was also an immense pleasure to be able to eat natural, locally grown and organic foods throughout the whole trip.
Mr. Sloth Explains.
We were given the choice between many packages. You had the choice to pump up your adrenaline with the Adrenaline Package. Or choose to explore paths that are not often traveled with the Nature or Wildlife Package. You had the choice to fully immerse yourself in Tico culture with the Authentic package. One of the other packages is the Adventure package. We chose the Romance package.
Since our anniversary was on December 31st, we figured that we would take advantage of the Romance package and reconnect while exploring a new country with the Romance package. 8 days and 7 night of pure bliss and relaxation.
The Romance Package:
During the next eight days you will have the chance to reconnect with you inner self. From the moment you arrive to Costa Rica, you will be transferred to a beautiful property immersed in a mystic forest. What a better way to reconnect with nature, while enjoying a spectacular view from the whirlpool of your suite.
The next destination will offer you the opportunity to connect with the forces of nature admiring one of the most active volcanoes in the world, from the revitalizing hot springs of your hotel.
While in Arenal area, you will visit Sonafluca, a rural community where people are extremely proud of what they’ve built with what little they have. Your last destination is beautiful Arenas del Mar, to experience the soothing power of nature through warm waters and gentle waves in this serene, unspoiled corner of Costa Rica.
- Enjoy nature at its best
- Discover and meet the charming rural community of Sonafluca
- Private transportation and guide throughout the trip
- Clean trip, including compensation of CO2 on international travel & services in the country, paid by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT)
- Five and Four prestigious CST level hotels (Note: CST is short for Certification for Sustainable Tourism and this honor is reserved for those businesses in the tourism sector who have to comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management
We were able to take in so much culture, nature, adventure, romance and happiness during our trip. We also explored small places along the way to each destination which made it even more special.
One of the most profound realizations that we discovered whilst traveling abroad and in Costa Rica is the people.
Within the next week and a half, I’ll be sharing my husband and I’s Costarricense romantic adventure in this vast and lush country of happiness.
Have you ever been to Costa Rica and will you follow along with us?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.