City Guide: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

City Guide: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Hi everyone! As many of you are aware, my family recently spent time in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for spring break. We love Costa Rica as a whole, but decided to spend the entire time in the Manuel Antonio area to enjoy the tropical weather and some much-needed sunshine. Manuel Antonio is a small ocean [...]

How to be Swimsuit-Ready in 4 Weeks

How to be Swimsuit-Ready in 4 Weeks

I dread shopping for bathing suits. It's not like there aren't lots of options to choose from. It's just an agonizingly painful experience... at least it is for me. I'm going on a family trip to Costa Rica next month, so I thought it would be a good idea to try on my bathing suits [...]

Travel Planning 101

Travel Planning 101

I remember planning my first trip. I had no idea where to start. That was almost 20 years ago, and I was leaving Iowa to vacation in France. I arrived, and one thing after another went wrong. Although it ended up being a good trip, I missed out on a lot of the activities and [...]

Shutterfly Photo Book Review: Making Your Trip A Lasting Memory

Shutterfly Photo Book Review:  Making Your Trip A Lasting Memory

Not often does a product outperform my expectations. I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist, with a tendency towards thinking about how something could be just a little bit better. My recent experience with Shutterfly had elements of both; I was ultimately thrilled with the end product, but the road to get there wasn't exactly smooth. I [...]