A Wandering Foreigner

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Central America, Travel

Antigua, Guatemala: A Mayan Version of Cusco, Peru

When I arrived in Antigua, Guatemala, the first thought that ran through my head was how much it reminded me of Cusco, Peru. There’s an energy to the city that I’ve experienced only in another place: Cusco. Similar to Cusco being the heart and center of the Inca culture, Antigua feels the same for the Mayan heritage. The aliveness and history were immediately felt when I arrived in the city, and I quickly realized how the small yet  ...

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

Visiting Semuc Champey: The Journey From Hell That’s Totally Worth It

“The road’s a pain in the a$$ but totally worth it.” That’s what everyone told me when I said I was going to Semuc Champey in Guatemala. They were right. The journey is terrible, no matter where you start. And the last hour is particularly special as you lumber through potholes dodging and swerving around trucks and cars along the narrow, twisting dirt road. The end result when arriving is a small, remote Guatemalan  ...

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.  ...

Travel, Travel Log

El Tunco, El Salvador: A Complete Dissapointment

We’ve all been there. We’re so excited to visit a place. We have visions of what it will be like and the things we’ll do, and everyone tells us how much we’ll love it. Then we arrive… and it’s a bust. That’s what happened to me when I went to El Tunco, El Salvador. I was really looking forward to El Tunco. Since returning to Central America, I haven’t spent any time near the ocean, and many  ...

Travel, Travel Log

What It’s Like to Live in an Eco-Community in Nicaragua

If you asked me years ago before I started traveling if I could see myself living in an eco-community, I would have laughed in your face. There’s no way I’d see myself there. It would have been way too crunchy, way too granola, way too hippie for me. And yet, here I am. By the time I leave, I will have spent seven weeks (this time) living in the jungle of Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. In all of my years traveling, I’ve never  ...

Inspiration, Travel

How Long-Term, Solo Travel Has Helped Silence My Inner Control Freak

Recently, I was looking out over the island towards the looming volcano Concepción, contemplating life and having a moment with myself. The conversation inside my head was the question that’s often asked during my solo travels: do I stay where I am or do I go. It was in this moment when I realized that at this exact point in time I have the most freedom I’ve ever had in my entire life. I don’t have a job other than  ...

Inspiration, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Where Am I Now: Living in an Eco-Village in Nicaragua

Yes. You read that right. I am currently living in an eco-village in Nicaragua. But not just anywhere in Nicaragua. I’m on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, one of the most special places I’ve encountered during my years of travel. What can I say? This island has me hooked. Not only that, I’m living with an earth-based spiritual community called InanItah. What Happens When Things Don’t Go as Planned How did I end up here? I’ve been asking  ...

Inspiration, Travel, Travel Log

Returning After You’ve Left: What It’s Really Like

Why do we fall in love with the places we find on our travels? It is the place itself, the experiences we had, or the people we meet that makes a destination so special? I’ve never really wanted “to go back.” I do my best to live in the moment and try not to focus on the past or the future, but now that I’m back on Ometepe for my third time, there’s a part of me that misses what it was like when I first arrived on the island. A Longing to  ...