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The Wanderland Guide to Travel Planning: Booking Accommodation thumbnail

Welcome to my newest series, The Wanderland Guide to Travel Planning. This is the fourth post in a multi-part series!. Part Four //  Booking Accommodation Each year in my annual roundup posts, I break down all the various placed I laid my head in the previous 365 night. Last year’s tally included seventy-four different beds — not counting…

Easing Back In: Traveling East Guatemala thumbnail

With my two weeks in Belize up and over, it suddenly felt like I was in the home stretch of my Central America trip. With exactly three weeks left before my flight from Roatán to the Cayman Islands, it was time to sit down and plot a route that would eventually get me to that departure…

Beachfront Bliss: Kicking Back in El Cuco thumbnail

El Salvador is kind of the pre-glass slipper Cinderella of Central America. Most backpackers bypass it entirely, and those that do pause to get their passports stamped tend to stay for just a few days, most often to surf along the Costa del Bálsamo or to take in the colonial Ruta de las Flores. I have…

Let’s Go! Volcano Boarding in León thumbnail

Long before I ever booked a flight to Nicaragua, there was one activity I knew I’d be signing up for: volcano boarding. Like partying at Sunday Funday in San Juan del Sur, volcano boarding in León is just one of those things backpackers go, do, and get the t-shirt for — literally. Though you could book…

Last Call for Nicaragua: León thumbnail

After falling pretty wildly, head-over-heels in love with both Granada and San Juan del Sur, I arrived in León with open arms, ready to be won over by the city’s gritty charm. It didn’t happen. It’s not that I didn’t like León — I just didn’t love it. It might have been that I had just…

How To Sleep in Hostels: A Guide from A to Zzzz thumbnail

Please Note: I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. . For my third travelversary, I tallied up all the different beds I’d slept in over the past year – seventy-one various beds, plus four…

Miami Dreaming thumbnail

There’s just something about Miami. The more I travel, both domestically and abroad, the more I’ve come to appreciate this great big backyard of mine — and while there are many places within the fifty states that tug at my heartstrings, in just two visits Miami has easily climbed the ranks of favorites. It’s a place…

And I’m Off! Summer in Europe, Here I Come… thumbnail

By the time you read this, I’ll be impatiently waiting in line at immigration in London, clutching the passport I’m so excited to put back into play after four and a half months stateside. This trip kind of crept up on me, and while I’ve dropped hints about where I’m headed I haven’t given you a…

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