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Costa Rica

Getting off the Reservation

Getting off the Reservation

Only a few months ago, I found myself in Costa Rica. I was staying with a friend at an all-inclusive resort. Lounging next to the pool with an umbrella in my tropical drink, I found myself thinking about how these …

Psychological Travel: Visiting Volcanoes

Psychological Travel: Visiting Volcanoes

Many travel experiences are limited to a single location: the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Roman Coliseum, et cetera. Volcanoes, however, are a destination you can visit all over the world, in a voyage that is more psychological than anything …

Shark Diving in Costa Rica

Shark Diving in Costa Rica

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Approaching Cocos Island after a 36 hour boat ride. 

I stood on the edge of the boat peering into the water in full scuba diving gear, hoping to catch a glimpse of what I knew lay below the surface – …

Three Unique ‘Voluntourism’ Opportunities

Three Unique ‘Voluntourism’ Opportunities

Giving back while getting away, or voluntourism,  is becoming increasingly popular. During the last nine years I’ve spent abroad, I’ve had many chances to volunteer in schools, cities, and with regional wildlife, and have always had a richer experience …

Costa Rica for less: no artificial ingredients

Costa Rica for less: no artificial ingredients

Costa Rica is a land teeming with the paradoxes of its geographical location, bridging North and South America and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The resulting climate makes it ideal for year-round travel. The forces of nature are at their …

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