What we learned about 'fast travel'

Hey Freaking Nomads,

Greetings from the windy shores of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

As you may have noticed from our recent newsletters, we have been quickly changing locations since the start of 2024. That's because we decided to kick off the new year by 'fast traveling' across Central America (and soon South America!)

As vocal advocates of 'slow travel' (we talked about it in a past newsletter issue), this was a major change from our usual way of traveling. But it was also an opportunity to challenge ourselves and step outside our comfort zones.

The result? I won't sugarcoat it โ€“ fast travel is NOT for the faint of heart! The constant movement, relentless travel planning, expensive flights, and need to immediately adapt to new environments can be kinda exhausting.

Yet, despite the challenges, we've learned invaluable lessons from condensing years of experiences into a few short weeks. We've seen more landscapes, cultures, and people in this span than we might have in years of slow travel. It's a kaleidoscope of places that has brought new perspectives and rewarded our curiosity like never before.

Volcano Fuego in Antigua, Guatemala
Spent 2 days hiking Volcรกn Fuego ๐ŸŒ‹ in Guatemala, 12,000+ feet above sea level. Then hopped a red-eye to Nicaragua the same night. Rest? Who needs it when views like this exist!

At the same time, fast traveling has confirmed our love for slow travel and deep cultural connections. So, although we're grateful for the chance to challenge ourselves, we look forward to returning to a style of travel that allows complete immersion in local rhythms soon.

But until then, we will cherish every last second of this intense and exhilarating experience and hope to report back with fresh insights in the coming months.

Happy travels, nomad friends!

Irene xx

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