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. [...]

8 04, 2017

I Quit My Engineering Career To Travel


“That sounds terrifying.” I couldn’t help but smile as the words fell out. This was coming from the main manager of my group, a man that I respect, as I was handing him my letter of resignation. He had just asked me what my future plans would entail. His shock mimicked the reactions of others. Some [...]

7 04, 2017

How to Travel to Arenal via Public Bus from Playas del Coco


It would have been hard for me to say that I had spent two months in Costa Rica if I missed a trip to Arenal Volcano. Arenal is a picturesque cone-shaped giant that looms over the nearby town of La Fortuna. It was thought to be dormant until its violent explosion in 1968 that spewed lava, [...]

29 03, 2017

Getting a Tattoo in Nicaragua at Dark Love Ink


Image by John Maxwell Say what?!? Yeah, you read that correctly! It’s been a goal of mine to get tattoos during my travels. Call me reckless but I couldn’t shake the vision of having a pictorial roadmap, quite literally, embody the memories I gather along the way. I promise that I haven't lost my marbles. Keep [...]