Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - Playa Negra Surf Trip!

The Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica crew loaded up the camp shuttle with surfboards, and our campers hopped in and headed thirty minutes away to Playa Negra, a hidden gem of a beach along the Pacific Coast. At Dreamsea Costa Rica we take our guests on both a weekly excursion, and in this case, a weekly surf trip to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful natural landscapes!

On this trip, our campers indulged in an afternoon full of surf lessons, soccer, exploration, and simple relaxation. As our camp motto would encourage, the individuals of Dreamsea Costa Rica stay collecting moments, not things..

As time moves on, the Dreamsea Surf Camp tree continues to expand and become more globally fruitful. With people from all over the world consistently joining us in camp, each passing week becomes more of an opportunity to grow your international family.

“Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.”

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THE VISUALS: This video was shot and edited by the extremely talented Xavier Lacroix, who hails from Madrid, Spain and is exploring the world with his visuals leading the charge. His journey and magnificent work can be found and followed via his INSTAGRAM. You can also find his work on his PERSONAL WEBSITE.

 

THE MUSIC: The audio on this video is supplied by Gill Bondy, and the song is titled “So Alive”.

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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - Catarata Llanos del Cortés Excursion!

The Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica crew hit Catarata Llanos del Cortés, one of the most historic waterfalls in Costa Rica for our weekly excursion! Our campers indulged in an afternoon full of hiking, cliff jumping, and aqua yoga under the grand natural waterfall. As always, the individuals of Dreamsea Costa Rica stay collecting moments, not things..

As time moves on, the Dreamsea Surf Camp tree continues to expand and become more globally fruitful. With people from all over the world consistently joining us in camp, each passing week becomes more of an opportunity to grow your international family.

“Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.”

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THE VISUALS: This video was shot and edited by the gifted Belinda Martinez Solis, who hails from Ovideo, Spain and is traveling the World while speaking the language of art through her camera lens. Her journey and subsequent art can be followed via her INSTAGRAM.

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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - Workaway Host Of The Month!

*This article was originally constructed and featured on Workaway’s website (Workaway.info) in June of 2016. The interview was conducted by Workaway’s owners in coordination with Dreamsea Costa Rica.*

Here at Workaway, we now have an amazing 30,000+ hosts involved in our volunteer exchange projects and communities from all over the world.


From agricultural work, scuba diving, yoga retreats and most things in between, we are so proud to be associated with so many amazing hosts. Going by the name of ‘Workaway Host of the Month’ we will reveal more of what it is like to be a host and let you into their routines and how their projects have changed since opening their doors to you guys!

We recently traveled to Costa Rica to check out some Workaway projects and met Carlos who runs a surf camp in Tamarindo together with Michael. We dug deeper into their journey to share it all with you.

Workaway: Hey guys, what a beautiful day it is in Tamarindo! Can you tell us a little more about your background? How long ago did you start your surf camp, and why did you get into it?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: Our surf camp in Costa Rica started almost three years ago, before opening the surf camp I was travelling around Europe, but Costa Rica had always been a captivating country to me. While in Europe, I met many people familiar with Costa Rica, and I found myself asking the same question to all of them: What comes to your mind when I say “Costa Rica”? Almost everyone would emphatically respond with positive feelings, constantly noting the country’s nature, tranquility, the friendly locals, and of course the great surf available. Then my next question was to myself — How can I take what this beautiful country has to offer, and pair all of the great qualities of Costa Rica with an innovative idea that was based off of self-sustainability, and would provide a platform for travelers to connect with other travelers?

After flying to Costa Rica and searching for the optimal land to putting this dream into reality, all the answers were found in this little piece of jungle in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. With that same self-sustainability approach in mind, using natural resources, including the wood straight from the jungle, bamboo, and multiple other natural tools, the surf camp quickly began to come to fruition. While building the camp, and surfing together every day, we began to feel something special was on its way.

