Misadventure Monday: Jamie from “Breakaway Backpacker”

This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Jamie from Breakaway Backpack shares his tale of being robbed at fun point in Costa Rica.

Jamie from Breakaway Backpacker

Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip:
My name is Jaime, and I decided to breakaway from everything and backpack the world. I have been working since I was 15 and felt that I was a slave to Corporate America and needed to get out. I quit my job sold just about all my belongings and as of March 1, 2011 I left everything behind and started my two year journey around the world. As I write this my one year on the road is coming up and I just can’t believe it. This trip has taken me to  over 20 countries and seen some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life!

Describe your travel style:
BUDGET TRAVELER – I am hands down a budget traveler. I try to save money anywhere I can and try to spend the least I can possibly spend. That doesn’t mean I don’t know how to enjoy myself because trust me even on a budget I am having the time of my life. I like to see the main attractions of any city, but also try and see some things off the beaten path. I gave & take and don’t care if it;s touristy or not… because in the end we are ALL tourist. 

Jamie at La Tomatina

Jamie at La Tomatina

What’s been your best/worst travel misadventure? Tell me about where you were, who you were with, and what happened.
Long story short I was in Monteverde, Costa Rica and had met two girls from California on a tour we did together to go Zip Lining through the beautiful forest. Later that afternoon we wanted to visit a waterfall outside of town so did so. On the way back up we were met with a man all covered up and a gun in my face. He was demanding money we didn’t have and after a few times I finally told him I would just go to the hotel and bring it to him. Ahh just remembering it is scary. I wrote the entire story on this post “Held at gunpoint in Monteverde.”

What were the negative or positive outcomes of your misadventure?
It definitely brought both negative and positive outcomes… I would say the negative was that for the next few weeks I was scared to do anything and continuously checking my surroundings in fear of him being around me even though I had already moved on to a different country. The positive is that it made me realize how precious life really is and to continue living the life I want to because we never know when we will kick the bucket.
What did you learn from this misadventure that you can share with other travelers?
I learned that when I travel I have to be more alert then I normally am. It also taught me that yes we live in a beautiful world, but sometimes things may happen that we don’t understand.
What’s the one other lesson you’ve learned on your trip that you wish you had known before you left?
Oh man I have learned so much but I must go with this and trust me I know it’s cliche to say but it’s true. We live in a small world that is meant to be explored. I wish I had known how easy it really is to navigate our planet… I would have done it earlier had I known. Then again I am a believer in everything happens for a reason and maybe I was not meant to find out until I did.

Thanks Jamie for sharing!

You can check out more about John’s other travel adventures at his blog, Breakaway Backpacker, and by following him on twitter or facebook.

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2 Responses to Misadventure Monday: Jamie from “Breakaway Backpacker”

  1. Ahhh! That would be a nightmare. It’s good that you were able to stay calm and collected, Jaime. Glad you made it out of there safe.

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