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Great travel tips from the Wandering Broski!

Image source Travelling is undoubtedly extremely exciting and very rewarding, but it can be a bit of a nightmare at times too. Planning, packing, navigating your way through international airports – they can all cause you a major headache at times. The goods news is I’ve put together some Seasoned Traveller approved travel tips to […]

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Travel Photography Advice! — Running to Zen-Great article!

I found this fantastic travel blog, G Adventures and a really cool write up about how to, and not to take travel photo’s. I’m just learning how to take better photo’s mysself. And am signing up for classes very very soon. Photo’s hold your most precious memories. Not only for yourself but for everyone you share […]

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Costa Rica Oct. 2016 Part 2-Panama

Hello!  My husband and I recently vacationed in Panama.  It was our first trip to this beautiful country.  We stayed on Isla Bastimentos, which is part of Bocos Del Toro, Panama.  We stayed for three days. The weather was perfect.  It was low season so it wasn’t crowded at all. It rained at night a few times, but didn’t affect any of our activities.

Our accommodations were way cool, as we stayed in a bed and breakfast over the ocean.   The Sea Monkey has two cabins, of which we were upgraded to the larger cabin. The cabin had sliding glass doors on the front that opened up to our own private deck.  The king size bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on vacation.  I need a bed like this at home. The cabin was rustic, but had everything we needed.  Breakfast was delivered to our cabin each morning, as the restaurant was being renovated.

We were at the south end of Old Bank, a town with no roads, just a cement path through town.  The locals were very nice, and language was not an issue.  Panama uses the American dollar, so that was very helpful.

Bocos Del Toro consists of many smaller islands on the Western Caribbean.  Water taxis are the mode of transportation between islands. The fare is only $3 during the day and $5 at night.  We found Panama to be a very inexpensive place to visit.  The food was delicious and the beers were cheap and ice cold.

We did a day tour through   Bastimentos Alive to go snorkeling, visit Frog Beach and hike through the jungle. Our guide Cristo was great and a lot of fun. We made several stops and saw lots of cool stuff. The cost for each of us was only $40 for the entire day of boating.  We stayed on Bastimentos for the entire visit.  There were plenty of restaurants to choose from, and we easily walked through town.

On our last day we did something very unusual.  We volunteered at an indigenous school for the Ngobe tribe for preschoolers.  This tribe has been in Panama since the time of Columbus.  We took a boat and picked up about ten little kids and took them to their school.  We helped the teacher out for the morning, reading to the kids and playing games. It cost us $20 each, and lunch was included.  An American created this school for the local children to attend.  It’s a nonprofit called Give and Surf.org.  It was a very humbling experience.  Although we don’t speak Spanish, we had a delightful time with these children.

We absolutely loved Panama, and will coming back.

Costa Rica Sept. 2016-Part 1-Cahuita

Hello!  Just wanted to share some info and photos of our recent trip to Costa Rica. My husband and I recently vacationed in Costa Rica and Panama for ten days. This was our first trip for more than two days without our son.  We visited Costa Rica three years ago, and loved it.

This time out we decided to go to the Southeastern Caribbean coast. Our first stop was Cahuita.  We did lots of research before going.   We chose Cahuita because it’s old Caribbean, by that I mean, no high rise hotels, amusement parks, etc.  Just lots of local charm, great food and really cold beer.

We used  Anywherecostarica for our travel in Costa Rica and Panama.  We rented a car on our last visit, but due to going to another country during our trip, we opted for shuttles.  Anywherecostarica was great.  Picked us up in San Jose for our four hour ride to Cahuita.  We also changed departure times and it was super easy.  Just a quick email, and our times were changed. It was a long day of travel, so it was nice to just relax after being on a plane for six hours.

Cahuita is a laid back and vibrant little village of Costa Rica’s unique Creole culture, brought about by its Afro-Caribbean heritage. It’s a small town, but had many restaurants and things to do.

All of the food we had was wonderful.   We stayed at La Casa de Las Flores; a cute family owned bed and breakfast.  This hotel was highly rated on TripAdvisor, and we were very pleased.  Very clean, great breakfast and very comfortable beds.   We selected our hotel based on having breakfast included.  Once we got to Cahuita, we discovered  many restaurants that we easily could have stayed elsewhere for less, and eaten breakfast out for very cheap. We were maybe ½ block from the main drag.   It was easy walking to everything Cahuita had to offer.  The locals were friendly and there were dogs running around everywhere.  We are big dog lovers, so we liked that.