Workaway: We love that you followed your dreams and inspire others to help too! How did you first discover Workaway, and how many volunteers have you hosted so far?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: At the beginning of the construction process, when I was alone looking for that ideal piece of land in the jungle, riding horses, walking through the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica, recycling wood, and working with the earth and its resources, I had to reach out to some close friends to help me build this Dream. These close friends called other friends, and we had some unexpected acquaintances come offer their help. One of them named Julian, talked to me about Workaway. Immediately, I was excited to learn of such an amazing platform that opens incredible opportunities to allow travellers to get to know the world, while creating life experiences using their own hands and skill sets. At that current stage, we knew it would be a perfect partnership as both companies had the same ideology and ultimate goal in mind: to continue their internal and external growth, while connecting with as many like-minded individuals in the process. While it is a rough estimate, in our near three years of being in production, we have hosted over a total of 1,000 workawayers!

Workaway: WOW! I think that must be a record! Do you have a daily routine, and can you describe your perfect day with your Workawayers?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: During the off-season the surf camp is full of volunteers, sharing their skills, and splitting tasks to keep the place running at its optimal capacity. These tasks range from everything such as surf instruction, yoga instruction, photography, videography, and social media help, to more basic tasks such as helping in the kitchen, construction work around the camp, to just overall maintenance of keeping the camp as clean as possible. And of course, the most important activity of each day: GOING SURFING!

To give an idea of a typical day at our surf camp in Costa Rica, below is a rough timeline from the beginning of the day to its conclusion:

6 AM: Morning surf at Langosta beach for intermediate and advanced surfers. Surf in Tamarindo beach for beginners.
7 AM: Yoga classes in the camp, sometimes on the beach while others choose to surf instead.
8:30 AM: A large family style breakfast all together in our dining area under a large mango tree.
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Most general volunteers will complete their daily tasks.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: We provide shuttles to Tamarindo beach (unless it is one of two days a week we do special excursion & surf trips) for our guests/volunteers.
1:00 PM: Surf lessons and relaxing on the beach.
4:00 PM: A serene yoga session on the beach.
5:30 PM: Watch the sunset on the beach and then provide shuttles back to camp.
7:30 PM: A large family style dinner buffet in the dining area under the mango tree.
9:00 PM: After dinner most campers indulge in recreational conversation, music, and general entertainment around the camp bar and chill out area.
10:30 PM: We provide shuttles to the downtown Tamarindo nightlife, where specific days call for different types of entertainment out and about in the city.
1:30 AM: We provide our final shuttles back to the surf camp.

Workaway: We love the life in Costa Rica, no wonder you get so many volunteers! How has your project changed since hosting Workawayers?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: First and foremost, the influence of Workawayers has established a more creative environment for everyone involved. In any setting, it’s inevitable that if you put a collection of innovative and inspired people together, who are skilled at something specific, for an extended period of time, everyone involved in the situation will feel the desire to push their own boundaries and follow their own aspirations. We believe that both having a constant desire to accomplish something creatively prolific, and encouraging others to attain their own imaginative passions, are unequivocally contagious, so having Workawayers around in camp who are youthfully ambitious, will forever be mutually beneficial to everyone’s future growth and success.

Workaway: What have been the biggest challenges for you since hosting Workawayers, and how did you handle them?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: Many of the workawayers that join us have never been this close to nature and wildlife in such a raw form. It’s an everyday challenge to encourage them to confront their fears, remain open-minded about the uncertainty of the jungle, and show them that all animals and surrounding wildlife are beautiful in their own right, and will never harm you if they don’t feel threatened. We constantly encourage our volunteers to simply be one with the nature that surrounds them.

Workaway: What is the most beneficial thing you have gained from hosting Workawayers?

Carlos: Thanks to the many different Workawayers we have hosted, I’ve learnt how to surf better and approach the water with a different philosophy, along with learning different types of yoga, languages, and most importantly, just having lots of friends all over the world.

Michael: I’m genuinely inspired by how many of these young Workawayers are just travelling the world alone, and creating opportunities for themselves as they go. There is nothing that can compare to the perspective you gain when travelling solo, and because of that, all of these travelers are so insightful for their age. It’s inspiring to see firsthand, and in turn, deeply motivates me to continue my own journey and personal growth.

