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Welcome To The Jungle: Thailand's Khao Yai National Park

Welcome To The Jungle: Thailand's Khao Yai National Park Adam Hodge, Gadling I was 12 years old when I discovered the jungle wasn't for me, and I hadn't even been to one yet. It was "Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World" that did it for me. Enthralled though I was by the idea of a Professor Challenger-esque expeditionary jaunt...

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish...

Video Of The Day: Modern Day 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

Before beginning his doctorate in biomedical sciences, "Alex the Adventure Biker" took a break to realize his lifelong dream: to ride a motorcycle through the Americas. Over the course of nearly a year and a half, he rode his bike through 22 countries as he made his way...

Sonya Looney: World-Class Mountain Biker, Traveler

Sonya Looney: World-Class Mountain Biker, Traveler The only thing Sonya Looney racks up faster than victories on the international mountain bike circuit is frequent flier miles. Between racing and her day job – she works in sales and marketing for Ergon, one of her cycling sponsors – Looney's on the road two...

Saying 'No' To Add-Ons At The Car Rental Counter

Saying 'No' To Add-Ons At The Car Rental Counter I'm a rental car company's worst customer. I always refuse all the additional insurance coverage options, the pre-paid fuel option and the toll pass. I bring my own GPS and car seats for my little boys, I tend to say, "no thanks" when they tell me I can upgrade for a fee,...

International Adventure Guide 2013: Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park

International Adventure Guide 2013: Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park When you're lying in the shade of a towering palm tree on Playa Espadilla Sur, a glorious, often empty beach backed by thick forest in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park, the temptation to remain inert can be irresistible. But it would be a shame to travel all the way...

5 Detoxifying Spring Break Destinations

5 Detoxifying Spring Break Destinations Spring break is a vacation time of the year wherein many people let loose and eat and drink with abandon. Fun as that might seem to some, your idea of a good time might be one that isn't filled with worries about the pounds you're packing on or the detox you're going to...

How (Not) To Walk Across The Costa Rica/Nicaragua Border

How (Not) To Walk Across The Costa Rica/Nicaragua Border You can learn a lot about a country by walking into it across a land border. VIP's enter at the airport or zoom through in a car, but when you walk across the frontier, especially in a developing country, you get a window into how ordinary people and traders travel. ...

An Evening Of Costa Rican Rodeo Madness

An Evening Of Costa Rican Rodeo Madness The reed thin drunk was just barely sober enough to avoid being flattened by a rampaging bull. The crowd roared when he broke into a nifty little dance, complete with somersaults and a crash but many were also hoping that he'd be trampled (see video). I was rooting for the...

Braving The Back Roads Of Guanacaste In Costa Rica, The World's Happiest Country

Braving The Back Roads Of Guanacaste In Costa Rica, The World's Happiest Country Take a look at a road map of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula and you'll see a jumble of squiggly lines that seem to meander in circles with no clear pattern. Before setting off in a rental car from Santa Teresa, at the foot of Nicoya, heading towards Rincon de la Vieja...

Florblanca: Rock Star Luxury In Costa Rica

Florblanca: Rock Star Luxury In Costa Rica I was lying in a hammock with my two little boys, getting ready to sleep off lunch. We could hear the melodic, crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean on the golden beach at our backs and were enveloped in the luxurious shade provided by soaring trees on a perfectly toasty...

Meet Pabrö Sanchez, Costa Rica's Monkey Whisperer

Meet Pabrö Sanchez, Costa Rica's Monkey Whisperer A good guide can help a traveler interpret the local culture. But sometimes a guide can sanitize and filter your experience by telling and showing you only what they think you want to hear and see. Pabrö Sanchez, a guide I hired through the Florblanca Resort in Costa...

The World According To A Costa Rican Cab Driver

The World According To A Costa Rican Cab Driver I would never think of getting in a cab in my hometown of Chicago and asking for a lift to Indianapolis, Iowa City or Milwaukee. But when I'm outside the U.S. without a rental car, I sometimes resort to long-distance taxi rides as a way of getting from point A to point B. On...

Monkeys Are Big Business At Manuel Antonio National Park In Costa Rica

Monkeys Are Big Business At Manuel Antonio National Park In Costa Rica It was 6 a.m. and I was hiking alone in the lush, tropical forest below the Hotel Parador near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica when I heard a noise that stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a deep, throaty guttural call that almost sounded like an animal clearing...

Releasing My Inner Gringo In Costa Rica

Releasing My Inner Gringo In Costa Rica I try not to be the stereotypical ugly gringo when I'm in Latin America. I tolerate leisurely or downright rude service, I use my poor but functional Spanish, and I try to go with the flow, bearing in mind that things are just different south of the border. But no matter how...

An Unforgettable Coffee Tour At Finca Rosa Blanca In Costa Rica

An Unforgettable Coffee Tour At Finca Rosa Blanca In Costa Rica Coffee! It's the most addictive drug in the world. Many of us could barely function without it, but have you ever toured a coffee plantation? I hadn't until I stumbled upon a coffee plantation and inn called Finca Rosa Blanca near San Jose last week. We were set to arrive in...

GeoEx Family Adventures Provide Experiences Of A Lifetime

GeoEx Family Adventures Provide Experiences Of A Lifetime Adventure travel company GeoEx is one of the best in the business when it comes to organizing unique excursions to the far corners of the globe. For more than 30 years they've been planning trips to some of our planet's more off-the-beaten-path locations, giving travelers...

Mandatory Car Rental Insurance: Watch Out For Bait-And-Switch Pricing

Mandatory Car Rental Insurance: Watch Out For Bait-And-Switch Pricing Mandatory insurance. Those are two words that I hate to hear when I'm renting a car outside the U.S. On Thursday night, I spent an hour and a half in a Thrifty Rent a Car location near the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, trying to understand how an eight-day rental that I...

Human Hammocks And Howler Monkeys: Visiting Costa Rica's Jaguar Rescue Center

Human Hammocks And Howler Monkeys: Visiting Costa Rica's Jaguar Rescue Center "Why don't they like me?" my travel companion huffed in frustration, abandoning what he had hoped would be a welcoming hand gesture toward a group of rehabilitated baby howler monkeys. Maybe they sensed our initial apprehension. After all, we had been nervous to visit the...

Costa Rica Named Happiest Country In The World

Costa Rica Named Happiest Country In The World Looking for a travel destination where the people are always smiling? You may want to consider Costa Rica for your next trip. The New Economics Foundation has announced the findings of their Gallup World Poll in their Happy Planet Index. First the poll asked people to...

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