If you’re looking for luxury accommodation with the jungle, beach and volcanoes on your back door, then Costa Rica is a perfect destination. Maybe you’re planning a honeymoon, destination wedding or just need some special time away, a splurge on a trip to Costa Rica will open up the best of Costa Rica luxury homes, villas and resorts. The following guide gives you all the information you need to plan the perfect luxury vacation without the need of a travel agent.
The idea of a travel pouch is a good one. You get to hide all of your most valuable possessions on your person so if the worst happens, you won't be left with nothing. The problem with a traditional travel pouch that you pick up from your friendly neighbourhood travel and adventure store is that they're usually poorly designed. These are my top five gripes about the traditional travel pouch and some much better alternatives for you to look out for.
South Africa has a lot to offer the adventurous tourist. In just one country you have unique wildlife, sparkling coastlines that stretch as far as you can drive, world-class museums with a past that seriously sucks you in, and a rich culture. No matter how long you have in South Africa these itineraries should give you a great taste of the country and make sure you’re making the most of your time while you’re there.
While spending three months in South Africa I traveled extensively throughout the country. There are still a lot of the out of the way places that I missed out on but I managed to visit all of the towns and sights that I really wanted to including some surprises that I only found out about along the way.
Here’s a list of my favourite places to visit and why I think you should include it in your next trip to South Africa.
When I was planning a trip to South Africa it was hard to avoid any mention of the “backpacker bus” called Baz Bus. It’s in all of the guides and there are mentions on most the hostel websites. I initially thought something like this would not be my style but it was my first time in Africa and I wasn’t sure how difficult it was going to be to get around.
After three months in South Africa and speaking with numerous other travelers I formed a pretty solid opinion of the Baz Bus and even tried it out for myself. Hopefully this information will help when planning your own trip and deciding whether the Baz Bus is for you or not.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how some people can afford to travel every year not just once, but two or three times. Where do they find the money and how do they find the time to research all of the options?
Fortunately, making travel more affordable and much less complicated is absolutely achievable with just a little time and by being smart about where, when and how you travel. Check out these five strategies for planning an affordable holiday. You might find that you’re a lot closer to your dream holiday than you thought!
The latest addition to the popular Once in Cape Town brand, this hostel is hard to ignore when you stay in Johannesburg. The TripAdvisor reviews speak for themselves, with a 5 star rating and reviewers commenting on the hotel-quality rooms, I had to check this place out for myself during my recent visit to the city.
The Funny Lion was the perfect place to just relax and be pampered by the hotel’s attentive staff. The sunsets are stunning poolside or on the balcony. An in-room or poolside massage is one of the the only decisions you’ll have to make while you’re there and if you’re feeling adventurous, check out one of their tours and explore the island by land or by sea. When you visit make sure to challenge yourself to a Filipino-only breakfast! You might be surprised by how much you enjoy it.
My very first time volunteering I was a young 18-year old. It was my very first solo trip around the world and I had chosen to spend three months in Ecuador volunteering with street kids and improving my Spanish. I hadn’t saved very much money for this trip, about $20,000 for a full year of travel after flights and needed to find ways to travel cheaper for longer. That was my start in volunteering while travelling and I personally think that it can be a very rewarding experience for you and the cause you are trying to help as long as you do your research and enter into it for the right reasons.
Lonely Planet released their Top 25 Travel Secrets recently and I have been to only one place on the list! Rather than sulking about my lack of travel aptitude, I've been stalking these places on Instagram for some new travel inspiration. Here's my version of their list with the best of Lonely Planet's secret destinations on Instagram.
When I was in Guatemala I heard about Zephyr Lodge long before I learned about Semuc Champey, the natural pools located deep in the Guatemalan jungle. Reviews are mixed on this place, through word-of-mouth and also online but my temporary travel companions at the time were insistent on staying there so I decided to give it a try.
If you’re up for a 6 hour bumpy ride into the middle of the Guatemalan jungle then I would suggest staying in Lanquin for 2 or 3 days, relaxing poolside at Zephyr Lodge and doing a day trip to Semuc Champey. The highlight of my time in Lanquin was visiting the Kam’ba cave system during the Semuc Champey day trip and putting on my Indiana Jones hat for a couple of hours. It was so much fun and months later I have not been able to stop talking about.
Lone Pine is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Here you can learn all about these super cute animals and get a chance to take a picture with them or even hold them and have a cuddle session.
Lone Pine houses 130 koalas as well as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingoes, snakes and lots of other Australian wildlife. There are shows on during the day as well as some great hands-on experiences with the animals.
The Indian’s Nose viewpoint sits at at 2,863 meters looking over the pueblos of San Pedro, Santa Clara and San Marcos. Its name comes from the fact the profile of the mountain looks like a sleeping Indian with the viewpoint as its nose. The hike is 1.5 to 2 hours of a very steep climb. Definietly worth it though!
Tulum is located on Mexico's Caribbean Coast just south of Playa Del Carmen. It can be considered the "green resort" town because you can still find many luxury resorts and stylish beach clubs but there's also a growing number of eco style hotels and beach cabins available.
Right outside of town there is a small set of Mayan ruins known for its picture perfect setting on the beach. The Tulum Ruins are the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza.
Omoa, Honduras is small town on the Caribbean Coast, a short trip from San Pedro Sula. Omoa used to be the main Caribbean port of Honduras until the mid 19th century. Now it is a very laid back beach town where you can be one of the only tourists in sight. As you can see, I had the whole place to myself!
One of the main reasons to visit is to see the historical 18th century San Fernando Fort. It's also a great stop over on the way to or from the Guatemala Border.
The town of Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar itself are popular amongst budget travelers and backpackers but due to its remote location and importantly, the distance from Cancun Airport, it’s one of the least touristy places you can visit this close to the Caribbean Coast of Mexico.
I visited Bacalar on a two week trip with my family with a goal to show them what I love about Mexico away from the margaritas and novelty sombreros of the Mexican Riviera. Although there’s nothing wrong with those things, I really wanted to show them another side of Mexico.