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If your Costa Rica trip itinerary is anything like ours, you're probably not devoting much time to the capital city of San José beyond flying in or flying out. But you might find yourself in need of an overnight stay like we did and need a place to lay your head without going through the fuss of a hostel or…

The holiday season is upon us again, and that means frantically searching for the perfect gift to check off everyone on your nice list. But what do you get for the traveler in your life? You know, the one that's always jetting off and coming back with a rare tribal mask they picked up in some exotic corner of the globe.…

If you poke around our site a bit, you might realize that we really love ancient stuff. From Petra in Jordan, to Machu Picchu in Peru, several of our trips have been planned with the expressed desire to see these ancient sites and their monumental constructions. When thinking of Costa Rica, ancient sites don't typically come to mind, but when…

For nature lovers, Costa Rica is a premier destination. The country boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world with more than a quarter of its landmass reserved as protected areas. Visitors have ample options for getting close to nature, with one of the most well-regarded being Manuel Antonio National Park, located in the southwestern corner of the…

La Fortuna has long been a backpackers' destination, and there are numerous hostels that will cater to that type of traveler. Additionally a number of nicer resorts are also available, but those come with a hefty price tag. If you're a budget-minded traveler looking for resort-like amenities, Casa Luna might be the perfect stay for your trip to the Arenal…

One of the prime reasons for visiting the Arenal Volcano National Park area of Costa Rica is to participate in the many outdoor activities offered. If you're looking for a challenging yet rewarding hike, consider heading to the summit of Cerro Chato, Arenal's dormant next door neighbor. Sitting at 1,140m (3740 ft) tall, you won't feel the affects of altitude…

Looking for savvy strategies to save for your next vacation? There's an app for that! Here's some of our favorites that help save you serious cash. From  monitoring your spending to saving money automatically, these apps will skyrocket your travel fund. Acorns (iOS, Android) This nifty app connects to your accounts, then rounds up all of your transactions, depositing the…

We're unabashed Trekkies. Both of us grew up watching the crew of the starship Enterprise, and perhaps in a tiny way, watching Star Trek instilled in us the sense of adventure that causes to "seek out new life and new civilizations." OK, maybe just different cultures, and old civilizations. So when the latest movie Star Trek Beyond came out, we were there…

Who doesn't love the Riviera Maya, the Caribbean-facing coast line of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula? From gorgeous blue waters to lush jungles covering ancient secrets, this patch of land is a world-renowned destination for travelers. But confining yourself to an expensive all-inclusive isn't the only option. There are loads of affordable vacation rental options up and down the coast, allowing you…

When planning your trip to Istanbul, you'll undoubtedly spend a good chunk of your time visiting the sites in Sultanahmet. For those looking to explore Istanbul a little deeper, crossing the Golden Horn into the Beyoğlu district is an excellent choice, with Galata Tower and Taksim Square as key attractions and Istiklal offering an assortment of dining and nightlight options.…

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