5 Unique Travel Apps Every Wanderluster Should Know About

5 Unique Travel Apps Every Wanderluster Should Know About

For as much time as we spend locked into our devices to make our location-independent business possible, we always seem to be behind the latest trends. For example, as much as we’ve tried (and wanted) to get on Snapchat, we just can’t seem to find the time to learn about yet another social media app. The same is true for travel apps. With new apps coming out all the time, it can be overwhelming to try to utilize them all. However, that said, there are a few apps that have caught our attention either for their uniqueness, practicality, or for the fact that they are just plain fun! If you’re looking for some new travel apps to download on your smartphone, here are five to know about: 5 Unique Travel Apps Every Traveler Should Have   1. Grabr   Every traveler knows about that age-old rule of bringing back exotic souvenirs for their friends and family. Grabr is an innovative peer to peer delivery service/app built around that exact concept. The goal: to connect people who want to buy unique goods from around the world with travelers who can easily get their hands on them. Now people can buy literally anything in the world and have it delivered to them from a peer while travelers get to make a little money on the side. We love how creative and professionally structured this app is. Travelers and buyers are connected through the app’s secure messaging system, and negotiate rates and logistics for delivery. Grabr always recommends meeting in a public location for delivery, and the app’s safety is enhanced through a method of rates and...
Our 5 Favorite Spots For A Summer Backpacking Trip

Our 5 Favorite Spots For A Summer Backpacking Trip

Summer is just around the corner, and for us, that means it’s time to start thinking about beautiful camping adventures. After all, what’s better than soaking in the long summer days outdoors, then whiling away the evening with good friends and a bonfire? We’ve camped on many of our travels around the world, and always come back totally rejuvenated—so long as we have comfy sleeping quarters. Knowing your high-quality travel gear is an absolute must. For example, there are tons of sleeping bags available, but before planning your summer trips, we recommend investing in a sleeping bag that is guaranteed to keep you cozy and comfortable. Learn more about the best sleeping bags for 2017 here. Now it’s time to choose your backpacking destination! Here are five of our personal favorites: 1. The Lofoten Islands We always say that the Lofoten Islands are one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been. This Arctic paradise is located in the far north of Norway, and is where you’ll find staggering cliffs that tower over pristine blue water. It’s also an adventurer’s dream destination, with rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and more. Summer is by far the best time to enjoy the destination, and camping will ensure you stay close to the action while also fully soaking in the dramatic beauty of the islands. Pro Tip: You’re going to want a good backpacking tent that is easy to carry but will also keep you protected from the elements. Click here for some of the top tents on the market right now. 2. The Appalachian Trail We grew up in North Carolina, which meant...
Bright and Colorful Festivals in the South Caucasus

Bright and Colorful Festivals in the South Caucasus

  The South Caucasus is a colorful and hospitable region that pleases its guests with an ancient history, rich culture and delicious cuisine. Today we want to tell you about the bright and colorful festivals which are annually held in two beautiful countries of the South Caucasus, Armenia and Georgia. By visiting such events, you will be able to deeply plunge into the local culture, make friends with locals, try all kinds of national dishes and just have a great time! Tbilisoba Annually at the last weekend of October in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, Tbilisoba is celebrated; it is a holiday dedicated to the birthday of the city and to the harvest beginning. This day all the central streets are beautifully decorated, concerts, exhibitions, competitions and entertainment events take place. As a rule, the holiday is concentrated in the Rike Park, European Square, Metekhi Bridge, Maydan Square and Ilia Garden. Tbilisoba is an excellent time for all guests to get in touch with the local culture, to try national dishes and to plunge into the colorful festive atmosphere. This day you can also take part in the grape crush and feel like a real winemaker. Tbilisoba has been celebrated in the country since 1979 by the initiative of the famous Georgian traveler Gvanji Mania. Since then, the festival has become an integral part of the local culture. Rtveli Autumn is a great season to visit Georgia as that’s the time of grape harvesting. For Georgians that is not just an ordinary agricultural process that’s an ancient tradition and the part of the culture. From grape Georgians produce excellent...
Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

