Exploring Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

When you’re on vacation and researching points of interest it’s not often that a cemetery makes the list of “must see” destinations. Sure museums, old churches, and town squares are always recommended in guide books but cemeteries not so much. Why visit memorials to the dead, especially if you don’t know them, they are not famous and many of them died over hundred years ago? What is it about cemeteries that pique people’s interest? I found myself asking some of these questions recently on our way to visit Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires and with Halloween right around the corner I thought this was a great time to share this trip.


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Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua

When I was a kid I went sledding down a hill near my house.  I went a little too fast and a little too far and I crashed into a telephone pole…twice. The running joke was that maybe it knocked some sense into me. Twenty years later I’m sledding down a volcano in Nicaragua and a telephone pole is the least of my worries.

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Hot Springs in Costa Rica

So you’ve spent the day in Costa Rica hiking in the rainforest, zip-lining, or whitewater rafting and now it’s time to unwind. How does relaxing in volcanic hot springs surrounded by tropical foliage sound? What if I mentioned swim-up bars, a cold drink, and water slides? Are you slightly intrigued?

Tabacon Hot Springs

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Using Frequent Flier Airline Miles: A Simple Example

In 2015 I traveled to Ireland, Sweden, Costa Rica and Oktoberfest in Munich. Instead being asked about the trips themselves one of the first questions I’m usually asked is “How do you afford all those flights?” When I explain that I don’t have a trust fund (yeah I’m bummed about that too) or a hot stock tip for them and just use frequent flier miles to travel cheaply I can see their eyes start to glaze over. Of course everyone has heard of frequent flier miles, points, and award flights but there is a common misconception that they’re hard to earn, even harder to redeem and therefore it must be some sort of scam. I wanted to point out a quick example from earlier this week to show that those misconceptions are just that and the use of frequent flier miles is pretty easy and can save you a lot of money. Read more