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! 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. 1. OFF Bug Spray Costa Rica is in a […]

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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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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Getting Through the Airport in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Getting off the plane was as picturesque as you can imagine. We stepped off the plane and on to the tarmac. There was a warm wind whipping all around us and the sun was beaming down. I took in a big breath of fresh air and couldn’t help but smile. In this moment, I realized I wasn’t far from my toes in the sand and a drink in my hand.   I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this year. I also had the displeasure of experiencing the Los Cabos airport. Chances are, if you’re flying […]

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Top 5 Posts of 2016

In the days between Christmas and New Year’s I always feel very reflective and nostalgic. I tend to pull out photo albums, look back at things I’ve posted, what I’ve done and places we’ve been. 2016 is the year I decided to take this blog seriously and post every week. So, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the blog this year and talk about my top 5 favorite posts of 2016.   1. 3 Things They Don’t Tell You About Taking a Campervan Through New Zealand This post has been my single most pinned post out of […]

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Resort- Los Cabos, Mexico

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.   I’m sure you’ve heard of the Holiday Inn and the Holiday Inn Express. But, did you know that under the umbrella of IHG hotels there is also a brand called Holiday Inn Resort? I didn’t know and I even used to work at a Holiday Inn Express in college! Holiday Inn Resorts are a chain of all-inclusive hotels! […]

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