March Update: Time for Central America

Travels

We celebrated our one year travel anniversary at the beginning of the month on a new continent and began our travels around Panama. We galloped horses on the beach near Santa Catalina, relaxed in the mountain town of Boquete and met up with travel bloggers Globetrotter Girls and Breakaway Backpacker during Carnival in Bocas del Toro. Here we snorkelled in the Caribbean, lazed on beaches and attempted to get some work done.

We crossed a rickety wooden bridge on foot and made it across the border to Costa Rica. We had planned on rushing through the country to get to cheaper, less touristy Nicaragua but the Globetrotter Girls convinced us that the beach town of Puerto Viejo was worth a stop. We are glad we did as we enjoyed the green, jungly landscape, chilled vibes, cycling to beaches and eating delicious gringo food. It is expensive but not much worse than Panama. We ended up staying 12 days as we are trying to go slow at the moment to keep up our energy levels and allow time for work.

On Monday we did a fantastic white water rafting trip on the Rio Pacuare – a great mix of fun, rainforest scenery and slightly scary class 4 rapids. For the last few days we’ve been in the capital San Jose and will soon be moving on to a riding stables to become equestrian interns. We are excited about the opportunity to learn more about horse care and do lots of riding.

What Next?

We’ve just been offered a house sit in Jacksonville, Florida for May, so will be leaving Central America a month earlier than planned. It has a pool and waterfront view, and we are looking forward to the major change of scenery, having a comfortable home to live in and saving some money. We’ll also be visiting Disney – Simon is very excited! Then it’s on to Seattle and Vancouver for the TBEX travel bloggers conference in early June.

Never Ending Voyage Around the Web

We were interviewed a couple more times this month. Simon discusses Flaming Hot Monster Munch and how we manage to survive 24/7 together on Lash World Tour and I share our favourite experiences and food on Escape Normal.

Nora the Professional Hobo featured a week in our life during our Colombia travels. Have a read to find out the ups and downs of our life on the road.

Simon has recently transfered the Nomad Courier site to WordPress which will make it much easier to upload the photo postcards sent in by a group of world travellers (Simon is one of them). Check it out for great photography and postcard length travel tales.

Trail Wallet

Do you have any tips for Jacksonville? Will you be at TBEX too? Leave a comment and tell us.

16 thoughts on March Update: Time for Central America

  1. Congrats to the house-sit! A month in Florida in May, including a visit to Disneyland – awesome!! I don’t know anything about Jacksonville but it might be worth following them on Facebook to find out about events, etc, while you’re there.

    I hope the internship at the riding stables works out well for you guys, looking forward to reading about it! Or hearing about it at TBEX :)

  2. Please say you’re still going to Nicaragua, really the GTG’s will back me up but it’s the best!

    So excited to see you in TBEX, heard we may all be going to Whistler together.

    • Unfortunatley not. It’s been one of the countries I’ve been looking forward to most but we didn’t want to rush it in 2 weeks. Plus Simon has 2 big deadlines for work and it just wouldn’t have worked out. We will be back to Central America though.

      Whistler and TBEX will be fun!

  3. The white water rafting that you recently had seems like a lot of fun!! Seems like March was a busy month for you – and so will be April :) The house you’ll be sitting makes me jealous too haha. A pool and a waterfront view sounds so cool.

  4. You will be in Jacksonville at the beginning of sea turtle nesting season!!!! You should definitely contact the turtle conservation organizations in the area and see if you can do a little volunteer work patrolling beaches. While helping out, maybe you would even get to see a sea turtle! Given the amount of trash generated by our modern lifestyle, commercial fishing methods, and oil spills, the outlook for sea turtles is rather bleak. Being in Jacksonville at this time of year, you have an opportunity to get in touch with some of these issues and briefly lend a hand. Maybe even see a loggerhead!! Would LOVE to see turtle pics on your blog!!!

    Anyway, here’s a link to BEACHES SEA TURTLE PATROL , the local turtle protection organization for Atlantic, Neptune, Jacksonville beaches, and Duvall County.

    Since it sounds like your house will be close to the beach, you should also be aware of the restrictions people are asked to abide by so as not to hinder the nesting process. Here is a link to the City of Jacksonville Beach’s page where you will find TIPS FOR TURTLE NESTING SEASON.

    Here’s a link to the blog post I wrote after visiting a point just south of Jacksonville. SEA TURTLES NESTING IN PALM COAST, FLORIDA

    There are historical things in the Jacksonville area, but you get that from others or from your own googling. I wanted to point out the not so obvious attraction. Hope you have a good month of May. Enjoy!!

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