Had a huge blow to my travel confidence when I got to Panama. My wellness center in Costa Rica was great (Hacienda del Sol) but my Intrepid tour (Classic Costa Rica) mostly had to be chalked up to being a “learning experience” and I couldn’t wait to get to Panama… then I had an expensive AirBnB mistake as soon as I got here.
Y’all know how I am. I had looked through tons of places, read reviews, didn’t pick the cheapest, and still ended up with a dud. It turned out to be a hostel in a seedy neighborhood (Canova Hospedaje). The host/ manager tried to convince me it was safe but I left and went to a Wyndham even though I would only get a 50% refund.
I give myself points for finally listening to my gut and not trying to force myself to tough it out. But it really shook my confidence. Already considering which countries to eliminate so I can stay in nicer places where I’ll feel safe. Lesson: I’ll probably need to own that I’m more of a prissy diva than I imagined. 😏