Author Archives: timannehall

About timannehall

We sold almost all of our belongings and left our home in Nova Scotia in April 2016 to experience as much of the world as we can. By house sitting and travelling slowly we plan to maintain a nomadic lifestyle for as long as we are able to. We have no particular destination and will make our home wherever we happen to be.

A Glimpse of Carara National Park

Costa Rica is a world leader in conservation with over 25 percent of its land mass under various levels of protection. Their system of National Parks encompasses a broad variety of ecosystems across the entire country. We have visited several and … Continue reading

Posted in Central America | Tagged , | 3 Comments

A Backyard Snapshot: Playa Matapalo

From time to time we find ourselves in a location with limited internet access. That is the case in our current house sit in Playa Matapalo. We wanted to keep our blog as up to date as possible so we … Continue reading

Posted in Central America, Costa Rica, House Sitting | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

A Decade of Changes in our Visits to Costa Rica

Our current stay in Costa Rica has given us the the time to consider the stark contrast with our first visit here in 2007. The changes in our lives over that time have made us look at travel quite differently. We had booked … Continue reading

Posted in Central America, Slow Travel | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

A Brief Introduction to Quito

As our recent visit to the Amazon Basin took us through Quito we decided to take an extended layover and spent two nights in the Ecuadorian capital. It sits at an altitude of 9350 feet on the slope of the active … Continue reading

Posted in South America | Tagged | 6 Comments

Our First Travel Fail: Yellow Fever Requirements for Costa Rica

We are both planners by nature and we might be accused of over-planning and not leaving enough to chance. However on our most recent trip from Ecuador to Costa Rica we were caught by surprise and forced into a week … Continue reading

Posted in Central America, South America, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

The Amazon Basin Part 2: Making the Most of the Experience

A small lodge provides you with a unique opportunity to experience the rainforest in as natural a setting as possible while still maintaining comfort and safety for its guests. Falling asleep and waking to the sounds of the jungle, the insects, the … Continue reading

Posted in South America | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

The Amazon Basin Part 1: Planning and the Journey

The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest by far, and the Amazon Basin covers over 6.9 million square kilometers and forms parts of eight countries including Ecuador. In addition to its critical role in the generation of water and carbon storage it … Continue reading

Posted in South America, Travel Tips | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Living Life Slowly on the Ecuadorian Coast

We had planned to write about our amazing trip to the Amazon next, but before we leave Ecuador we wanted to share a little more about our version of slow travel. Our experience here in Ballenita has shown us more of the … Continue reading

Posted in South America | Tagged , | 14 Comments

Slip Sliding Away in Machalilla National Park

During our recent trip to Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, we signed up for a rainforest hike / horseback ride with Palo Santo travel. We had been to Isla de la Plata with the same company the day before so we were pretty … Continue reading

Posted in South America | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Isla de la Plata: The Poor Man’s Galapagos

One of the (many) questions we asked ourselves when we decided to spend some time in Ecuador was could we afford to visit the Galapagos Islands? Along with the Amazon and Machu Picchu they are near the top of our “must-try-to-experience” … Continue reading

Posted in South America | Tagged , , | 4 Comments