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Costa Rica’s Tourism Board Gave Me a Green Gift of Happiness!

November 6, 2011

After a long day earlier this week, and a green event to cap off the night, I checked my mail right before I entered the subway and one particular email caught me off guard. It seemed way too good to be true. So I re-read it, and even walked back up to Columbus Circle to get better reception (to read it again).  Here’s an excerpt:

Lindsay,

Because of the large readership of the Brown Loves Green blog, your influence through 2Booms.com, and your involvement in other eco-friendly blogs across the web, Costa Rica’s Tourism Board would like to give you a free trip to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is sending out a select number of these Gifts of Happiness in the form of customized trips, and because your values align with Costa Rica’s belief in Pura Vida, you’ve been hand-selected to receive a trip for two.

Say what? I had that whole “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is” internal dialogue going on.

But as it turns out, I was not delirious from exhaustion.  Nor had I sniffed too many naturally scented eco-friendly products at the event that eve. And it wasn’t too good to be true.

Costa Rica’s tourism board really has so graciously given me a gift of complete and utter happiness: an all-expense-paid trip for two for eight days to their beautifully green country! But that’s not all …

My boyfriend Dan (whose arm needed no twisting on this one) and I were able to choose from five uniquely themed trips, all of which are absolutely incredible in every way imaginable! They each include top CST-rated (Certification for Sustainable Tourism) hotels (an honor reserved for the most ecologically friendly hotels), exotic excursions, and organic opportunities to truly experience Costa Rica — the happiest place on earth.

Costa Rica’s generous gift, which made me the happiest girl on earth, is all a part of their “Million Dollar Gift of Happiness” campaign which aims to spread good energy and happiness with a million dollars’ worth of free trips to the country. Go ahead and “Like” the Visit Costa Rica Facebook page, and you could win yourself a trip!

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Costa Rica’s PR team while they’re in NYC this weekend. They assured me that their email wasn’t a big hoax on me, and even made it official by hand-delivering this beautiful certificate, made using responsibly sourced wood.

My Official Gift of Happiness Wrapped in this Package!

The certificate!

I decided I’d look into what exactly makes Costa Rica so green and so good. Here are a just few of the facts I found and adore (for obvious reasons!). I think you will too:

  • It’s considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world (they have 5% of the earth’s biodiversity)
  • Costa Rica is an ecological pioneer. The country aims to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021
  • Costa Rica ranked third in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index
  • Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index. Here’s a great  NY Times piece on the country,”The Happiest People” by one of my favorite columnists, Nicholas D. Kristof
  • The National Park of Corcovado has been called “the most biologically intense place on earth” by the National Geographic Society
  • Costa Rica has a female President! Laura Chinchilla is the first woman to lead the nation. Would love to interview Laura for Heroines for the Planet one day!
But seeing is believing after all. What could be better than actually exploring all of the green goodness for myself? Our trip promises to be well-documented, and I’ll be sharing our authentic adventures in the greenest and happiest place on earth with you all!
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  1. Christine permalink
    November 7, 2011 5:52 AM

    My daughter is currently living and working in Costa Rica and absolutely loves it! She loves everything about it… the people, the culture, the slow pace, cost of living,… everything. Not sure when (or if) she’ll come back to the USA.

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