Travel with respect to our planet and its people.

Expert tips for budget travel, adventure travel and [real] eco-tourism all in one place!  

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Annalisa standing on a dock in Caye Caulker, Belize. Photo by Easen PeBenito.

Hey there, I’m Annalisa!

Being able to see the world and how other people live is a passion of mine. Like a bumble bee, my mission is to explore the planet and return home to pollinate my community with learned ideas, cultures, languages, foods and traditions that I experience from my travels –all with a humble respect to locals, native habitats, animals and the environment. I feed this passion of mine by making travel a part of my lifestyle -and you can too! Read on below to find out how I can help you plan your next adventure.

Expert tips for budget travel

This is a budget travel blog where I’ll share my expert tips and helpful information about destinations and adventures that I’ve personally planned and experienced. I love to go on extended hiking trips as well as cheap travel (backpacking) outside of the U.S. I’ve booked dozens of flights for well under regular price, and redeemed over $1,500 in free flights from travel credit cards.

Bella's Backpackers Hostel in San Ignacio, Belize.
3 friends hug the cliffs on the narrow Kalalau trail in Kauai.

First-hand tips for adventure travel

Hiking, backpacking, snorkeling, ziplining, volcano touring, sea turtle encounters -I’ve done it all! I’ve traveled to 14 countries in 7 years and thus have had my fair share of mis-adventures that I hope to spare you from experiencing. I decided to start this blog after finding that I still had a lot of unanswered questions about the adventures I was seeking information for -and found answers the hard way! This blog will provide you with detailed information while still preserving the magic of discovery for when you actually get to your destination!

Guidance for real Eco-tourism

It can be difficult to navigate the wide array of choices for accommodation, tours and cuisine while traveling. As a tourist, I’m sure you would prefer that the money you spend during your trip is actually benefiting the people who live in the communities that you are visiting! This is especially challenging when there is often not a universal standard for eco-tourism. I will provide you with guidance on how you can make your visit a positive one for your hosts by practicing sustainable tourism.

View of the ocean from a beach house in Poneloya, Nicaragua.

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