In May 2008 an earthquake rocked Hveragerði, revealing a whole new area of hot pools. They are all either too hot or too cold to get into but the different colors make them a spectacular sight. It was a great place to try out my new Arcteryx jacket with ultra warm Climashield insulation, my favorite part of the jacket is the hood-it zips over half of your face for pretty full protection from the cold. The Leirgerður Hot Pools are truly a unique and colorful place. Disclaimer: Climashield provided me with some gear, all opinions here are, as always, my own.
I travel with a tent, but have never tried winter camping. Despite feeling intimidated by the prospect, I thought my visit to Iceland would be a great place to try it with my friends Christine and Marissa. A few benefits of winter camping: no bugs, it’s free or cheap accommodation and you can have the beautiful landscape to yourself since no one else is crazy enough to be sleeping out in the snow. To prepare, I had to see if 3 people could fit in my GoLite Arcadia 2 Person Tent. We set the tent up inside to test it and [ Read More ]
My friends Gladys, Chung and I paid a taxi driver in Belize City to take us to Belmopan to go cave tubing at the Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve. Our taxi driver connected us to local guide, we picked up our tubes and set off on quite the hike to where we could put our tubes in the river. We had to cross several shallow parts of the river, hike through the rainforest and on the hike our guide informed us about the surrounding nature. Make sure to bring bug spray as the mosquitos can be pretty bad. We [ Read More ]
Easter or Páskar in Icelandic is typically celebrated over four days from Thursday (Skírdagur) to Monday(Annar í Páskum). It is a time for Icelanders to spend time with their families. They will gather for big dinners, take trips out into the country and the most popular tradition is to exchange all sizes of chocolate Easter eggs. Nói Síríus is the most popular producer of chocolate eggs in Iceland, they have been making chocolate eggs since the 1930s. Each year they produce over 300,000 eggs, even more than the entire population of Iceland! Look at the photos below to find out what [ Read More ]
My three day sailing trip with my friend Gladys along the coast of Belize led by Raggamuffin Tours was beyond anything I ever could have imagined. On day one the sun shined and we sailed to a remote beautiful slice of paradise-Rendezvous Caye and snorkeled in the crystal clear waters along the reef on the way. My photos do not begin to do justice to all of the colorful sea life we encountered snorkeling. The entirely local crew was fun and accommodating. I enjoyed being on the boat listening to music, meeting the other guests and reading my kindle. There we plenty of snacks and the [ Read More ]
When my friend Gladys and I’s taxi pulled up to Xanadu Island Resort I immediately felt excited. All of the lush vegetation and thatched roofs it felt like a jungle paradise. We were exhausted from our long journey and it was refreshing to be greeted by such a friendly staff who immediately helped us with our bags and gave us delicious rum punches. It really felt like vacation. The pool is gorgeous and overlooks the ocean, I loved walking down their dock and lounging on the chairs at the end enjoying the ocean view. On our first night we stayed in [ Read More ]
After fishing with Abbie from Gofish Belize I realized that I have never before been fishing with someone who really knows how to fish. Abbie knows fishing like he knows how to breathe. It was fascinating to watch him spy the fish hundreds of feet away and then turn the engine off, creep around the mangroves and sneak up on them all the while intensely narrating like a hunter. Gladys and I couldn’t even see a fraction of the fish he could see. Abbie will help you more if you need it, or if you are an avid fisherman he’ll [ Read More ]
The average person consumes over 170 bottles of water each year spending an average of over $450 per calendar year. The cost of bottled water is often higher when traveling. When I travel I save a tremendous amount of money because I very rarely purchase bottled water. I use a Steripen. SteriPEN is a growing Maine (where I am from) based company that provides a compact, fast and safe water sterilization solution. I purchased my first SteriPEN for $20 from Craigslist summer of 2011 and it has been invaluable to me in my travels since. In many countries it is [ Read More ]
Tulum contains the one of the last inhabited Pre-Columbian Mayan walled cities. The ruins are beautifully situated on the cliffs facing the Caribbean Sea. For only $5 you can get into the ruins, explore and even visit the gorgeous beaches below! I visited with my friend Gladys and our new friend Chung! Photo Credits: Gladys Christina, Myself
It took me 44 hours to get to San Pedro, Belize. I took a car from Sumter, South Carolina, train from Columbia, South Carolina to Raleigh, North Carolina, bus to the Raleigh Airport, flight with a layover in Atlanta, Georgia to Cancun, Mexico-met my friend Gladys, car to Cancun central bus terminal, overnight bus to Belize City, taxi to the ferry, and finally a ferry to San Pedro Belize. This documents my journey.