Compared to our adventures in August and September, October was a pretty laid back month for us. After a month in Europe, we made our way back to North America and enjoyed a few weeks of catching up with family and friends in Toronto. Max made a quick trip to spend some time with his mom in Florida and in mid-October we flew back down to Costa Rica.
This year Costa Rica has become a bit of home base for us. It’s a great quiet place to catch up on work, unwind after months on the road, and spend some quality time with our not-so-little-kitty, Mia, who has now claimed Costa Rica as her rightful home. (She climbs trees, hunts lizards, and bosses around the neighbourhood dogs)
What’s exciting about spending time in Costa Rica is that there are still lots of places we haven’t visited around the country, so every time we are back here, we make plans to check out a new area. So at the end of the month, just in time for my birthday we traveled to Arenal and spent 5 wonderful days exploring the area of La Fortuna… but more on that in our travel highlights section!
Here are some stats from the month of October:
Costa Rica: Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, La Fortuna
This month we gave our cameras (and ourselves) a bit of a rest and snapped only 500 photos.
We rocked our budget this month! If you don’t count our flights to Costa Rica, we only spend $790 on transportation, food, activities, and accommodation. With flights, our total spend was $1,400.
The highlight of October was definitely the 5 days we spent in La Fortuna, exploring the area near Arenal Volcano. We timed it to coincide with my birthday, making the trip that much more special and enjoyable. Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica and the area around the volcano is famous for an abundance of natural hot springs, adventure activities, and great accommodation choices. We went hiking, soaked in hot springs, and enjoyed an adventurous day rafting with a local adventure company, Desafio.
With limited adventures planned for October, our biggest low light is that we spent the majority of this month working. We’ve been putting in a lot of hours to catch up on existing projects, kick start some new ones, and set ourselves up for our upcoming trip to Colombia. Spending our days in front of the computer is not fun, so we are looking forward to being able to strike a better work/travel balance in November.
Our favourite accommodation this month was the beautiful Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, a 4-star resort just outside of La Fortuna that hosted us during our visit to Arenal. We stayed in their Junior Suite and were spoiled with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano from our room window. It added so much to our experience!
Plus, there was daily yoga classes (my favourite hotel perk), a decent gym (Max’s favourite), and on-site hot springs that served as the perfect escape on rainy afternoons and after long days of activities.
Here are the most popular posts from the blog published in October:
- 35 Photos That Will Inspire You to Travel to Cuba – in which we share our best photos that will make you add Cuba to your bucket list!
- Sunday City Guide: What to do in Havana, Cuba – an in-depth travel guide to one of the most exotic capitals in the world!
- 7 Destinations You Have To Visit in Northeast Brazil – where we revealed our favourite destinations to visit in Northeast Brazil
- Things that Surprised Us About Croatia – in which we share a few insights into traveling around Croatia and a few things we just weren’t prepared for!
- How We Make Money from Our Travel Blog – you asked, we answered! In this post, we share the truth about how much we make from this travel blog and how we do it.
- 30 Things You Didn’t Know About Oksana (and 1 you did) – a post commemorating Oksana’s 31st birthday!
Here are the new vlogs posted on our YouTube Channel this month:
Episode 15: Sailing in Croatia (Part 2): Dubrovnik, Korcula, and Brac Island – in this Episode, we continue our sailing adventures aboard our 40-foot sailboat, Kodo. We spent a few days hanging out in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, then sail north to check out the island of Korcula, and finish off the week in the town of Bol on Brac Island.
Episode 16: Exploring Central Croatia – After 2 incredible weeks exploring Croatia’s coast, we decided to travel inland to check out a few other cities and natural attractions that make Croatia the beauty that she is! We start our trip in Split and make our way to Krka National Park, taking our time to check out the beautiful towns of Trogir, Sibenik, and Zadar along the way
Episode 17: Central Croatia (Part 2) – Plitvice Lakes National Park & Zagreb – in this Episode, we wrap up our adventure in Central Croatia with a visit to Plitvice National Park, one of the oldest National Park in Croatia and finish the trip with a few days in a beautiful city of Zagreb.
Episode 18: Tamarindo, Costa Rica – in this Episode, we visit the nearby town of Tamarindo that serves as our main hub for shopping, restaurants, and civilization while in Costa Rica.
We are spending November in Costa Rica. We are hoping to check out a few new areas in the country, clock in lots of beach time, and wrap up some projects as we prepare for our upcoming trip to Colombia in December/January.