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...
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...
Hiking the Royal Arch Trail In Boulder Colorado

Hiking the Royal Arch Trail In Boulder Colorado

  Living in Costa Rica, we’ve noticed that the country attracts a lot of native Coloradans—both tourists and expats. It seems the love of the outdoors and adventure activities aligns well with residents of both areas. So it’s hardly any surprise that Colorado immediately caught our attention as a place where we might want to spend extended time in the future. In particular, we love Boulder for its excellent restaurants and bars along with easy access to outstanding hiking and climbing. During our last visit to Boulder, we trekked up to South Boulder Peak, which was absolutely stunning. This time around, we thought we would tackle the Flatirons Trail. While we admittedly didn’t make it to the peak we had originally set out for, we did make it to the top of the Royal Arch Trail, which was pretty epic in its own right.   Hiking the Royal Arch Trail In Boulder Colorado   We started out from our Airbnb, just steps away from the start of Bear Canyon trail. This leads to the Mesa trail which runs parallel to the Flatirons and overlooks the town of Boulder below. If you aren’t keen on a super steep hike, this is a relatively flat alternative to hiking up to the summit. After about 2 miles, the Mesa Trail eventually runs into signs for the Royal Arch trail. This is where the going gets steep and rocky. After about a mile of uphill climbing on rock stairs, you’ll reach the Royal Arch. Pass under the arch and you’ll arrive at the end of the trail, with a rewarding view looking back over Boulder and the...
How To Get A Sak Yant Tattoo In Thailand: Everything You Need To Know

How To Get A Sak Yant Tattoo In Thailand: Everything You Need To Know

We’ve known for years that if we ever traveled to Thailand, we would get traditional Sak Yant tattoos. I’m not sure how we first heard about these traditional Thai tattoos, but we were immediately intrigued. This was before we knew Angelina Jolie has one and before Sak Yant tattoos became a bit of a fad (especially with travel bloggers.) I actually think most people thought we were crazy when we used to explain why we would want a Buddhist monk to hammer repeatedly into our skin with a bamboo rod… So when we finally embarked on our first trip to Thailand this year, getting an appointment for a Sak Yant tattoo was the very first thing to go on our travel itinerary.     What Is A Sak Yant Tattoo?   You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of a Sak Yant Tattoo. We’re always explaining to people what we’ve got inked on our backs, and we love sharing about the sacred experience! Sak translates to ‘jab’ and Yant to ‘blessed tattoo.’ Traditional Sak Yant Tattoos are ancient Buddhist designs and prayers that are etched into the skin by an expert monk using a long bamboo rod (now with a steel needle tip.) They date back thousands of years and are believed to offer various protections and blessings, depending on the design.     The Sak Yant Tattoos are typically performed by monks within a Thai temple. These are by donation, but it can be difficult to find monks willing to tattoo women as they aren’t supposed to touch the opposite sex. Alternatively, Thai bamboo tattoos can also be...
Sosua, Dominican Republic: 8 Outdoor Activities You Won’t Want To Miss

Sosua, Dominican Republic: 8 Outdoor Activities You Won’t Want To Miss

It didn’t take us long to fall in love with the Dominican Republic. From the delicious tastes of Santo Domingo to the gorgeous beaches of the Northern Coast, the DR managed to exceed all our expectations—so much so that we were looking up return tickets the moment we got back to Costa Rica! One of the reasons we enjoyed our time in Sosua, Dominican Republic so much was the huge variety of fun things to do outdoors, all within easy access. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or laid-back fun-in-the-sun, there’s a little something for everyone in and around Sosua. We had a rental car, which we would highly recommend if you want to experience the Dominican Republic that’s outside of the resort walls. That said, driving is hair-raising, to say the least; it’s best if you’ve had practice driving in various conditions around the world. We know we’ll be back in Sosua to explore more of the Dominican Republic soon. In the meantime, here are eight awesome activities you won’t want to miss along the DR’s Northern Coast:     Sosua, Dominican Republic: 8 Outdoor Activities You Won’t Want To Miss   Windsurfing   If you’ve ever thought about giving windsurfing a try, then Cabarete is the beach for you. Just about ten minutes from Sosua, Cabarete is a long and beautiful beach that has been attracting windsurfers since the mid-80s. Great conditions year-round for both beginners and advanced windsurfers means just about anyone can give the sport a try!   Windsurfing in Cabarete was one of the best things we did on our entire trip. It’s not easy,...
The Ultimate Way To Experience Elephants In Thailand

The Ultimate Way To Experience Elephants In Thailand

    I’ve always had a strong affinity towards elephants. Their gentleness, intelligence and sense of community are just a few of the characteristics I find absolutely fascinating. Of course, I know I’m not alone. Various cultures around the world have long revered elephants for the powerful and complex animals that they are.     For all their adoration, it’s also true that far too many elephants are abused and mistreated for personal gain. Many travel bloggers have written extensively about why you should never ride elephants, explaining the horrible truth about the mistreatment of elephants in the tourism industry. If riding an elephant in Thailand is still on your bucket list, we strongly encourage you to learn more about the issue. On our recent trip to Thailand, we knew that we did not want to do any elephant rides or otherwise participate in the mistreatment of these gentle giants. But we also knew that we couldn’t leave Thailand without an ethical encounter with elephants. Enter: Elephant Hills. An incredible ethical encounter with elephants in Thailand!Click To Tweet Located in Khao Sok National Park (one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Southeast Asia), Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp. Elephant Hills boasts adventure activities within a stunning location—without sacrificing style in the process. Or, as we like to say, it’s adventure travel with a dash of class at its finest.     While there are many features of Elephant Hills that make it stand out from your typical hotel getaway, it is, of course, the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with elephants that truly...
A Glimpse Of Our Latest Adventure: 41 Epic Photos of Thailand

A Glimpse Of Our Latest Adventure: 41 Epic Photos of Thailand

After the most phenomenal three weeks of traveling around Bangkok, Chiang Mai and a handful of southern Thai islands, we can officially say it’s true: Thailand lives up to all its hype. Our trip was even better than we could have anticipated, and we’re itching to share all our juicy travel tales and tips on the blog in the upcoming weeks. Between participating in water fights for Songkran to getting Sak Yant tattoos by a monk in Chiang Mai to playing with elephants and relaxing in a floating luxury tent, we’ve definitely got a few stories we can’t wait to share. We’re about to hit the road once more, though, this time to the Dominican Republic to celebrate our 5-year anniversary! 🙂 Be sure to check in on social media for live updates as we explore this new destination. And in the meantime, enjoy these 41 epic photos of Thailand! We think they might be just what you need to kick your wanderlust into full gear. 41 Of Our Favorite Photos Of Thailand   Bangkok Thailand’s bustling capital city   Koh Samui One of Thailand’s largest and most lively islands   Khao Sok National Park w/ Elephant Hills Considered to be the best national park in Southeast Asia   Railay Beach A small peninsula between Krabi and Ao Nang, known for its dramatic limestone cliffs and crystal water   Kho Lipe The Maldives of Southeast Asia   Chiang Mai An ancient city with a modern coffee-shop culture vibe   Again, stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for in-depth travel stories, tips and, of course, more photos of Thailand from...