Vacation Sweepstakes – Essay#29

Belize is a gem of a country, and in my eyes, it is heaven on earth. The jungle and rainforest will always live in my heart; my soul is connected to Belize. There is an ache deep in my chest that longs to be there. Belize is so peaceful, lush, exotic & simple. My husband, our 6 yr old son and I went on an unforgettable journey to Belize during Christmas of 2008. I lost my mother unexpectedly in April earlier that year, and I just needed to do something different for the holidays. I knew it would be hard for me to go thru the Holidays without my mother. My husband and I had been talking about a dream vacation to Belize for years, but we never thought we could afford it. But we both agreed that life is just too short to put your dreams on the back burner, and we managed to pull off an amazing 2 week adventure on a budget. We traveled through Mexico to get to Belize; we stayed in the lovely border city of Corozal, and on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye, and then stayed in San Ignacio for 4 nights. And we all agreed that San Ignacio and the rainforest was our favorite part of our whole 2-week vacation. If only we could have stayed longer in San Ignacio. We experienced the chicken buses. We went to the Belize Zoo, and got to feed and touched the jaguar, Junior. We visited ancient Mayan ruins Xunatunich and Cahal Pech, they were both amazing. We rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle and traveled thru the Mountain Pine Ridge area and went thru Barton Creek Cave and a butterfly farm. We also stopped at a couple waterfalls and swam in the cool rivers. No matter where we went we made friends and exchanged stories with the locals. We even went to the market and prepared a wonderful meal for some of our new friends. They loved it and all wanted the recipe. Every night my son and I would grab our flashlights and go find our favorite tarantula that came out to hunt his favorite spot every night. We would be so honored to win this trip; we could pick up where we left off. There is so much more to see and do and experience in Belize. We wanted to go horseback riding thru the jungle. We also wanted to do the ATM tour and travel to Tikal, and simply just have more time in the jungle. I just feel so blessed to have had such a rich experience with my husband and son in Belize. I believe that this experience will help my son grow up to have an outlook on the world that is curious, respectful, and positive. He often asks when we can go back to Belize, and if we are going for Christmas this year. I would love to tell him yes. He loves to bring his pictures from our trip to his school for show-n-tell days. Belize has touched my heart so deeply, that I have been spending the past year changing my life, so that I can be a part of it. I want to be in the travel industry and I want to be a voice for Belize. It is so overlooked. I want to encourage travel to Belize, especially in this green age that we live in. I want to remind people what they are fighting for when they are choosing to go green. So, I am currently in the early stages of opening a door to a new venture in my life. I am training to becoming an independent travel agent, and have my own travel company. I plan to specialize in travel to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America with a strong emphasis on eco-travel. I look forward to hearing from you folks there at the beautiful Chaa Creek, and I will always put in a good word for Belize. It’s UnBelizable !!!

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