Costa Rica, a summary [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

When I first planned going to Costa Rica I intended to stay for a month. I had big plans! Rainforest, hikes up volcanos, beach time and seeing loads of animals, sloths, sloths sloths and turtles. After one week and a half I realised that actually, my plans to Costa Rica would probably change very soon.Continue reading “Costa Rica, a summary [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

Manuel Antonio…. The place where I started to really relax. And the place where I changed half my plans about the next few months. It was a beautiful adventure. I was only supposed to stay for 3 days and ended up staying for 7. I met incredible people, saw sloths up close, a ridiculous amountContinue reading “Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

La Fortuna & Monteverde – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

La Fortuna and Monteverde are two of the most touristy areas in Costa, and there’s a good reason for that. Both places are absolutely gorgeous, even during rainy season. As usual, tips first: It’s easy to get to both places from San José, and if you have car it’s easy to drive between both. They’reContinue reading “La Fortuna & Monteverde – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Tortuguero – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’ve spent the past 4 days in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, One of the most remote places I’ve ever been to. This is a quick summary of the past 4 days. Practical details at the top, and you can scroll down for “boring Mariana thoughts and experiences” & last minute tips at the bottom. One ofContinue reading “Tortuguero – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

From Vancouver to LA in 18 days – [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’m back (after not writing for ages) The post below is a very brief summary of my past 18 days on the road with my friend Jess. I do intend to write a few longer blog posts about some of the places we’ve been to during the past 18 days, but currently I’m just tooContinue reading “From Vancouver to LA in 18 days – [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

An unrequested list of things that will stress you out before travelling [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

During the last few weeks, before starting my adventure a few days ago, you could frequently hear me saying: “I’ve had a lil panic moment”. I know, I know. I’m overreacting. I’m over-planning. But hear me out…. does no one else out there feels real “pre-adventure stress”? (Asking for a friend…) It’s still Covid times,Continue reading “An unrequested list of things that will stress you out before travelling [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

The Canadian Rockies in 9 days – Louise the Lazy, Jasper the Gem, Banff the Busy [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

For those who can’t be bothered to read the “stories” bit, I’m explaining my route and writing a “suggestions” at the top of this post, I hope it’s helpful: Route I went from Calgary > Lake Louise > Jasper > Banff > Calgary; but you can start in Calgary and finish in Jasper Airport asContinue reading “The Canadian Rockies in 9 days – Louise the Lazy, Jasper the Gem, Banff the Busy [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Scotland 2021 – a dream trip

I considered writing several posts about this trip, it definitely deserves it. Maybe one day I will. But for now, I’m just trying to cope with my travelling blues and the fact that I’m about to leave what has become my 2nd favourite country in the entire world. In a time of Covid-19, and afterContinue reading “Scotland 2021 – a dream trip”

Hong Kong – to be continued… [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]

I’m still trying to get my head around Hong Kong. I feel like you’ve got two options here… you come for 3 days and do the touristic bits only, or you really have to come for a week or more to properly get it. It’s impossible to explore the islands and the amazing hiking inContinue reading “Hong Kong – to be continued… [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]”

Hanoi + Halong Bay – A sweet goodbye [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]

I got back to Hanoi at around 5.30am after taking the night train. Once again, was pestered by taxi drivers who literally went to the platform and aggressively started knocking on the windows of the train and screaming (asking) if you’d want a cab. I basically walked for 40min to close to the office whereContinue reading “Hanoi + Halong Bay – A sweet goodbye [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]”