How We Spent One Night in Jaco

Heads up: This is post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own. We emerged from the rainforest greeted by paved roads and a warm breeze. Coconut stands began to pop up on the side of the road until you could see them as often as a Starbucks in Seattle. We had officially made it to the beach towns of Costa Rica. Jaco was a 3 hour drive from Monteverde but it […]

Continue Reading

Getting Around in Costa Rica: Rent a Car or Take a Shuttle?

Costa Rica is a gorgeous country with lots to see! You’ll want to tackle both the rainforest and their gorgeous beaches but getting from one to the other can be tricky. You can take a shuttle, rent a car, or do a little bit of both! Check out my guide to all of the options and make the best choice for you.   1. Rent a Car   I read a ton of articles that recommended, insisted and borderline demanded that we rent a 4×4. Renting a 4×4 is of course going to be a bit more expensive than your […]

Continue Reading

Your Ultimate Guide to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Just over an hour south of Jaco lies the breathtaking town of Manuel Antonio. This town is home to gorgeous beaches and tons of wildlife!  It also happens to be where we had the best food on our entire trip! Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own.   Where to Stay   There are a variety of hotels, hostels and airbnb’s that are really close to the […]

Continue Reading

10 Items You Must Pack For Costa Rica

Whether you’re heading to the beach or venturing to the rainforest, there are certain things you should consider packing for your trip to Costa Rica! As an avid backpack only traveler I promise they won’t take up much room! But, they will improve your adventures and make it more comfortable! 1. OFF Bug Spray Costa Rica is in a tropical climate so bug spray is a must pack! We visited in January when mosquitos tend to be at a minimum but over the 10 days we were there I was bit twice by mosquitos despite my efforts. I love this little […]

Continue Reading

Monteverde Vs. La Fortuna Arenal Volcano

So you want to check out Costa Rica’s rainforest?! Before we left for our trip I did my research and kept seeing the same two spots over and over. Monteverde and Arenal Volcano (La Fortuna). Both are similar in what they offer but are two very different experiences!   Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own.   The Weather   We visited in January and heard the […]

Continue Reading

Selvatura Park in The Monteverde Cloud Forest

Selvatura Park is an expansive collection of exhibits and activities in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Is it a tourist trap? Absolutely. But, it’s like a one stop shop for everything you want to do in the Costa Rican rainforest! It’s convenient and you don’t have to waste time driving all over town because everything you want to do is in one place.   We experienced almost everything this park had to offer. There are certain parts of the park I absolutely recommend and others you might want to skip and experience elsewhere. Here’s my top “must dos” for Selvatura Park! […]

Continue Reading

Costa Rica: 8 Day Itinerary

Costa Rica is roughly the size of West Virginia but has so much diversity packed in! From gorgeous undeveloped beaches to the national parks dense with exotic plants and wildlife, it’s sure to be a trip you won’t forget! This 8 day itinerary will expose you to the depths of the rainforest and the Pacific coast.   Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase using this link. However, all the products recommended below are ones I buy regularly and personally recommend- all opinions are my own. Day 0: Arrive in […]

Continue Reading

Our Biggest Non-Rev Fails

I am not what you would call a “relaxed” traveler. We’ve been flying strictly non-rev (standby) for 4 years and while it makes all of our trips possible, it can be super stressful. I sit in the gate area, not even able to carry on a conversation because I’m constantly listening to hear my name (or something that sounds a tiny bit like my name) called over the intercom.   Quick side note for my readers not in the aviation industry- Non-rev means non-revenue passenger. This doesn’t mean we didn’t pay for our ticket, every airline is different and has […]

Continue Reading

How to Save Money on Food While Traveling

I spend hours surfing the web trying to find the best deal on hotels. I also spend a good amount of time trying to find the cheapest car rental. Things like flights, hotels and transportation are all things I can research ahead of time and snatch when the time is right. These are definitely the main ways I make our budget stretch so we can travel more often. But what happens when you’ve done all of that and you still need your money to go farther? Heads up: This is post contains affiliate links. I receive a small percentage if […]

Continue Reading

Travel More 2017

It’s 2017 and I am pledging to travel more! Every year I pledge to travel more than the year before. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t but my travels are always new and different from years before! There are a few additional pledges I have made that go along with the idea of traveling more. In 2017 I hope to travel lighter, slower, experience more animals and hike more! I also pledge to visit two new countries this year; that is one task I seem to be able to keep consistent! Travel Lighter In 2016, I ditched my roller […]

Continue Reading
1 2 3 9