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Hi, I’m Camille, and I’m here to show you how traveling the world can change your life.

 

I believe that there’s more to life than working hard in school, going to the best university, graduating with debt, applying to hundreds of jobs you don’t even want, working nine to five at a job that doesn’t excite you, and buying more stuff that you don’t actually need.

I believe that life can be an incredible adventure.

I believe that anything and everything is possible, even if no one has ever done it before. I believe that you deserve to live the way you want to live, express how you want to express, love how you want to love, and be who you want to be. I believe in absolute freedom.

I’m here to inspire you to find your freedom and to give you the tools to make it happen.

I’m here to take you on a journey towards discovering your greatest authenticity. I’m here to help you gain the confidence and information to travel the world. Most importantly, I’m here to guide you towards living your dreams.

Because more than anything, I believe in you. 

Are you ready?

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  1. Anonymous Says: December 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I started traveling alone when I was 21…I didn’t get as far as you, no where near as exotic…because you see…I met a guy. That can change even the best laid plans of spontaneity and adventure. I turned around and all of a sudden I was 30. A mom of three with a minivan in the suburbs (which is an adventure in itself)…still in love with “that guy”. I will look forward to living vicariously through you (with a bit of spit up on my shoulder and a casserole in the oven….)

  2. Oh I didn’t mean to be anonymous…:)

  3. I love your blog. The things you learn through your travels give me a new perspective on my life. It’s funny because I live in a busy city and have a 9-5 office job. Not as exciting as your life but somehow the things you write about apply to me too. I wish you safe travels and many adventures.

  4. love your blog! I was in Costa Rica in February and have been thinking of it everyday since…I want to move there! Enjoy! :-)

  5. Hey there miss American girl!
    I am absolutely loving your blog and all that you’ve said about the amazing country of Costa Rica! I just turned 21 and have started my own solo travels (currently in Asia) but looking to take the next step to a longterm solo adventure (longer than 4 months which im currently on) where else but costa! I’m looking at taking a 12 month adventure down south and was wondering if you had any tips for a long time stay!

    Much love from a fellow travelling girl from the Canadian north,
    Cait

    • Hi Cait. Thanks so much! Asia is actually where I’m off to next, in January. I will have to get some tips from you then 😉 Costa Rica is an incredible country and I have sooo many tips for you! You can get started by checking out this recent article I wrote about the beach towns I have visited in Costa Rica: http://thisamericangirl.com/2013/07/03/which-beach-in-costa-rica-is-best-for-you/

      As far as long term stay, my two recommendations would be Puerto Viejo (particularly the Playa Cocles neighborhood) and Playa Guiones in Nosara. Let me know if you have more questions! :)

  6. You sold me with the first few sentences of your first post, and since then I’m hooked! Thank you for enthralling me with your wonderful posts and captivating me with all the amazing pictures! Please keep it up 😀

  7. I just came across your blog today, and i couldn’t stop since 9 am reading it! (its 3 pm in Jakarta now) 😀 your blog is so inspirational :)

    i’m Indonesian, and i def can feel all your story. i was leave the big dorean, Jakarta, to live in Bali for 1 year.. just to find out more about me, myself. was a thrilled experience even tho bali is still Indonesia (with diff culture and people of course). now i’m moving back to Jakarta again, cause my family needs me around, but i know someday i will do it again, to travel again and experience being a stranger in another island or country! :)

    I read that you plan to go to Asia, I cant wait to hear your story..meanwhile, i wish you a good journey :)

    K

    • This American Girl Says: September 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Kay thank you so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading :)

      What an amazing experience living in Bali for a year. I’m actually hoping to do the same. I would love to hear some of your tips. Good luck on your journey back to Jakarta!

  8. Camille i just want to thank you so much! Your blog has been so invaluable on my travels in Nicaragua, thanks for the fabulous granada and corn islands posts, I tried all your cafes and loved them! In fact I practically lived at cafe espressionista, to the extent that they gave me free cake the day I left for being such a regular customer :)

    Am off to Colombia next so will be relying on your blog for sure. Do you have any tips for Ecuador and below, or any other blogs you can recommend to help me keep finding such organic cafe treasures? Thanks again!

    • This American Girl Says: September 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Aw I’m so glad to hear that!!

      So exciting that you will be heading to Colombia. It’s such an amazing country. I don’t have a post about it on the blog (yet) but make sure to go to Palomino, probably my favorite place I went in Colombia, and stay at The Dreamer hostel. Sadly I haven’t traveled elsewhere in South America… I’ll keep my eyes peeled for some good South America travel blogs!!

      Best of luck to you, please let me know how it goes and if you have any questions :)

  9. You`re such an inspiration! I couldn`t stop reading your blog. Great. I`ve travelled a bit on my own by myself – but you`re topping it. Enjoy your life and don`t listen to people who are trying to tell you that traveling is a waste of time and talents.
    By the way: I`ll be in Panama at the end of the year. Do you have any idea if it is still save if you`re on your own? There had been so many warnings from friends… Don`t stop enjoying your trip ….-9

    • This American Girl Says: October 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Aw thank you Kathrin you are so kind!! I found Panama to be super approachable and wonderful! Do you speak Spanish? You will definitely want to practice a bit before you go down there.

  10. So glad I found your blog… Love your writing ! Your adventures inspire me to chase my dreams instead of letting them be just dreams…. Thank You ! :) Take Care.

  11. Camille!!! Wow, what a brave girl you are. I’m so excited to sift through your blog and read fervently because I have sold about 80% of my belongings and have decided to relocate to CR as well. I’ve kept the other 20% just to get me through this school year, as I am a high school teacher in Los Angeles.

    I found your blog because it was posted on OM’s website and I’m traveling there in a couple weeks. I’m in CR right now (second trip this year) and am learning to allow my higher power to guide me as I spend my (American) winter break here…as much “planning” as I’d like to do, I feel deep down that when I travel here in July, on a one-way ticket, I really just have to allow pieces to fall where they will.

    Your story is inspiring and I look forward to continuing to follow you.

    Pura Vida amiga!

    • This American Girl Says: December 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Aw Tabitha thank you so much for your kind words! It sounds like you are about to embark on an brave journey yourself. Puerto Viejo is the one place in the world that really feels like home, I hope you love it just as much when you get down there. Om truly is a sacred space and I’ve experienced tremendous growth there. Get in touch with the owner Kristin, she is an amazing woman. Best of luck to you, and please keep in touch. I hope all of your dreams come true. <3

  12. You inspire me…A friend of a friend owns La Costa de Papito and I am flying down from Chicago to Puerto Viejo on February 9th through February 20th. Maybe we can drink a coconut 😉

    My name is Jeff; I’m a 31 y.o. male retiring from the corporate world. All I want to do is practice yoga, eat local, meet good people, and be happy.

    • Camille Willemain Says: December 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Aw Jeff, thank you such a nice comment! Unfortunately I will not be in Puerto Viejo this February, I plan to still be in Bali or possibly Thailand.

      Have you seen my post with all of my Puerto Viejo recommendations?
      http://www.thisamericangirl.com/2013/06/05/the-ultimate-guide-to-puerto-viejo/

      I recommend purchasing a weekly unlimited yoga class at Om Yoga if you want to practice lots and doing morning flow and afternoon Yin :) Make sure to take Kristin’s classes! She is amazing. Also, I highly recommend her Reiki and massage treatments. The Saturday farmer’s market has local, organic produce or I can connect you with someone who can bring you a farm box. Hang out at La Botanica Organica, Bread and Chocolate, Om Yoga, and Caribbeans Cafe and you are bound to meet awesome folks :)

      Good luck, let me know anything you need!!

