Top Things to Know Before Your Costa Rica Trip

1. Not All Roads are Equal Even in the remote corners of the states, we still have access to paved roads. Down in Costa Rica, however; it is quite the opposite. Sure the main tourist routes from the airports to the “big named” destinations have quality roads & highways with speed limits up to 50mph, but the excitement begins as soon as you find yourself, even remotely, off the beaten path. For instance, if you aren’t planning to spend your time by the “metropolis” beach town of Tamarindo, nearly every other town’s roads are exclusively dirt and riddled with large …

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Norway is better than Iceland

This is not click-bait, as much as it pains me to write that anywhere on this Earth better than Iceland, Norway has topped the list! In 2016, my 3 friends and I took a road trip around Iceland, from Rif through Reykjavik and past Vik into Hof. We hiked, explored, partied, and soaked in all the beauty that the country could offer. It was truly a trip of a lifetime that I never thought could be surpassed. However, a trip to Norway in 2017 with my girlfriend sought to take the top spot on my list. We also took a …

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Hiking Above the Achensee Lake

Achensee lake was by far, the most memorable place we visited on our epic backpacking trip through Europe. We found this place on google maps, and once we saw a picture of that lake, we knew we had to make it there. Just a short train ride away from Innsbruck, the Achensee region is a getaway for everyone. Our AirBnb sat right at the base of the mountain and overlooked the lake as well. We were able to hike right out the back of our place to the trails. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and honestly can’t wait …

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Salt Lake City, Utah [Video]

Spontaneous trip to visit some friends turned out to be a trip that far exceeded any expectations I had for Salt Lake. This place is out of an outdoorsman’s best dream. From the moment you fly into SLC, you notice all the incredible mountains that tower over the city.  Everything is shockingly close, which makes access to the mountains and all the its fun just 100x better. We were able to check out the Mormon Temple, the city at sunset, the Midway ice castles, snow shoeing near Layton, the beaches of the Great Salt Lake, and of course the endless …

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Hike Cerro Chato from La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Less than 24 hours after touching down in Costa Rica, our restless legs were already carrying us up the sister peak of the Arenal Volcano, Cerro Chato or Chato Volcano. Like most of La Fortuna’s visitors, we all make the stop in there to experience the jungles of Costa Rica and everything they can offer, whether that’s hiking, nature walks, zip-lining, or waterfalls. Personally, I hate guided tour groups because they cater to the fat-Americans that come down, and that’s not the speed I like to go on. And hiking the Cerro Chato is the last remaining activity in the …

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Seeking Wanderlust | The Journey to Oktoberfest [video]

When you come across the opportunity to cross off a bucket list trip of a lifetime to Oktoberfest, you do everything you can to make it happen. And that’s exactly what happened. I was able to convince 6 of my friends to join me on a partial two-week trip that would start in Amsterdam, head south through Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Frankfurt until we reached the city of Munich for Oktoberfest! But it didn’t end there, we pushed south into the alps to hike the Zugspitze and then ended the trip in the Austrian cities of Innsbruck and Achensee. There were …

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Innsbruck, Austria

Just a 1.5 hr train ride away from the exhausting weekend we had at Oktoberfest in Munich, rests a city at the foot of the Western Austrian Alps. That place is called Innsbruck. And even though it was cold, cloudy, and the middle of the week,  Innsbruck was an incredible place on our trip. The city sits in a valley along The Inn river and is famous for hosting the Winter Olympics in ’64 and ’76. But you can find that stuff out via Wikipedia (since that’s what I just did). What you won’t find out, until you see for …

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Backpacking through Europe | How to Plan a Trip

We all have at one point, if not every single day, stared at our cubical walls and day dreamt about backpacking through Europe. You know, the way it’s been portrayed in novels and in cinema. You can picture yourself splitting a bottle of wine in the park at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or wandering through the ruins of ancient Rome. Maybe even partying all night on the beaches of Barcelona or raising your liters of beer for a cheers in Munich. If not find yourself enjoying the vices on the streets of Amsterdam or feeling the …

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Visit Achensee Lake in Tirol, Austria

Simply beautiful. This is one of those places I’ve been, where the words to describe my first view of this place are difficult to formalize. Sounds cliché, and it totally is, but I still stand by my statement. Our taxi driver picked the four of us up from the train station and headed north, towards the mountains. The small towns we passed through were so tight, I barely thought one car could pass through, let alone us and the ones he kept passing. The road began upward from the valley, along these winding mountain roads that

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