Workaway: We also love seeing how many of our Workawayers are out there doing it alone! What is the most memorable moment you’ve had with Workawayers, and why?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: There’s a few: 

1. Building the yoga platform: We have one large yoga platform in the camp, and just seeing the progress of its construction was special. Month by month with this project in mind, collecting and recycling the perfect wood pieces to support the platform, waiting to see the right branch that would fall somewhere in the jungle and the trails around the camp, or even on the beaches. If we saw one, we’d get the team together, jump on the pickup truck and go on an adventure, all of us with the same goal, come back to camp with more materials to complete our common project. The result was a solid, sustainable, wooden Yoga platform that has now become the source of so many beautiful Yoga sessions. When I sit on there in any downtime I have, I remember all of the hands that built it.

  1. Teaching English to kids:Two workawayers who were both professional English teachers, brought this beautiful idea of promoting the English language to kids with difficult access to education in the surrounding areas of Tamarindo. In their time here, they would initiate and invite these kids from different neighborhoods to spend their days interacting with our diverse group of Workawayers at camp, learning English, playing soccer, climbing the mango trees, cooking and grilling hamburgers, and ending the days teaching them surf on the beach. It’s hard to think of a better feeling than hearing the simultaneous laughing of the kids and workawayers throughout the extent of those days. It was truly amazing.

Workaway: What lovely stories! Do you have any advice for anyone looking to go on a Workaway trip, and how would you define what makes a good volunteer?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: My advice would be to just “embrace the uncomfortable“. Most people who sign up to be a Workawayer already have the ambition to travel on their own, test themselves, and ultimately grow through their experiences. But, there will certainly be times that things are uncomfortable or don’t go as planned, and that is when you sometimes just need to take a deep breath, a step back, and remind yourself that it’s all part of the process. You find out a lot about yourself in those uncomfortable moments, and like with all happenings in life, without the obstacles and lows of your adventures, the highs and accomplishments you experience aren’t nearly as exhilarating or memorable. The lessons you learn from that balance in your travel will undoubtedly last a lifetime.

Workaway: What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Dreamsea Costa Rica: I have learned a new style of living from interacting with Workawayers from all over the world. It’s a style of living where you can see souls instead of just people, where individuals are happy to share their knowledge and skills, where anything is possible when you work together, and where material things lose value and instead, moments become the most precious thing we can collect in life. My hope for the future is just to continue living, promoting, and sharing this beautiful style of life. In five years’ time, I see exponential growth within the camp, our future development, and the workawayers that became team leaders at our surf camp. By promoting, living, leading, and expanding on this style of life, the sky is the limit for our project.

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THE WORDS: As noted above, this article was originally featured on Workaway’s website (Workaway.info). The feature was a portion of their monthly recognition of one volunteer host in their global network. Dreamsea Costa Rica was honored as Workaway’s “Host of the Month” in June of 2016, and this interview was subsequently conducted. You can read the original article HERE.

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Interested in coming to Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica, volunteering with us, and  joining our team here in the jungles of Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Check out more of the Dreamsea Experience by hitting the “Learn More” button below! 

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WHAT IS DREAMSEA COSTA RICA?


Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica has travelers from all across the World come stay with us throughout the year. It’s often that you can find people from 30 or more different countries within the camp at the same time! It’s those same exact individuals, who are all made up of diverse and fascinating backgrounds, that are the heart and soul of what Dreamsea truly is at it’s core. It’s simply all about the people.

But what does Dreamsea Costa Rica mean to the travelers themselves? We asked some of those same adventurous and compassionate individuals within the camp to describe in one sentence, “What Dreamsea Means” to them. Check out the video below!

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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - Live In The Moment!

Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica is not just any surf camp. At Dreamsea Costa Rica we are a family. There are many activities one can participate in along with surfing, including yoga, body boarding, exploring the city, hanging out at the local Tamarindo bars, and adventuring to other nearby beaches. In this video, you can get a small glimpse of what a week can look like at Dreamsea Costa Rica.