  13. Camille, So kind of you to get back to me so quickly and give such awesome recommendations. Your post on Puerto Viejo is beautiful (and will be very helpful)…”is not only tolerated, is not only accepted, but is celebrated”; love that!

    My friend Marc teaches yoga in Puerto Viejo so a combo of him and Kristin will be just what the Dr. ordered. I love the idea of connecting with someone that can deliver a farm box. Maybe we can connect off blog about that. I think you have my email address. I already feel how amazing this journey is going to be. Maybe I’ll get a one way :) Sounds like a nice place to call home from time to time. Be well, Be free
    Jeff

    • Camille Willemain Says: December 30, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Please tell Marc I say hello :)

      Sure thing I will send you an email with Carlos’ info and you can get a farm box! There is also a community program for long term residents who go and participate on a farm and get a share of the crops it yields during harvest time. I think a one way ticket is a great idea!!

      • Awesome! Look forward to getting the info. I will definitely tell Marc you said hello. Do you know him? I think he may participate in that farm program you mentioned. I know Marc since the late 90’s when he went to American University with my older brother Troy who is now CEO of The ArcView Group, a company at the forefront of the legal cannabis industry. I also work for ArcView part time and can do it remotely from anywhere in the world. It is a very exciting time in the cannabis industry as well as my career! Hope our paths cross one day. Jeff

        • Camille Willemain Says: January 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

          Yes, yes I know him, such a nice guy. AWESOME that you can do your work from anywhere. It’s the dream right? 😉

  14. I love your website! I accidently passed through searching for travel destinations in Central America, have been reading for two days now :) What is the camera you have? Beautiful pictures.

    Liefs,
    Jess

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Aw thank you so much Jess! So glad you enjoy the blog :) I shoot with a very inexpensive canon powershot point and shoot :)

  15. Yes, it’s one of my many dreams 😉 Hope you are having a good start to 2014. Cheers!

  16. Hey there. So great to read your blog as it captures how I’ve often felt while traveling and in general how life should be lived.

    During the financial crises of ’09 I took off to Costa Rica to meet a friend and thought I would only stay for 2 weeks. I ended up staying for 5 1/2 months and traveled through Costa Rica (mostly Santa Teresa and up and down the coast), Guatemala and settled in El Salvador which I called my home base for a lot of the time (and still have friends down there).

    I’m going back to Costa Rica for the first time since then. I’ve never been to Puerto Viejo but after reading your blog, well… it sounds great.

    Your blog makes the Sagittarius in me feel happy and makes the wolf in me excited to wander again.

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Wow, what nice compliments Chaz! So glad you enjoy the blog :) I completely understand how you got sucked into staying in Central America for so long, it happens to the best of us! Please let me know any advice you need for Puerto Viejo, it’s the most magical place on Earth!

  17. Love your dream blog Camille !
    Thank’s for your recommendations about not polluting Koh Rong and everywhere.
    Also your pics are awesome … :-)
    Keep traveling and writing ! 😉
    Cheers,
    Marcelo
    PS: I’m also in the way to sold everything and move to Kep for marine conservation … :-)

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Aw thank you Marcelo! I appreciate your compliments! I did not make it to Kep yet but heard amazing things about it. Let me know when you get there and I’ll take all of your recommendations :)

  18. Jordan Simmons Says: February 11, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I am so happy to have come across this blog. You and i have an incredible amount of things in common. The summer following my freshman year in college i took off on a solo trip to Costa Rica.

    I met friends and travelled through san jose, manuel antonio, and PUERTO VIEJO! You ever stay at rocking js? I actually did a painting on the walls there :)

    I am very inspired by your story and see myself in your works.
    I am now a junior in college studying journalism and latin American history and the life you are living is the the sort of life i am going for.

    Keep following your dreams everybody!!!

    Pura Vida

    • Camille Willemain Says: February 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Hi Jordan, yes yes I have been to Rocking J’s and next time I’m in PV I’ll check out your painting! Which is it? :)

  19. Charles Nater Says: March 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Hi! Your blog is great, I love your dream-like, whimsical prose. You seem content.

    Would you offer me some advice based on your experience in Costa Rica? My fiancee and I will be staying 2 nights and 3 days at Pacuare Lodge enjoying the jungle adventure. We are trying to figure out where to spend the remaining 4 days. Manual Antonio seems like quite a haul from Pacuare. Can you recommend somewhere on the Carribean side, perhaps a beach and a nice hotel?

    Thanks!

  20. Hi Camille,
    I have to say I’m not a big comment poster. But, I’m so impressed with your site, your content, your life, and really…bear with me, your site mapping. I’m in the process of revamping my own blog right now as I’m getting ready to toss all cares away and travel for a year. I stumbled on your site scouring the internet for website design ideas. I know you probably don’t get this one to often, but the way you’ve linked your pages and categories together is really elegant. Just the whole flow of your website is beautiful. I can tell you put a lot of thought into it, and it’s inspiring. Maybe our paths will cross someday and you can teach me all of your herbal remedies.

    -Justin

    • Camille Willemain Says: March 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Justin, thank you so much for all of the wonderful compliments! You’re right, that’s not something I hear often but yes I did put a lot of thought into my site design, glad it shows. Very intrigued by your site and love the name! Maybe we can team up for a lil bit of East meets West medicine one day 😉

  21. I like your style, how you break up what you say with pictures. Also love the website layout.

  22. Patricia Stangenberg Says: April 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Hi I want to know if you think its safe to travel to costa rica alone? I am a 20 year old girl. Are there some places that are safer than others? And if so, what are the places I should stick to?

  23. Hi Camille-

    I am a bit confused. I believe there are two islands off the coast of Sihanoukville:

    1) Koh Rong
    2) Koh Rong Saloem

    I read your write up from December on Koh Rong but I just saw your post on Koh Rong Saloem.
    What is the main difference between the 2 islands?
    Are there only real basic accommodations on Koh Rong Saloem? It seems like many people confuse the 2 islands and I am one of them.
    Any info on both would be so helpful. Thanks.

    • Camille Willemain Says: April 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Hi Doug,

      Back in December I was in Koh Rong and fell in love with it. I’m back here now and am sad to say it has changed a lot. Much more of a party island now and lots of new guest houses already. A few days ago I was on Koh Rong Saloem which is very chill and beautiful. The main difference is that Koh Rong has a lot of backpackers and a more established tourism infrastructure. What I like about Koh Rong is that it’s less expensive, there are better and cheaper dining options, you can experience Cambodian culture in the local village, it has an expat community, and a lot of the beaches are just stunningly gorgeous. What I don’t like is that the tourism has become quite trashy and loud. If you do go there I highly recommend staying outside of the main beach at either Pura Vita bungalows or Broken Hearts on Long Beach but keep in mind both are very isolated so you will only be able to eat at the guest house. If you want peace and quite and relaxation and don’t mind not having access to tours or restaurants or bars, stay on Koh Rong Saloem. It’s much more peaceful there and easy to hike between different beaches. I plan to write a post on Koh Rong Saloem in the coming weeks.

      Good luck!

