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PACKING LIST FOR COSTA RICA

PACKING LIST FOR COSTA RICA

  JUMPING FOR JOY! SO EXCITED TO BE BACK IN COSTA RICA!Hola Amigos! A few weeks ago I wrote a post about packing for long-term travel.  That post was geared towards cooler climates and trips that involve trekking.  On May 31st I’m jetting off to Costa Rica for 24 days and my packing list will be …

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ODE TO OJU – THE WORLD’S BEST GUEST HOUSE

ODE TO OJU – THE WORLD’S BEST GUEST HOUSE

Oju Guest HouseAlone and insecure, I found myself wandering the streets of Pokhara, Nepal.  I stepped off the bus in this lakeside paradise without accommodation booked in advance, knowing that there were hundreds of hostels and guest houses.  It was my first true solo adventure, and I was searching for a friendly and inviting place …

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THE ART OF PACKING FOR LONG-TERM TRAVEL

THE ART OF PACKING FOR LONG-TERM TRAVEL

“The sense of having one’s life needs at hand, or traveling light, brings with it intense energy and exhilaration.  Simplicity is the whole secret of well-being.” – Peter Matthiessen I read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen while trekking through Nepal.  This quote spoke to me as I walked swiftly and lightly through the Himalayas, carrying …

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HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR 15 MONTHS WHILE SAVING 10K

HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR 15 MONTHS WHILE SAVING 10K

Traveling is soooooo expensive, right? You could never afford a long trip, right?  People who travel must come from wealthy families, riiiiiight? Negative!  Traveling can be as expensive, cheap, or even as lucrative as you please. I visited 8 countries (South Korea, the Philippines, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, India, Bhutan, and Nepal) in 15 months …

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TRAVEL ANXIETY

TRAVEL ANXIETY

Upon returning from a seven-week trekking journey to Nepal, I couldn’t get the mountains out of my head. I was day-dreaming regularly about returning to the Himalayas. After talking about it for months on end I finally convinced a friend to commit to going back with me. He is adventurous and fearless, but had never …

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TOTAL COST OF SPENDING 5 WEEKS IN PERU

TOTAL COST OF SPENDING 5 WEEKS IN PERU

I often get asked about the price of travel.  Some people dream of it but assume they can’t afford it.  Take a look at this rough itinerary for my 5 week trip to Peru: International flight to Lima, spend a few days exploring Domestic flight to Arequipa, explore, climb a volcano, 3 day canyon hike …

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR DREAM TRIP

HOW TO PLAN YOUR DREAM TRIP

Ah, yes.  So you want to go on one of those perfect Instagrammable international exotic vacations to the country of your dreams.  You have the money and the vacation time, but what about the planning aspect? Do you know HOW to plan your dream trip? Planning is time-consuming, but oh, so worth itWhere do you …

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TOOCH’S TOP TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

TOOCH’S TOP TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

I have a list in my diary titled “Tooch’s Top Travel Experiences” that I love to revisit when my wanderlust has me feeling antsy.  I read the list and relive the memories in my mind, smiling like a goon. There are certainly hundreds more memories that I’ve left out, but these are some of the …

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