Category: Travel

How to plan your own totally awesome backpacking adventure part 2

You’ve got this far- the flights are booked, you’ve hopefully asked your boss for time off work, and your hard-earned cash is burning a hole in your pocket. The outline of your trip is all set- now it’s time to deal with the nitty gritty. Obviously, I’m here to guide you every step of the way the planning out what...

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Valentine’s Day- an alternative guide

Despite being 8000km away from home, the fact has not escaped me that it is indeed Valentine’s Day. I’m not usually a huge one to celebrate, but for some reason today has me feeling a bit sentimental. Maybe the fever I’ve had the last week is turning my brain to mush. But seeing as I’m obviously alone in a foreign...

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How to plan your own totally awesome backpacking adventure- part 1

So, you’ve come down with a case of itchy feet and just want to hop on the next available plane and get the hell out of Dodge. Sounds great (and it’s what they do in all those Hollywood blockbusters, right?) What could go wrong?  Well, quite a few things to be honest. Before you go, you need to run through...

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Los Pargos- a slice of heaven in this sleepy seaside town

I arrive in Los Pargos after an 11 hour day involving a 6.30 alarm, 4 buses and the world’s most irritating taxi driver. The dusty roads leading into the town give it a sense of being disconnected, both in time and culture, from the tourist trap of Tamarindo my bus terminated in. Rustic, hand-painted wooden houses line the road, monkeys...

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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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How to take care of your hair while travelling

As someone who’s been bottle blonde more times than she can count and isn’t 100% sure what her natural hair colour actually is, I know the struggle that comes with trying to keep your locks long and luscious. It’s hard enough at home with an army of stylists and Boots at your fingertips, let alone when you’re on the road...

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Alajuela

After a full 36 hours travelling (with 15 hours in Canada- Tim Horton’s hot chocolate definitely gets a thumbs up from me) I’ve finally arrived in Alajuela. According to Wikipedia, it’s the second biggest city in Costa Rica, but it feels like walking around a village filled with lemon trees, parakeets and coffee shops. They even have a Taco Bell...

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Best LUSH products for backpackers

I worked in LUSH as a Christmas temp and whenever this trip came up, people would rave about the products and how they were so useful for travelling. As a LUSH devotee there was no way I was going to leave my routine at home anyway, but what better chance to put all of it through its paces and see if it...

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