  24. sean carey Says: April 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I love your blog Camille! My sister turned me on to it after I told her of my travel plans to Cambodia. I fly in to P.P. May 2 then its Sihanoukville and Otres beach to Kampot in week 2 somewhere maybe, so your suggestions will come in handy! Thanks for the info. can’t believe I will be there in less than a week! As always Happy Travels!

  25. Jordan Brink Says: April 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    You’ve got me hooked reading about all of your amazing adventures! I am still too young, but I hope to do what you are doing. You are such an inspiration!

  26. Ashley Williams Says: April 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m addicted to your blog and instagram. I love your writing style, your adventures and your courage to leave everything behind to travel. I’m hoping to go to Costa Rica next year and I’m happy I fell upon your blog because you have such great suggestions. Safe travels!

  27. Fany Ayuningtyas Says: May 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Camille,

    It’s Fany, one of Indonesian girls, you and Sara met in Nagasang, Lao. 😀

    I finally read your blog and cant stop reading ever since. Some posts aren’t just stories, it’s kinda emotional. I lost within the words. Keep this good works up! and cant wait your return to Indonesia.

    Safe and Sound :)

    • Camille Willemain Says: May 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

      Ahhh terimakasih Fany! It was so lovely meeting you and I’m flattered you like my blog :) See you again in Indo!!

  28. Natalia Says: June 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Andrea! i´m Natalia (spanish girl) i´ll move to costa rica in june.. i´d like meet with you.
    i´ll go to C.R alone…i just try to live in costa rica i think is the most beautiful place.

    I hope meet with you!
    kisses!

    Nata.

  29. I stumbled upon your blog after reading your 20 practices that changed my life ( which was fabulous)
    and I can honestly say I’m so happy I did. I’ve been feeling pretty lost for a while and your blog has graciously provided me with some much needed clarity!

  30. I admire you and really love your pictures and the story you tell with each picture.

    I will start my travel soon and looking forward to cross path with you one day :)

    Keep posting that beautiful pictures please

  31. Hi there.
    I’m 30 y Indonesian. I’m what you people best describe as “geek” :) but I always envy to explore mother nature. I watched every national geographic / BBC docs i can find about ocean, wild life, etc. Only one stands between my dream: money. As Indonesian we don’t always have the luxury of getting paid “fairly”. In fact my first job only net me about $80 a month. And it was 8 to 5 office job, mind you.

    After reading your kind of blog though, I’m really curious, is it possible for one to leave everything and just travel? how did you sustain yourself in the meantime?

    • Camille Willemain Says: July 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Hi John, thanks so much for your message. “Geek” you are too funny :)

      Yes, you’re right, it’s much more difficult for people not born in Western countries to be able to travel freely. As you pointed out, the difference in income is massive, which is why it’s so cheap and easy for Westerners to travel in Southeast Asia, yet so difficult for people from Southeast Asia to travel to other areas. That said, I do believe that it’s possible, for anyone, if you really want it. You may want to consider joining the Couch Surfing community on couchsurfing.org and see if you can travel very cheaply at first throughout Indonesia by staying places for free with couchsurfing.

      Personally I work online writing articles and doing travel consulting. Working online is an amazing way to gain location independence. So, if you have computer tech skills, writing skills, photography skills, graphic design skills, etc start finding jobs online to help give you the freedom and income to travel. Another option is volunteering through work trade. Workaway.info has tons of job opportunities where you can work in exchange for lodging and food in travel destinations all over the world. In the future I’m planning to put together an article on how I fund my travels, which I will definitely share with you.

  32. Camille, love every page on your site. Keep travelling…………….. Enjoy.

  33. I am absolutely thrilled I came across your blog! Ever since I was young I dreamed about traveling the world. Feeling alive and going on adventure! I currently graduated from college in May and have been working ever since. I feel depressed and this isn’t the life I want to live! I want more! I’m hoping you’re blog with help me with that! :)

    Aubry |http://aubryama.blogspot.com/2014/01/ubatuba-brazil.html

    • Camille Willemain Says: October 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much Aubry, it means so much that my blog has inspired you! Let me know how it goes with your travel journey, everything is possible <3

  34. Marissa O'Malley Says: October 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hi, Camille! So happy to have stumbled upon your blog when looking for hiking info on Cat Ba Island. I only just found you, but plan on keeping up with you so I can live somewhat vicariously through your travels. I try to keep up a lively, ambitious travel schedule balanced with a committed family life but oh, how I dream of the days when I can fly more freely from one place to the next. Enjoy every minute!

  35. Hi
    So inspired by reading your blog- so nice to have read it and get to know the countries by a real person and not just through Lonely Planet. But You had me concerned- my boyfriend and I will travel to costa rica (and bocas del toro) this january and was planning to visit puerto viejo and santa teresa/mal pais but is santa tera not worth it? should we go somewhere else instead…?
    Hope thar you have the time to answer and again thank you for this lovely blog!

    • Camille Willemain Says: October 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Josefine,
      Thank you so much! Surfers love Santa Teresa because the waves are great and the beaches are gorgeous, but for me the town is pretty… soulless. It’s also super dry in the dry season and that means dust all over the road. All that aside, it’s very beautiful and worth seeing. Though I prefer the South Pacific and South Caribbean. The Osa Peninsula is incredible. Let me know how it goes! xo Camille

  36. Thank you! We will defitnitely travel to the carribean coast!

  37. WOW!
    this is quite possibly one of the best and most amazing blogs I have read RE S.E Asia..
    I love yo werx!
    thank you for having such an amazing spirit of honesty and observational style of writing!
    I will treasure it in my second round of traveling to thailand cambodia ( you inspired me to go to koh rong btw) and viet

    respect ., from another , mindful, radical poet from New Zealand

  38. ps im going to Se asia on nov 29th

  39. Thanks for the reply!
    Will do for sure! Last time I went to s.e asia nov 2013 – jan 2014 I attempted to do some writing but diverged into taking pics (im a trained director and a hella camera geek) set up a fb page Media4us wanted to call it #MediaByus! But fb being fb wouldnt allow me that name *sigh. Will be hitting that page again when I go. Like it if you wish. Theres some bits and pieces on there that I have written . Excuse my lazy arse spelling and grammer. But check it .

  40. I’m in Santa Teresa and a fellow Oregonian just referred me to your blog. I’m inspired on multiple levels. I tried to sell everything last year but the house didn’t sell. I did start a blog and am still traveling – will dump the house in spring. In the meantime, great to see your version of the dream. Kudos!

  41. Camille,
    I just found your site today doing a search trying to find a jungle lodge two women run in southern tip coast Costa Rica. I notice your comment section you respond often so thought I’d toss something out. I once read about two women – Costa Rican and Colombian – who opened a jungle lodge and offer stay and tours in jungle. For the life of me, I cannot locate them doing a search after foolishly not bookmarking their site from an article I was reading awhile back. If by some random chance you know their plac please post or perhaps recommend something. My girlfriend is from Japan and we might head down to southern Costa Rica in February and we both like doing nature tours side trips when we travel. Those women would have been ideal but surprisingly can’t find them though I certainly will keep trying. Can you recommend a reliable place that is in Oka jungle area? The ladies I came across had a nice mix of backcountry away from it all but with good services. They had been in area a long time before opening lodge so they are set up right. They said are a bumpy jeep ride in for a couple hours but also offered rides in since they recommended not to do rental jeep/4×4 if not familiar with stream/River passing in area. Though highly unlikely to actually see one we’d like to get a guide to take us to jaguar habitat and spend 4-5 in jungle that is not luxury but not too roughing it since my GF won’t go if I go too caveman lol. My older brother has been to C.S. twice and has helped us plan west coast stay mid-coast but I really want to get into a spot last remaining jungle. He doesn’t know about the southern jungle. You seem to have really gotten around and may have something to pass along. Thanks for keeping up a great blog. It’s cold and rainy near NYC so we’re gonna live vicariously through your blog now and use it for inspiration :) Thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: November 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Hey there, thanks so much! Sorry that I can’t be of more help, but I really have no idea what this lodge is. You may want to contact some tour companies based in the Osa Peninsula and see if they have more information for you? All the best!

