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…

Masaya Volcano and Laguna de Apoyo

Masaya Volcano and Laguna de Apoyo

Masaya Volcano and Laguna de Apoyo I spent my last day and a half in Nicaragua in Granada, a quaint colonial town not too far from the capital of Managua.  The town itself was filled with brightly colored buildings and cobblestone streets.  Of course, there were also plenty of tourists wandering about as well.  There were two things I wanted to see here-Masaya volcano and Apoyo lagoon, both located outside of the city. Masaya Volcano I had only heard of the Masaya volcano through word of mouth of other travelers…

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…

Volcano Trekking in Nicaragua

Volcano Trekking in Nicaragua

Volcano Trekking in Nicaragua This post is a continuation of my previous post about Volcano boarding.  I had participated in a two day trek with Quetzaltrekkers, which started with volcano boarding-definitely a must-do for any adrenaline junkie who finds themselves in Nicaragua.  When I heard it was possible to climb and camp on a volcano, I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up. Volcano boarding finished up around late morning.  Only myself and two others would continue onto the trek, as well as our two guides, Rich and Ben,…

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro Ever since I decided I was going to Nicaragua (a whole week before I actually booked my flights), I knew that I ravels in Nicaragua, including my sister as well as my fellow travel friend, Dan, from Adventure Born.  As a self-proclaimed “adventure junkie”, I love trying my hand at any physical activity that pushes the limit (within reason of course).  Due to the specifics of this activity-needing a volcano covered in ash and not at immediate risk of erupting again, the sport is only available…

Lovely Leon, Nicaragua

Lovely Leon, Nicaragua

Lovely Leon, Nicaragua Once I returned to mainland Nicaragua via my flight from the Corn Islands, I caught a minibus to Leon, only a couple of hours away from Managua.  Leon is a charming city in Nicaragua, the second largest city after Managua.  It is well-known in Nicaragua for its youthful vibe, due to the many students that reside in the area.  I was eager to see and take part in some Nicaraguan cultural activities as well as do some trekking and volcano boarding (post to come), as Leon is the…

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…

My Afternoon in Kotor, Montenegro

My Afternoon in Kotor, Montenegro

I woke up in Dubrovnik to a rainy day.  Since the forecast wasn’t set to improve too much, I decided to push my kayak trip to the following day.  As I now had no plans, I decided to make a spontaneous day trip to Kotor, Montenegro.  Montenegro is a tiny country located just south of Croatia, with a population of only around 600,000.  Kotor was a 2 hour bus ride away, not counting the border checks we had to do as we were exiting and entering the EU, which unfortunately…