9 ¾ things to do in Harry Potter World Orlando

Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon. From the studio tour in London, to the hidden sites in Porto, Portugal where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration, to the recreated worlds featured at Universal Studios, Harry Potter is a truly incredible character that has captured the hearts of many! Harry Potter World has made its way into most of the Universal Studios parks around the world. I highly recommend visiting the one in Orlando as it is the largest and has the most to offer. But, every Harry Potter world across the globe will have most of the things on my must […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Go to Universal Studios Orlando

I LOVE theme parks! I had the privilege of experiencing Universal Studios Resort in Orlando for the first time since they’ve opened up Harry Potter World. It was surprising to see how much had changed since I last visited and there were a few things I wish I had known before we went! So, without more commentary, here is my top 5 list of things to know before you go! 1. Express Pass Universal Studios has a form of fastpasses that are very different from Disney (if you’re used to Disney). You can add an express pass on to any […]

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How to do Universal Studios Orlando in One Day!

Let’s face it. Orlando, Florida is a theme park lover’s DREAM! In fact, it’s been called the “Theme Park Capital of the World”. You could spend weeks exploring everything Orlando has to offer! So what do you do when you want to see it all but don’t have the time (or the money)? Spend your time wisely and you just might get to see and do it all!   Universal Studios in Orlando currently has two parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. They both have different draws but if you want to see all of Harry Potter World, you’re […]

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20 Photos That Will Make You Pack Your Bags for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a gorgeous country nestled in the middle of Central America. It’s the perfect balance between lush rainforests and beach towns. It’s been said that Costa Rica has the most beautiful beaches in the world! Whether you’ve come for adventure or to relax by the ocean, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Costa Rica!   Zipling through the rainforest in Monteverde 2. Watching the sunset from the rooftop in Jaco 3. Monkey spotting in Manuel Antonio. How cute is this mom and baby?! 4. In Tilaran, on the road between La Fortuna and Monteverde 5. Catching […]

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5 Kinds of Tea You Should Travel With

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias   Tea is my go-to beverage of choice. I love it hot or iced and there’s so many different flavors I never get tired of it. It’s the perfect travel companion! Tea bags are small and compact; I always have room for them even though I travel backpack only. One of my favorite things about taking tea along? It will never be confiscated by TSA!   Bigelow has released a new line of tea called Benefits and I’m super excited […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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