Looking for Locally Made in Costa Rica

My recent travel adventure to Costa Rica had me pumped, not just for the opportunity to venture into the jungle, but to visit a destination known for ecotourism.  In the past I’ve set goals for myself to live and travel more sustainably as well as reflect on how I can balance sustainability with my shopping habits, and I anticipated putting these ideas into action in Costa Rica.  Although it was inspiring to see numerous places recycling all kinds of materials including paper, aluminum and plastic, there was one lingering disappointment in the back of my mind.  Scouring the souvenir shops in Monteverde and Tamarindo left me feeling at a loss for something else.  Continue Reading ›

Costa Rica Highlights

The more time I spend with family, the more I realize one thing is evident: We all have a passion for world travel.  So, when it came time to pick the perfect location for a wedding, my cousin Jasmine didn’t settle for her hometown.  Instead, she looked far and beyond.  Her and her fiance’s pick?  Central America’s ecotourism hotspot, Costa Rica.  Immediately various cousins, aunts and uncles jumped on board and our travel group quickly began to grow.  On a cold, rainy and extremely windy evening in Chicago, my mom asked if I’d like to join.  Hearing gusts of wind moaning outside my bedroom window, I responded instantly: “Yes.”  Although I had been to nearby countries in South America, to my delight, Costa Rica had plenty of adventures I hadn’t experienced yet.  Camera ready and armed with sunscreen and bug spray, I was ready to take on the opportunities Costa Rica’s cities had to offer. Continue Reading ›