As my two months here at Dreamsea comes to a close, I have noticed how much I have grown as a person, and how much I have learned from my new friends that I have made during my time here. It is amazing to constantly be surrounded by adventurous, positive people from all over the world. When a camper’s time at Dreamsea comes to a close, there are similar themes in what that person says they have learned. Most campers and I would agree that you gain confidence when traveling alone to another country. One may also be surprised about how close you can get to people with different backgrounds, cultures, and languages than oneself. It is refreshing to find people with the same excitement and love for traveling that you have. It is extremely important to have an open mind to everyone and their beliefs. I’ve actually learned so much when it comes to how other people view ideas and beliefs, and it is very educational and interesting to see a different view on a particular topic.

It is important to have some alone time enjoying the stunning Costa Rican sunsets, and to be thankful about how lucky you are to be able to see such a beautiful place. Doing yoga in the morning keeps your mind and body feeling healthy and full of positive energy for the whole day. I have learned if something scares you, it might be a good idea to try it! I have never been so proud of myself when I cliff jumped off a rock I seriously did not think I could even climb up. The look on a person’s face after they accomplish something that scares them, is a look that I never want to forget.

Most importantly, other campers and I always talk about how we have learned to live in the moment more, and not worry so much about the past or the future. So many people go through life always looking at the next thing until life passes them by. Everything always happens for a reason, and will work out in the end. Go ahead and have that beer, look into the sunset, and be content with your life, and everything in the present moment.

PURA VIDA!

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THE WORDS: This article was written by the adventurous Wesley Bonnin, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is constantly exploring the limits of travel while engraving her influence on the places and people she encounters. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM.

THE VISUALS: This video was shot and edited by the gifted Belinda Martinez Solis, who hails from Ovideo, Spain and is traveling the World while speaking the language of art through her camera lens. Her journey and subsequent art can be followed via her INSTAGRAM.

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Interested in coming to Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica and  joining us here in the jungles of Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Check out more of the Dreamsea Experience by hitting the “Learn More” button below! 

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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - Surf Trip To Playa Avellanas!

As the early morning sun rose, the campers of Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica loaded our various sized surf boards on top of the shuttle, and piled into the van headed for an all-day surf trip to the historic Playa Avellanas. On the way to the beach, we could look out at the bumpy dirt road and see a side of Costa Rica that some of us had never seen before. We could see locals sitting on their porch, while colorful clothes hung drying on clothing lines. As the drive progressed, a light rain rolled down the windows, and everyone started to become more talkative, awake, and excited for the surf.

We arrived at Playa Avellanas around eleven after the 40-minute bus ride. Everyone excitedly jumped out of the bus and untied their boards from the shuttle racks. A light mist hit our faces, but for the most part the weather felt cool and crisp. We walked to a unique looking tree, and put our stuff around the low hanging tree limbs. Many of the campers started waxing their boards to prepare for the large surf. Some of the non surfers went swimming in the white water and tested the strength of the powerful waves. There were several rocks on the edge of the water, which acted as a perfect seat to watch the surfers.

After some time passed, many of us laid out surf boards that were not being used, and started playing a board game on top of the long flat surface. The game was called ¨Bananagrams¨ and was similar to scrabble. This game was interactive that could be played in all languages. This reiterated that campers were always willing to learn and try new games and activities from different cultures. We have many bonding experiences that can be shared between all of us.

Lunch was prepared after many of the surfers came out of the water, hungry from all the energy they had just expended. Some campers took control of cutting and preparing the fresh avocado and tuna wraps. Everyone demolished the chips and salsa during this time of preparation. After lunch, we laid out our towels and attempted to digest the meal on the dark sand beach. The clouds opened up a little and we felt a couple drops of rain. At this point several of us decided to explore around the area, and find a famous bridge we were told about.

