Learning Pura Vida in Costa Rica

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Updated: 02/05/2019 | February 5th, 2019 This is a guest post by Abby Tegnelia, a former expat living in Costa Rica. “Pura vida” is a common expression in Costa Rica, roughly translated to “t..

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Getting Scared and Excited to Travel All O

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Updated: 02/01/2019 | February 1st, 2019 After four and a half years of travel, most people assume I have this travel thing down pat. I can just be plopped down anywhere, and I’ll be alright. “You’ve done this..

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Loving Latin America

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Posted: 01/18/2011 | January 18th, 2011 Over the last six months or so, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with traveling. I still love it and don’t want to do anything else, but in some ways, I’ve become tired..

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How to Visit Costa Rica’s Cahuita Na

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Updated: 3/17/21 | March 17th, 2021 The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is usually dominated by two places: the Amazon-like jungle of Tortuguero in the north and the party/beach paradise of Puerto Viejo in the s..

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The Best Places on Costa Rica’s Cari

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Last Updated: 3/17/21 | March 17th, 2021 Most travelers visiting Costa Rica think the Pacific side of the country is the better coast to visit. The remote Osa Peninsula, the monkey-filled area of Manuel Antoni..

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel Panama?

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Last Updated: 02/20/19 | February 20th, 2019 As part of my desire to give you the best budget travel tips I can, I’m continuing my informal series on country costs. Everywhere I go, I write down how much how m..

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How to Tour a Coffee Plantation in Panama

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Updated: 02/02/2020 | February 2nd, 2020 I have a confession: I’m not a coffee drinker. I think the last time I had coffee was about five years ago. The only way I like coffee is when you add in all thos..

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The Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica

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Last Updated: 10/4/20 | October 4th, 2020 Costa Rica is one of the most visited countries in Central America. American tourists have been flocking to the country for years, and it’s become a hot spot for retir..

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The Death of Nostalgia

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Updated: 04/10/2019 | April 10th, 2019 Though I always like visiting new destinations, when I really like a place, I want to go back, and I often revisit places. In February, I went back to Manuel Antonio in ..

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The Cost of Traveling Costa Rica

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Last Updated: 2/2/2020 | February 2nd, 2020 Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and naturally-diverse countries in Central America. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive. Due to its natural bea..

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Unusual Place of the Month: The Island of

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Last Updated: 9/20/19 | September 20th, 2019 Known as “La Isla de la Muñecas” in Spanish, the “Island of the Dolls” is perhaps one of the creepiest tourist attractions in the world. You half expec..

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The Mayan Ruins of Tulum

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Updated: 12/15/20 | December 15th, 2020 While I was in Tulum, I went back to the ruins of Tulum. While modern Tulum is an overrun tourist trap, the ancient Mayan city is a must-see if you’re in the area...

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My 15 Favorite Things to Do in Nicaragua

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Updated: 07/22/19 | July 22nd, 2019 Nicaragua used to be a secret. “Pshhh, have you been to Nicaragua yet? That’s where you really want to go,” travelers would say. It was the land of backpackers and intrepid ..

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10 Things to See and Do in León, Nicaragua

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Updated: 12/18/20 | December 18th, 2020 León was one of the highlights of my trip to Nicaragua. Filled with history, delicious food, lots of outdoor activities, volcanoes, and nearby beaches, there was more to..

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Visiting the Stone Carving Hermit of Nicar

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Last Updated: 07/01/2018 | July 1st, 2018 Nicaragua is a place that attracts visitors with its surf, beaches, hiking, volcanoes, and delicious food. You’ll never be short of something to do. But if you’r..

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How to Get Around Central America on a Bud

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Last Updated: 02/08/20 | February 8th, 2020 Surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Central America is a magical region that is perfect for backpacking. The area is full of rainforests, unexplored Mayan..

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Is Central America Safe to Visit?

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Updated: 2/2/20 | February 2nd, 2020 Central America is one of my favorite regions for backpacking. While it can be challenging to get around, it also offers incredible beauty, abundant nature, picturesque bea..

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Is Belize Safe to Visit?

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Last Updated: 2/2/2020 | February 2nd, 2020 Whether it’s relaxing on a picturesque beach, exploring Mayan ruins, or snorkeling the world’s second longest barrier reef, you’ll discover that Belize is full of am..

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Is Costa Rica Safe to Visit?

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Last Updated: 2/2/2020 | February 2nd, 2020 Tropical jungles bursting with wildlife, mountainous landscapes extending into the horizon, picture-perfect beaches on both sides of the country, and a never-ending ..

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My 6 Favorite Hostels in Panama City, Pana

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Central America

Posted: 7/5/20 | July 5th, 2020 Panama City is known as the shipping and financial hub of Central America — but there’s much more to it than that. Panama City is a bustling, lively city with a vibrant ni..

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My 8 Favorite Hostels in San José, Costa R

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Posted: 7/27/20 | July 27th, 2020 Costa Rica was the very first place I ever visited, kick-staring a journey that would eventually take me around the world and launch my career as a travel writer. Since that f..

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Tulum is Utterly Terrible.

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Central America

Posted: 12/14/20 | December 14th, 2020 Hell is a town called Tulum. Watched over by Mayan ruins and buttressed by the ocean, this is a place of pothole-filled streets, overpriced taxis, terrible traffic jams, ..

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Mexico: A Love Story

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Central America

Posted: 1/12/21 | January 12th, 2021 Some things just aren’t meant to be. Sometimes, no matter how much you want something, the universe seems to conspire against you. While I believe you make your own fate, ..

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Oaxaca: An Even Bigger Love Story

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Posted: 1/26/21 | January 26th, 2021 Have you ever arrived at a destination and just knew it’s for you? Something in the air just told you that this place is everything you dreamed it to be and you were going ..

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