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The first time I took part in a yoga class, I was a teenager with a passion for speedy activities like Volleyball or athletics. One day our gym teacher invited an instructor to introduce us to this “new thing” called yoga, and new it surely was back then in my home country of Austria. Unfortunately, 15-year-old me wasn’t impressed by stretching her bottom to the sky in Downward Facing Dog …

[ Written by Kathi | 14 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

With images of wooden jungle cabins, untouched beaches and wild animals roaming free, the word “eco-tourism” resonates with my memories of Costa Rica like no other. Never before have I traveled a place where ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY was written across nearly everything: car rental companies, back country lodges, traditional restaurants, tour agencies and yes, even luxurious beach resorts. Costa Rica is a popular holiday destination for thousands of tourists and explorers …

[ Written by Kathi | 18 Feb 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Certain things can add a country to my list of favorite destinations: meeting people, who will stay in my life forever, for example. Or being surprised by a landscape which exceeds my wildest imaginations. Not only Iceland and Canada made their way onto my list that way, but also Costa Rica.
When I decided to travel Costa Rica I would have never thought that we would stay in a room without A/C …

[ Written by Kathi | 22 Dec 2013 | One Comment | ]

One of the greatest things about Costa Rica? Even though it is a very popular holiday destination, options to go off the beaten track are neverending! This incredibly small country offers various microclimates and distinctive cultures to explore – everytime you turn the corner you end up in a totally different place. An easy start to see more of this is to leave the popular Pacific coast behind, cross the …

[ Written by Kathi | 3 Nov 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

There comes the time when I’ve just had enough. Carrying at least one heavy backpack from one bus stop to the next, holding on to my valuables on a public bus, curling up on a super-thin dorm mattress trying to avoid leaving the safe (and clean) environment of my sleeping bag. Fighting for the last tablespoon in the hostel kitchen and ending up slurping 1-minute chicken noodle soup with a …

[ Written by Kathi | 28 Jul 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Do you like trying out new things just as much as I do? Learning how to surf has always been a dream, so I naturally got super excited about our trip to the world famous surf paradise  Dominical in Costa Rica – a Travelette has been there before, read more here. To get the most out of it we decided to take part in a surf camp. A surf camp? …

[ Written by Kathi | 23 Jun 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

I’d been dreaming of visiting Mexico – the Yucatán Peninsula and its intriguing Maya ruins to be precise – since I was a little kid and couldn’t be happier when I hit the ‘Book’-button on one of those flight search engines in order to confirm my trip in December 2012. After spending a vast amount of my free time in the following months with planning and arranging my journey of …

[ Written by guest | 18 Mar 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

Curaçao, long before popping on my radar as an actual place one could visit, had existed in my consciousness as a sweet blue liquor that we used to mix with orange juice in my teenage years and giggle over drinking green cocktails while listening to “Here comes the hotstepper” or whatever 90s dance track was chic at our local disco at the time. When not too long ago the opportunity …

[ Written by Katja | 28 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | ]

An island perched on the edge of the Mesoamerican barrier reef (the second largest reef system in the world), encircled by crystalline waters and with an exotic history peppered with pirates, gold and sunken treasure… So far, so very Caribbean. But Utila’s unique selling point in this region where ritz, glitz and cruise ships reign is that it embraces the bare-footed, budget, bohemian crowd – the perfect place to stop …

[ Written by Alex | 6 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments | ]

Parrots, sweets and cobbled streets… Oh, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the most brilliantly preserved Ancient Mayan sculpture to be found anywhere in the world. The picturesque Honduran town of Copán Ruinas, lying nigh on the Guatemalan border, is a breath of crisp, fresh, river valley air. Peeling ourselves off the seats of our non air-con bus from San Pedro, it was impossible not to be …

[ Written by Alex | 1 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Central America