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The Best Way to Get To and From Isla Mujeres
Mexico

It's not quite as straight forward as you might think! Here are some simple tips that can save you a lot of money!

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Cheapest Transportation from the Cancún Airport
Mexico

Without some simple planning, you can easily pay way too much getting from the Cancun airport to your hotel. Here are important money-saving tips to get from CUN to the Hotel Zone, Isla Mujeres, Downtown, or Playa del Carmen.

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Floating Through Ancient Stromatolites at Los Rápidos, Bacalar
Mexico

As if floating with current in the incredible turquoise water or swinging in a partially submerged hammock surrounded by fish wasn't enough, throw in some rare rock formations to make for a very unexpected cool place to visit near Bacalar, Mexico.

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Cancún on a Budget
Mexico

Yes, it can be cheap to visit Cancun, Mexico! See the real Cancun, or stay on the beach for much cheaper than you'd expect! Transportation, lodging, and things to do on a budget.

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How to Get From Monteverde to Panama in 1 Day
Costa Rica, Panama

Need the cheapest way to get to southern Costa Rica from Monteverde? There are two routes that will get you from Monteverde to Paso Canoas in about 12 hours.

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Playa Puntarenitas, Have Lunch Off the Beaten Path in Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Across from the town of Golfito in southern Costa Rica, at the entrance to the harbor, is a small boat-only accessible "island" with makeshift restaurants and a really cool vibe ... and not in the tour books.

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More Mangoes Than Mosquitoes ... Maybe
Costa Rica

Playa Zancudo (meaning mosquito beach) would more aptly be named Playa Mango during the start of the green season, there are so many mangoes!

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Free and Cheap Things to Do In Monteverde
Costa Rica

The best list of tips on how to get the most for your money while visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest area. Here's how to do Monteverde on a budget.

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Wildlife Abounds in Costa Rica!
Costa Rica

It's true, you come to Costa Rica for the nature and wildlife. Despite it's gain in tourism, it's still a protected eco destination full of biodiversity.

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How to Use a Costa Rican Washing Machine
Costa Rica

What is this contraption? Learn the manual steps for becoming an expert at doing laundry in Costa Rica.

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Where to Grab a Drink (and a Bite) in Monteverde
Costa Rica

From fancy to grungy, here are my favorite places to drink and have a snack around Monteverde / Santa Elena. Cheers! Oh, I mean Pura Vida!

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Public Transportaion in the Zancudo / Pavones Area
Costa Rica

Seasonal schedules, road conditions, and lack of information make it hard to pin down the public transportation options in these remote beach towns.

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The Crocodile Bridge in Tarcoles - An Unexpected Tourist Attraction
Costa Rica

Off the sides of an unassuming cement bridge you can view the largest concentration of American crocodiles in the world! ... or at least a dozen or so of them.

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Interesting Things to Know About Costa Rica Before You Travel
Costa Rica

Food A local eatery is called a "soda" and is a good budget-friendly option. ....

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Getting to Monteverde from Southern Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Not an easy task to string together, I managed to get from Zancudo (via Paso Canoas) to Monteverde in one day!

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Interesting Stops Along the Coast Highway in Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Free and fun pitstops to stop and stretch your legs along the coastal highway.

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Visiting Pavones Famous Surf Town
Nov 16, 2019 Costa Rica

Not far from Zancudo is Pavones with it's world famous 2-minute left break. A quick visit in the off season just gave us a glimpse.

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Google Maps Gives Incorrect Directions to Zancudo
Costa Rica

Relying on Google Maps to drive to Playa Zancudo instead of Waze could get you stuck on a muddy impassible road.

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Getting To and From Pavones Surf Town on a Budget
Costa Rica

With a little effort, you can get to Pavones for $18 and ride the longest left in the world!

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Getting to Your Bus from the San Jose Airport in Costa Rica
Costa Rica

$25 taxi - ha! $18 Uber, I laugh. For $1 you can get to your target bus terminal in San Jose and be on your way to your beach or mountain destination.

