I’ve traveled to nearly two dozen countries on four continents, yet I have never visited an all-inclusive resort, which is seemingly the easiest introduction to overseas travel. In the beginning I was skeptical that I could truly relax, but by the end it wasn’t too hard to figure out. The best comparison I have, Read More

There are two sides to Costa Rica with very different cultures. I want to tell you a little bit about a few stops along the Pacific Coast. Cold water haters listen up: I visited in July and August and the water was spectacular! I could literally walk right in without a wetsuit–much warmer than the Pacific that surrounds California. Secondly I discovered magical beaches with black sand.

I went to Costa Rica for eco-tourism and this is definitely the place to do it! If you aren’t there during the peak tourist season (mid-December-April), which is also the dry season, you don’t necessarily have to book in advance. I decided to set-up one or two things that I really wanted to do and then just winged it.

If this is your first international trip, I know it can be scary, but this is a great place to try it out. For starters if you are traveling from the United States, the flights tend to be pretty cheap (considering). I picked my destination based on the flight price. Second when you book, keep in mind the seasons may be opposite of yours. Summer in the U.S. is June-September. In Costa Rica it’s not cold, but wet.

California is one of the most popular brands in the world. We traveled to Santa Monica to enjoy the beach and stumbled upon a budget friendly hotel in a great location. We were in town on a busy weekend and it was going to be very expensive to stay by the Third Street Promenade,, Read More