Tag Archives: Slow Travel

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

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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

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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

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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

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Puerto Lopez: A Visit to an Ecuadorian Beach Town

About 100 kms north of Ballenita sits the beach town of Puerto Lopez. With a population of about 20,000 its main industries are fishing and tourism. It is also the gateway to Machalilla National Park which includes Isla de la Plata or … Continue reading

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Slow Travel in Retirement: First Year Reflections and Looking Ahead

We will look back at 2016 as a year of change and new beginnings. We have both been through some major changes in our lives, some good and some that were pretty tumultuous. In many ways however the leap that … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Algarve – Lagos in November

The Algarve region of Portugal is a very popular summer tourist destination, mainly for Europeans. We arrived in mid-November after most of the thousands of tourists had returned to their working lives, however there is a year round population of … Continue reading

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Loving Life in Lisbon: Where did Five Weeks Go?

Five weeks can seem like an eternity or it can fly past in a blink of an eye. For us, it seems like yesterday when we arrived at the Santa Apalonia station in Lisbon and yet we felt very comfortable … Continue reading

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London to Lisbon by Train – Well Worth the Effort

In today’s world generally when people think of long distance travel airlines are usually the answer. In fact in most cases air travel is the simplest and quickest way of getting from Point A to Point B. However there are … Continue reading

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Making it Work for Us

The ideal retirement is of course different for everyone. Whether  it is the chance to write full-time, travel, just chill out, dedicate yourself to community service or spend more time with your family, the options are as varied as the range … Continue reading

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