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57 Hours in Costa Rica

Let's go to Costa Rica. That's how my 2 day trip began in April of 2016. That was said on a Saturday, and I was on a plane for San Jose, Costa Rica that Monday night. The roundtrip flight was 8,600 Southwest points and $74 for international taxes and fees. I took with...

The most delicious place to be in Faro, Portugal

I was fresh off the plane in Faro, Portugal.   Excitement level on high, a new city to discover. I navigated my way from the airport terminal onto a bus headed for the city center. Although my iphone 6 was in airplane mode I kept my gps open and a pin on my...

Top 4 Budget Friendly Activities in Cartagena

With only 2 days to spend in Cartagena, I tried to get an adequate fill of the city while also not rushing around for 48 straight hours. I stayed in the neighborhood Getsemani. It is walking distance to the ocean, night life, and the many day tours to the islands...

Pick up Games in Buenos Aires

Let me start off by saying the search for a public outdoor basketball court was not easy. You would think a big city like BA would be home to more than just randomly placed public futbol (soccer) fields. Especially since Argentina is not a total stranger to the...

By the Numbers: A 22 Day Journey

Looking back on one of my favorite travel itineraries, breaking it down by the numbers. This trip, made possible by a 3 week break in my work schedule, was booked only a week ahead of time. The small window of planning...

CAIRO: 7 Places to Experience True Egyptian Culture

Cairo, Egypt. You probably picture sand dunes and camels with some pyramids in the distance. Those pyramids must be the city of Cairo right? This place is jam packed with culture. The pyramids are only a piece of this city. Like Luxor and Aswan in the South, Cairo is...

Step-by-step: How to see Paris during a layover

This is a live-written account of my 7.5 hour layover in Paris which happened on Tuesday February 9th. I was traveling alone, carry-on luggage only, I already had Euros and it was my first time in the CDG airport.  Layover: 6:00am-1:30pm My game plan was to see 1...

8 Useful Facts I Learned About Brazil

1. The most important meal of the day is lunch. Lunch; 'Almoço' is the biggest meal of the day here. I have noticed it's common to have dessert as well. Eat lunch in a food court mall, or anywhere really, and chances are it will come with French fries. White rice,...

Travel Abroad: Visiting vs. Living in Rio de Janeiro

It's a major decision to make when traveling. Being in Rio for a week or 2 is a long time. You are able to see all of the tourist areas, while even reserving a couple days for bad weather days. You have time for the beaches, Cristo Redentor, Sugarloaf, Lapa, a soccer...

Ginga Tropical! …means, what?

Brazil has 26 states, and each one is unique. I can say this only after having attended a popular folklore show this past weekend in downtown (Centro) Rio. A local friend was nice enough to take me along and narrate for me. Called Ginga Tropical, it is a 90 minute...