Costa Rice 🇨🇷

Below list from Anni’s friend:

Developed Beaches:
Tamarindo (good for surf)
Flamingo
Conchal
Playa Hermosa (Guanacaste)

Less developed beaches (my fave):
Manuel Antonio National Park
Dominical (good for surf)
Bahia ballena
Santa Teresa (good for surf)
Montezuma: there’s a great hike up the river to a waterfall

Caribbean beaches (AMAZING):
Puerto viejo
Manzanillo
Cocles

Arenal hot springs (an active volcano with nice spas and relaxing hot springs)
Tabacon Hotel has the most natural hot springs.
Springs resort is one of the best hotels in the world

Monteverde: a cloud forest. You can zip line, rent ATVs, be in nature

Food:
Gallo Pinto (rice and beans CRicans have for bfast)
Casado (a lunch dish with rice, beans, salad, meat, sweet plantains)
Chrifrijo (the most tipical dish. if you like chipotle, u will def like this)
Churchill: ‘snow cone’ with condensed milk, powdered milk, and ice cream. Usually get it at the beach only
Tamales: CR tamales are better than Mexican tamales

Patagonia Park 🇦🇷🇨🇱

🗓 April

Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina 🇦🇷)

  • Fitz Roy massif at its northern end (mountain)

  • Lago Argentino to the south (glacier)

  • Perito Moreno (glacier)

Torres del Paine National Park (Chile 🇨🇱)

  • GENERAL CARRERA LAKE

  • GREY LAKE (glacier)

  • PEHOÉ LAKE

15 Hours in Iceland

Kevin's itinerary for a 15 hour layover in Iceland! September 2017


Rent Car: Northbound.is (~7 minutes from KEF)

  • $113 USD

  • Automatic

  • Nissan Micra Automatic

  • Unlimited miles

  • Airport pickup and drop-off

  • Get a GPS or pocket wi-fi (additional cost)

Skip Blue Lagoon - timing doesn't work out anyways

Reykjavik (~45 minutes from Northbound.is)

  1. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

    • Hot dogs for breakfast!

    • Saturday hours: 10:00 am - 04:30 am

  2. Harpa

    • It's too early to go inside. The building looks nice outside though

    • Is a good place to stay warm and hang out when they do open

  3. Sólfarið

    • Popular famous sculpture outside by the water

  4. Perlan

  5. Nauthólsvík

    • Free hot spring/beach

  6. Ellidaardalur

    1. Park with river and small waterfalls within the city

Head to the Golden Circle

  1. Thingvellir National Park (~45 minutes from Reykjavik)

    • Öxarárfoss Waterfall

    • Flosagjá fissure (throw a coin and make a wish; clear water between N. America and Europe's plates)

    • Almannagja (UNESCO; valley)

  2. Laugarvatn Fontana (lagoon if you want to try this one)

    • 10:00 AM

    • 4200 ISK

  3. Efstidalur II (~40 minutes from Thingvellir)

    • 11:30 AM; 10:00 AM for ice cream

    • Apparently the food is good here

  4. Bruarfoss Waterfall (~10 minutes from Efstidalur II)

  5. Strokkur geyser (~17 minutes from Efstidalur II)

  6. Gullfoss (~10 minutes from Strokkur)

  7. Faxi (~20 minutes from Gullfoss)

  8. Secret Lagoon (~15 minutes from Faxi)

    • 10:00 AM

    • 2800 ISK

  9. Kerið Crater (~30 minutes from Secret Lagoon)

  10. Selfoss (~15 minutes from Kerið)

Back to Reykjavik

  1. Islenski Barinn for reindeer burger

    • Saturday hours: 11:30 AM - 3:00 AM [ BUT ]

    • Kitchen hours: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

  2. Hallgrimskirkja (church)

    • Hours: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    • ~$9 USD

    • Kind of like the city hall of Reykjavik

    • Still too early to go inside

  3. Kolaportið

    • Flea market

    • 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

  4. Passion Reykjavik

    • Bakery/cafe with sandwiches

Shop & explore some more

Arrive: 12:05 AM
Sunrise/sunset: ~04:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Links to Cool Stuff

Indonesia 🇮🇩

 🎍 Bali can be our initial base cause everyone wants to go to Bali 😛 then we can split and do our own thing or form mini groups based on what people want to do ✌️

Here's just my list of interest and helpful info. Let me know your thoughts and places and I'll update! 🤓 

Places

Bali

  • Seminyak - most developed

  • Jimbaran - sunset on the beach and seafood gr

  • Tegenungang - famous waterfall

  • Padang Bulia - lesser known amazing waterfall

  • Ubud - monkey jungle?