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How to Search for Longer Term Budget Accommodation
Costa Rica

What's the best way to find budget lodging? Here's how I went about my recent search and how I found great deals on some wonderful little rentals for under $20/night when staying more than a week.

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Zancudo - A Challenge Getting There and Away
Costa Rica

There's the easy way and there's the budget way, and even the easy way isn't very easy! Here's the cheapest way to get to and from Zancudo, all the way from the San Jose airport.

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Sailing the British Virgin Islands - Is It Worth It?
British Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands

Is this luxury vacation destination worth all the hype ... and expense??

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Finding the Cheapest Way to Get to the British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands

What a puzzle it was to put together the least expensive way to get from the US to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. But I nailed it and cut the initial cost in half!

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A Day in Paso Canoas - Shopping in Panama
Mar 19, 2019 Costa Rica, Panama

It's typical in southern Costa Rica to go to Panama to shop. It wasn't the most exciting day, but I figured I should check it out.

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What to Bring on Your Komodo Nat'l Park Tour
Indonesia

You don't need much, just some basics for swimming in turquoise waters, walking in the heat, taking memorable photos, and trying to avoid turning into a lobster. But more important, here's what to wear!

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Pink Beach, and Pinker Beaches
Indonesia

Forget the perfect white-sand tropical beach. Visit the pink beaches of Indonesia!

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Visiting Komodo Dragons in Indonesia
Indonesia

I'm fortunate that my hometown of San Diego has an incredible zoo and I have seen Komodo Dragons there since I was a kid. But it ....

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Padar - THE Komodo View Point
Indonesia

The postcard-perfect view from the short hike up Padar is one you'll enjoy looking at every time you open your travel photos. But what exactly is the hike like?

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Manta Rays - Majestic Giants in Komodo
Indonesia

One to cross off the bucket list - swimming with giant manta rays. This was an unexpected surprise as part of my tour to see the Komodo Dragons.

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Booking a Komodo National Park Tour - What You Need to Know
Indonesia

There are a ton of expensive options to tour the Komodo National Park but you can also do it within a reasonable budget! Know what to expect from the tour, what to bring, and what you'll see.

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The Cheapest Way to Get From the Bali Airport to Kuta
Indonesia

From taking a taxi to walking, your cheapest transportation options are from outside the airport. There are also plenty of hotels within walking distance to the Denpasar (DPS) airport in Bali. Save money with these easy instructions.

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Everything You Need to Know About Labuan Bajo
Indonesia

Know what to expect during your stop-over, things to do in Labuan Bajo, and how to get the most out of your visit to LBJ.

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Kuta's Ogoh Ogoh Aftermath
Indonesia

Haven't had enough of Bali's Hindu New Year celebrations? Go see the ogoh-ogoh on the beach at Kuta. Enjoy some food on the beach and get some good photos.

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Ohhhhgo Ogoh - What a Parade!
Mar 5, 2019 Indonesia

Talk about a cool local Bali tradition. This massive parade went on and on and I was lucky enough to see it in the best place ever! Big smile all night long.

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Ogoh Ogoh in Bali and the Single Best Place to Watch the Parade
Indonesia

Ogoh what? Spinning demons, loud drumming, and everyone in town cheering them on. Here's the best place to experience this Balinese celebration for the New Year holiday of Nyepi.

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Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhist Monastery in Bali
Indonesia

Not too far up into the hills in North Bali near Lovina, is a serene Buddhist monastery complete with mini replica of Borobudur. An hour wandering around Vihara Buddha Banjar is just plain good for the soul.

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The 3 Best Places to Eat in Lovina
Indonesia

Restaurants with the best food for the best prices for your budget travels in Lovina, Bali.

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The Ultimate Guide to Banjar Hot Springs
Indonesia

Air Panas Banjar is a centuries-old therapeutic sulfur hot springs bathing spot nestled in lush vegetation in the hills of Bali. Here's the scoop on costs, restaurant menu, when to go, and even a tip on how to get in for free!

