Stunning Costa Rica Waterfalls and Hikes

Costa Rica is famous for beaches, rainforests, and those adorable little smiling sloths. But have you thought about Costa Rica’s waterfalls? As a tropical country, Costa Rica sees a lot of rain–about 100 inches per year. In the mountainous regions (hint: where the rivers start) that can jump to 25 feet a year in some places! All that water makes for plenty of crystal clear rivers and some pretty impressive waterfalls.

Photo Friday: Sinai

The Sinai Peninsula of Egypt is truly a fascinating place. During our time in the area, we spent a few days near Mt. Sinai and a few more relaxing on the coast of the Red Sea. First, our journey took us from Cairo on a fairly long bus ride to the town of Katreen, near the base of Mt. Sinai and St. Katherine’s Monastery. We slept at a small Bedouin camp and met some other travelers who had hiked to the top of the mountain the night before, starting at 2:00 in the morning. Supposedly this was the best time to hike in order to avoid the heat and also see the sunset from the top of the mountain.

Photo Friday: Southern Ethiopia

The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is Southern Ethiopia. This is part of my personal effort to convince as many people as possible to visit Africa. After spending several months on the continent, we realized that we had only experienced a drop in the bucket. Africa is so huge and diverse that it would take years to fully understand all of the cultures, history, tragedy, and beauty that this immense land has to offer.

Photo Friday: Amsterdam

This week’s Photo Friday is all about Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It’s full of canals, red lights, history, and charm – and it has something for everyone.

The Truth About Travel

In July 2010, Matt and Tran of Backpack Forever left their settled lives in Houston, Texas to embark on a five-month journey to Central and South America. Their trip led them through Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Guianas, Brazil, and Argentina. They’re back in the U.S. for now and have agreed to share their thoughts on “the truth about travel.”

Photo Friday: Cambodia

Cambodia is one of our favorite places in the entire world. If you haven’t been there, put it on your list. Here are a few great pics of Cambodia from feleciacruz.

Photo Friday: Ethiopia

Despite what you may have heard, Ethiopia is not starving. It is green, lush, and full of life and culture. It is diverse and amazing. From the highlands in the north to the tribal lands of the south, to the religious and historical sites to the stunning landscapes, Ethiopia offers something for everyone. We spent a month in the country. You should, too.

Photo Friday: Morocco

Morocco: an exotic land of yummy Tagine, the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara, and maze-like medinas. This is where Europe meets Africa, and the land of the Moors. If you haven’t been, hopefully these photos will inspire you to include it in your next itinerary.

Photo Friday: Senegal

Saint-Louis, Senegal, sits at the mouth of the Senegal river on the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is covered with long fishing boats, livestock, leftover food, and playing children.