When looking for this bridge, we actually ended up walking passed it and walked another half mile until we noticed our mistake. Once we found the bridge, it lightly started to sprinkle. The rain actually made the look of the area much more atmospheric. The narrow wooden bridge went over a swamp, and was surrounded by dead trees. The combination of the misty rain on the bridge reminded me of a scary movie. We took many pictures of this bridge, but I felt none of them captured the eerie look of this unique swamp. We stayed at this bridge for a while, but then decided to make our way back to the meeting area. As we reunited with our friends the rain started to pick up.

Back at the tree, almost everyone decided to go back surfing and swimming. The rain did not bother anyone, in fact we actually enjoyed having the refreshing rain splatter on us. Swimming was followed by sunset yoga, taught by our teacher, Teresa. The combination of her soothing voice mixed with the sound of waves breaking, created a calming atmosphere easy to get lost in. The water reflected the pink and orange colors of the sunset. Everyone was covered in sand after this yoga session. We took a refreshing shower to attempt to get the sand off before getting into the van. We couldn´t take our eyes off the beautiful sunset. It was hard to tell where the ocean ended and sky began. We drove off as the sun disappeared behind the horizon.. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

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THE WORDS: This article was written by the fearless and remarkable Wesley Bonnin, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is constantly exploring the limits of travel while engraving her influence on the places and people she encounters. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM.

THE VISUALS: This video was shot and edited by the gifted Belinda Martinez Solis, who hails from Ovideo, Spain and is traveling the World while speaking the language of art through her camera lens. Her journey and subsequent art can be followed via her INSTAGRAM.

WANT TO JOIN THE DREAMSEA SURF CAMP OF COSTA RICA TEAM?


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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica Named A Top Destination for Traveling Surfers!

Surfers are constantly in search of that perfect day.


The day when they’re catching wave after wave in a warm, sunny locale and following it up with a cold beer on the sand. It’s no wonder that surfers have been searching for those perfect days around the globe for decades, and the travel industry is taking notice.

That’s why the travel experts at Canada’s leading online travel agency, Flight Network, recently released their list of the top 55 surf destinations in the world. The goal was to introduce their customers, and travelers from around the world, to the destinations that are known for offering those perfect days. In addition to providing epic waves, every destination on their list is home to comfortable accommodation options and plenty of things to do out of the water too.

We were happy to find Tamarindo, Costa Rica at number 5 on their list.


we were even more pleased to see Dreamsea Surf Camp as one of the best places for surfers to stay when discovering our piece of paradise. Flight Network praised Dreamsea Surf Camp for our ideal combination of luxury camping (glamping) and world-renowned waves. Flight Network also noted that our motto, “collect moments, not things,” encourages each and every visitor to make the most of their stay, whether they’re surfing, adventuring, practicing yoga or simply connecting with fellow campers.

Tamarindo is one of few surf destinations around the world where the perfect day (and multiple perfect days in a row) can be experienced year-round. We look forward to introducing surfers from around the globe to the world-class waves and nearby adventures that make Tamarindo and Dreamsea Surf Camp so special.

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THE WORDS: This article stemmed from an original piece written by FlightNetwork.com, recognizing 55 surf destinations throughout the world for providing an authentic surf culture to wave-seeking travelers. You can find the original article HERE.

WANT TO JOIN THE DREAMSEA SURF CAMP OF COSTA RICA TEAM?


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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica -- Pack & GO! – Why You Should Start Traveling Today!

If you recognize yourself within the context of this blog post, you may in fact be ready to make the leap into traveling yourself.


This article might just be the little push you needed to begin your own adventures as soon as possible!

Day in and day out of our fast-paced, and often times rushed lives, we are encouraged to be ‘realistic’ and to keep our feet on the ground. But what is the ‘real’ definition of being realistic? Our 21st century’s Western society teaches us that being successful is secured by investing energy and most of our time into our appointed position within that society. Mostly, this embodies hard work and dedication to everyday life and that respective position, rather than putting that same effort and time into developing ourselves.

Getting out of your comfort zone leads to feeling comfortable within yourself


It might sound a little ironic, but traveling – leaving your everyday comfort zone – actually leads to feeling more comfortable in the long run. Below you can find a checklist comprised of some comprehensive outcomes of traveling.

