After Travel Blah’s

After an awesome trip, like the one I just went on to Costa Rica, I go through several phases and today I just feel blah.  Usually when I get home I’m tired, but pumped, then I sleep for a few days, relive my experiences with my girlfriends, and feel great about myself.  Then after a few more days after I’ve relived the trip a million times and told countless stories I start to feel “blah”, this is when I realize I need to get out and do something, so lately I’ve been starting to run and workout in my basement.  After a two week trip I usually need to drop a few pounds as I likely over drank and over ate while away, so this time around I decided to really start to push myself.

Day 1: Attempted a 30 minute run, but ended up getting in around 20 and walked the other 10.  I was a little winded, but my knees ached, as well as the rest of my body.  It was very hard to get up in the morning!

Day 2: I started 22 Minute Hard Corp, which is the newest Tony Horton dvd, my friends say he rocks and since it’s only 22 minutes I figured I can last. Well let me tell you, it was not easy.  It was around 6 moves done 3 times, with only a few breaks.  I was sweating at the end and was very happy that I finished it.

Day 3: I almost didn’t get out of bed as I was so tired, but then I thought it might be a good idea to do a little yoga, so I googled Yoga moves and found this link from Fitness Magazine which showed a whole bunch of moves for beginners.  Now I’ve done a lot of yoga in my day, but never by myself, so I used this guide to help me figure out what order to do the moves so that I can start doing Yoga each morning.  I think it will help my mental state and also help me recover from these crazy workouts.  So far I’ve dropped 1 pound!

Day 4:  I did another 22 Minute Hard Corp, this time it was the resistance one where you need to use bands, do pushups, and a lot of lunges.  I’m not sure my legs or arms will make it to the end of the week!  I do like the routine though, it’s almost like I’m back in gym class in school, but with a military angle.

Day 5: I opted for a run again to mix it up, this time I did 3 10 minute runs with a 5 minute walk in between.  I felt fantastic at the end, and it’s really helping me get rid of those blah’s.  In fact I started mentally planning for my next trip, though I still haven’t narrowed it down enough to buy tickets, but by the winter I want to have it locked in for next summer.  Maybe Africa since I’ve always wanted to go, but it’s really far and quite expensive.

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What I found in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is among one of the most popular nations on the planet. I really like the outdoor activities, spectacular beach locations, wide variety of food and animals, and of course the people. It’s become a tourist trap, yes, and it’s expensive, but that didn’t make this trip area any less remarkable.  The Beaches feel as if in heaven, there is great hiking, scuba diving, and lots of places to escape the hoards of retired Amercan’s living here.  The local food is also quite yummy, I can’t say enough about Costa Rica and really recommend it to everyone.

Food – If you eat at local family run restaurant you are likely to shell out about 535-1,600 CRC for meals. These are preferred and could seriously help save from spending a lot in those tourist traps.  Most diner food will cost 3,740 CRC or maybe more.  An extremely nice dish in a tourist place costs around 6,375-10,630 CRC.  For cost-effective meals, try to eat from food trucks where snack foods and light-weight meals may cost as little as 265 CRC.

Lodging – Hostels cost 4,000 to ten thousand CRC each day.  Private bedrooms in hostels are usually all-around 15,000 CRC.  Hotel Rooms start about 20,000 CRC every night time and go up after that.

Transport – Public transit is very inexpensive. Quick trips (three hours) are about 1,600 CRC although much longer trips are a maximum of 5,330 CRC.

Tips

Travel during off peak times – From April to December it is known as a wet time of year and thus, fees are typically less costly and beaches significantly less populated. During the USA winter season, hordes of folks go to Costa Rica and prices double.

Camping outdoors – Most of the resort hotels and hostels will let you camp. Should you do not have your own tent, you can rent them.  For around 2,660 CRC a night this is actually the simplest approach to reduce accommodation expenses.

Go to the Caribbean side – Costa Rica is crazy high-priced.  By going to the cheaper side you’ll see beautiful Costa Rica, save some cash.

Go Local – Local busses are slower, but cost a lot less. Tour busses are faster but cost a lot more.  Go Local and save come cash.

What to see/Do in Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park – This park in the Caribbean coastline a breeding ground for the green turtle. If you like jungles and wild animals, this is the place to be.

San José – Costa Rica’s capital is right in the heart of the country making it an excellent center location. It’s not a big city so you won’t need more than 2 or 3 days to see it all, as well there isn’t much to do here.  You can visit the museums or see the orchestra.  This is where you are likely going to come into Costa Rica via airplane, we had a night hotel when we arrived and when we left, as flights came in late and left early.

Corcovado – Corcovado National Park is on the remote Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica. This is an absolute must see as there is wildlife galore, jungle, and stunning beauty.

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First Post

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Today I find myself at home, at the computer, planning my next trip.  I have a few places on my radar, from Costa Rica (picture above, so pretty) to Taiwan, but those might not happen until the fall when I can get my finances in order.  Since it’s getting closer to spring I might head up to the northern part of California for a weekend camping trip with my friends.  It’s still a little cold for me, but is always a fun trip.

Since I’m on my computer I’ve been listening more and more to Tunein radio, specifically this world station.  It just gets me in the mood to travel.  I know this post is a little boring 🙂 but I’m still trying to find my blogging groove.

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