  42. I start to travel alon when I was 12 y.o. … now I’m 54 y.o. and I put my roots in Cinque Terre National Park.

    Come to visit us: http://www.theheartofcinqueterre.com/

    take care of yourself
    ciao
    ppp

  43. Just came across your website while planning a dive trip to little corn. You are an inspiration (even to guys….I see your praise is almost exclusively from women). I have had the desire to live your life for years but haven’t built up the nerve to do it yet…some day I hope to be a nomad as well. Keep living the good life and thanks for sharing!!!!

    • Camille Willemain Says: December 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you so much Jared what a nice comment! I hope you have an awesome time in Little Corn and it inspires you even further to pursue your dreams :) Todo es posible…

  44. Camille,

    You are truly an intrepid traveller. Keep on rocking !
    Just one question I would appreciate your thoughts on. I will be in CR for two weeks from Jan 18. I plan t spend at least a week on the Caribe coast around Cahuito and Puerto Viejo. In your view is it best to pre-book accomodation or is it easy / difficult to find decent accom on arrival? I will be on a farily tight budget and usually look for 2 – 3 star places but can also slum it in a hostel dorm if needs be. Your thoughts / insights would be welcome if you have a few minutes. Tks, Vincent

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Vincent! Since that’s peak season I do recommend prebooking if you can, at least for the first few nights and then you can look around the rest. Have you seen my Ultimate Guide to Puerto Viejo already?

  45. Yes thanks I was very taken with the picture(s) you paint of PV and have noted down your recommendations. My biggest challenge wil be managing my time to see and do all the options and still finding time to just chill out in CR : )

  46. PV was my sweet home nearly a decade ago. Seeing the photos brings me right back. Please check on Franklin, who preaches in the church Subday nights and sells patte from his cart during the day. And stop by Caribeans, for some coffee, and to chitchat with Paul & Jean, two ex-pats who saw PV and never left. And Charlie, down at Tesoro, with his movie, taquitos and a beer for $2… Thank you for these photos and for this journey!

  47. Your positivity and excitement are instantly contagious. Thanks for brightening my day.

    Cheers,
    Mike

  48. Hi Camille. :)

    Like every other reader and traveller i love your blog, it’s trully inspiring!

    The girl you were before your journey is who i am now. Just ended a long relationship and i’m feeling a little bit lost.

    So, maybe i’ll leave everything behind and go on a jorney of self-discovery, who knows maybe we’ll meet along the road.

    Stay strong and don’t give up! Your blog is great!!
    A big hug from Portugal

  49. Awesome website! I like the simplicity you use here and in the “my story” section. Less words and more pictures helps everyone see more and like they say, “a picture is worth 1,000 words!”

  50. Here’s a tip for you… (if you want to visit really the best place in the world)

    Ozora festival. http://www.ozorafestiva.eu

    Freedom, music, magnificent people.
    :)

  51. I stumbled across your blog as I am researching little corn island while I am considering the next leg of my journey. Your blog is refreshing and engaging! Thank you for the years of travelling and blogging you have dedicated to its creation. Your blog is a gem! Many of the places that you have included in your blog I visited years ago. It is really interesting to view your photos, read your words, hear your struggles and reflect back on my own incredibly similar experiences as I approached 30 out of a back pack. As you look back on little corn island does it still seem like a very special and unspoiled place?

    • Camille Willemain Says: February 17, 2015 at 3:17 am

      Thank you so very much! Absolutely, looking back on Little Corn, it’s still one of my favorite places anywhere. I hope to go back one day :)

  52. Catherine Says: April 8, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Hello,
    How are you? Do you accept guest posts? Can you please email me for more information? Thank you

  53. Todd & Erica Says: April 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Which rug shop in Fez?

  54. Hi,
    Just came across this as I am going back to visit CR after living there for almost three years. My cousin and I owned La Vela Latina in Samara for the time that I was there. I too sold it all and said eff it! I have never regretted that move. I have been to most of the places on your list bar one and find your evaluation balanced and fair. Everyone wants to be objective but we all have our preferences. I have very strong ties to Samara still, hence my looking a few things up on Google. Good blog lady. Happy and safe travels to you and your pal.

  55. Hi you wonderful human being! I am inspired by your blog. You write beautifully. How did you learn to navigate your blog? I am trying to create one right now and it is much more tough than I thought it would be. Was wondering if you had any advice?
    cheers!

  56. Hi Camille!
    I love your blog, and philosophy, I feel exactly like you.
    After an amazing trip in India, I opened my eyes, and I am moving my first steps into freedom, getting lighter every day.. I am writer.
    I just wanted to connect with you. Maybe one day our paths will cross

    Chiara

  57. Want to chat further about working together.

    Jesse

  58. Reading your story and the way you describe yourself, it’s like we’re twins haha. I’m not sure how old you are but seeing your pictures and reading your experiences ignites a passion of mine. Like you, I want to be a designer, of fashion, but there is this other side of me that wants adventure and impulse. Discovering something new and exciting and foreign while not completely knowing the outcome really excites me. So until I do something about it I’m enjoying reading about all that you’ve done and continue to do on your journey!!
    Best of luck

  59. Reading your story and the way you describe yourself, it’s like we’re twins haha. I’m not sure how old you are but seeing your pictures and reading your experiences ignites a passion of mine. Like you, I want to be a designer, of fashion, but there is this other side of me that wants adventure and impulse. Discovering something new and exciting and foreign while not completely knowing the outcome really excites me. So until I do something about it I’m enjoying reading about all that you’ve done and continue to do on your journey!!

  60. Thank you thank you thank you!!! You are such a blessing and a bright light! Thank you for your inspiring words! I know because of this exact post.. I will choose to let go and be free to explore the world! I am sending you love and light from San Diego California! Namaste my dear!

  61. Hello.
    I was wondering if you mainly traveled alone or with a friend. I want to travel Thailand for three months after I graduate college. I want to do it alone because I feel it would be a great experience but every time I tell someone that they say it’s so unsafe to travel alone as a girl but I don’t feel that way. I was wondering how you felt about it and if you have done it a lot.
    Thank you
    Morgan.