  • Uluwatu - more quiet

  • Nusa Penida - dinosaur hike (Kelingking), have a driver

Gili Islands (off of Lombok) - No cars, just peddle bikes. More expensive

  • Mawi Beach

Komodo Island

Java

  • Yogyakarta

Skip 🙅

  • Kuta - too many people, most Westernized

  • Selong beach - crowded

  • Jakarta - big city, don't care


Missions

  • Unicorn in our own villa pool 🦄

  • Meet up with Chi-e!? 👯

  • Jump off some cliffs 🐳

Know/Do

  • 2 blank pages in passport required if 30+ days 🛂

  • Shots? 💉

  • Lo has Marriott discount 🏢

  • Have to pay to get on a lot of the beaches on Lombok 💰

  • Lizards and bugs everywhere 🐛

  • Sarong to cover up in holy places 👗

  • Post trip song: LVNDSCAPE - Dive With Me 🎶📽

☀️ April - November is dry season || ✈️ Right after EDC

Airports 🚀

  • Denpasar International Airport (DPS) aka Ngurah Rai International Airport - Bali

  • Lombok (LOP) - Gili Islands

  • Labuan Bajo (LBJ) - Komodo Island

Helpful Links 🖱️

Vancouver

  • Compass pass for train
  • Take Sky Train to downtown
  • They don’t have Uber
  • Seabus to north Vancouver

Places

  • Stanly Front Seawall
  • Granville Island - public market (like the place in San Fran) 
  • Lynn Villegas - Lynn canon (cliff jump, suspension bridge, hike) 🌊 “freezing cold water, 30 ft pool”
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Movie studio tour

One Day in Seoul

Korea Transit Tour

  • Incheon International Airport → Gyeongbokgung Palace → Insa-dong → Incheon International Airport
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace was completed in 1395and the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung Palace was built about 25 years earlier than the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The palace was burned down in 1592 during a Japanese invasion but was restored in 1867 during the reign of King Gojong.

    Insa-dong is a popular neighborhood located at Jongno, Seoul and is home to antique ships, folk art galleries and small shops selling traditional goods.


City Areas

  • Myungdong area (street food, shopping)

Terminal 2 - BEFORE security

  • Observation deck (calm dark tunnel, interactive play area)
  • Free shuttle bus at gate 5 to go to terminal 1 (about 20 minutes)

Chicago

Hi Mikey! 🙋

Get to The Bean a little after sunrise if you want to see pictures with the bean without too many other people in there.

Do the architecture boat tour. I didn't because I normally don't like doing tours but my cousin did it and said it was really enjoyable. Try to do it during sunset so you can see the build details during the day and see them all light up at night.

Same with the Skydeck. We went right before sunset and just stayed up there until the sunset so we could see all the lights. People have also mentioned to skip the Skydeck and go to the bar above the Skydeck.

Yolk is a breakfast place near the aquarium that Thuy and I really enjoyed.

You won't need a car unless you plan to get out of the city. We mostly walked everywhere. Also used Uber/Lyft. Looking for parking would also be a pain.

Thuy and I went down by the water every morning for the sunrise. It was really nice. Lots of runners. I would recommend doing that for a morning if you guys are morning people. I think the water was Lake Michigan.

Below are the list of places we ate at and went to. There is also a list of places I wrote down that my Uber driver told me about but I didn't get to.

Let me know if you have specific questions! Have fun!!

Do/See

  • Architecture boat tour
  • Grant Park
  • Millennium Park - The Bean
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Navy Pier
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Marina Tower
  • Palmer house
  • Skydeck
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Field Museum

Eats

  • Yolk
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
  • Glazed and Infused
  • Lou Malnati
  • Giordano's
  • Portillo's
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Notes from locals

  • River North area - for dancing and bars
  • Rush Street - bar strip
  • Wicker Park - hipsters
  • Randolph street
  • Boystown - good eats
  • Green Bill - capob old park

Vietnam! 🇻🇳

Loose Itinerary

  • Meet Thuy in Da Nang

  • Day in Da Nang: Golden Bridge (hand), Ba Na Hills cable car & French castle, Chùa Linh Ứng (giant lady buddha and view)

  • Bach Ma National Park

  • ❗Look for a private car for tomorrow

  • Night in Da Nang (Wed) 😴 (Dragon bridge, Han River bridge - lights up at night)

  • My Son, Marble Mountain, Hoi An, basket boat, floating lanterns

  • Night in Hoi An (Thurs) 😴

  • Wing it a bit

  • Hue (Ngo Mon gate, Imperial City)

  • ❓ (Fri) 😴

  • Wing it some more

  • Fly to Da Nang

  • ❓ (Sat) 😴

  • Meet Lolo Sunday

  • Meet Fu, his mom, Steph Sunday night

  • Drop stuff off at Airbnb

  • Night train to Sapa (Sun) 😴

  • Sapa for a day

  • Night in Sapa (Mon) 😴

  • More of Sapa/surrounding area

  • Night train back to Hanoi (Tues) 😴

  • Pick up stuff from Airbnb

  • Hanoi to Ha Long Bay shuttle

  • Ha Long Bay cruise for 2 nights (Wed, Thurs) 😴

  • Back to Hanoi (Fri) 😴

  • Spend a day/peace out ✌️

Short Sapa Option

  • Night train to Sapa (Sun) 😴

  • Sapa for the day

  • Night train back to Hanoi (Mon) 😴

  • Hanoi for the day

  • Night in Hanoi (Tues) 😴

  • Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

  • Ha Long Bay cruise for 2 nights (Wed, Thurs) 😴

  • Back to Hanoi (Fri) 😴


Sapa Things

  • How to get from/to train station (will be 6 AM/9 PM ish)

  • Sunrise spots 🌄

  • Where to sleep

  • Sapa town/market

  • Love Waterfall (can go swimming!)

