Travel Deal

Costa Rica is famous for its fabulous beaches and green pastures.  It is a very calm and relaxing country. Plenty of horseback tours, mountain biking, boogie boarding, snorkeling, diving, kayaking or scenic driving.

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Groupon is having a one of a kind deal on a trip to Costa Rica from one of these cities:

Fort Lauderdale
Orlando
Chicago
Dallas
New York City
Houston
Washington, DC
Buffalo
Atlantic City
Philadelphia
Los Angeles
San Francisco

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The details of this Groupon deal is below:

  • Daily breakfast at all hotels
  • Guided Rainforest hike in Arenal; surcharge applies for the week of Easter
  • Economy automatic car rental for duration of trip

Hotel (7 nights)

All of the above from $729.00 and is based on Double Occupancy.

Click the link below for this amazing deal

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Information is from Groupon website. The writer of this blog does not receive a commission on this deal.

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Quick passport tips

As the deadline to renew my passport is drawing near, I researched online if there are any passport concerns I should be aware of. I read that the new passports, as of July 2016, would have chips embedded in the book. However, my children received their passports last month and it looks exactly the same as mine, no chip.

In addition, the pages in the new passports are said to be reduced to 28 stamp-approved pages, rather than the standard 52 pages available in the past.  Again, I don’t see this change in the new passports.

A couple of things we had to do differently when we obtained the passports for our adult kids though, included a new birth certificate with a new seal.  Their original birth certificates were not accepted. The new birth certificates are smaller and don’t contain the time the children were born. For the passport photos, my children had to remove their glasses and were not allowed to smile.

Tip: You will receive the passports quicker if you pay by money order.

We are waiting for the last three birth certificates so we can order the passports for our 13, 15 and 17 year old children. Although my passport does not expire until the end of 2018, I will renew before sometime in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted if we encounter any difficulties or changes.  20170118_155825

Had to share these photos

So we found a place to stay in Colombia through airbnb.com. It is a 6 bedroom, 2 bath house for 1000.00 a month, all utilities included.

In doing some research, we asked some expats currently in Colombia about the area and we heard that this area is not the most ideal. It is great having resources(wonderful people) willing to share vital information.

We did some research of our own and found out that this neighborhood was riped with crime during the Escobar era. We also learned that Medellin, Colombia is not as safe as some people promote BUT neither is America or any other country.

We are not moving to Colombia because it is safer or to get a better life. Colombia is just one stop on our tour of the world. And it certainly will not be the most dangerous place we land. We are chasing culture and beauty. We are chasing experience. We are not running from anything! And we are never scared!