When generally talking about the foods and drinks of Central America, I often find that there’s a misnomer. While you’ll no doubt find tacos, margaritas, and chips and salsa, this isn’t the traditional food and drinks of Central American countries like Costa Rica. While many of the best Mexican foods can be found in other countries, the same can’t be said for Central America cuisine. Nonetheless, that’s what makes it so unique – the fact that you can get it in Central America countries, but rarely elsewhere. In my never-ending quest…

Is sustainable travel in fact sustainable? Think about it. Is the idea of sustainable travel a bunch of buzz words resulting in little more than people recycling, or are positive strides being made to preserve the world for generations (Matt Long of Landlopers recently discussed the impact of travel)? I’ve considered my impact on travel almost as long as I’ve traveled. I remember watching in horror as a teenager when one of my favorite North Carolina attractions, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, was being relocated in the late 1990s…

I live and die by television shows and movies. I’m not above just randomly interjecting Arrested Development quotes throughout my day and I lived vicariously through LOST for six years. So much so that every day I went to the beach in Costa Rica, I tried to snap a photo of airplanes as they turned inland, with the green rolling hills and Pacific Ocean as the backdrop; only so I could tweet the photo with a caption that read: “Previously on LOST.” Unfortunately, I never captured that moment….

I looked at my calendar today, took in a big breath, and muttered: “13 days.” That’s when I get on a plane to my new home: San Francisco. It’s bittersweet. 8 months ago I set out from South Carolina with a backpack and laptop bag. I took a road trip from the east to the west coast, lived and traveled through Central America, and crossed a couple things off my bucket list. Yet it wasn’t about these things. It was what happened between September and May. It was…

In many ways, I consider what I’ve been doing the last couple months more of living abroad, than traveling abroad. Sure, I’ve been traveling, taking trips to Nicaragua and other parts of Costa Rica, but for the most part, I’ve been in one general place. I have a mailbox, my own cab driver, and a regular watering hole where everyone knows my name. My very own Cheers. Last night as a gringo was playing a very bad rendition of Dave Matthews’ Crash Into Me, I had a moment…

“Now that’s just pathetic.” Confused, I looked up to see an older woman standing over my shoulder with a grin on her face. “Excuse me”, I responded. Pointing to my notebook, laptop, and beer she responded back: “That’s just pathetic, eating with all your friends like that.” I gave a sarcastic chuckle, a generic response, and then she walked away. This was my weekly splurge, where I go to one of the gringo restaurants when their guest chef puts together a delicious meal. Tonight was flank steak smothered…

This has been a particularly insightful week in Costa Rica. Why, you ask? I don’t know, it just has. I’m already making plans for my next trip, so it means there is some sort of end in sight and that always brings a time of reflection, whether a philosopher or not. This trip in Costa Rica will be my second longest trip ever. The first, when I lived in South Africa for a summer during college. Just as the trip in South Africa did, this has been a…

After 24 hours of cancellations, delays, and layovers, I finally made it to Coco, Costa Rica yesterday. It certainly wasn’t without plenty of shenanigans and great people watching, but I’m thankful, because I had it good compared to many others who were traveling yesterday. I touched down in San Jose early yesterday morning, followed by a four-hour ride from the airport to Coco, a small beach town on the North Pacific side of Costa Rica. Within the first few minutes of arriving, I found myself already negotiating and…