Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto

I’ll level with you; I’m currently missing my mom. She’s in Costa Rica for a few months this summer taking care of my grandfather. Even though I don’t live at home anymore, I’m still used to seeing her on a regular basis and lately I’ve seriously been craving some motherly home-cooked meals (no offense to your barbecue, Dad!) Recently, I’ve been thinking back to whenever I was last in Costa Rica with her and I…

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Matador State Beach California

El Matador State Beach

After doing a solo trip to Mexico, I was more than happy to have the opportunity to do a short, but fun girls trip to California. We only had a long weekend there, so we had to prioritize what we wanted to see. I’ve been in the Los Angeles area several times before, so beautiful and beachy Malibu sounded like the ideal getaway! We rented an airbnb in the Malibu mountains for one night and…

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Coba Ruins Tulum Mexico

Coba Ruins – Mexico

On this visit to Mexico I was determined to climb a pyramid. The last time I was in the area I missed out on the chance to climb and see Chichen Itza, so I promised myself that it wouldn’t happen again. Since Chichen Itza was a bit out of the way this time, and is also now closed to climbers, I did a bit of research and went for the next best thing: the Coba…

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how to plan the best tulum trip

How to Plan the Best Tulum Trip

A lot of different elements come into play when planning the best vacation, and I’ve found that doing a little research beforehand can go a long way in making sure that your trip is 100% everything you want it to be. Here I’m rounding up my favorite tips for how to have the best Tulum trip! Find an affordable flight: First things first! Get started off on the right foot by finding an affordable flight out…

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cenote nicte ha tulum

Cenote Nicte-Ha

It turns out that beauty in Mexico is not hard to find. In fact, it’s often hidden in the most peculiar and unexpected of places. On this particular day, I found it at the end of a long and bumpy dirt road, in what seemed like the middle of the jungle, in the most beautiful and surprising little pit of water my eyes have ever been delighted to see. On my last full day in Tulum, I…

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Piedra Escondida Tulum Mexico

Piedra Escondida – Tulum

Tulum, home of stunning white sand beaches and resplendent turquoise waters, awakened something within me I wasn’t sure I had anymore. I arrived here a little bit lost, a little bit broken, but ready for an adventure. I purchased my plane ticket only a week before the actual flight; honestly, on mostly impulse and whim. All I wanted was to relax, to escape, and to challenge myself a little bit. To throw myself out of…

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Islas Marietas Nuevo Vallarta

Islas Marietas – Sailing Tour

Our last day in Nuevo Vallarta we planned a sailing tour to the Islas Marietas, a group of small islands off the coast of Punta Mita. Although the islands are known and visited mostly for the Playa Escondida (hidden beach), they also make up a national park and ecological sanctuary. In fact, a very diverse group of species inhabits the islands and surrounding water. It is because of this “sanctuary” status of the island, however, that humans…

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