A Wandering Foreigner

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Central America, Travel, Travel Planning

Why You’ll Feel Like Indiana Jones When Visiting Tikal Ruins

It’s a well-known fact that I love ruins. I post a bit obsessively about how much I love visiting them; like when I visited Pompeii, Italy, or that time I trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I posted a picture last week on Instagram with a caption I ❤️ ruins, and my friend joked that she’s going to make me a t-shirt with that caption, which I’ll gladly accept and wear with honor. It’s a thing for me. Walking around hundred-year-old  ...

Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Lake Atitlan: Reconnecting with Myself by a Volcanic Lake

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has been high on my list of places to visit for a while now. I think, especially, because I’ve spent so much time on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua that it felt like an obvious assumption I would love Lake Atitlan as well. Lake Atitlan is beautiful, and I did enjoy it. For those of us that may or may not believe it, both Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua and Lake Atitlan offer a similar, spiritual and healing  ...

Travel, Travel Advice, Travel Log

Is it Worth It? My Thoughts on Hiking Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala

Almost every country we visit has a “must do” tourist activity every person tells us to do. In Peru, it’s Machu Picchu. In Bolivia, it’s biking the Death Road. In Nicaragua, it’s volcano boarding down, Cerro Negro. In Guatemala, it’s hiking Acatenango volcano. Anybody and everybody I talked to about visiting Guatemala told me to hike Acatengango. “It’s absolutely amazing,” they told me.  ...

Costa Rica, Travel, Travel Planning

Your Essential Travel Guide for Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

I spent a week in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica as the perfect way to transition myself back into “real life” after finishing my yoga teacher training. Even so, I’d heard rave reviews from many people about Santa Teresa and that the small beach town was a must-visit while in the area. The lush jungle runs right up to the picture perfect beaches, and with a small contingency of expats in the community, the town is friendly and  ...

Travel, Travel Advice

How to Spend 36 Budget-Friendly Hours in Las Vegas

Las Vegas. I have such a love-hate relationship with Sin City. The last time I visited, I went with four girlfriends for my 25th birthday, and we were wild. These days, nearly five years later, I’m in an entirely different place in my life with a closer eye on my bank account. Whenever I hear the words Las Vegas all I can think is money signs because the reality is that you can have whatever you want in life in that weird, strange  ...

Travel Advice, Travel Planning

4 Useful Ways to Accomplish Your 2017 Travel Goals

We’re already halfway through January. It’s hard to believe, I know. How’s it going with those travel goals you have? Are you working towards them, or are they in the abyss of dreams and you’re hoping they’ll just happen? I want you to travel this year. That is my wish for you. It’s time to start thinking ahead to make your adventures come true. Take some action and make moves. They don’t have to be  ...

Costa Rica, Travel, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Rancho Delicioso: A Costa Rican Farm Playground

Yes. A Costa Rican farm playground. That’s what I’m going to tell you about. With an endless supply of sunshine and a year-round growing season, Costa Rica has some amazing farms and permaculture volunteer programs. It’s common for people from all over the world to travel to Costa Rica and Central America to learn a life skill by working on farms. Enter Rancho Delicioso. Attached to the Anamaya “family” is an  ...

Colorado, Travel, Travel Advice, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Visiting Colorado: A Guide to the Best Time Ever

I just left Denver, Colorado after visiting for 10 days and let me say this – Colorado is awesome. It’s got mountains, deserts, cities, small towns, and big skies. Professional sports and top-tier restaurants all with an endless supply of fresh air and outdoor activities. Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and Colorado is one of the fastest growing states, and it’s easy to see why. When I arrived in  ...

Oregon, Travel, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Visiting Portland, Oregon: A Guide to the Best Day Ever

I love Oregon. I lived in Eugene and Portland for over seven years and the state is like a second home to me. Two weeks ago, I visited Oregon for the first time in nearly four years. The excuse was the wedding of my two college friends who finally tied the knot after nearly eight years together, and I can’t tell you how good it felt to be in my old stomping grounds surrounded by my people. My itinerary allowed me to spend all day  ...

Travel, Travel Planning

How to Pick Your Perfect Travel Buddy (and Why It’s So Important)

Picking the wrong travel partner can make or break your trip. I’ve had four different travel companions, some I planned trips with and others I magically stumbled across while traveling solo. It’s easy to say yes in the moment to anyone who offers a trip, but you should really do some thinking before jet setting to a foreign country with just anybody. Bad trips have the potential to make or break a relationship, so you want to  ...