Costa Rica is one of the few countries that make up Central America. It is a small, but amazing country. You will notice shortly after arriving, that the phrase "Pura Vida" is used over and over. This phrase means "Pure Life", and it is a popular phrase that locals use for.....well pretty much everything. It can mean "hello", "thank you", "you're welcome", "take it easy", "all good", and the list goes on and on. It doesn't take long before you start feeling the "Pura Vida" vibe, and soon, you will catch yourself saying the phrase as well. 

I traveled to this beautiful country with nine other girls (See below) and it was an amazing trip filled with beautiful beaches, thermal waters, and very chill people. I traveled to Costa Rica with a local and she assisted us with a van rental and a local driver who drove us up the country's coastline. We went from bungee jumping next to a volcano, to zip lining in the jungle. We visited one of the most amazing caves I've ever seen and ended up in the most refreshing cave pool. Then things calmed down a bit, so I decided to bungee jump from a volcano top. What can I say, I like a little thrill. 

After two amazing weeks in Costa Rica, I felt that I finally had my personal understanding of what "Pura Vida" meant. The locals made me feel that no matter what your current situation is, you should always be grateful and appreciate what you do have because someone else around the world is way less fortunate than you. Costa Rica showed me that it doesn't matter how much or how little we have, we can always find something to be happy about. 

SO, if you want a glimpse of how to live a simple, peaceful, uncomplicated life with a deep appreciation for nature and very chill people, then head down to Costa Rica to experience the PURA VIDA lifestyle for yourself.