What I enjoy most about traveling is the opportunity to experience and be inspired by nature in its many forms. In nature I see the perfect handiwork of God; and by nature I too am inspired to create.
New cultures and sceneries mean so much more to me than incredible photo OPPs and intriguing digital content. While I truly relish the inspiration that I find in nature, this however is not the sum of all things that draw me to nature.
Nature in itself never ceases to offer me deeply spiritual experiences…. experiences that I will otherwise miss in the footage and images of other travelers gingerly trotting across the globe. I too must get my feet wet, my hands soiled, and my soul edified in adventures of my own.
From the way I see it, there comes a point at which we must decide to just get up and go… go see the world… the world as it begins in our undiscovered backyards.
On that note, I have spent the last few weeks exploring the “Ins & Outs” of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines… which (for those of you who are new to this blog) is home for me; and for the very first time in my life, it has dawned on me just how much there is to see and experience in my own backyard!
There is just so much to see and experience within these 389 km² that I call home, and I am excited about seeing it all.
Last weekend’s adventure took me to the Young Island Resort – a 13-acre resort-island a mere 200-yard hop off St. Vincent’s south coast. With a quick call to the resort’s front desk, a small wooden ferry (a perfectly robust single-engine boat by the way) is promptly dispatched, and within minutes… voila!
It is much less of a hassle than I would have imagined. In fact, it was no hassle at all! You simply contact the front desk, state the purpose of your visit, and in no time you can be on an amazingly beautiful private island, sipping red wine and having a gourmet meal… or as I did… just sit back and chill on the beach with a glass of virgin pina colada (I really don’t do alcohol).
My one previous visit to the resort was back in 2008. I had accompanied my wife – who was then my girlfriend – to her company’s annual end-of-year dinner, and found the ambiance and service quite plush to say the least. Not that I had any idea what the rates were at the time, as everything was complimentary – from the food and drinks, to the entertainment. But everything about that evening just spelt opulence.
Last Saturday ultimately turned out to be a beautiful, relaxing and absolutely refreshing getaway for me.
A premium “lifestyle getaway” was the last thing on my mind. In fact, all I really needed in that moment was a quiet, low-key space to retreat and reset. And guess what? The Young Island Resort exceeded all my expectations, and I am eagerly looking forward to my next visit.
To learn more about how you can plan your next vacation or day-trip to the Young Island Resort in St. Vincent, click here.