10 07, 2017

A Starter’s Guide to Scuba Equipment


I started researching scuba equipment immediately after completing my open water course. Sports equipment has always been my kryptonite – I always want to have my own swag, even after my first dives. Equipment Considerations Buying your own set of gear may be a profitable move in the long run, but it could end up as [...]

7 07, 2017

17 Essential Tips Before Your First Dive


Anybody with experience underwater can spot a new diver from miles away. Now that I’m on the other side of my Divemaster internship, I have repeatedly seen most of the tell-tale signs. The newbies hold a special place in my heart. Nothing puts a smile on my face like watching a new diver having an amazing [...]

24 06, 2017

A Guide to the Open Water Diver Course


Diving is my passion and my stillness. As soon as I hit the water, I'm left with a feeling of pure adventure. I can’t think of anything more gratifying than descending into the deep blue, ready to be humbled by whatever Mother Nature puts in my path. The entry level open water diver course teaches you [...]

22 06, 2017

The Other Thing Travel Blogs Didn’t Tell Me


I’m sitting on the edge of an infinity pool, beer in hand, watching the sunset over the Pacific. Steve taps his beer into mine, we give cheers to the path ahead. We had just landed in Costa Rica. We would stay there for two months while touring other parts of the country and some parts of [...]

5 06, 2017

The One Thing Travel Blogs Didn’t Tell Me


My alarm goes off. It takes everything I have to get myself out of bed. I drag myself unwillingly through my morning routine. I find myself questioning my current path on every single morning walk into the office. This isn’t some goal-driven exercise, it’s actually a question that haunts me. Most days I don’t want to [...]

24 05, 2017

I Went to a Hospital in Nicaragua


We were walking home after a busy day at the shop. My friend, an experienced diving instructor who had done prior work in landscaping, gave us an impromptu tour of the surrounding flowers and trees. One of these included a cashew tree, something I had never seen before in person. He separated a raw cashew shell [...]

21 05, 2017

Granada, Nicaragua Travel Guide


San Juan del Sur did a great job captivating my heart. So well, in fact, that I felt a little bad for Granada and the reputation that preceded it. But the city had potential, from expertly preserved colonial architecture to refined eateries that expanded beyond the typical dishes of gallo pinto. About Granada Historically, Granada was the [...]

6 05, 2017

Travel Costs in Nicaragua


Backpackers know Nicaragua as one of the cheapest countries in Central America. Volcanic landscapes, stunning beaches, and colonial architecture are among the many draws to travelers. The past couple of decades are marked by peace after years of political turbulence, making this still a relatively unknown country to visit. Travel costs, which are currently low, [...]

3 05, 2017

Sunday Funday in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


I was trying to take a nap but my body wasn’t having it. Work at the scuba shop had me accustomed to waking up at 5:00 AM and getting to bed by 9:00 PM. That early bedtime wasn’t going to fly for Sunday Funday. With the nap not panning out as planned, I decided to embrace my [...]

18 04, 2017

San Juan del Sur Travel Guide


I wasn’t sold on San Juan del Sur prior to my arrival. Fellow travelers warned me that this beach town was only known for its party scene and didn’t have much else to offer. Always one for a backup plan, I was ready to roll out to Granada early if I really hated what I was seeing. [...]