The Best Things to Do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
San Juan is one hell of a party town. But even if you just want to chill, there's plenty to do!
The Most Colorful City of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
I was so impressed by the colors of this Nicaraguan surf city.
How to Travel Solo to a Party Destination
What do you do if you're traveling alone and want to party? You've got tons of options.
In Search of Perfect Beach Towns: Sámara, Costa Rica
I go in search of the perfect Costa Rican beach town -- and Sámara ticks almost all the boxes.
The Most Important Item I Pack: Pacsafe Travelsafe Review
My Pacsafe TravelSafe is so important to me, I think everyone should own one.
Into the Cloud Forest of Monteverde
From zipping through the trees to hiking along the bridges, this is Costa Rica at its finest!
AK Monthly Recap: January 2015
From frigid New England to toasty Costa Rica, here's what I got up to this month!
Five Years of Travel Blogging: Hitting the Reset Button
I'm still standing, five years later. Here's where I'm hoping my travel blogging career goes next.
Sri Lanka From Above: Climbing Sigirya
It's the symbol of Sri Lanka: a palace perched on an enormous rock. Here are the views from Sigiriya.
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
My time in Costa Rica didn’t get off to the smoothest start. After a stunning drive through the Guanacaste landscape, I arrived in La Fortuna to thundering rain. It proceeded to rain about 22 hours out of the day for the next three days. (In the dry season!) It wasn’t a complete washout. I enjoyed a dip in the Baldi Hot Springs and had a wonderful night walk with Geovani Tours. But then... [Read more]
Greetings from lovely Nicaragua! I am loving the heat and sunshine, loving that I’m avoiding the snow back home, loving the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, and loving all the adventuring I’ve been doing! Here’s what I’ve been up to in the first month of 2015. Destinations Visited Reading, Lynn, Boston, and Cambridge, Massachusetts New York, New York La Fortuna, Santa Elena/Monteverde,... [Read more]
On this day five years ago, I was putting together the elements of this blog. Securing hosting, buying a theme, working out every detail so that it would be set for its first post to go live on February 6. Five years. Not a lot of us make it to five years. I feel like I’m starting over this winter. Traveling to a new region — Central America. Traveling on my own. On the backpacker trail.... [Read more]
France has the Eiffel Tower. Egypt has the pyramids. China has the Great Wall. Three different countries, but they have something in common: there is a monument that epitomizes or even defines the country to outsiders. And even though the Eiffel Tower doesn’t represent all of France, it’s one of the first things that come to mind when you think about the country. Sri Lanka has a monument... [Read more]
When our trip to El Salvador and Guatemala sold out in just a week and the waiting list grew and grew, there was only one thing to do: add more tours! Leif and I have decided to add two more tours this spring! Leif will be running one on his own and we’ll be running another together. The Tour Each tour lasts 15 nights. We start with four days of surfing and beach time in El Tunco, El Salvador.... [Read more]