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

Corn Island Nicaragua

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 what will be needed for budget travel, but we started out with a goal of spending … Read more How to Travel for Less Than $5,000 a Year

Budget Accommodations In Central America

Uvita Costa Rica

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, … Read more Budget Accommodations In Central America

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 … Read more 69 Days In COSTA RICA

The Forgotten People

Statue in San José Costa Rica

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.  … Read more The Forgotten People

Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park: Costa Rica

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.  … Read more Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park: Costa Rica

Refugio Solte: In the Jungle

Ocean water from Uvita

Read about our first week in the refugio here. The Spanish word Solté means let go.  In this refuge, you can let go of everything, including the 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 … Read more Refugio Solte: In the Jungle

Refugio Solte: Finding Paradise

Jungle in Uvita

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 … Read more Refugio Solte: Finding Paradise

Volcanic Hot Springs, and the Hostel That Was Not

La Fortuna Hot Springs

The bus began a winding ascent into the mountains past small towns and mountain villages. Steep mountainsides 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.  My … Read more Volcanic Hot Springs, and the Hostel That Was Not

Cartago and a Legend

Cartago Costa Rica

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 … Read more Cartago and a Legend

Tortuguero, a Town with No Cars

Lizard in Tortuguero Costa Rica

I’m currently in a bungalow on the Caribbean coast putting this post together on a sweltering afternoon.  My door is open and children are singing and laughing next door.  I have a fan blowing in an attempt to dry at least a few articles of clothing that I hand-washed in the sink.  In a rain … Read more Tortuguero, a Town with No Cars

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