3 Must-See Temples in Ubud, Bali

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Bali, Island of the Gods; also known as the island of a thousand puras (temples). Religion is interwoven throughout the fabric of Bali, from small neighborhood shrines to centuries old sustainable irrigation channels serving both temples and farms. If you’re visiting Bali you simply have to carve out time to visit temples, and if you’re in the Ubud area, these … Read More

Hiking Boots You’ll Actually Want to Wear – for Women

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For quite a while, I’ve been looking for a pair of good hiking boots that are cute enough to wear around town. I want the durability of the hideous, heavy weatherproof boots from the outdoor stores with the stylish look of the cheap, poorly made booties at the fashion stores. I’m a firm believer in packing light, so if I’m going on a … Read More

A Day in San José Costa Rica

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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 … Read More

Things to Do Near Arenal Volcano

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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 … Read More

Hotel Review: Tree Houses Hotel, Costa Rica

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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 … Read More

One Week Costa Rica Itinerary

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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 … Read More

7 Tips to Help You Never Over-Pack Again

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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. … Read More