  62. I love reading your stories because they are so inspiring and have been giving me the motivation I need to do what I love. Thanks girl :)

  63. […] Read more about Camille Willemain on This American Girl. […]

  64. We would like to feature you as a guest blogger for the month of July or August. Please look at her website, the page is still not active. It will be a page that focuses on women we can relate to and and who inspired us. Diana

  65. I’m only 17 and have such a desire to travel and already have a good amount. I’m very mature for my age, handle all my own finances with no help and basically just live “at home” for the free rent sadly. since my mom has passed I’ve had such a urge to live and travel and embrace the world, in fear of leaving the world the way she did, hopelessly dreaming. except age is holding me back to go out there and I can’t seem to overcome everyone’s negative thoughts of me setting off alone in the next year…

    • I am on mailing list so when someone comments I ca see and read recent posts. I don’t reply but this time I just felt an urge. Your mother passing away while you are young will be the biggest event of your life. I’ve no doubt you are capable of traveling alone and honestly not trying to dissuade you. Just check yourself you are not trying to escape from reality of what has happened. That’s a huge emotional event at such a young age so be sure to surround yourself with people you care about for awhile. Also the negativity you are getting is likely well intentioned based in love. I hitchhiked across country at 17 and my parents and others were simply scared for me. I didn’t listen. I put them through a lot of stress and worry for many months. My mother had just lost her mother I was just too young to put it together that she was about to lose her son and maybe something terrible could happen to him. She threw my pack at me screaming and crying. I didn’t know she was in deep pain to see me do something so radical for such an age but also she didn’t want me to leave her at a time she had a great loss. Your mother likely meant a lot to others and they likely think of you as special. Others in your family might be kind of panicking that your mom died and they see you leaving too (and/or fear something bad could happen on your travels). There are great youth-oriented travel groups that sail, cross country, overseas, etc, and usually interact with local people and have great experiences. It’s a way to start off world travel in a unique way while perhaps making friends with kindred spirits who will make world travel a lifetime joy. I won’t give you the school lecture but there are many degrees and such that can be had that wind up offering world travel as a career option. But you seem capable with finances at such a young age and traveled already so of course it’s something to consider and others have done it obviously. It’s good you reach and connect with someone like This American Girl for advice. If you do wind up going, make some reputable connections first so you have some safe havens along the way. I wish you nothing but the best whatever you decide to do.

    • Camille Willemain Says: July 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Hi sweetheart, thank you so much for sharing with us. May I ask, what are the negative things people are telling you about going and traveling on your own?

  66. Hi! I decided I want to stop nursing school and travel the world. I think yoga is my calling and I want to do yoga all around the world then someday open my own studio. I really would like to talk to you about how yoga trade works, how much money I will need to save or how to make money as I travel. I have never felt more passionate about anything or more scared. I would really like to ask you questions and get an inside scoop on how I can really make my dream come true.

  67. Grant Dunlop Says: July 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Hi there, what a great story good on you I’m so inspired by you. Your so amazing not many people would do that but your awesome. Such a beautiful person as well.

    Grant

  68. I AM FROM BUGLARIA and here everything is a way harder and more complicated. how , I , as a eastern european girl can live they way you do????? without being harrased or taken advantage of…i have done my best to start you know…work&travel USA program, ERASMUS program in FINLAND, hostess job in italy, then some EP weeks in france and BRUSSELS,week holidays in turkey, greece, malta and tunisia, some spain , some austria and hungary,, but really, how can I fund all of it without the help of my relatives earn some real RESPECT from people. now, even my BF likes to say – yeah, you do it with mom and dad’s money..I HATE IT!!!! he doesn’t know it is not only money that it takes to follow dreams. it’s character.they also keep telling me , get a real job. one of those “9 to 5″ sh*t.and in BULGARIA you cant even pay the bils with the f****** salary u get. PLEASE, GIVE ME ADVICE. I SO MUCH NEED IT

  69. I need your adivce so badly….I am just stuck in my home countryand soon will be stuck eve more with a job I hate. but just cannot say no because my parents and BF want it that way ….. no one asks me :( i dont want to be a librarian, i want to continue my life of adventure.you know I have been to aalmost 20 countries up to now.mostly in EUROPE but I have also spent 4 months in the USA. as a BULGARIAN that was the allowed visa time. please, tell me how to earn by blogging, who takes care of your blog, how to get people help me or donate. i just want to become free not from the lifestyle I have now, but from the one they are trying to get me into …my BF IS EVEN trying to get me pregnant.help me hun I will soon be trapped

  70. Marie-Ève Brissette Says: July 30, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I just read your article on How I afford a life of constant travel…, and WOW! You are so inspiring!!
    Just have to say that I’ve been struggling myself with the desire to drop everything I have here (Canada) and travel all over the world and you just made my struggling harder! 😉
    Thanks for sharing that with us, I will certainly be one of your followers from now on!

    Marie-Ève

  71. I can’t get enough of your articles, Camille! They are helping and inspiring me so much in regards to my Costa Rica trip this fall. When you first went to CR, did you know much Spanish? I’m taking online courses but am sure I will only know the basics when I go. Any advice on that? I’ll mainly be in Puerto Viejo and Dominical. Thank you so much!

    • Camille Willemain Says: August 3, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Hey Robin, awesome! I’m happy to hear that. Do you have a copy of my ebook already, The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica? I didn’t know any Spanish at all before I went there, and I did just fine. Of course, transportation can be tricky without knowing the language,, but I’ve got all that covered in my ebook :)

  72. Hey Camille

    Thank you for your truly inspiring blog.

    A while ago you asked if we had any questions… A question keeps popping up…

    How do you deal with the lack of your family and friends when your moving around so much?

    (Maybe – if you would like – you could write about relationships to other people in general. Maybe you already have and I´ve missed it?)

    Thank you

    • Camille Willemain Says: August 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you darling. Ahhh yes ok I will write about this soon. Already some stuff coming up. Thanks for the inspiration xx

  73. ANONMYOUS Says: August 23, 2015 at 7:31 am

    How old are you? Just curious I’m 26 and single wanting to start this alone adventure but feel i’ve waited too late now with my job and life to just up and leave.

    • Camille Willemain Says: August 23, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Oh my goodness 26 darling you are sooooo young!! I meet people from 18 to 70 who are living this way! I’m 28, and I first left to go travel a week before my 25th birthday.

  74. Hey there Camille –

    Come on my show and share your story! Number one on iTunes – KeepYourDaydream Podcast. We are totally all about what you are up to…and the KYD audience would love to hear how you got where you are today!

    Talk soon :) Cheers, Tricia

  75. Paula Andrews Says: August 25, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Hi Camille!I was impressed by your sentence: “I believe that there’s more to life than working hard in school, going to the best university, graduating with debt, applying to hundreds of jobs you don’t even want, working nine to five at a job that doesn’t excite you, and buying more stuff that you don’t actually need.” I wish I had that courage…
    My courage started by trying a new concept: Glamping. Me and my Partner Peter went to this new Glamping spot in Madeira Island, Portugal and we were truly amazed. We are not exaggerating when we say that Roberto’s (the owner) place is the nicest little paradise we ever had the honor of sleeping in. The bed was super comfortable, and the shower in the morning, right next to the Tipi, with a sea view window… Wow… !
    The waterfall, the sea, the sounds, the flowers, the fruits, the apple bananas… everything was so relaxing! And, Roberto was also very nice, always available to help us.
    This experience of “camping” with all comfort is definitely to repeat! You can have a look at this hidden paradise here https://www.airbnb.pt/rooms/6913695?s=8
    Isn’t it a wonder? Good luck with everything! Loved your blog. Bye!

  76. We are looking for volunteers or interns for our eco adventure park (www.oceanranchpark.com). We need good people who have good people skills and who love the outdoors. We are one of the biggest and most visited eco adventure parks in Costa Rica. This may lead to a paid position. Hospitality or food and beverage experience is desirable. Also, good with outdoor adventure is important.

