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...
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...
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 a...
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...