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Forty-Eight Hours in Vila Madalena: São Paulo’s Worst Kept Secret thumbnail

When it comes to the first few days after a major festival, I have just a few key priorities in mind: rest up, recharge, and reconnect to the world. The latter can be a serious drag when it means coming back to an overflowing inbox and a built up to-do list. But Heather and I knew exactly…

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…

Inspiration Around Lake Atitlán thumbnail

I was quick to admit that Guatemala just wasn’t my jam. Yet there was one destination on my itinerary there that stopped me in my tracks, a place that made me nod my head and say, oh yes, yup, indeed I see it now — this is what everyone is going on about. And that place…

The Thing About Guatemala thumbnail

The thing about Guatemala is, I didn’t really love it. There. I don’t believe in suspense — who needs the anxiety? Guatemala. I first bought a guidebook for this country over six years ago, when I was still studying in Brooklyn, though it took me up until this trip to finally make my way to its…

Equilibrio Festival • El Salvador: Under The Sun thumbnail

Festivals, it seems, have become somewhat of a passion of mine. I’ve made my way now to several around the world – Burning Man in the Nevada desert, Tomorrowland in a Belgian neverland, Sunjam on the shores of Honduras, Mardi Gras in the heart of New Orleans, and Batabano in the streets of Grand Cayman, to…

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…

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