8 Things You Need To Know Before You Plan A Europe Road Trip

8 Things You Need To Know Before You Plan A Europe Road Trip

  We’re gearing up for our next adventure – a road trip through Portugal! We’ll be heading from Lisbon through the Douro Valley up to Ponte de Lima, and we couldn’t be more excited. This will be the start of our six weeks in Europe, so be sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram for live updates along the way. ;) Road trips are one of our favorite ways to explore a destination. While it’s undeniably easy to get around much of Europe with public transportation, having four wheels offers another level of freedom and flexibility, while also making off-the-beaten-track gems much more accessible. Portugal marks our fourth Europe road trip. While of course we’re not experts on what it’s like to drive through every country on the continent, we have picked up some essential tips and tricks from our various (mis)adventures on the road.     Don’t be like us and end up with an expensive ticket in Italy or a potential fine in Finland. Before you jump behind the wheel, here are a few handy tips you’ll want to keep in mind for your Europe road trip:   8 Tips For An Epic Europe Road Trip   1. Find The Right Car     Obviously, the first step to a Europe road trip is finding the right vehicle! When renting a car, keep in mind that most Europeans drive manual. If you’re not comfortable with a manual, be prepared to pay a bit more for an automatic. For our last two road trips, we partnered with Economy Bookings. They’ve got some of the most affordable rates...
20 Postcards From The Garden Island: Kauai, Hawaii

20 Postcards From The Garden Island: Kauai, Hawaii

It’s always great when you have family living in picture-perfect tropical locations. We would know, because we get tons of family and friends who come visit us in Costa Rica—and we absolutely love it! In our case, Dan’s sister is currently calling Oahu home, which means we always have a legitimate excuse to adventure to the always stunning Hawaiian Islands. On our last trip to Hawaii, we explored Maui and Oahu. This time around, we were joining Dan’s family for a vacation to Kauai and The Big Island. Kauai, also known as The Garden Island, is home to the second wettest spot on Earth. It receives a staggering 460+ inches of rain per year. So, it should come as hardly any surprise that it down-poured nearly our entire time on the island! Since we were joining Dan’s family a few days late, we only had two days to try to do Kauai, Hawaii justice. The rain made it a bit more difficult, but we didn’t let it slow us down too much. From waterfalls to beaches to canyons to Hawaiian monk seals, we did our best to experience the best of Kauai in a short time period. There’s no denying the lush beauty of Kauai. Even through the rain, we had an amazing time exploring this beautiful piece of Hawaii. However, in order to show the true beauty of Kauai, we recruited Dan’s sister to add a few of her personal Kauai photos to the mix. We’re sure these postcards from Kauai, Hawaii are going to inspire you to adventure to this wet and wonderful paradise yourself!   20...
The Chrysalis Cardi: My Ultimate Travel Essential (And How To Use It)

The Chrysalis Cardi: My Ultimate Travel Essential (And How To Use It)

  I’ve always been a notoriously horrible packer. I wait until the very last minute to decide what I should throw in a suitcase. I pack ridiculous items that I never use at home, but for some reason feel like I must bring along just in case of an emergency. (You know, the shoes/lotion/sunhat/other miscellaneous items I found tucked away in the back of the closet hiding beneath a blanket of dust.) And, without fail, half the things I end up toting around—or, let’s be honest, Dan ends up carrying—don’t get used at all. In recent years I’ve gotten a little bit better at packing. I won’t say I’m an expert, but I’ve written enough articles about it (and had practice traveling to 30-some odd countries) that I’m no longer completely embarrassed by my luggage. Without a doubt, one of the reasons I’ve been able to pack far less is by learning how to make the most of multi-purpose items. Why pack three dresses, a scarf and a cardigan when one classic piece can be worn all three ways? Enter: The Chrysalis Cardi I first stumbled upon Encircled, the company behind this versatile piece, around three years ago. I rushed ordered a Chrysalis Cardi so it would arrive before we headed off to Europe—and since then, it has been a constant travel essential for all our trips. From Sweden to France to Costa Rica to Hawaii, my Chrysalis Cardi has racked up quite a few miles—with much more to come in 2017 and beyond.   “Pack lighter. Do more with less.” Rockin’ my Chrysalis Cardi as a Cardigan in...
The Perfect Mix of Adventure and Class: Jord Wooden Watch Review