  77. Hello American Girl/Camille!!

    My name is Alanna and I’m a 25 year old Canadian girl. I will be backpacking Costa Rica and Panama starting October 2nd with my younger cousin and her friend. Do you think you will be in Costa Rica at all during that time? If so I would love to meet you. Your blog had been such a helpful tool while planning our trip and I think you are so interesting.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Take Care,

    Alanna :)

  78. I have shared your page with so many people. You are truly an inspiration and I love how far you’ve gone along with anticipation for where you are going next. Such a free life. Kinda like Alexander “Super Tramp” from Into The Wild. Incredible. Email me sometime.

  79. Hi Camille – I just found your site and am loving it! I often dream of running away from life and opening a beach bar on an island to get away from the rat race. You are an inspiration!

  80. Ashlee Centrella Says: October 20, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hi Camille,

    I hope your day is going well! I’m reaching out with some exciting news – we’ve recently compiled a list of “2015’s Female Solo Bloggers to Follow,” and we’d like to feature your blog!

    In the list, we’d like to include your answer to the following question: “What one piece of advice would you offer for someone traveling solo for the first time?” If you could put together a few sentences that would be perfect! We will be including a brief summary of your personal blog, as well as a link for our readers to access your page.

    If you could get this back to us by Friday, 10/23, that would be greatly appreciated! We are working to have this list live by the end of the month, and I will be sure to let you know once it’s up and running!

    Congratulations on the recognition, I am looking forward to working with you!

    Ashlee Centrella
    Business Development – Vacation Rentals

    acentrella@tripadvisor.com

  81. Dear Camille,

    Hi,Great to view the contents from your blog and can’t stop viewing them.We love your photography and contents described in those trips, but feel kind of disappointed without seeing any trips on China. I am working for collaboration with travel blog, oversea travel agents in Laibatour, an online travel brand focusing on China Inbound tourism. We’d like to invite you to experience our tour products in China as for our collaboration.
    Please let me know if you’d be interested and hope hearing from you soon!

    Stephen

  82. Elizabeth Aldrich Says: October 31, 2015 at 9:52 am

    What a fantastic blog I’ve stumbled upon, thank you! I’ve been in CR for a few months ago and have been volunteering in PV for a couple weeks now. I don’t know if you’re currently in PV, but if you have any spare time I would love to meet up. If not, totally understand!

    • Camille Willemain Says: October 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! I actually just arrived in mexico, but I’ll be back in PV in January. Enjoy!! xoxo

  83. Hey there,, I’m only 19 but also in love with traveling, I am a South African, but I’m currently working in the Netherlands until December, then leaving for China for another year in January. I want to continue traveling so badly, I just want to know what type of Visa did you get and how all of those things worked for you.
    I love your blog and your story,, you really are living the dream
    :)

    • Camille Willemain Says: November 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you love! Most countries have visas upon arrival which makes it very easy! Not sure what the restrictions are for South Africa but I imagine they are similar to the US xoxox

  84. Hi, my name is Kelly King and I’m a senior in high school. I live in a small town in Arkansas and I want nothing more than to escape and travel the world. My greatest passion in life is learning about other cultures and world travel. I hope to someday be as successful as you and peruse my dream of going abroad. Thank you for being an inspiration to me and other young women across the globe. I admire what you’ve done and how you’ve shown me that there is more to life than just existing. Because of you I want to live. I want to travel and experience all of the adventures and beauty that the world has to offer. Thank you again
    Love your friend
    Kelly

  85. Hey Camille,

    I love your blog and your content has inspired me to go on a trip through Colombia, Panama and possible Costa Rica. I was wondering if you take guest bloggers as I would love to write about how you inspired me on this journey. Is this something that you do?

    Kind regards,
    Shari

    • Camille Willemain Says: November 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Hey Shari that’s wonderful!! Hm this is an interesting concept that I will think about… having readers share how my blog inspired them to follow their dreams. I will let you know, and thank you so much for wanting to share! xo

  86. Steve Barker Says: November 6, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Hi,

    Hope you are doing fine.

    This is Steve. I am engaged with some marketing organizations who are looking forward to do advertisement in quality websites.

    I have reached to your website through Google search and thought it would be a perfect place for one of my recent client.

    We would like to post review / content in your website thisamericangirl.com. The review / content will be written by experts. And it will contain good information.

    Let me know if we can make the deal.
    Steve Barker
    Content Marketing Executive

  87. Steve Barker Says: November 21, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Hi,

    Hope you are doing fine.

    This is Steve. I am engaged with some marketing organizations who are looking forward to do advertisement in quality websites.

    I have reached to your website through Google search and thought it would be a perfect place for one of my recent client.

    We would like to post review / content in your website thisamericangirl.com. The review / content will be written by experts. And it will contain good information.

    Let me know if we can make the deal.

    Steve Barker
    Content Marketing Executive

  88. Aldo Luna Says: December 6, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Camille,
    Great blog! I am travelling to Costa Rica in one week, I will stay there for a couple of weeks (most of the time at Guanacaste), but I am planning to go to Limon and Puerto Viejo and down to Bocas del Toro. I am on my own, so any recommendation would be very appreciated (places to stay, where to eat, places to visit and local activities).

    If you come to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; I will be glad to show you the city!

    Saludos :)

    Aldo Luna

  89. Hi Camille!

    I’m a huge fan of your blog for quite a long time now :) Actually you inspired me to travel and in the last 2.5 years I’ve been to 30 cities and 4 continents!

    Next year I’ll start a new adventure in Kuala Lumpur but before I leave Europe I have to finish my bachelor thesis. It’s about Expatriates, Repatriates and Digital Nomads and their experiences :)

    I would love to interview you, via Skype or some IM just super quickly – 5minutes or something!

    Keep rockin,
    hope to hear from you,
    Daniel

    • Camille Willemain Says: December 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Hey Daniel that is awesome! Congrats!! Right now I’m in Guatemala with very spotty internet connection, but connect with me in January when I’m back in Costa Rica and I’ll have more time. xoxo

      • Hi Camille!
        Sorry for the late reply but I was super sick the last weeks, hope you had a better start in 2016 :)

        I’m not sure if my last post was posted, so here another one.
        You can find the questions in this google doc: http://bit.ly/1JSOyee

        Please feel free to answer as many as you like. They are very open so you can give super short and super long answers, whatever you prefer.

        Thanks again for helping me out… Really looking forward to your experiences :)

        You can also send me the answer per mail if you prefer :)

        All the best,
        Daniel

  90. Your site and blog is so incredible and inspiring and is by far the best out there! Actually your’s is the only one I take the time to read lol :) Keep up the good work girl!

  91. Hello!

    I love reading your blog! You have such great insight about being a solo female traveler. I am currently planning a trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica in a few months. I was wondering if you have any recommendations for volunteering in Costa Rica? I’m trying to get by in the most affordable way possible, so free food and accommodation in exchange for work is something I’m interested in. It’d be great if you have any suggestions! Thanks so much!

