Born and raised in colorado I've recently graduated college and want to spend time traveling and learning spanish... Problem is I'm a female trveling solo and am kind of nervous. I plan to start with language classes in costa rica and then play it by ear. I have about 4000 for the trip and plan to stay and travel for as long as my money holds out... I'd like to end up in SOuth America if possible but really am open to whatever sounds good at the time. Help! any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
The time to start studying Spanish is now not later.
There are immigrants in your community giving classes-why not do some checking in community paper classifieds.
You don't need a lot of Spanish and IMO you'll learn more travelling than sitting in a stuffy classroom.
Too many people concentrate on grammar and verb declensions-copying out page after page of things they'll rarely use.
The Best way to learn a language is to live in it-travelling and experiencing real life.
Costa Rica has a well worn tourist track and lots of relatively cheap accommodation-the food though is quite poor.
South America offers a lot more options in terms of culture, architecture, geography, art, music, history and vacation destinations.
Mountains, rivers, jungles, beaches, thriving cities it's all there.
I think sam is right, you should start to learn spanish now ..i found there was lots of american in Costa Rica so im not sure how much spanish you will learn there, almost everyone seemed to speak english.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country, lots of Rainforest ....i was on a budget of $20-25 US /day .. in a hostel you're looking on a average at $8 US and most national parks have entry fees of $6 US .. as for buses there quite cheap .. and you can always find cheap places to eat.