Jennifer DeSimone is an avid traveler; not just for the scenery, but for the all encompassing experience. Early in her career she had the opportunity to work on international development issues in parts of Africa, which changed her outlook on how she wanted to live her life. Jennifer thrives on living every day to the fullest and being fully aware and in the moment. This journey has taken her to Costa Rica, where she works for Under30Experiences.
Jennifer in 60 Seconds:
Current Location: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Favorite Place to Travel: Nicaragua
Travel Motto: Travel brings power + love back into your life. - Rumi
Favorite Activity: Sharing meals with loved ones + yoga
1) What do you love most about traveling?
I love when you see something so beautiful and unexpected that it literally takes your breath away.
2) What does your ultimate trip look like?
No one specific location pops out to me but on every trip I seek out authentic and local experiences, nurturing my body with locally grown foods, spending time in nature, learning about arts and culture, and seeking out beautiful locations to do yoga. Bonus points if I can be near a water element.
3) What is your perfect day in your city?
My perfect day in Manuel Antonio would start off with yoga overlooking the ocean at Costa Verde with my favorite yoga instructor, Luz Garcia and then eating macadamia and banana pancakes at Cafe Milago. Afterwards, I'd have a vichey shower massage at Raindrop Spa and then head out to the beach, where I would surrender myself to the warm waves and take in the sunset. I would then head out to La Ferria (the local farmers market by the water) and stock up on tons of avocados and pineapples. I'd end the day eating dinner with loved ones at La Cocina, a 10 seat local spot in town with the best casados.
4) What culture has surprised you the most and why?
Ethiopian culture. Ethiopians have a deep reverence for their bunna coffee ceremonies. It is a mix of patience, love, respect, labor, service, and community. Women roast and crush the beans before brewing the coffee and it is a beautiful thing to be welcomed into someone's home and be offered this drink. The coffee literally nourishes every part of your being.
5) What's the biggest lesson you have learned from all of your travels?
Be present and lead with love. The best moments are those that are unplanned, so be ready for them.
6) What immediately connects you to a new place?
The food! Growing up in a family where dinner was at the heart of each evening, food represents so much to me. Sharing a meal, trying new foods, talking to those who prepared the meals are all such basic human actions but which ties us all together. Even the simplest meals of fried eggs and bread connects me to a culture.
7) What are your 5 must have travel-related items that you don't leave home without?