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 3, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Hey love! I have heard really good things about The Yoga Farm in Pavones, Costa Rica! Also, check out yogatrade.com and work-away.info :) So many blessings darling xoxoxo

  92. Hi Camille. Thank you for sharing your post about water Kefir. It has helped me immensely. I enjoy reading your blog especially about Costa Rica. I will be heading back there soon as I really love the country. I’ve done most of the touristy stuff but now I am planning for and cant wait to go back to enjoy and photograph the culture. I always chuckle when I wonder if I would be able to spot you out in a crowd because I typically only see pictures that you post of your backside. Lol. Anyway…from one stranger to another…Have a great year in 2016. Ill be checking your blog for unique places to stay and explore in Costa Rica to determine how long my stay will be.
    Peace
    ~Dale~

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 3, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks so much Dale! yes people often recognize me from my hair lol! Happy 2016 and enjoy your travels :) Pura Vida! xo

  93. Anonymous Says: January 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve only read a few entries in your blog, and your writing is so beautiful. It’s been very healing for me at times. You have the ability to make people really feel what you’re going through and seeing, right there with you. It’s truly magical. You’re a lovely soul!

  94. Hello Fellow Wanderer! My name is Matt and I have been traveling fulltime for over 4 years.

    I wanted to start with a bit of gratitude as your blog turned me onto using water kefir in the fight against pesky stomach bugs. Its nice to be able to travel with less worry about how to keep beneficial bacteria at optimum levels, as we both know, being sick overseas sucks! It has even inspired me to start making my own sauerkraut. I now make the best kraut Ive ever had!

    Im currently traveling the western US in a motorhome, but have lately been feeling the itch to jump back on a plane and go somewhere warmer. Im looking for a yoga/meditation immersion program that I can join for a month or so and curious what you might suggest. I would prefer Costa Rica, but for the right program I am willing to go most anywhere. Obviously a travelers budget is what Im working with, so the fancy obvious programs are out. Pacahamama offers a great looking program but their month long program doesnt start for a couple more months.

    Any suggestions? And thank you for your blog, your openness and honesty about loneliness and dating on the road helps put into perspective a side of traveling fulltime that gets ignored by so many bloggers.

    happy trails,
    Matt

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Hey love! I sent you a response via email, but my recommendations would be the Yoga Farm in Punta Banco near Pavones :) I’ve never actually been, but it’s ffordable, I hear it’s awesome, and I love Pavones!

  95. Hi Camille. I want to know more about how you made you live traveling the world. I was hoping this about section would go into that but it doesn’t. Where do you live now? How do you make a living? I’m not looking to buy a book or anything just let me know. Thanks!

  96. Hi Camille!
    Thank you so much for the mention in your guide to the “Real Tulum!” We love this little town and are proud to be able to welcome people in and share the best parts of this area with our guests. Great work on highlighting some of the excellent businesses in this area – it is a valuable service you provide to help people spend their time (and money!) wisely. :)

    All our best to you!
    ~Brandy & Blaine

  97. Hi im travelling to costa rica on the 4th of april and volunteering for 3 weeks in puerto jiminez but wanting to come to purto viejo after for a few weeks, i have never travelled on my own before and was wondering if you could please get back to me and give me some tips on my journey ! thanks :) x

    • Camille Willemain Says: February 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Hey love, congrats sounds like you have a great trip coming up! Definitely check out my Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica eBook, I’ve also got another one coming out next month The Single Girl’s Guide to Traveling Alone :) Hope those help!! xx

  98. Hi Camille,

    I’m so happy you posted about Nosara, my boyfriend and I are planning on going there in a couple months. I was hoping you could tell me how you got in touch with 4 you hostel. Their email doesn’t seem to work on their site. If you have any tips that would be awesome!!

    Charlotte

    • Camille Willemain Says: February 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Hey love, it was a few years ago that I stayed there so I’m not sure… Perhaps you can google them and find a FB page or another way? Best of luck! xoxo

  99. Hi I’m planning a trip to Costa Rica for a week in April. Can you help me plan an intinirary?

  100. Camille,
    This might be one of the more random questions for you to get but hopefully you’ll understand it’s something I’m doing for a person I care very much for.

    Someone very close to me has been battling depression and severe anxiety for over year now. They have gone to Costa Rica in the past and really loved it and have considered a move there especially to retire. But this recent situation has put all of that out of their mind about Costa Rica. A 180 flip…it was just a silly dream and it’s not something interested in anymore. Their situation became so severe that they’ve twice have needed to go to two facilities to address the level of depression but also try to find medication that works for them. These facilities are often incredibly expensive for the average person and so they often only stay 5-7 days which is not long enough to get the proper help they seek because their insurance only covers a week. They are a good candidate for somebody who needs to be somewhere for a few months but those places are just too expensive for the average person.

    This person was extremely comfortable in Costa Rica the times they’ve go down there. You could just tell it was a place they totally fell in love with and they seem to think they could make it go it. They started going beyond the tourist phase and starting to look into perhaps a way to live down there.

    As you know many people go to Costa Rica for a lot of physical medical needs. Dental, cosmetic surgery, just general feel good therapy such as yoga retreats things like that. You go to get help in a beautiful place with a culture of people that are very caring friendly but the same time you could save a lot of money doing it outside the American insurance situation. I’m wondering in all your travels do you know of a place in Costa Rica (or other spots) that specializes or focuses on quality care for people with mental health crisis such as severe depression high anxiety think like that?

    Typically in America if you get long term mental health care the actual places can be pretty stark the buildings and setting. I’ve heard the dental, plastic surgery, general surgery options to save a lot money and get quality care and aftercare. But I’ve never heard of any type of facility where people go for mental health.

    I’m just wondering if you had feedback, insight, or perhaps even a direct link or contact? I’m doing a lot of research myself but it is challenging. A couple years ago actually emailed you that my girlfriend and I were going on a trip Central America. Although we did not wind up in Costa Rica I joined the comment section list and receive the Q&A you do for people. Thought I’d give this try.

    Thank you and hope you are having a great day!

    • Camille Willemain Says: March 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Rin, aw I’m so sorry for your friend’s situation. Honestly down here the best thing would be to just come, get a house, and go to some local healers. We have ceremonies, singing circles, Reiki healers, Shamanic healers, all kinds of things like there. For physical needs we also have a completely holistic center. Some sort of custom retreat would probably do your friend well. Let me know if you have more specific questions about this xx

  101. heather Says: March 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Hi Camille,

    I have a question about your YTT at Pavones. I have done Yoga all of my life. Took my first 200 hr. YTT in 1999. Then did one year of YTT at Iyengar Institute San Francisco and various other YTT’s with different teachers. I taught for 7 years, and then…. I had a spinal injury.

    I have not been able to practice asana for 12 years. I am starting to feel ready to get back to it. I am weak and a bit out of shape. Being that I have so much experience, I need a high quality program. I’m going to get really annoyed with anything other than top notch.

    My questions:
    1) How did you choose your program? Did you do a lot of investigating, or did you just go for it?
    2) Since being in the Yoga world a while now, is there another program you covet and wish you had taken?

    All my trainings were before ‘Yoga Alliance’ was even an entity. So I need a reputable YTT which is registered with Yoga Alliance, has a good price, and also has networking opportunities. And… of course I need the best price, because I’m not rich. There are so many affordable programs in India, I just wonder if they will be technical enough for me. My original training was with Baba Hari Dass, so I got plenty of scripture, meditation, pranayama… I need a course heavy in technical Asana and getting me up to speed with what’s happening in Asana. I have been out of the loop a long time and Yoga has since exploded. All of a sudden there are all these new styles of yoga etc…

    Any guidance you can offer would be so helpful. Thanks!

