Ticketed!: I finally have my travel iItinerary from October 14, 2015, to March 12, 2016.
I’m still in Austin and have a month before I skim a slice of blue dot rondure. What I've been finding is that it takes a shitload of time researching countries and trying to determine when to go, how to get places, and where to stay. It’s worth it, especially if you want to save some cash and avoid terrible accommodations. I'll provide some inside tips throughout this article, and will call them out in bold.
Without further adieu here's the breakdown.
October 14 - October 15, 2015: San José, Costa Rica
The first night I'm there I'll be staying in the city of San Jose, cuz my flight gets in pretty late.
I thought about going with Airbnb, but found a pretty rad deal at a place called Cocoon Hotel. We’ll see if I emerge as a butterfly resplendent in beauty and stuff.
October 15: I’m taking a shuttle from my cocoon and going to my loft over on Coco beach. It’s only $52 to take a shared shuttle there. Details can be found here: http://www.transportationincostarica.com.
Notes: Initially I reserved a place I found on Craigslist about a mile away from Montezuma beach in the jungle. I reserved it with $100 which I'm not getting back, which is fine by me. I changed it up for a few reasons:
- I had a weird feeling about the place
- Being so isolated I wondered if suddenly I would have a number of friends that no-one else could see
- It was too far from the beach (major first world problem)
Tip: Be flexible, and trust your instincts as long as those instincts aren't based on irrational fear. This is sometimes hard to navigate because we deceive ourselves daily (we are our best and worst lawyers). It's better to lose a bit of money in exchange for a preferred living situation.
An Even Bigger Tip: Go with Airbnb for your worldwide renting needs. Here are the reasons why:
- The people renting out their places are vetted by Airbnb. Not only that, previous renters leave reviews about how good or bad the place is.
- You don't have to sift through a million foreign real estate sites.
- You don't have to deal with Craigslist and the risk involved therein.
- You know exactly how much to pay, and the transactions are all handled via Airbnb.
October 15 - November 20, 2015: El Coco, Costa Rica
I’ll be staying in a loft at the Tropical Gardens in El Coco, Costa Rica. This is right by Coco beach, which I intend to lay around on when I’m not laying around other beaches.
November 24 - December 11, 2015: Sao Paulo, Brazil and other parts of bigass (no euphemisms, stereotypes, puns, or otherwise intended) Brazil.
I’ll be there with friends in the vicinity of Sao Paulo, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to magically speak Portuguese. Carol is from Brazil and Josh is a white dude from Maine. They’re a vivacious married couple doing the ceremonial thing in her home country. How could I miss that shit?
December 16 - January 5, 2016: Minden, NE.
Christmas with the fam!
January 6 - January 10, 2016: New York, NY.
I’ve been wanting to go back to NY anyway, because I’ve only been there once and it was about a million years ago when I visited just briefly. Additionally, the plane ticket to the Philippines was effin’ cheap from there (like $399.80). A friend asked me to show him the way of finding cheap tickets. Well, it comes down to a couple of things: Research, flexibility, and awesome sites like Kayak and Skyscanner. Because I was willing to spend a few days in NY I found a fuckin’ deal. Maybe the trick is to be flexible a bit.
January 11 - 12, 2016: Manila, Philippines
January 12 March 12, 2016: Panglao Island, Philippines.
I’ll be about a 5 minute walk away from Alona beach, pictured below. If it's half as awesome as it looks I'll be happy.