Costa Rica: Top Seven Things To Do

A couple years ago Aaron and I took a two week road trip around Costa Rica. We started in Liberia and spent time in Monteverde and Arenal before taking a few days to relax at the beaches in Manuel Antonio. From there we headed to Guanacaste and finished our trip in San Jose. Though ourContinue reading “Costa Rica: Top Seven Things To Do”

Costa Rica: Road Trip Across Country

Car Rental in Costa Rica: In April 2019, we planned to take a two week trip to Costa Rica. We wanted to see many different areas of the country, so we started exploring the idea of renting a car to get around. We solicited opinions from friends who had been before and scouted the InternetContinue reading “Costa Rica: Road Trip Across Country”

Botswana: Safari – The Untold Story

Chobe National Park: Many people dream of going on safari. The idea of jumping in an open-sided safari vehicle and racing to see as many wild animals as possible is where most safari dreams begin. As someone who had dreamed of experiencing a safari first hand for as long as I can remember, I wasContinue reading “Botswana: Safari – The Untold Story”

Portugal: Highlights of Sintra

Top 3 Must See Sites in Sintra: For most tourists, a vacation in Lisbon is not complete without a day trip to Sintra. This fairytale town is about 15 miles from the capital and can be reached in a little less than an hour by train. Why take the time to visit Sintra? In aContinue reading “Portugal: Highlights of Sintra”

Portugal: Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley

Porto: Gateway to the Douro Valley Most tourists visiting Portugal begin their journey in Lisbon, it’s capital city. Just a three hour train ride to the north lies Portugal’s second best known city, Porto. This city, aside from being marvelous on its own, is the gateway into the Douro Valley. This remarkable place is famousContinue reading “Portugal: Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley”

Portugal: Top 5 Experiences in Lisbon

We made the decision to travel to Portugal on the fly. After a long year jam packed with many travel adventures, we decided to squeeze in one last week-long trip to Portugal in November. Lisbon, Portugal had come highly recommended. It was described as a city with all the quaint, traditional charms one can expectContinue reading “Portugal: Top 5 Experiences in Lisbon”

Tobago: Cyclists of the Caribbean

“Honey, do you want to come with me to a bike race in Tobago?” “Sure! Where’s Tobago?” “It’s an island in the Caribbean. All we have to do is pay for your airfare. The team is paying for mine and our lodgings for the week.” Team Rio Grande: Aaron had been racing for the RioContinue reading “Tobago: Cyclists of the Caribbean”

England: A London Layover Tour

On our most recent trip to Europe, we were fortunate enough to be able to redeem our American Airlines miles for two round trip flights to Italy. Using our miles to pay for the flights greatly reduced the cost of the trip, but we did have to jump through a few hoops to make itContinue reading “England: A London Layover Tour”

Malaysia: Travel Day Nightmare

Anyone who has ever passed through an airport knows that travel days are, at the very least, exhausting. After a good travel day, the excitement of arriving allows people to overcome their fatigue and hit the ground running. On the other hand, after a particularly rough travel day, the phrase “Never again!” is mostly likelyContinue reading “Malaysia: Travel Day Nightmare”

Ecuador: You did WHAT in the Amazon?

“You did what in the Amazon?” my mother asked, her eyebrows sky-high as we regaled my parents with tales of our honeymoon. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, we had chosen Ecuador as our honeymoon destination. The country hadn’t even crossed our minds until I stumbled upon an irresistible trip through Travelzoo, a travel deal watch listContinue reading “Ecuador: You did WHAT in the Amazon?”