    Heather

    • Camille Willemain Says: March 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Hey Heather! So sorry to hear about your injury but I’m so glad to hear you are finding your way back to yoga :) I highly highly highly recommend my training at PYC. I can’t imagine a better program to be honest! That said, if you haven’t practice in a long time, definitely spend at least a year before your training getting familiar with the Vinyasa Yoga practice as that’s the style that you’ll be learning to teach at PYC. The expectation in the training is that you’re already very familiar with the postures and have a strong personal practice. The training is meant to help you be a better teacher, with the expectation that you already know the basics. Sending you love and support in this journey!

  102. I’m amazed at the depth of ur understanding of cultures… Ur awesome !!!

  103. Ginny Hickey Says: March 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hola mi Amiga!

    I met you last week at Punta Uva while chatting with local patty man Ishen… I’m now back in the USA in the Columbia Gorge (gorgeous, action sport, nature playground 60 miles east of Portland). I dearly miss the Pura Vida life… Especially the fresh food and daily swims and bike rides in the sun… And whitewater kayaking in the interior mountains! It’s a freedom, adventure lifestyle I experienced while in Thailand and NZ last winter while traveling solo. I haven’t figured out how to make it an extended journey of more than a month or two at a time, but that aspect is still on my radar. Thanks for the inspiration fellow NW girl. Hit me up when/if you make it back to the NW. Much love! Thanks for the mosquito advice.

    Ginny

  104. Hello
    I am 22 and have been planning to go travel alone in south america (peru and bolivia) next month with a one way ticket. I am having so many second thoughts though, as I am nervous and honestly just a bit afraid of feeling overwhelmed by doing everything alone. I have read a lot about South East Asia being much easier to travel in, so I keep thinking well maybe I should just go there instead since I have never traveled out of the country before. Of course both places are interesting to me and want to go everywhere throughout life, but South America is where I have always wanted to go most, but now just thinking I should maybe start somewhere easier? I don’t know. Your blog has been the one I felt I could most relate with and I have read about your time in SE Asia and central America and Colombia, not sure if you’ve been anywhere else in South America. Anyway, I was just wondering if you could possibly give me some advice, as I am really feeling scattered and unsure of myself. People in my life who I ask for advice mostly tell me to wait until I have someone to go with–but I don’t want to wait. I want to go now! Any advice or insight would be very much appreciated. Thank you. –Jess

    • Camille Willemain Says: March 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Hey sweetie, I think you are absolutely doing the right thing by going where your heart feels called!! I haven’t personally traveled beyond Colombia, but I have met many people who have done it solo, with no Spanish language skills, and had an amazing time. Whether it’s effortless or so challenging, all of it will be exactly what you need to learn for your highest evolution. Keep following your heart, trust yourself, trust your intuition, and you will be guided where you need to go. I have 100% faith in you and wish for you to have that same faith in yourself xoxo.

  105. Hi Camille, I think I’ve fallen in love with you just by reading your blog(just how cool is that!). Thank you, you are a beautiful gift.

    • Camille Willemain Says: August 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Ohhhh wow, thank you so much I really appreciate that and your kind heart. You too are a beautiful gift.

  106. Hi Camille-
    My husband and I purchased your e-book this spring before our first trip to CR. We enjoyed your hotel recommendations (yay Casa Batsu) and eventually fell in love with Puerto Viejo.
    We now have the potential opportunity to purchase a B and B where we stayed. It was immaculate and has great reviews online.
    Given that we will be moving ourselves and our kids ( ages 5,9,17) to do this- is there a chance you would be willing to weigh in about any real “negatives” about the area?
    We live in the states, but I read the online newspapers/blogs daily.
    We would love outside input regarding crime or any other aspect from a person who has spent a lot of time in the area.
    Many thanks in advance,
    Juliet

    • Camille Willemain Says: December 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Hey Juliet thank you I’m so happy to hear that. Have you already read this article of mine?
      http://www.thisamericangirl.com/2014/10/06/puerto-viejo-safe/

      A quick weigh in is… Puerto Viejo like anywhere is a real place. It has a dark history. There is conflict and tension that still exists there. It’s also a beautiful and magical place. Break ins do happen, drug crimes do happen, rape and murder does happen. Though not commonly enough for it to have deterred me from being there. Mostly, it’s armed robbery that’s the common concern. Weather is also quite intense and unpredictable. Tourist seasons aren’t predictable either so there are highs and lows as a business owner. I love it there, but it’s not an easy place to live. I hope that helps!

      • Thanks for your feedback Camille! I had read this article before we visited, and we followed your advice. We left Viejo with only positive experiences and were thankful to have read this in advance. You commented recently (I believe on an Instagram post)that you’ve seen many changes in the past year and that PV might be very different when you return. Care to elaborate? Are things moving in a positive direction? Many thanks for sharing your experiences about this beautiful place in the world. We would never have visited had I not seen your blog:)

        • Camille Willemain Says: December 5, 2016 at 1:07 am

          Thanks Juliet I appreciate your comment. Some changes I like, some I don’t like, and I feel sad about my involvement as a foreigner when it comes to the changes I don’t like. There is a lot more conscious community events now, cacao ecstatic dance, more yoga, singing circles, weekly women’s circles, more healthy places to eat, organic grocery store, this stuff I love. There’s also a LOT more tourism, a lot more development, the beaches are more crowded, plans to completely pave the shoreline in town and commercialize it, laws changed so that they can build hotels in Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve, less fish when I go snorkeling, less Caribbean culture, less local people in general, more American style bars less reggae bars, way bigger police presence yet not lower crime rates, and increase in housing prices. It seems like the same effects of Westernization everywhere in the world but it’s sad for me to see it in a place I love so much. I hope that insight helps you.

  107. This has been extremely helpful! I will email you if we end up stationed in PV. Many thanks:)

  108. Hi,

    Awesome travel blog. I travel a lot also and really like your blog.

    We would like to invite you for one of our ghost tours for free. We are Ghost City tours and currently operate year round in Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, San Antonio and Chattanooga.

    Could you make it to any of those locations this year?

    After you experience it yourself, we would love to be mentioned on your site. Is there any way we could arrange a good date for you to come out?

    • Camille Willemain Says: April 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Justin, thanks so much for your comment and for thinking of me. I don’t have plans to be in those destinations but wishing you best of luck with your tours! <3

  109. Hey Camille!!😍

    It’s 12:13a.m. and I’m laying in bed on my cell reading blog after blog of yours. I am consumed by the sheer LIFE this is giving me. You my dear have yourself a fan here lol
    And I am interested in visiting for your retreat. I didn’t see prices so if you could shoot me over the package along with some photos of the place, that would be awesome! I also want to make sure I make my trip while you’re there.
    This is so inspiring and gives me a sense of validity when it comes to being a self proclaimed “hippie” and also the triumphs and lows with matters of the heart. I felt you honey…well I won’t post a mini blog 😐 but I’m stoked thanks!

    • Camille Willemain Says: April 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Hi darling I just emailed you a response! My next retreat is tentatively scheduled for mid November 2017 :) and I would love for you to join! Be sure to sign up for the retreats email list to get first priority. ALSO something you can dive into right now is a transformational online journey I have available for a limited time: http://www.thisamericangirl.com/freedom-tribe/ Doors close literally tomorrow (Sunday) night so if you want to join be sure to sign up ASAP!

  110. I love your blog. I wish I could know you before you come to Cambodia. If you plan to come back to Cambodia again, I would definitely love to invite you to join my bike tours for free in Siem Reap, Battambang and Kampot. I am your fan, I love reading your content. Thank you!