Our Top 5 Travel Destinations on a Time and Money Budget

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We love to travel as often and to as many places as possible. So we like to book trips for as cheap as possible without sacrificing too much comfort. After all, the less we spend, the more trips we can take. BUT we usually can only take one week off at a time (sometime a week and a half) so we will pay more for faster transportation, convenient flights and extra comfort on the road. We don’t stay in hostels, nor do we take long rides on the chicken bus—but those are great options for travelers who are on a tight budget and want to have an amazing adventure! We spend a little money for speed and comfort since we are vacation travelers rather than slow travelers at the moment. But we want to show you the experiences you can get by just saving a little bit each week.

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Got a friend? Go to Nicaragua for $1k each

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The world is more accessible than some people think, and traveling through its great lands helps us to see that we are all one big tribe with the same hopes and fears. The idea of world travel is exciting–it can be scary and costly too. BUT it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how we had a wonderful week in Nicaragua for a grand each. We promise there are no chicken buses or hostels involved!!! Although, that can be a great way to travel too!

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We stayed at an amazing finca on Ometepe, Nicaragua

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When we arrived at Finca Montania Sagrada, we were greeted by about 5 lovely little chihuahuas, two bigger dogs and a few cats. We were hungry after the somewhat long journey from San Juan del Sur, so after we checked in, we headed down the hill to get some lunch.

We stopped at Margarita’s restaurant, which consisted of four picnic benches under an awning beside a large window to order through. When we asked what was on the menu, we were told, “pollo.” So, naturally, we ordered the pollo 🙂

Aside from having to fight off a little chicken who–feeling a bit cannibalistic–was taking pecks at my plate, the meal was delicious. Pollo y gallo pinto con cerveza toña. ¡Perfecto!

When we got back to the finca we made new friends and drank rum and danced in celebration of Valentine’s Day. It was a wonderful first day on Ometepe.

The next morning was another beautiful day. We had breakfast at the finca before taking a two hour horseback ride through rocky paths in the woods that opened up to breathtaking views of the lake and the two volcanoes that make up the island.

A few of the bigger dogs came along for the journey! We returned to lunch and a siesta followed by a lazy evening and a good night’s sleep. The next day we kayaked through a river that looks much like the Everglades. Then we ran into some friends and had some drinks by the water.

Although many people opt to do the 8-10 hour hike up one of the volcanoes, we decided we already had a nice balance between activities and relaxation. It was an absolutely beautiful stay.

February 17, 2017
Isla de Ometepe
Nicaragua

Finca Montania Sagrada on Valentine’s Day

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Not much of a Valentine’s Day celebrator, but when your new friends from Nicaragua, Italy, Germany, California and Austin welcome you to Ometepe with love, dance and drink .. and maybe even a flower or two, you celebrate. Much love ❤️

Finca Montania Sagrada
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
February 14, 2017

Chillin’ in Little Canada

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We are having a wonderful stay in San Juan del Sur. It’s nice just to relax and do nothing for a few days before heading to Isla de Ometepe for a bit more adventure.

The town of San Juan del Sur itself can be summed up as “little Canada.” It’s a backpackers’ destination complete with a Sunday Funday bar crawl and U.S. dollars in the ATMs.

It may not have a local vibe, but the travel spirit thrives here. Everyone is very friendly, the food is fantastic, and it feels quite safe.

There are more beautiful beaches a short drive away but we wanted to have access to town without a car. So we are staying just outside of town where it’s a bit more quiet but still close enough to walk everywhere.

It’s too windy hang out on the beaches, so for now we are enjoying the breeze and a few cocktails with a lovely view.

San Juan del Sur
Nicaragua
February 13, 2017