Vagabonding Field Report: Children’s Museum — San Jose, Costa Rica

Cost/day: $2 for adults, $1 for children What’s the most exciting thing that's happened lately? We recently had our sixth child, at home, here in Costa Rica. Today was our first outing since she's been born. We went with grandma and grandpa to the Children's Museum (Museo de los Ninos) in San Jose. Describe a typical day: We're staying in the mountains of the Central Valley, with a gorgeous view of the ocean waaaay off in the distance. Grandma and grandpa have come to visit, for the birth of our sixth child. Before she was born, we took a trip… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 5, 2014
Category: Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Magnetic Island and Barbie Cars

Cost/day There are 2 significant expenses with Magnetic Island. The first is the ferry that takes you to the island which is $32 for an adult. The second is just as much a necessity as it is a luxury and that is the Mokes. For around $80 you can hire one of these miniature petrol cars to take you around the must see island. Food can be pricy also, but a picnic could see you through the day. Describe a typical day We boarded the passenger ferry in Townsville, a smooth but breezy cold ride took us to Magnetic Island.… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 22, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Slowing down in Ubud, Bali

Cost/day: $28 per day per person What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? There are many interesting and strange things to see on Bali, but if I had to pick just one it would be the statues you come across in seemingly random places. Describe a typical day: Our morning routine stays the same wherever we are. We wake up, make breakfast and do work and homeschool. After that we typically would go explore an area, temple, mountain, beach, etc. via motorbike. The countryside in Bali is so bright green and beautiful that we would often take longer routes to… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 1, 2014
Category: Asia, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Blue Mountains and a full English

Cost/day: We chose to do the blue mountains as a holiday getaway, so we invested a little more in accommodation and opting to eat out each night. We found an affordable accommodation about 6 kilometres from central katoomba, The Skyrider Motel. It cost $100 a night a little over our usual expenditure but worth it for the luxury of one of the comfiest beds I think I may have ever slept on. We searched some of the local bars and restaurants for a good meal, again lossening the belt around our budget. Most meals per person could range from a… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 24, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Escaping to the real Hawaii

Catnip to adventure travellers in search of an authentic Hawaiian escape, Molokai is often referred to as ‘The most Hawaiian island’. With little other than true Aloha on offer, those who board a tiny turboprop plane in Honolulu should expect to step back in time when they land in Ho'olehua. Unlike its neighbours Molokai does not cater for the package holiday goer. There are no major chain hotels or supermarkets, no luxury resorts and very few tour operators. Without the usual selection of restaurants, activities and tours to occupy your time Molokai encourages you to connect with the heritage of… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | September 16, 2014
Category: North America, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Having a Baby at Home in Costa Rica

Cost/day: $1500 What’s the most exciting thing that's happened lately? I'm finally having a baby!! (Our sixth.) Describe a typical day: We're staying in the mountains of the Central Valley, with a gorgeous view of the ocean waaaay off in the distance. Grandma and grandpa have come to visit, in anticipation of the birth of our sixth child. We've all been a little antsy just waiting around (which is why we took a trip to the chocolate farm, just an hour from our house, on my due date :) But now the day has finally arrived. It's beautiful, the sun… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | September 10, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Relaxing on Cambodia’s coast in Kampot

Cost/day: $25 per person What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? It was strange watching fisherman on the river covered from head to toe, including a sort of ski mask, in scorching heat. Describe a typical day: Work and homeschool in the early morning, as always. Breakfast would be at our guesthouse. We spent a lot of time simply relaxing at the beach or on the river. Our days were spent exploring the region by motorbike. We rode over to Kep, a nearby beach town. Other days we found caves, salt fields, little bars with docks we leapt off of… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 3, 2014
Category: Asia, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road Cost/day The Great Ocean Road and it's scenic tourist hotspots come without cost. What we found was fuel was expensive and will eat in to much of your daily allowance. We estimated at least $150 was spent in 2 days. The particular campground we stayed on was around $35 bucks for a pitch. This would probably rise in peak season. Describe a typical day The great ocean road is nothing more than a spectacular scenic drive. A 250 kilometre road along the south coast of Australia. 250k is by no means a long drive in terms… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 27, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: the two sides of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cost/day: $40 per person if visiting Angkor Wat. $20 if not. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? The various temples of the massive Angkor Complex, the hordes of tourists that descend upon them, and the mass of children selling trinkets at each entrance and exit. Describe a typical day: About half of our days were spent exploring the many temples of Angkor. On those days we would wake early to get out before the sun was too intense. We would spend the next several hours jockeying for position with other tourists in an attempt to get a picture or… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 6, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: flat tires and bumpy road adventures (while pregnant) in Costa Rica

Cost/day: $50/day What’s the strangest thing that's happened lately? We left the beach life in Nicaragua and are housesitting in the mountains of Costa Rica, above San Jose. I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant, but that doesn't stop us from taking a trip to the beach after we've been here a couple of weeks. You can see the ocean from our house in the mountains of Costa Rica, but it appears deceptively close. What we think will be a short drive to enjoy the sun and waves, turns into a 2 hour bumpy, off-road adventure and a flat tire. I hope… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | July 9, 2014
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports