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Rocking Out on Little Corn Island

Rocking Out on Little Corn Island

Despite how long I’ve been traveling, I’ve never actually been to the Caribbean before! I knew that would change when I planned a trip to Central America — because I knew the Corn Islands would be on my itinerary. The Corn Islands lie about 43 miles off Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. From what I had read, they were blissfully underdeveloped, well-priced, and on the verge of... [Read more]


Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Is it possible for a woman to travel the world and stay safe? Absolutely. Even if you steer clear of resorts. Even if you go to developing countries. Even if you don’t speak the local language. Even if you’re traveling alone. I created this site so I could help women travel safely and independently around the world. And after five years, it’s working — I get daily emails from... [Read more]


Escaping to Laguna de Apoyo

Escaping to Laguna de Apoyo

Well, I’ll be honest — when I planned to spend February in Nicaragua, I never dreamed I’d be having the best Valentine’s Day of my life here! Nope, I didn’t meet a guy. I met two lovely girls instead. Let’s set our scene in the beautiful city of Granada. Granada was…interesting. Truthfully, it was the only place in Nicaragua with which I didn’t quite... [Read more]


Ometepe: Inside Nicaragua’s Volcanic Island

Ometepe: Inside Nicaragua’s Volcanic Island

Looking back at my travels in Central America so far, I’ve been wondering if there has been a wholly unique place. The kind of place that is the epitome of the region; the kind of place you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. So far, the leading contender for that position is Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua formed by two joined volcanoes. I almost didn’t go to Ometepe.... [Read more]


AK Monthly Recap: February 2015

AK Monthly Recap: February 2015

Nicaragua, I have fallen madly in love with you! Before I came to Central America, I knew I was looking forward to Nicaragua the most, so I made sure to allot myself a good amount of time (four weeks). That was a smart decision. I could easily stay here another month or longer — there is so much to do! What do I love about this country? The natural beauty. The volcanoes. The beaches. The kind... [Read more]


The Best Things to Do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The Best Things to Do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

I’ve only been walking around the Nicaraguan beach town of San Juan del Sur for 20 minutes, but already three guys have stopped to talk to Alex. Three HOT guys. Hot Canadian surfers with incredible upper arms and ponytailed hair and the perfect smattering of chest hair. I have one question for my friend: “HOW?!” I knew this trip to Central America would be a big reset for me, and... [Read more]


The Most Colorful City of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The Most Colorful City of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

There’s so much I have to write about San Juan del Sur. I planned on coming for three days; I ended up staying for eight. I haven’t felt such a strong pull to a place in a long time. At times it almost felt like a time warp — traveling back to a time when I was a 26-year-old party girl, only now with Tinder. But if there’s anything that struck me about San Juan immediately,... [Read more]


How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination

Imagine walking into a bar and knowing nobody inside. Everyone is laughing and drinking and seems to have been best friends for ages. Do you find that as terrifying as I do? God, it’s the stuff of nightmares! I’ve talked a lot about how to make friends while traveling solo. But party destinations are a special case — you’re not here to take a walk by yourself in the early... [Read more]


In Search of Perfect Beach Towns: Sámara, Costa Rica

In Search of Perfect Beach Towns: Sámara, Costa Rica

For the past few years, I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect beach town. Perfect for me, that is. You may disagree. What I like most in a beach town is a big, beautiful, airy beach with lots of space, west-facing sunset views, and the perfect level of development. More on the development in a bit. In Costa Rica, I know I’d be dealing with a heavily Americanized environment... [Read more]


The Most Important Item I Pack: Pacsafe Travelsafe Review

The Most Important Item I Pack: Pacsafe Travelsafe Review

The single most important item I pack on my travels is my portable safe: my Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L. For years, I’ve been recommending this product to every traveler I know. Budget, luxury, mid-range, family, solo, everything. I’ve urged everyone coming on our Central America tours to buy one for themselves. And yet so few travelers have a portable safe. It blows my mind; I honestly... [Read more]