Oh hey there…

It’s aliiiiiiiiiveeee!!!

Hi friends. I know it’s been a while since I’ve done anything to this blog. Let’s just go ahead and blame it on another post-quarter-life crisis. But here we go again. This time, I’m flying solo, with a gigantic pack strapped to my back, off to discover the best-kept secrets of Central America. Or at least the cheapest 😉

The (very loosely planned) Destinations:

  1. Costa Rica – mostly Quepos/Manuel Antonio due to close friends living there for the winter
  2. Nicaragua – heading first to visit a friend near Rivas, then wherever the wind takes me
  3. El Salvador – in search of the BEST papusas in this country
  4. Guatemala – Lago Atitlan, where my heart has been calling me back for years

The Budget:

$16.50 per day. This gives me $115 per week, so if I overspend on one day, say for transportation or a fun adventure, I will have to underspend the rest of the week. For example, I flew in to San Jose, Costa Rica yesterday, and I’ve already spent $85 on transportation and food, which should get me by the rest of the week, but it will be tight – $6/day anyone? Yay.

The “How the F$@% are you going to do that?!”:

  • I am going to try my damndest to never pay for accommodation. This will be accomplished by relying on the good will of wonderful friends, and trading work for accommodation (and hopefully food) via www.workaway.info.
  • I will be traveling as local as possible – city buses, colectivos, chicken buses, and hitchhiking (sorry, mom).
  • I brought way more crap with me than necessary, so I will be practicing the Use What You Have method and hopefully not have to buy much of anything beyond the normal toiletries. This also means no room for souvenirs, new clothes, etc.
  • Budgeting App! This is the first time I have ever used one of these, but as I am notoriously bad at spending within my budget, I figured it’s about time I started. I’m using the Trail Wallet designed by fellow digital nomads, Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney of Never Ending Voyage, so I’ll let ya’ll know how that goes.

So there ya have it. Come along with me on this adventure, it’s sure to be a good one 🙂 Also, as always, I welcome any suggestions on places to go, things to see, tacos to eat, and of course, how to be a better traveler.

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