Traveler’s Spotlight: Hanging Ten and Sticking Handstands in El Salvador

By April 3, 2018Team

The Trip: Las Flores Resort, El Salvador
The Travelers: Kelly Helms | Sales & Marketing Lead Prospector

 

Where did you go?

Las Flores Resort and Surf Club in El Salvador. It was our third time returning for a Surf & Yoga Retreat hosted by my husband’s adventure travel company, Nomad Inc. The small boutique resort is tucked in a cove in the jungle, overlooking a world class surf break, with an open-air yoga deck perched on a bluff. It’s a special place that now feels like home!

 

What are two interesting things the average person doesn’t know about traveling in El Salvador?

Traveling to El Salvador is safe! (You just need to be smart about where you’re traveling to and aware of your surroundings, as with any country!) The people I’ve encountered in El Salvador are the friendliest in the world!

 

What was your favorite meal?

The El Salvadorian night, which included classic dishes from the country. Pupusas, tamales, plantains, tres leches, horchata served in coconut shells, and more! We ate underneath twinkle lights on the lawn, while watching traditional dances put on by a local dance group.

 

What was the best moment of the trip?

It’s hard to pick just one! One of them would be watching my daughter, who is just over 2 yrs old, become mesmerized by the ocean. We spent countless hours simply playing in the waves, searching for shells, and digging in the sand. We’re already looking forward to her first surf lesson!

Another memorable moment would be the evening meditation we set up in a little cove on the beach with a beach bonfire under the stars.

 

Did you find any sites or activities off the beaten track? What made them special?

With every retreat hosted by Nomad Inc., my husband coordinates an activity to give back to the local community. We had the great pleasure of visiting a small, rural, and local elementary school to spend a few hours with the students! We brought school supplies for the classrooms, lunch for the students, and played soccer on the dirt playground. Being able to bring our daughter to hang with kids from another culture made the experience even more special!

 

What was the most surprising thing about your trip?

Meeting the new clients joining Nomad Inc. for the retreat and seeing how this group of strangers “gel” during the course of the week. It’s so cool walking away from the experience with new friends from different parts of the country and world, and different walks of life!

 

What is something you may have overcome during the trip; did you learn anything interesting about yourself?

I can always count on my surf lessons to be the most illuminating mental and physical challenge.  

 

What inspires you to travel?

I think the gift of travel is priceless. There is nothing more inspiring, enriching, and special than visiting new places and cultures, trying new foods, and seeking new adventures (maybe even out of my comfort zone). Personally, to be able to experience this with my family and show my daughter the world takes the meaning of travel to another level.

 

What is the next stop on your bucket list?

Mountain biking in New Zealand.