  • Ta Phin Village 🤔

  • Lao Chai

  • Cat Cat Village

Sapa Train: https://vietnamrailwaycorp.com/sapa/search

  • Sapaly Express

  • Chapa Express

  • Fanxipan Express

Sapa Tour Options

  1. Sapa Tour with Pham


Central

  • Hoi An (pretty at night, 20 minute boat tour with floating lanterns, basket boats, banh chuoi Thai - banana pancake)

  • Da Nang (hand bridge)

  • Ba Na Hills (longest nonstop single cable car, French castle, Linh Chua Linh Tu temple)

  • Bach Ma National Park**

  • Phong Nha National Park**

  • Nearest urban area: Dong Hoi

  • My Son Ancient Cham City (temple) (3 hours from Da Nang)

  • Hue (Ngo Mon gate)

North

  • Hanoi (train street)

  • Sapa (mountains, rice patties)

  • Lao Chai, Cat Cat, and Ta Phin village (handmade stuff! - just outside Sapa)

  • Ha Long Bay 😍 (I'll bring you the unicorn, Fu 🦄)

  • Bai Tu Long Bay (more private than Ha Long. Only Indochina Junk, Dragon’s Pearl boat can archor there so it's private)

  • Ninh Binh (Tràng an scenic landscape complex; Mua Caves)

  • Moc Chau (really green)

Super super north but oh so pretty Vietnam

  • Ban Gioc Waterfall

  • Cao Bang (cascading waterfalls)

  • Ha Giang (need a permit for certain parts ❗)


Airport Options 🚀

  • Hanoi

  • Da Nang

Missions 😼

  • 🏍️ Rent motorcycles/scooters/mopeds

  • 🐋 Sneak into a fancy hotel pool

  • 🌊 Jump off the boat

  • 🐠 Hoi An basket boats

  • ⛵ Floating lanterns

Food Missions

Hoi An

  • Cao lau

  • Coconut dessert

Hanoi

  • Egg coffee

  • Breakfast on skillet with pate

Things to note

  • Vinasun Taxi (starts at $8 VND flat rate)

  • Grab app

Links 🖱️



(counting bail money for Fu's 🙅👖 fund)

A Week in Banff National Park (Alberta 🇨🇦)

Depart: July 28th
Return: Aug 3rd

Helpful Links

Things to Know

  • Park pass is required for each day at the park

Itinerary

  • Chephren Pass*

    • 4.8 miles // 790 feet

  • Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass to Mt. Temple summit

    • 6.5 miles // 2509 feet

  • Moraine Lake (start of ^ hike)*

  • Lake Agnes*

    • 4.7 miles // 1420 feet

  • Plain of Six Glaciers*

    • 8.6 miles // 1925 feet

  • Lake O'Hara to Abbott Pass Hut (boys)

  • Lefroy or Victoria (boys)

  • Helen Lake to Cirque Peak Summit

    • 10 miles // 3704 feet

    • Go super early

    • Wear lots of layers

  • Mt. Rundle

  • Bow Glacier Falls

    • 5.4 miles // 872 feet

  • Peyto Lake (Lori recommended)


Last Day Near Calgary

  • Maybe visit Drumheller last day

    • 1.5 hr drive from airport

    • Dinosaur park

  • New Science Centre

    • interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, and educational demonstrations

Ryan & Thu's Honeymoon: 2W Thailand, 2W Philippines

🖱️Helpful Links

✈️ Flights

  1. Philly > Bangkok
  2. Bangkok > Chiang Mai
  3. Chiang Mai > Manila
  4. Manila > Palawan
  5. Palawan > Cebu
  6. Cebu > Philly

🇹🇭Things/Places

  • Bangkok
  • Chang Mai
  • Temples
  • Food Markets

Khao Sok Lake (super south of Bangkok)

  • Bungalows!

Bangkok

  • Floating market - eh
  • Erawan Falls
    • 08:00 - 16:30 daily
  • Phartat Cave
  • Huai Mae Khamin Falls

Ayutthaya (อยุธยา)

About an hour drive from Bangkok

  • Wat Chaiwatthanaram Temple

Sukhothai Historical Park

  • 06:00 - 18:00 daily
  • $$ admission

Chang Mai

  • Dragonfly Zipline
  • Jungle trek
  • Bua Tong Waterfall aka Sticky Waterfall
  • Wat Chaloem (top of mountain)
  • Chiang Rai (bone temple) // 2 hours
  • Doi Inthanon National Park // 1 hour
  • Wat Doi