Cahuita National Park was a short walk from our hotel.  Since we were traveling in low season, it was not crowded.  The park is free to get in, but a donation is appreciated.  We hired a guide to walk us through the jungle.  We saw so many interesting creatures we would have never seen if we didn’t have a guide.  Our guide Richard was from Cahuita,  and was very knowledgeable.  The cost for the guide was $20 per person per hour.  One thing to note, there were no biting insects walking in the jungle.  The beaches were beautiful and mostly free of tourists.  I got some great photos.

Plantains are a staple of Costa Rican food.  We must have eaten them almost daily, which was fine with us.  We visited the  Sloth Sanctuary which was really cool. Only one other person was on the tour with us.  Cost was $30 per person.  After a tour of the sanctuary, we were taken on a canoe ride on a small river.  Very peaceful and lots of wild life.

We ate great local food at pretty much every meal.  The hubby had lots of fresh fish that he thoroughly enjoyed.  The atmosphere in Cahuita is really laid back. No high rise hotels, and not very crowded.   We stayed for three days, and it only rained one afternoon where we couldn’t do anything.  Check out TripAdvisor for all of my reviews on Cahuita.

 

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Purple grasshopper

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Bus station

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Cahuita National Park

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Beach at Cahuita National Park

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Costa Rican breakfast!

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Great little B&B

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Pool at LaCasa de Las Flores

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Yummy Italian food

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Sloth Sanctuary

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Sloth size when the dinosaurs roamed

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Tropical flower

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Tranquil canoe ride at Sloth Sanctuary

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Look at that face!

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One of many friendly dogs

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Entrance to Cahuita National Park

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Richard, super park guide

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Spiders everywhere you looked

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Beautiful creatures everywhere!

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Our guide Richard

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Cahuita National Park

 

Traveling with men-a must have

Can I just say that I wish I had invented this product? It’s Fresh Drop Bathroom Odor Preventor. OMG! A lifesaver when you are traveling. I just got back from vacation, and the bathroom didn’t have a fan (which is unusual).  I put this little gem next to the toilet and reminded both my husband and son to use it before going number two.

When you are sharing a hotel room, a little stink can go a long way.  This wondamus product will prevent the most vile emptying of the bowels not to kill you or your traveling companions.  Really, there have been times before I found Fresh Drop that I would literally gag after the hubby or son took a big one.

Actually it’s not a bad idea to carry a bottle with you.  You never know when that awkward moment might hit, and you don’t want to die of embarrassment.  Stacy’s travel tip for the day. You are welcome world.

http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Drop-Bathroom-Odor-Preventor/dp/B0038NNEKEFresh Drop 8-31-15

Heart Attack Grill-Las Vegas, Nevada

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we came across this restaurant on Fremont Street.  I recognized the place from a travel show I saw awhile back.  They boast about having a 20,000 calorie hamburger. Our hotel was two blocks away, so we walked past this place numerous times during our stay.  There is a huge sign on the front saying if you weigh 350 pounds, you eat for free. Now mind you there is an industrial size scale in front of this place.  We saw countless folks hopping on the scale which had huge neon letters with your weight for the world to see. OMG! If you have ever been to Las Vegas, you have to check out the “old” Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience. What a freak show.  If I was visiting from another country and seeing Americans for the first time, I would think most are ginormous slobs, judging by the people we saw on Fremont Street.

Lots of people go to Las Vegas to gamble, and eat and drink excessively. That’s cool, but my husband and I and our son went because it’s a cheap place to fly into, and hotels are dirt cheap.  We only stayed for three days.  We started our trip by staying at Death Valley National park in California. Wow, talk about a culture shock.  There are only three hotels in the entire Death Valley Park.  It wasn’t crowded, and we didn’t see drunken fools everywhere.

This was our second trip to Vegas, and will be our last.  Everything there is so fake. The malls in the casinos haveHeart Attack Grill Signage 3 Heart Attack Grill-Vegas 2015 ceilings painted to look like clouds, so you think you are outside.  I’ll take a hike in the mountains any day.

I’m baaaack!

Yeah! Just got home today from nine days of vacation.  This was the first time we were gone for this long.  We visited Death Valley, CA., St. George, UT and Las Vegas, NV.  Lots of hiking and great quality time with my husband and son.

Here we are in Death Valley.  Product reviews are next on my agenda, after I do my taxes that is.054