The travel bug is biting again and I’m looking into 1.) countries I have not been to, 2.) that are open to U.S. travelers, and 3.) that involve airlines or hotels I have not yet reviewed. It seems that Central America is beckoning.
My 2021 Central America Trip
Despite having already had COVID-19 (from the gym perhaps?) and subsequently being vaccinated, I’m well aware that COVID-19 is still a risk. Indeed, despite an encouraging trend in terms of new cases and deaths, until there is more widespread vaccinations, there are heightened risks to traveling.
But this isn’t the forum, today at least, to discuss whether my proposed travel is responsible. Today, I’m just soliciting information about four new countries I have never stepped foot in.
There are four countries in Central America I have never visited:
I’m currently engaged in mission (severely compromised by COVID-19) to visit every country in the world. Thus far, I’m at 135 countries. During my first “run around the world” I’ve chosen to make my visits quick, mostly surveying capital cities in hopes of returning for extended periods later in my life.
Sure, I’ll stipulate that part of the project is partially driven by vanity, but I won’t apologize for loving the adrenaline rush that comes with stepping into a new country for the first time or adding an additional flag to my list. And even one-day visits often result in incredible conversations and memories.
So this trip would be quick. One day in each place. I hate to be away from my family at all, let alone more than a few days at a time. Maybe I’ll take my son along, which I know would change the dynamics of the trip.
But here’s what I’m thinking:
- Fly to Belize on American or United
- Spend about 24 hours in Belize City
- Fly to Guatemala City on TAG (not the Angola TAG, but the Guatemalan TAG)
- Spend about 24 hours in Guatemala City
- Fly to Tegucigalpa, Honduras on TAG
- Spend about 24 hours in Tegucigalpa
- Travel overland to Managua, Nicaragua
- Spend part of day in Managua
- Fly home via Panama City on COPA to experience the new 737 MAX-9 with lie-flat seats
An ambitious trip indeed. I see Hyatt hotels in three cities…simple enough. Worthwhile? Always in my experience.
Of course I can pull up Trip Advisor and other blogs, but any tips on what to see while I am there? Any foods to try? And you know I love coffee. Any insights on coffee?
Half the fun of travel is planning and I’ve very much enjoyed even the thought of a trip today. But I would love your feedback. If you’ve been to these places, what do you think? Outside of Belize, will I be able to navigate with only a limited knowledge of Spanish?
Thanks in advance for your input!