Whether it is solo or in a (small) group, any traveler will recognize the following benefits, and if they seem very appealing to you: don’t doubt that immediately starting your own travel planning may very well be a fruitful and life-altering decision.

During travel you will experience that:

✔ – Handling unexpected situations builds self-confidence

✔ – Being away helps you value relationships and home more

✔ – Leaving behind one’s everyday routine offers new perspectives regarding personal prospects – future career, hobbies, self-awareness

✔ – Discovering yourself is essential to get to know what your needs and future plans are, instead of adapting to environmental ones

Travel and Education are Complimentary


Regardless if it’s picking up a new language, cooking a new delicious Italian pasta recipe or mastering an ancient Chinese card trick, travel has proven to help us gain knowledge and extend education perspectives. Psychologists have actually proven that it levels up our mental and physical state of happiness – especially when we are comprehending anything we enjoy.

If you haven’t traveled yet, see if the below effects and outcomes of committing to a personal adventure are something you are looking to achieve – or in the case that you have already traveled, are currently traveling, and are looking to continue doing so – if experiencing anything listed below is what keeps you returning to the journey..

Travel helps you to:

✔ – Get over fears and explore new boundaries

✔ – Meet people, get to know different cultures that can actually be a better fit for you to live in instead of what you’re used to

✔ – Learn a new language leading to gaining knowledge and acquire unforeseen skill-sets

✔ – Extend old skills’ comprehension and share your gained knowledge with other people

“I enjoy some of the old and I enjoy some of the new, and if I can find a balance between it, that’s where I find my satisfaction.” from ‘The Dreamer’ – by Anderson .Paak

Traveling Actually Makes You Happier


As noted above, there is actual scientific proof that travel and all of the connected activities to it, makes you happier. Many research outcomes show that it gives you energy and provides a source of endorphins on the short term, lifelong insights on the long term, and definite good vibes in the present moment(s) you are in.

A little test to find out what you will remember the most, when someone asks you to look back on your life one day:

All those times you stared at the clock at work wondering if the batteries still work because time seemed to stand still, got to the supermarket afterwards not having any clue what you should make for dinner, and ultimately plopped down in front of the TV feeling exhausted and annoyed because you have to do the same thing over again the next day.

OR..

That one time you had authentic herbal Chinese tea with a Belgian and an Estonian friend in a hostel in Tamarindo – Costa Rica, discussing your volcano hike from the day before, where you had a celebration beer next to the crater and moved laughter to tears because a monkey jumped on your head and tried to pick your fleas?

In general, we can always and truthfully say that life is too short to just sit and wait.

Pack up your essential belongings, and go explore the world… but most importantly, go explore yourself.

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THE WORDS: This article was written by the magnificent Saar Jacobs, who is from Antwerp, Belgium and is currently on her own long-term travel journey, shifting her own (and the World’s) perspective about the possibilities and liberation of travel. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM or her PERSONAL BLOG.

WANT TO JOIN THE DREAMSEA SURF CAMP OF COSTA RICA TEAM?


Interested in coming to Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica, volunteering with us, and  joining our team here in the jungles of Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Check out more of the Dreamsea Experience by hitting the “Learn More” button below! 

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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica - The Keys To Success Of Long-Term Travel!

“Traveling the world is cheap and easy.”, said no one ever.


Yet, thousands and thousands of people are doing it every day. During your own journey you’ve likely met people that have found their way into travel with less finances, but a perspective of traveling longer than you. So maybe it is true?

The initial questions most people ask themselves are – “How can I keep my expenses as low as possible – or maybe even live for free?” “What are the requirements to continue to travel as long as I want?” “Can I actually travel as long as I want, or do I need to keep certain obligations in mind?”

The good news: It is definitely possible to travel cheaply – or even better – for free. The bad news: It takes a little practice, effort, and planning to do so. Traveling around the world can be scary from time to time. Especially when you have to keep in mind the costs or probable hazards. Nevertheless, all you need is optimism, good-will and faith within yourself to begin your journey to – personal – freedom.

