The Ultimate Glamping Getaway In Maui

The Ultimate Glamping Getaway In Maui

Before we took off for Maui, we mentioned that we would be using the trip as an opportunity to finally give glamping a try. I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of traditional camping, but I love staying in unique, off-the-beaten track accommodation. If it’s surrounded by nature, than all the better. So we figured that glamping (glamorous camping) would be right up our alley. Luckily, we weren’t disappointed!     Glamping In Maui   For the first three nights of our stay in Maui, we chose to stay at the lovely Hawaiian Dream Temple, just outside of Upcountry, and nearby one of the coolest beach towns on the island: Paia.   The Hawaiian Dream Temple is a secluded, eco-friendly bamboo cottage, (designed in a similar fashion to a yurt.) Surrounded by lush jungle, the Dream Temple had everything we look for in accommodation: a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, two serene bedrooms, numerous screen porches, a pool and a luxurious hot tub. We especially loved the open-air concept that allowed the fresh breeze to travel through the cottage, keeping us cool and relaxed.Additional amenities included a washer and dryer, wi-fi and outdoor grill.     What To Do   Besides relaxing in the Dream Temple or enjoying the hot tub, there’s plenty to see and discover in Upcountry, the region where the bamboo cottage is located. A few of our favorite activities include:   -Visiting Makawao     Makawao boasts a rich history of paniolos, or Hawaiian cowboys. In fact, the town even hosts an annual Makawao Rodeo as a testament to its traditional cattle-roping past. Today...
Cristalino Lodge Review – The Perfect Combination of Eco and Luxury in the Amazon

Cristalino Lodge Review – The Perfect Combination of Eco and Luxury in the Amazon

When a lodge is chosen by National Geographic as one of the 25 best eco-lodges in the world, you tend to expect good things. Such was the case with Cristalino Lodge, a sanctuary in the Amazon Jungle. But would Cristalino live up to our high expectations? Read on for our ultimate review!   The Vision   Cristalino Lodge all started when a Brazilian family dreamed of doing their part to preserve and protect the precious biodiversity of the Amazon. So, they did what any passionate environmentalist would do and bought over 28,000 acres of rainforest to create the first RPPN (Private National Heritage Reserve) in northern Mato Grosso, ensuring the reserve’s preservation in perpetuity. Cristalino Lodge takes up just a tiny portion of that land and seeks to protect the Amazon through education and sustainable tourism. Considering deforestation of the Amazon is still continuing at an enormous rate—and that by 2030 the Amazon could be reduced in size by 40%–Cristalino Lodge is an inspiring testament to taking action that makes a real difference.     The Accommodation     We’re guessing that it’s not easy to create a stylish but sustainable lodge in the middle of the Amazon—especially when said lodge is only accessible via a boat ride down a river. But despite whatever inherent difficulties, Cristalino Lodge is pulling off eco-luxury like we’ve never seen before.     Don’t get us wrong. You won’t find amenities like an infinity pool, a fully stocked mini-bar, air conditioning or satellite TV. (We would question the lodge’s commitment to sustainability if you did.) What you will find are comfortable bungalows integrated...
How to Hike Corcovado National Park: The Ultimate Jungle Adventure

How to Hike Corcovado National Park: The Ultimate Jungle Adventure

The welcoming committee at Corcovado isn’t the kind you meet everyday… As our boat docked on the northwestern edge of the Osa Peninsula, a group of five White Capuchin Monkeys ran out from the trees, playfully greeting us as we disembarked.  They would disappear moments later before anyone had time to take out their camera, but their appearance would set the stage for our visit to Corcovado—one that was teeming with life and wonder. Corcovado National Park has been dubbed by National Geographic as ‘one of the most biologically intense places in the world’. With thirteen different ecosystems and some 2% of the world’s biodiversity, it’s hardly any wonder why. What’s more, Corcovado National Park is the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size, boasting the region’s densest population of tapirs, jaguars, and scarlet macaws.     When we learned these astonishing facts, we knew there was just no way we could spend two months traveling around Costa Rica without experiencing the legendary park for ourselves. But it’s no easy feat to arrive at Corcovado National Park. A lack of infrastructure surrounding the park, the restriction of commercial development, and the necessity to obtain various park permits means that even the most intrepid of travelers must do some extra research prior to arrival. As such, we looked into all the different ways we could experience Corcovado. Below we outline the various options for accessing and hiking the national park, along with the pros and cons of each alternative. How To Hike Corcovado National Park In Costa Rica   Stay With Style     This is ultimately the route we chose,...

Day 169: Wine Bottle Glasses DIY

A pretty cool trick for reusing old wine bottles. Wrap yarn around the top of the bottle about 3 or 4 times (as shown) and tie a knot. Take it off and soak the yarn in nail polish remover. Rewrap the string. Light the soaked yarn on fire CAREFULLY! Burn for about 30 seconds while rotating the bottle slowly to heat the glass evenly. When the flame starts to die, put the top half into cool water and the top should POP off. (be careful of glass and sharp edges) Sand to remove any rough edges your mouth may encounter....

Day 91: Clementine Candle

Learned about a really cool trick you can do with clementines. Apparently they are not only delicious, but  they make a pretty amazing clementine candle! All you have to do is cut the skin around the circumference and peel both halves off, careful not to rip the skin. One end should have a “wick” and the other should be bare. Put a decent amount of oil (we used olive oil) in the wick side and let it soak for a minute or two. While that’s happening cut a cool little design in the bare end to let the heat of the candle escape. Once your wick is fully saturated, just fire a match, light ‘er up and you’ve got yourself an all natural clementine candle. Burns for approx. 30 mins, although ours lasted over an hour before we just blew it out....