  Greece is one of those magical destinations where we feel like you can’t really go wrong no matter which island you choose. Santorini is as romantic as can be, with its iconic whitewashed buildings and dramatic caldera. Rhodes has a rich history, beautiful beaches and one of the best-preserved fortresses in the world. Then, of course, there’s the mainland and Athens—a city a bit rough around the edges but which we thoroughly enjoyed exploring. Yet of all the spots we visited in Greece, our favorite was without a doubt the small but beautiful island of Kalymnos. Kalymnos is a relatively off-the-beaten-track destination in Greece. Both Greeks and tourists seemed a bit surprised when we said Kalymnos was on our Dodecanese island hopping itinerary—and even more so when we said we fell completely in love with it. If you’re looking for raving nightlife and fancy clubs, then Kalymnos isn’t for you. But if you’re after a unique Greek experience that offers plenty of adventure, cuisine and beauty, then we think you’ll love Kalymnos just as much as we did. Here’s everything you need to know to start exploring this fascinating spot.     Your Ultimate Kalymnos Travel Guide An Introduction To Kalymnos The first thing you’ll notice about Kalymnos is its striking beauty, with dramatic crags and mountains, dazzling deep blue water, and a much greener landscape than its neighboring islands. It’s the ideal setting for adventure—and as a result is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and more (which we go into detail about below.) When arriving at Kalymnos, you’ll likely dock at Pothia, the main port...
7 Must-Visit National Parks In Costa Rica

7 Must-Visit National Parks In Costa Rica

This post is brought to you by Luxury Resorts.     One of the top reasons to visit Costa Rica is to witness the country’s diverse flora and fauna. And with some 5% of the world’s biodiversity, often all it takes to experience Costa Rica’s natural abundance is looking out your window. No matter how many times we spot toucans in our garden or hear howler monkeys calling out in the distance, the wildlife in Costa Rica just never gets old. And one of the best ways to appreciate the country’s natural beauty is with a visit to any one of its National Parks. An astonishing 25% of Costa Rica is protected in wildlife parks or reserves. That means that whatever region of Costa Rica you’re planning to visit, there is more than likely a great National Park nearby. We’ve yet to visit each of the country’s 27 National Parks, but we are doing our best to cross them all off our Costa Rica bucket list. In the meantime, here are our favorite seven spots we have visited—it should be enough to get you started on your own adventures through Costa Rica’s National Parks! Pro Traveler Tip: Luckily, there are plenty of stylish accommodation options nearby most of the parks. We prefer luxury accommodation or glamping to sleeping bags any day. These Costa Rica luxury resorts look particularly awesome.   7 Must-Visit National Parks In Costa Rica   1. Arenal Volcano National Park     While it no longer smokes, Arenal Volcano is still a site to behold—especially if you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear, sunny day....
Your Complete Guide To Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

Your Complete Guide To Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

  When we were first backpacking around Costa Rica (long before we ever imagined calling the country home), one of the stops we found particularly striking was Cahuita National Park. With palm-fringed beaches, abundant wildlife and powder white sand, it was everything we had first imaged Costa Rica would be. Fast-forward a few years, and we’re happy to say our return visit to Cahuita National Park proved just as wonderful as the first. If you’re wondering if the park is worth the adventure to Costa Rica’s Caribbean, then this post is for you! Your Guide To Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park     First, check out our video we put together after our most recent visit to the park! This will give you a sense of what the area is like:     Arriving At The National Park     The national park gets its name from the laid-back town of Cahuita, known for its unique Afro-Caribbean culture and long sandy beaches. While the nearby town of Puerto Viejo continues to grow in popularity, attracting a large mix of backpackers and mid-range travelers alike, Cahuita has managed to maintain its sleepy charm. The “downtown” is a smattering of colorful wooden houses and restaurants. And while it doesn’t look like much on the surface, a bit of exploration around Cahuita and down the gravel road that lines the coast reveals lovely bed and breakfasts, retreat centers, and a surprisingly diverse array of cuisine. Most travelers opt to base themselves in Puerto Viejo, about 45 minutes or so from the park. However, if you’ve got the time, we recommend at least...
White Water Rafting The Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica: An Epic Two-Day Adventure

White Water Rafting The Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica: An Epic Two-Day Adventure

It was 5:00 am on a Friday morning, and I was terrified. I was on my way to the Rios Tropicales operation center to begin a two-day white water rafting adventure down the Pacuare River—considered by National Geographic to be one of the best destinations for rafting in the world.     While normally this kind of travel experience would be right up my alley, this time around I had some hesitations…   Last time we went white water rafting, while I admittedly had a blast, there was also a bit of a scare. Basically, rocks shifted in the river, our raft unexpectedly flipped and everyone got catapulted from their seats. I somehow ended up underneath the raft, in the water, pinned near a rock. When Dan came up and saw everyone from our raft floating down the river except for me, he immediately came and lifted the raft off me. It all happened extremely quickly and thankfully without injury, but it was enough to put me on edge the rest of the way. Particularly as it had been Dan (not our guides) who noticed I was missing from the group (and likely underwater.)   This time around, I would be setting out for our white water rafting adventure with a different (and extremely reputable) tour agency, as well as our friends My Tan Feet. However, Dan wasn’t coming along for this one. As a result, I was a bit on edge about the entire idea of white water rafting down world-renowned rapids that very well could send me flailing into the water once more—without the very person who...