Stunning Sri Lanka

Stunning Sri Lanka

Stunning Sri Lanka Now that I’m currently employed again and living in Chicago, my international trips are a little less frequent as compared to my nine months hopping around the world the previous year.  However, my employer offers four weeks of vacation a year, which I plan to always use.  Since I didn’t want to use more than two weeks at once, I began to mull my options.  I preferred to go to a smaller country so I could see and enjoy a large part of it and hopefully not…

The Magical Island of Ometepe

The Magical Island of Ometepe

The Magical Island of Ometepe Formed by two volcanoes that rise up in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and are connected by a small strip of, Ometepe is both a mystical and magical place.  I was excited to have the opportunity to experience its volcanoes, nature, lakes, and its wild terrain.  Ometepe is accessible by ferry or plane.  The most popular way to get there is from the ferry from the town of Rivas.  There are also occasional ferries to/from Granada and San Carlos, but last time I checked those…

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Being away from the coast in Leon and the surrounding area for a few days, had me having beach withdrawals.  Luckily, the next stop on my list was San Juan del Sur, known for being a surfing and party hotspot!  One of the positives of Nicaragua being so small is that the distances are (usually manageable).  My route from Leon to San Juan del Sur, however, was anything but.  After a bicycle rickshaw, minibus, taxi, and two chicken buses later, I finally arrived in SJDS…

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise When I was doing the only planning for my 2 weeks in Nicaragua by reading through some of my favorite travel blogs,  I knew Little Corn Island was a must-visit place.  From reading Adventurous Kate’s post about Little Corn- “Rocking Out on Little Corn Island“, it sounded like it fit my criteria for island life-good diving, great weather, some nice beaches, sparse tourism infrastructure, and a unique island vibe and culture associated with it.. Since I only had 2 weeks to enjoy…

Why Nicaragua should be at the top of your travel list

Why Nicaragua should be at the top of your travel list

The time to go to Nicaragua is now. Even though I have settled back into daily life in Chicago for the near future, I found myself with two weeks to spare between jobs.  While October in Chicago is perfectly fine, and nowhere near as brutal as the months of January and February, I couldn’t pass up this golden opportunity to take a mini trip.  I had been back in the states for a little over 3 months, from my 9 month trip to Africa, Thailand, India, and Europe, and was…