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Travel Reads: The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook

  Summary: The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook guides new and veteran travelers through the challenges of finding, vetting, and choosing their ideal volunteer experience. The book's practical advice is interwoven with first-person narrative, stories from a wide range of volunteers, beautiful photography, and expert interviews to help interested volunteers find meaningful ways to give back to communities all over the world-through... Read More »
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A Perfect Valentine’s Day – Laguna de Apoyo

Valentine's Day is of no importance to me. I've never had a boyfriend to celebrate with but I'm not a hater either. For the most part, it's just another day and I intended to treat my first Valentine's Day abroad as just another day. Then my friend Kate suggested a trip to Laguna de Apoyo. I'd never even heard of Laguna de Apoyo but I figured hey, why not. I didn't have anything better to do. That was the right choice because spending... Read More »
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Travel Tees – A New Business Ventue

My entire wardrobe consists of 3 things – T-shirts, a denim skirt, and dresses. My typical outfit is quirky tee + denim skirt which means I'm always on the lookout for shirts that stand out. I prefer shirts with a meaning, something I'm happy to represent, yet I have difficulties finding stylish, meaningful tees that don't cost $30+. I decided to take things in to my own hands with a new business venture, Travel Tees. Each month I'll be... Read More »
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Party in Puerto Viejo

I arrived in Puerto Viejo ready for two things – to party and to lay on the beach. (Not necessarily in that order.) Though I had loved Orosi and being in the mountains, I was ready for something different, something more like the Costa Rica most people think of - jungles, beaches, fun in the sun. When it came down to the Pacific Coast vs the Caribbean Coast, I chose the Caribbean only because I wanted to visit the one and only sloth... Read More »
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Studying Spanish at Montana Linda

I had two reasons for visiting Costa Rica - San Jose was the cheapest place to fly to in Central America and I heard that Costa Rica was a fantastic place to learn Spanish. I had also heard that Costa Rica was really, really expensive. This tidbit was confirmed when I began researching Spanish schools and found that many were charging upwards of $500-800 per week while schools in Nicaragua and Guatemala were charging only a third of that. I... Read More »