Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Colombia had been on my list for a couple of years and I'll admit wasn't my highest priority, but one especially chilly January Chicago night in 2018 changed all that.
I had a very stressful December in real estate as I had several deals that almost fell apart for one reason or another. Thankfully I was able to salvage them all and was now desperate to release some stress and escape this blistering cold Chicago weather. I randomly googled "What country has the best weather in January?" To my surprise, Colombia topped the list.
Like I said before, Colombia had been on my radar so I knew I wanted to visit Cartagena because it was right on the shore, had interesting history and lots of beautiful street art.
What I didn't know was how affordable it was...I couldn't resist! I found a beautiful Airbnb right on the beach and booked tickets to leave 2 weeks later!!! Flying into Cartagena I didn't quite know what to expect. The only thing I knew about Colombia was what I had seen on Narcos... not the best introduction.
Because I plan so many of my trips last minute and almost never do any research like a responsible adult, I often try to get an idea about what I'm about to walk into on the landing approach. It sounds ridiculous but you can actually make a few fairly intelligent guesses from the aerial view. Here's a great example: