How to Travel for a Year on Less Than $5,000

October 4th, 2017 marks one year on the road for us! Before leaving the USA we researched and read many blogs to see what this venture would cost us.  We wanted to be prepared.  It can be hard to gauge, but we started out with a goal of spending an average of $50 or less a day... Continue Reading →

Accommodations on the Cheap, Central America

I heard a scratching sound, close by.  I reached for my phone under my pillow.  It was 1AM.  The scratching continued and was accompanied by the crinkling sound of a plastic bag.  I turned on the phone's flashlight and pointed it toward the noise above our heads.   It was a large, might I say very large roach,... Continue Reading →

69 Days in Costa Rica

Cost Rica has much to offer and beautiful places to see.  Even though it is more expensive than Nicaragua, we were still able to average a spend of only $32 a day for both of us combined.   This includes all of our living expenses except health insurance.   The map below shows the places that we... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten People

The Red Zone As we turned the corner into San Jose's red zone a woman with her eyes to the sky staggered toward us.  She wore years of hardship on her face and a hopelessness to her gait.  I'm sure the three older women that we were with could protect us.  At least they wanted to. ... Continue Reading →

Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica

We were warned that the monkeys would steal our lunch here in Manuel Antonio Park.  Turns out the coatis and racoons are just as persistent and made out with not a few sandwiches. Manuel Antonio is nestled on the pacific coast of Costa Rica.  You can take a direct bus to the park from San Jose. ... Continue Reading →

Refugio Solté – In The Jungle

The Spanish word Solté means let go.  In this refuge you can let go of everything, including sense of fashion as Trin did.  He has his shorts and shirt on inside out.  He is spray-painting the dining room chairs black with an air compressor. He's been dodging rain drops to try and get some of the... Continue Reading →

Refugio Solté – Finding Paradise

It is 5am. The windows lay wide open allowing a breeze to fill the room with the fragrance of the jungle. It is already light outside but the clouds still hang low in a blanket over the top of the towering trees. The waterfall up the hill from our cabin creates a constant soothing background to... Continue Reading →

Volcanic lake, hot springs, and the hostel that was not

The bus began a winding ascent into the mountains past small towns and mountain villages. Steep mountain sides boasted of beautiful farms on the grade which made me wonder how they ever plant, cultivate and harvest their crops.  Surely any tractor would tumble down the hill if it attempted even an approach to these terraces. ... Continue Reading →

Cartago and a Legend

Legend tells a tale of two brothers and the woman they loved in Cartago.  She chose and married one.  In anger the thwarted brother killed his sibling.  In remorse for his sin he built a cathedral for Cartago. A year later it was destroyed by an earthquake.  Numerous attempts have been made to rebuild, but... Continue Reading →

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