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How to eat in Costa Rica on a backpackers budget

Costa Rica is a strange country. The wages are low (think $2-3 an hour) but the cost of living is comparable to the US in terms of grocery shopping, rent and activities. And we are all looking for ways to make our budget go a little further! So, what is the best way to save money travelling in Costa Rica?...

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Some thoughts on #MeToo

As I mentioned in my recent blog post, I volunteered at Envision Festival and had the most incredible time there. However, there was one incident which stood out from the rest of the weekend, and while it was over in less than 30 seconds and was relatively minor, it has been playing on my mind. It was so completely alien...

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You should only go to Envision Festival if…

Envision festival isn’t for everyone. It’s a dirty, sweaty, expensive, mosquito ridden festival in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle that sells out year after year. I volunteered there in 2018, and it was a life changing experience to say the least. The people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had will shape my world forever. Here are my two...

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Montezuma waterfall and Cabuya island cemetery

  On Saturday, my friend Alycia and I opted to drag ourselves away from the pristine beaches of Santa Teresa, and explore a little of the surrounding area. A few people had raved about the nearby Montezuma falls, so we piled into ‘Esteban’ the Toyota Yaris, with our friends Joey, Alex and Angie. Although the only road there was a dirt affair...

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Travel and PTSD

As some of you may or may not know, for the past 18 months or so I’ve suffered from PTSD. This mental health condition is widely misunderstood, and stereotypes and misinformation in the media and online abound. I’ve come to a point now where I feel like I’m able to talk about it more (a lot of this was inspired,...

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La Fortuna- welcome to the jungle

So, 3 separate buses and 5 hours later, I made it from Sarchi to La Fortuna. On the way I discovered the incredible pineapple strudel at Musmani’s bakery, got hyped up with some 80’s pop and managed to just about get by in my still terrible Spanish. First impressions of the place- hot, humid, and jungle all around. I was...

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A girly-girl’s guide to backpacking

  So here I am, three days out from my first solo backpacking trip, and in typical overachiever style have decided to add a blog to my ever-growing list of things to do. As a self-confessed girly-girl, who’s woken up the last two nights in a cold sweat after having a nightmare about my hairstylist 1) giving me dreadlocks and...

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