BEING IN MY EARLY 20s, I’m part of a generation desperately dependent on technology and the internet. No one uses paper maps anymore, and those in my age bracket seem to forget the joys of being hopelessly lost.
Last month, as one of the winners of the Storytellers: Costa Rica contest, I got the opportunity to ‘lose’ myself on a Costa Rica Unplugged trip with Contiki. The greatest lesson I took away from my journey is that all life on this Earth is interconnected — damage visited on the smallest ecosystem creates a ripple effect and touches everything around it, humans included. I have a renewed appreciation for my environment wherever I go, and I think it’s important to remember to look up from our smartphones from time to time and genuinely appreciate the beauty we’re so privileged to have surrounding us.
The following photos are my way of illustrating Costa Rica’s preserved splendor, and the hope is they inspire others to want to see it with their own eyes. Let’s rethink what’s actually valuable in our lives, and what can be done to protect our planet.