Posts By iylana

If your Costa Rica trip is as jam-packed with adventure as ours was, you may find yourself with little more than a day in the capital city—typically the day you fly in or out of the country. When we arrived, we picked up our rental car from the airport and drove straight out of town, so it wasn't until the…

If Manuel Antonio National Park is on your list to see in Costa Rica, you'll want to stay in Quepos or Manuel Antonio Finca to access the park. There are plenty of hostels and hotels to cater to every budget, but we found that the proximity to the park made Hotel San Bada stand out above the rest. You literally…

Arenal National Park is one of the most popular Costa Rican destinations for nature-seekers. The conservation area is home to many of Costa Rica's wildlife, its most beautiful waterfalls, and its biggest volcano. From backpacker hostels and zip-lines to luxurious resorts and hot springs, the little town of La Fortuna that has sprung up around the park caters to every type of tourist looking…

When trying to decide where to visit for one week in Costa Rica, I had to come up with a priority list of what I really wanted to do and see—and number one on my list was to sleep in a treehouse. Now there are plenty of treehouses in Costa Rica, from airbnb rentals to exuberantly priced resorts and even a treehouse…

Costa Rica has always been a popular vacation spot and now that we've been, we can see why: it's easy, laid back, and fun! We were looking for a short trip where we could unwind from the craziness of our full time jobs and relax at the beach, while also getting a little adventure in. Costa Rica is the perfect…

You hear it over and over again, but packing light is truly one of the keys to a successful vacation. It means getting to your destination faster, not having to worry about losing your luggage on the flight, navigating public transportation easier, less sweat, less trouble. Here's a few tips to help free yourself from the burden of an overpacked bag.…

I'll be honest, our first two trips to Istanbul, we weren't all that impressed with the cuisine we were eating. That probably has to do with the fact that we kept ordering the same dish, kebap, hoping it would be similar to the incredible Persian kebap Shane grew up with. But once I got ahold of Biber Dolması, I feel…

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