A Handful of Tips to Keep Your Expenses as Low as Possible - Or Maybe Even Live For Free.


The key word here is volunteering. Besides being an opportunity to immerse yourself in a totally new and unique culture wherein you can share your life spirit, it gives you a chance to discover new places for a very small, or even no amount of money. It is important to keep in mind low-cost or free volunteering programs might be harder to find, but – most certainly – not impossible. Everywhere around the world helping hands are needed; whether it’s a global oriented organization on one hand, or a self-sustainable local farm on the other.

Two very useful and trustworthy websites to find such volunteering programs are www.workaway.info or www.gooverseas.com. For example, on the former, you can find our very own Dreamsea Surf Camp Costa Rica as a host for such an amazing volunteering possibility (read the interview Workaway did with Dreamsea after recognizing us as a Host of the Month: HERE)!

Besides sharing enthusiasm, experiences and lifetime development, there are two important pillars that can help you on the way to a successful long-term travel. Both knowledge and skill can help you pave a path to the cheapest way of living abroad. Whatever you can imagine is possible. Literally. Going from teaching English to children in Phnom Penh – Cambodia, to making and selling bracelets in Mirtos – Crete, or cutting hair in Tamarindo – Costa Rica.

Think of something you would like to learn, could earn money with abroad, teach yourself the knowledge and skill to do so and… just do it. Gain knowledge or experience in a certain skill you can practice in any country, master it and share it with the world. It gives you the opportunity to earn money abroad in a way to break-even or even gain more money than expected.

To have realistic expectations is also one of the most important elements to build your long-term travel on. By far the most important expectation to be realistic about will be expenses and budget. That’s why it is important to point out a plan that brings your probable expenses and earnings together. The amount of long-term travelers who left their home carrying only a backpack and a few dollars, fits through a keyhole. It is essential to save up, point out a realistic budget plan and – most importantly – try to stick to it.

Insights Into Long-Term Travel That Can be Life Saving, Life Changing, Or Even Both.


It is important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a recipe or formula to guarantee a successful long-term journey. However, both initiative and common sense are determining values for a successful trip. As each individual has a different skill set or range of qualifications to offer, the opportunities and outcomes of likely situations abroad differ extensively. Find out what you like and what works for you.

Before you leave, there is some big time self-reflection necessary. What do you own that you actually don’t need during your travels or won’t actually miss when you come back? The sky is the limit to make that last little bit of extra money. Think about your bike, your car, clothes, furniture … Also, leaving with a tidy mind and knowing that you can come back to start with a clean slate, helps to make you feel at ease throughout your travel.

Speaking about coming back; it sounds pretty badass not having a return ticket home. However, if you are not a experienced long-term traveler, it might be a good idea to have that golden ticket – in case you need it. You never know what may come along in your path. Whether it’s struggling with mental or physical discomfort, money issues or – it is possible – being homesick. Knowing that you actually can go home can be soothing in times you need it.

Last but not least, whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, certain risks are always involved during the journey. The ground rule here is: always better safe than sorry. Follow your heart but always listen to what your head has to say. Google around or ask other more experienced travelers for advice regarding general safety, criminal activities, illnesses… concerning the countries you’re traveling to, as this will help you to outlive your long-term travel to the fullest.

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THE WORDS: This article was written by the magnificent Saar Jacobs, who is from Antwerp, Belgium and is currently on her own long-term travel journey, shifting her own (and the World’s) perspective about the possibilities and liberation of travel. You can follow her incredible adventures via her INSTAGRAM or her PERSONAL BLOG.

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In One Sentence: What Is Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica?

Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica has travelers from all across the World come stay with us throughout the year. It’s often that you can find people from 30 or more different countries within the camp at the same time!

It’s those same exact individuals, who are all made up of diverse and fascinating backgrounds, that are the heart and soul of what Dreamsea truly is at it’s core. It’s simply all about the people.

But what does Dreamsea Costa Rica mean to the travelers themselves? We asked some of those same adventurous and compassionate individuals within the camp to describe in one sentence, “What Dreamsea Means” to them…

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