The Perfect Mix of Adventure and Class: Jord Wooden Watch Review

It’s safe to say we live a relatively adventurous and outdoor oriented lifestyle. Just in the past few months, we’ve been white-water rafting on class 4 rapids, ran a trail marathon through the rainforest, and enjoyed ocean views in an infinity pool while monkeys swing through the nearby trees. Being surrounded by the rich nature of Costa Rica has inspired us in so many ways to remember that time is precious and to get out and enjoy life.     This is where the Jord Wooden Watch comes in. Their focus on sustainability and experiential living is something that we really admire so when my Dark Sandalwood & Smoke Watch arrived in the mail I couldn’t wait to try it on. The first thing you’ll notice when you get your Jord Wooden Watch is the presentation. My men’s watch was packaged inside an equally impressive wooden case. The case seals using magnets and even has a small drawer where you can put small accessories like cuff links or spare watch band pieces. Upon opening the box, you’ll see your unique watch wrapped around a small pillow.     I was immediately impressed by the minimalist design of the Dark Sandalwood & Smoke Watch. Of course, there are many different options you can choose from on the website including varying types of wood, different colored backgrounds, and watch faces so you can match your style.     It’s worth noting that this cool watch only claims to be splash proof, not water proof. So while it is perfect for a walk along the beach and will hold up in a...
5 Perfectly Romantic Winter Getaways In The U.S.

5 Perfectly Romantic Winter Getaways In The U.S.

    This post is sponsored by TUNG Brush. Living in Costa Rica is undeniably awesome. But as soon as the holiday season strikes so does our longing for a romantic winter escape. After all, we’re spending the majority of our year in a humid and tropical country, where we’re lucky if a rainy afternoon means putting on a sweater. So it’s hardly any wonder that right around Thanksgiving, we start longing for hot chocolate, cuddling by a fireplace and long days of skiing through a winter wonderland. With some big travel plans in the works for 2017, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to make a winter getaway happen soon. But that didn’t stop us from taking a virtual vacation while doing the research for you! Check out our five top suggestions for a perfect romantic winter escape. Or, try a ski holiday in the USA – you can’t go wrong either way! We’re also sharing a new favorite travel accessory that is now going to be accompanying us on every romantic trip we take. Be sure to check it out at the end!    5 Perfect Romantic Winter Getaways In The U.S.   Berkshires, MA   Photo by Peter Borcherds via Flickr cc   For excellent skiing and snow shoeing in an idyllic mountain town, look no further than the Berkshires, in Western Massachusetts. When you’re not exploring the picturesque scenery, there’s a modern art scene and plenty of farm-to-table restaurants to enjoy. Try The District Kitchen and Bar for local fare and craft beer. If you’re visiting at Christmas, then be sure to stay at the Blantyre...
8 Awesome Tips To Find Cheap Flight Deals Today

8 Awesome Tips To Find Cheap Flight Deals Today

One of the biggest obstacles that keeps most people from traveling more often is high flight prices. We totally understand. As much as we always want to hop on the next plane to anywhere, it’s not easy to justify hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on tickets to faraway locations when we could better explore Costa Rica or Central America. Luckily though, we have found numerous ways to travel hack our way to cheaper flights. Here are a few of our top tips:   8 Awesome Tips To Find Cheap Flight Deals Today Stay one step ahead of the game with these 7 tips and never miss out on another flight deal again.   1. Be Flexible The more flexible you can be, the more likely you are to find the best deals. Prices can vary dramatically just by choosing a different arrival airport, or postponing your trip for a day. Search for flight tickets before you even begin to plan your trip. This way, you can nail the best flight deal, and then plan your trip around it. But this doesn’t just go for dates, it also works for location. For example, we recently needed to book two tickets from Costa Rica to Hawaii. We had 70,000 miles—enough for one of us to get there. When we were trying to purchase the other ticket on the same flight, the price was $2800. So, we got creative, and found that we could fly direct from Costa Rica to LA, roundtrip, for $400 each. We could then both get to Hawaii with the miles we had. By being flexible and allowing for an extra day...