When I was 12, the only place you would find me was in my room with my nose in a book. I lived vicariously through the characters as they went on adventures, fell in love, and lived lives worth talking about while being afraid to live my own afraid.
If you had told 16 year old Sky that she would be backpacking through Central America solo, she would have laughed in your face.
Yet at 17, I found myself on a school trip to Guatemala. The catch? As a cyber student, I had never actually met any of my fellow students or teachers. It was also my first time on a plane, first time out of the country and, well, first everything.
I was terrified, convinced that I was somehow going to manage to die before the trip ended.
Turns out sometimes doing things that scare you is a great thing.
The 10 days I spent in Guatemala changed my life – I returned home with a terrible case of wanderlust that never went away.
That was 3 years ago. Now, at 21, I should be in college and getting a degree that will eventually lead to a 9-5 and put me on track to get married, buy a house, and have 2.5 children.
Instead, I’m building a life around travel.
In early 2015, I spent 2 months backpacking through Costa Rica and Nicaragua, learning Spanish and volunteering along the way. In 2016, I spent 4 months volunteering in Honduras before I moved to Costa Rica.
I’m currently living on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica as a digital nomad and plan on traveling through Central America for the indefinite future.
I’m also forcing myself out of my comfort zone on a regular basis (See Sky vs… archives) and working hard to create a life I love living – not one I need a vacation from.
Sometimes, you just gotta do what scares you.
You can also email me at sky.fisher[at]yahoo[dot]com.