Central America

How to travel Costa Rica like a Rich Girl

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Who doesn't want to travel like a rich girl sometimes? As much as I love rougher, more culturally immersive types of travel, I'm by no means immune to the siren song of the luxury retreat - especially since I had kids. I'm not especially rich, but I do like to travel as if I am every now and then; and an ideal place to do that is Costa Rica. A peaceful, p[...]

A first trip to Cuba: family, friendship and feeling alive

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Marianao was where I began my Cuba journey. This is where my host, Eileen, lives; a university graduate whom I found through a homestay website. You are the only foreigner here, she kept telling me as she showed me around the neighborhood where people asked me to capture their smiles. She told me about the challenges of making a living in Cuba as part of the[...]

Hitting the road in Curacao

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In November, when Berlin had already been hit by the ruthless winter, I had the privilege of escaping to Curacao, a Dutch colonial island in the Caribbean. Part of it is exactly as you'd picture paradise: palm trees, exclusive resorts, and crystal blue waves. On the other hand - and this is the side to Curacao I appreciated a lot more because it was so unexp[...]

Meet the young Caribbean couple who run a farm in Curacao

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When I visited Curacao last week, I bumped into Josh and Femi Peiliker, a young couple who decided to move back to their home country after having lived and studied in Amsterdam for five years. When you're from a tiny Caribbean island and in your mid twenties, that in itself is quite unusual. But not just that: They also decided to start a farm and a farm-to[...]

3 Romantic Dates to have in Nicaragua

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When people talk about the party town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, they rarely describe the place as a seriously romantic destination. However, after spending a couple months in the small beach town located closely to the border of Costa Rica myself, I am happy to report back that yes indeed, there is romance somewhere in the air. Yet, you might want to s[...]

Here's why you should visit Nicaragua NOW

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You need to visit Nicaragua and you need to do it now. We've all heard the hype about Costa Rica, it's the world's new favorite tourist destination in Central America. I was there four years ago, before it became this booming tourist hotspot. Now, people are flocking there for outdoors adventures, beautiful jungles and beaches, and a taste of life in Central[...]

I dare you to do this in Panama

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After you’ve done the Panama City Tour classics like visit the Panama Canal, walking around in Casco Viejo, and learning about the country’s history at the Biodiversity Museum, I dare you to take a little detour and get out of your comfort zone by doing the things on this list.  You’re bound to have a great time! 1. Lunch on the Caribbean, Sunset on t[...]

Why Group Travel is the New Way to Travel

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I landed in Managua without any expectations for my upcoming Under30Experiences trip through Nicaragua. When my flight touched the tarmac at Augusto C. Sandino International airport, I had the same questions and pre-trip jitters I remember having when on my first group trip to Morocco the year before. Who would my trip mates be? Would we get along? Wo[...]

Off-Road in Aruba: 8 Can't-Miss Adventures

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Off the northern coast of Venezuela lies the white sand beaches and cotton candy turquoise waters of Aruba. At first sight Aruba is all cocktails and cruise ship tourists, but there is so much more to its windswept beauty and rugged interior crawling with blue-bellied lizards. Until October 2010 Aruba was part of the Netherlands Antilles (along with Saba,[...]

The Mayan Experience: Life at Lake Atitlan

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Some time ago, I spent a year living in a beautiful place called Lake Atitlan, located in Guatemala. During this time I was lucky to find a dear friend, Petronela, and she invited me to her home in the hills of Santa Catarina, one of the 13 communities surrounding the lake. She worked in a hat and a weaving shop while her older sister and mother were artisan[...]