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.

Lots of baby turtles going into the sea - Charlie on Travel

A Thousand Turtles Nesting: An Arribada in Ostional, Costa Rica

A woman was running wildly down the beach beating a big plastic bottle with a driftwood stick. We stared at her in dismay. The fierce yet slender woman swung the stick around her head like a lasso, and in a frenzy, the large black vultures that had been skipping along the sands scattered. She saw us staring and came over. “They’re trying to get the baby turtles,”…

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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…