Charlie is travelling in Costa Rica

Charlie and her partner, Luke, planned to sell all their stuff to travel the world, but then they realised they didn't have anything to sell. They're travelling anyway. Now working as freelance writers and professional house sitters, Charlie and Luke are travelling indefinitely. Charlie writes about simple, sustainable, socially responsible travel.

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Is Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua Really Awesome?

If you’re travelling in Nicaragua, everyone will tell you that the one thing you can’t miss is volcano boarding down Cerro Negro (the Black Hill) in León. Having looked at the ominous volcano from the roof of León Cathedral and after reading rave reviews from adventurous travel bloggers and TripAdvisor-happy backpackers who unanimously labelled the volcano boarding experience as AWESOME,…

Costa Rica cheese from farmers market

The Importance of Eating Local When You Travel

During my time living in Taiwan, feta cheese, chickpeas and couscous were luxuries that couldn’t be picked up from just any local supermarket. There were far fewer imported goods than what you would see on the shelves of your average UK supermarket, and you couldn’t get fruits or vegetables when they weren’t in season. At first, I thought this was awful. I wanted to…

Delicious red cacao beans

Vanilla Beans, True Cinnamon & Cacao Pods: Exploring a Costa Rican Spice Farm

I have quite an affinity with spice. Ginger, turmeric, chilli, pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, I love them all. When it comes to food, people often say that I over spice, but I just can’t get enough of the distinct flavours and the delicious heat. As you can imagine, touring a spice farm here in Costa Rica was right up my street. Villa Vanilla…

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5 Blog Posts that Everyone Who Travels Should Read

If you read travel blogs, then you’ll know that 99% of posts are about quitting your job to travel, getting pleasantly lost in beautiful places, and having ‘life changing’ experiences. It’s easy to be swept away by romantic notions of adventure and freedom when you think about travelling. I was too, in the beginning. As I read more news stories, followed more…

Cover Monkey in Manuel Antonio

Discover Costa Rica’s Wildlife (the Right Way)

Costa Rica’s wildlife is undeniably incredible. The country has one of the highest densities of biodiversity on the planet, which means that you can see all kinds of monkeys, lizards, parrots and even jaguars if you know where to look. One of the reasons that Costa Rica is so rich in wildlife is because it is home to a variety of different ecosystems,…

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The Truth about Costa Rican Eco-Lodges

With the rising popularity of eco-travel, it’s hard not to question what accommodation is truly an environmentally-friendly eco-lodge as opposed to those who label themselves as ‘eco’ because it’s fashionable. When we were researching our travels in Costa Rica, our web searches were inundated with eco-lodges and eco-retreats. With such a vast number of places to stay labelling themselves as…