manuel_antonio_costa_ricaAfter another day spent lounging around the beach in Manuel Antonio, we took the evening bus back to San Jose.  Manuel Antonio was the perfect ending to Costa Rica. There’s nothing like laying around the beach for a few days that makes you want to go home and find a job and be a productive member of society… or maybe that’s just me?

After a lazy morning in San Jose, my flight finally left for Portland.  During my layover in Houston, they asked for volunteers to stay the night in Houston as they had overbooked the flight, and while I tried not to freak them out by running to the desk, I was officially the first person in line.  :)  So I now have a $300 flight credit for a future trip and I got to stay at a nice hotel for free.  I totally would have slept at the airport, so when they said what hotel I would be staying at I just nodded like “yeah, I guess that’ll work,” and tried not to laugh. They totally underestimate the wonder of staying at a nice hotel when you’re a backpacker!

Even though Costa Rica was officially the last stop on my year of travel, it definitely won’t be the end of my adventures.  It’s been an amazing year and I’m so glad I made it a priority in my life.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat!  So while this is the end of my “round the world” travel blog, stick around for more updates on my transition back into “real life”.  Who knows, I might not be able to handle it, and you’ll find me on a beach somewhere rewriting my resume.  ;)