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Nyepi Day - The Do Nothing Day in Bali
Indonesia

The Hindu Near Year in Bali is marked with a day of silence and let me tell you, they take it seriously!

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Extending Your 30-day Indonesian Visa
Indonesia

I won't regurgitate the same information that's already online (well, maybe just a bit), but here's a rundown of my personal experience extending my Indonesian Visa On Arrival in Bali.

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Isla Holbox - The Next Big Dot on the Map in Riviera Maya
Mexico

With all the big names like Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, the best spot might be one you've never heard of, and probably don't know how to pronounce correctly.

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Interesting Things to Know About Bali Before You Travel
Indonesia

A few random, possibly oddball things I learned while in Bali including customs and standard etiquette.

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Xiamen Stopover in Qingdao
China

There's a good chance if you're flying Xiamen Airlines out of Los Angeles, you will have a stopover in Qingdao. It may not be clear on your itinerary, but here's what to expect.

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What To Do During A Long Layover in Xiamen
China

If you have a long layover in Xiamen, chances are that you flew Xiamen airlines. The layover is even easier to deal with, with the choice of FREE transit lounge, city tour, or hotel room.

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Xiamen Airlines - Budget Travelers Rejoice!
China

With the slammin' deal I got on my flight, I was worried what I was in for with Xiamen Airlines. Well let me tell you, the only thing "budget" about this airline is the price.

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Southern Californians - Fly Cheaper Out of TJ!
Mexico, United States

Even in San Diego, not many people realize what a great deal it is to fly out of Tijuana for certain destinations. And with the CBX airport bridge that opened in 2016, it's super easy!

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Crossing the Border from Mexico to Belize
Belize, Mexico

Despite the difficulty in finding concrete or consistent information, and in light of the recent transportation changes, it was fortunately quite simple to get from Bacalar to Belize.

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Belize, Unique Among Its Neighbors
Belize

Here's my quick "What to Expect" take on Belize after an unfortunately short (less than 2 week) visit.

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Orange Walk Town - A Quick Survival Guide
Belize

Orange Walk is definitely not a touristy town which is nice, but it has some peculiarities that are good to know before you go.

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River Tour to Lamanai Mayan Ruins
Belize

Being a budget traveler, I don't normally care for organized tours. But even on this rainy day, the trip up the river to Lamanai was absolutely worth it.

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5 Interesting Little Things to Do in the Yucatán Peninsula
Mexico

Step out of the Hotel Zone in Cancún and the beach at Tulum. There are so many interesting little places to visit in Costa Maya!

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Mexican Airlines - Choose Wisely or Roll the Dice
Mexico

You can get flights out of Tijuana, Mexico for about half the price than they would be out of San Diego. But there's definitely a bit of "you get what you pay for".

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Isla Mujeres, Caribbean Luxury at Mexico Prices!
Mexico

Consistently rated one of the top beaches in the world, this is an easy tropical beach destination. Here's your quick guide to the best of Isla Mujeres.

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To Gili or Not to Gili
Indonesia

A review of the Gili Islands. It used to be one of my favorite places on earth; postcard perfect. Well the vibe sure has changed a lot!

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Perhentian Besar - Wow
Malaysia

I have been to many amazing beaches in my travels but this one is top of the list for everything other than hotel price.

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African Safari on a Budget
Tanzania

It's a myth that African safaris need to be expensive. 3 of my personal experiences will show you how to see zebras, giraffes, and elephants on the cheap!

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Myanmar Updates for 2015
Myanmar

Since the Myanmar guidebooks seem to become outdated as soon as they are printed due to the rapid changes throughout the country, here are a few updates for late 2015.

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Incredible Snorkeling in Culebra!
Jul 2, 2009 Puerto Rico

The island of Culebra has a lot of personality, the popular Flemenco beach, and some outstanding snorkeling. << old website quick post >>

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Old San Juan - Our First Look at PR
Jun 28, 2009 Puerto Rico

Landed in Puerto Rico for my 40th birthday! << old website quick post >>

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