Guatemala City: Exploring Places People Tell You Not to Visit

Everyone told us not to spend time in Guatemala City. Blogs and online guide books will assure you that it is dirty and dangerous. So, obviously, us being us, we had to make a point of spending a couple days there on our trip to Guatemala. We ended up falling in love with the city,…

How to Lose Your Luggage: First days in Costa Rica

Stale, unnaturally cool air flows through my nostrils as I flip through the ads of an airline-funded magazine. A baby cries nearby and I feel bad for her mom and the people next to her. The airline passes out small boxes filled with sandwiches, chips, and a brownie. The whole plane is filled with noise…

What’s in my Backpack? {One Year in Costa Rica}

Question: What do you pack when you are planning to spend a year traveling through Central America on a tight budget? Answer: Not much. I realize everyone has different travel preferences, so let me describe my travel style for you: I am a budget traveler: I stay at hostels and air bnb’s. Usually the cheapest…

Christmas in Ecuador

When I first thought of taking a trip to Ecuador I imagined snow-covered peaks, alpacas and quaint villages. Christmas Day broke in Quito with better visibility than we experienced the previous nine days traveling throughout the country. Sure there have been lots of snow-covered peaks and we had cuy for lunch but I never imagined…

12 Countries 12 Months.

The Urge to Flee The first few moments of everyday I wake up feeling comfortable and and content. My mind still numb from sleep, I feel grateful for my bed, pillows, and blankets. These dreamy fluffy feelings last for about 30 seconds before they are replaced with the heavy weight of anxiety. It becomes hard…

Baja Sur, Mexico

Our plane landed at SJD early in the day. Scott and I breeze through customs, and head straight for the taxis with our carry on sized backpacks. We are laughing and talking about our next move since we hadn’t made any solid plans for the trip. Things are going smooth, but as we move to…

Cali Roadtrip Part II: LA to San Francisco

We hit the highway like a bat out of hell, refreshed by our early morning hike and soak at Deep Creek Hot springs in Apple Valley California: Destination Las Angeles. We called Scott’s cousin and let him know we would be at LACMA (LA county museum of art) in a few hours. *Scott’s cousin Scott’s…

Draco’s Surf Camp, Avellanas, Costa Rica

Whether you’ve never touched a surfboard or are a pro, if you’re looking to surf in Costa Rica, Playa Avellanas is a place you wanna check out. To get there from Rivas we caught a cheap bus to the border, crossed over (an easy process as long as you have proof of onward travel from Costa…

Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

A diverse and adventure filled island located in the center of Lago Nicaragua. It can be accessed by ferry or lancha (small boat) from Granada or Rivas. We would recommend taking a FERRY from RIVAS unless you have an iron stomach and think a boat pitching violently for four hours on lake Nicaragua sounds like a…

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

A party/ surfing town on the South-Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Relatively pricey and dirty town, hostels were mostly packed and averaged over 30$ a night for even a “basic” (aka crappy) private room. The beach directly in front of the town is more like a bay, lots of boats, litter, and some pretty smelly water….

Granada, Nicaragua

A mid sized colonial city with lots of great architecture. They use horse drawn carriages for tourism, but also for day to day tasks. Granada borders Lago Nicaragua and is home to many Spanish schools, a large market, great parks, several cigar factories, and tons of beautiful old churches. You can catch a ferry to…