Greetings from Colombia, South America


My love for traveling began in 1994, when I was 12 years old my mother sent me to visit my Godparents in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the summer. First time on a plane and I flew alone. Upon landing I remember instantly falling in love with the Palm trees and Beach life. Where I’m from (Washington, DC) there are four seasons and it seemed as though the summer season was the shortest. I’ve known for a long time that I would eventually relocate to a warmer climate.

Fast forward to January 2021, 6weeks pregnant with my 5th child I needed a therapeutic retreat. I, along with my 2yr old daughter Estrella, went to visit Cartagena, Colombia on what I thought was a vacation. Upon arriving, I immediately felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be. There is so much to appreciate about Cartagena, cobblestone streets & the Artistry, which brings the city to life. 

 A stunning Spanish colonial town that grew in importance thanks to its ports. There are 27 islands that surround Cartagena, you can access many by boat. The food is always made with love so don’t expect fast food. If you like fish, you would love Cartagena. Although there are many different cuisine’s to choose from, seafood is my family's favorite. The culture here is rich in tradition and family time is very important to Colombians. Every Sunday is family day, most stores are closed to the public. The beaches and parks are filled with families fellowshipping. It's so amazing. Crime is really not on the forefront here. I actually feel much safer than I did in my hometown in North America. But of course, still being aware of your surroundings is a necessity. 

The nightlife is vibrant and you will see partygoers enjoying lounges in the Walled City or live music in the heart of Getsemani, the hippie district. There's so much to see and do, such as visiting Castillo San Felipe, Mud Volcano or Pink sea to take a chartered boat to one of the Beautiful islands like Bora Bora or Playa Blanca on a Day Pass. The healthcare is affordable & the service is commendable. I gave birth to my baby here in July, yes she is Colombiana! Overall my experience here for the last 9 months has been very good and I recommend anyone that would like to explore South America to make Cartagena your first stop.

There are other beautiful cities that surround Cartagena like Medellin which is an hour away by plane. The mountain views of Springtime all the time makes this a tourist hotspot. Or take a trip to Santa Marta where you can enjoy the most pristine beaches on the coast. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

I encourage anyone reading this to follow your dreams & never stop pursuing your goals no matter how far fetched they may seem. God gave you a vision and an Amazing world that is worth exploring, do yourself a favor and see the beauty beyond what you are accustomed to. If you’re thinking about traveling to Colombia visit my Instagram @paradiseinrealife I’ve curated real experiences for solo travelers and groups. Lastly, if you’re like me & just ready for change, let’s have a consultation about your plans of living abroad.

Thank you for reading, I wish you all a Beautiful life that you thought only existed in your dreams.

Peace & Love,

Courtney Farley