Category: Central America

Experiencing the World as a Medical Student Volunteer

Experiencing the World as a Medical Student Volunteer
January 21, 2016

There are an immense amount of volunteer opportunities throughout the world. My friend Niki has participated in three rounds of volunteering. All as a medical student. All in third world countries. Brave? Yes. Adventurous? Yes. She’s got it going on. I met up with her on Roatan, a small island off the coast of Honduras. She was volunteering again at the medical clinic down the road from our hostel.     Let’s Chat Volunteering!   Where have you volunteered overseas? In what capacity? Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras. All […]


Visiting West Bay: How and Why

Visiting West Bay: How and Why
January 10, 2016

One day in March, I’m laying on my couch, sicker than a dog, thinking about what was I doing here. A flu bug was sweeping its way through the restaurant where I worked sending co-workers home in waves. That day it chose two other people and me. I am thankful for that flu bug. It is not something you hear people say often. Now, you may think I’m crazy, right? But hey, look where that flu bug prompted me to go. West Bay on Roatan!     That […]


Adventuring as Student Abroad in Costa Rica

Adventuring as Student Abroad in Costa Rica
December 10, 2015

Dreaming of sandy beaches in tropical Costa Rica but still stuck in college? Consider taking your adventurous self on a study abroad program such as my friend Taylor did. Studying abroad is a great way to fund your adventures while still earning your college degree. As Taylor points out below, you have many opportunities to explore not only your immediate area but all those surrounding your location. The experience is what you make of it. Dream big and live it!   Interested in other ways to travel abroad? […]


Go Diving in Roatan

Go Diving in Roatan
November 13, 2015

  “Hi, I’m Shaina. I’m the Welcoming Committee today!” That was how I met Shaina when I arrived at the hostel in Roatan. It was not her job. She was a guest as well but was helping out. Like many of the visitors to Roatan, Shaina is a diver and was there to get her certification. Let’s chat about diving! Roatan is considered the second dive capital of the world. Do you agree with this statement? Why? I whole-heartedly agree! There were so many dive spots and exotic […]


Review: Roatan Backpackers’ Hostel

Review: Roatan Backpackers’ Hostel
October 21, 2015

Roatan is one of the dive capitals of the world. People come from all over the world to dive, snorkel, volunteer and be a beach bum like myself. There are numerous places to stay on the island located off the coast of Honduras. For my month-long visit, I stayed at the Roatan Backpackers’ Hostel in Sandy Bay. It is located on the north side of the island heading towards the town of West End. The thing that makes this place the best hostel to stay is the camaraderie. […]


10 Places to Eat Some Damn Good Pizza

10 Places to Eat Some Damn Good Pizza
September 24, 2015

  Pizza is my thing! Ask me what I want to eat and I’ll usually respond with pizza or Italian food. Love it! I’m sure I have Italian genes somewhere. Right, Mom? When traveling, I will hunt down a pizzeria and hit it up at least once, if not more. This qualifies me as an expert, in my humble opinion.   Where to Go Pizza Hut – Everywhere Yeah I know, it’s a chain and lots of you will get turned off by this fact but damn, they […]


Costs of Roatan

Costs of Roatan
July 12, 2015

Vacationing on Roatan, a Honduran island in the Caribbean, is not as inexpensive as one would think. Yes, Honduras is considered a third world country which usually translates to a more inexpensive place to travel. However, the island is not. Everything has to be imported. Transportation costs inflate the prices a lot. Regardless of the cost, would I visit Roatan again? Absolutely Yes! I spent the month of April 2015 on Roatan. Here’s what I spent. Food At the grocery store, American brand food is readily available but at […]


Roatan Paya Bay Resort

Roatan Paya Bay Resort
July 7, 2015

Oh wow! Paya Bay Resort is out of this world. My stay at this fantastic resort was by accident. My friend and I were touring the east side of Roatan and happened upon the resort towards the end of our day. She begged and pleaded with me to stay and have a drink. I wanted to go home. I was tired and crabby after a day of sun, fun and driving on dirt roads. So glad she is persistent. Look what I would have missed out on.   […]


Photo Obsession: Roatan Hummingbirds

Photo Obsession: Roatan Hummingbirds
June 23, 2015

Hummingbirds are everywhere on the island of Roatan. They became the subject of another one of my photo obsessions along with flowers, lizards, sunsets and beaches. Like lizards, hummingbirds are really hard to capture on camera. Just when I had the right angle or closeup, the bird would fly away. occasionally, they would let me snap a few shots.        


Photo Obsession: Lizards

Photo Obsession: Lizards
May 28, 2015

When I was in Roatan, I realized I became obsessed with photographing certain things: flowers, sunsets, hummingbirds and lizards. There are so many varieties of lizards in Roatan. Like hummingbirds, they can be a little tricky to capture on film. Although lizards are numerous, it seemed whenever I would get my camera or cell out, they disappeared lickety-split. Here are a few that sat still long enough for me to capture a photo.    


Eating Roatan

Eating Roatan
May 21, 2015

The island of Roatan, Honduras offers a wide variety of eating adventures. You will not suffer for great tasting food. There are several restaurants in West End offering a range of food. If you’re feeling Thai, it’s available. Want some $1 tacos? You can find them. Have a craving for pizza? A couple of places offer it. Or maybe some steak? Try the Argentinian place. And of course, there are a several places to get your seafood fix. Splash Inn Splash was our go-to place for pasta and pizza […]



Random Roatan Information

Random Roatan Information
May 8, 2015

I find there are always random bits of information that you learn or wish you had learned about before an incident happens. Here are some of the things I’ve learned about Roatan: Banks   I always used Banco Atlantida’s ATM in Coxen Hole. The ATMs in West End and West Bay can be sketchy. I even tried the two ATMs next to the bank in the gas station right outside West End with no luck. Both ATMs said I had insufficient funds which caused me mild major panic until […]


Beaches of Roatan

Beaches of Roatan
April 23, 2015

On Roatan, most visitors only get to see the west side of the island. West Bay is the heavily touristy area with expensive resorts. West End is filled with locals and expats especially those that are in the dive industry. Then there is area of Sandy Bay which is where I stayed. Another hostel guest and myself really wanted to see the east side of the island and see more of the secluded beaches. After much debate, we decided to rent a car and take off with our […]


Roatan Transportation

Roatan Transportation
April 14, 2015

Taxis – taxis are not like taxis in the States. Here they are collectivo taxis which shocked the shit out of me the first time I road in one and the driver stopped to pick up other people. I was like WTF? But that is how it’s done here. Using a taxi still saves on traveling time as you can only pick up so many people in a car unlike a bus. Plus the route is more direct. Taxis are white with a yellow numbered sticker on the […]