Solo Travel Packages – Costa Rica, One of the Best Vacations for Singles

For solo vacation destinations, it is hard to beat Costa Rica. It has something for everyone and at an affordable price. If you choose as I did to go off-season, it is an even better buy considering the surcharges routinely added to solo travel packages making it hard to find well-priced luxury travel options for single travelers. These price drops come about quickly after the summer crowds head home so I took the opportunity to visit in September. Although it was still the rainy season, I don’t recall having to dust off my umbrella even once. Fall deals may also reflect smaller crowds where some tourists may avoid the entire Caribbean because of publicity about hurricanes. In actuality, Costa Rica is seldom impacted by direct hurricane hits and despite its size has several different climate zones. All in all, it was one of my very best solo travel destinations.

Hotels are abundant at a wide range of prices from global high-end chains to smaller locally-owned properties. TripAdvisor lists 120 hotels in 20 different locations within Costa Rica. A local site listed 61 hotels categorized as 5-star with nightly rates from a modest $113 soaring to $1240, providing virtually unlimited luxury travel options for single travelers. Seven of those 5-star hotels were in the $200-$299 range and although not inexpensive, they compare favorably with resort prices around the world.

Costa Rica is one of the best resorts for singles since it offers 4 different types of top vacations for those traveling alone: 1. historic and cultural travel packages that reflect both the Caribbean and Latin American heritage, 2. ecotourism or green travel packages, 3. adventure tour deals and 4. beach getaways not just for honeymooners.

I began my trip in the capital, San Jose, piecing together my own cultural travel package as I went along. The country’s Spanish colonial history began in the early 16th century when Christopher Columbus in his travels was credited with naming it Costa Rica. After its first Spanish settlers arrived in 1522, approximately 300 years followed before independence was achieved.

The city has a number of museums to explore, such as the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica. However, it was the Museo de Oro (Museum of Gold) that really intrigued me. Not only was it filled with gleaming gold artifacts, they represented the much earlier, pre-Columbian figures from before the arrival of the Spanish. (In addition, the adjacent gift shop sold copies of these unique items, perfect to take home as presents for friends and family.)

History scholars and architectural enthusiasts may be disappointed to find that most of the intact buildings in the capital only date back to the 1800’s rather than the colonial period. The impressive Metropolitan Cathedral of San José was built in the late 19th century replacing the original structure destroyed by an earthquake. Newer, but regarded as San Jose’s finest historic building, is the National Theatre of Costa Rica, also dating only from the end of the 19th century. Now celebrating its 117th anniversary this year, it is known for its ornate interior of pink marble and gilt but also houses an elegant Viennese-style coffee shop. Out front two imposing statues, Ludwig van Beethoven and the 17th century Spanish playwright, Calderón de La Barca, keep a watchful eye on 21st century visitors as they enter.

After leaving San Jose and going into the countryside, it is easy to see that Costa Rica is one of the top worldwide ecotourism destinations which provides affordable trips for single travelers. The rainforest, parks and wildlife sanctuaries constitute 25% of the country. Although small in square miles, Costa Rica has some of the richest biodiversity in the world. In keeping with its green focus, the government has undertaken a program over time to voluntarily achieve 2007 carbon neutrality. The highly photogenic Red-eyed Tree Frog is most typically depicted to represent Costa Rican wildlife. As I found, you don’t have to go very far to see colorful examples. From my hotel patio, I was joined for breakfast each morning by a low-flying hummingbird, one of 26 local species. The rainforest, with its 3-4 distinct levels, provides an opportunity to see sloths lounging in the trees and screeching monkeys atop the canopy; however, the dense growth can make it difficult to spot them.

A third option exists for single travelers looking to pick up the tempo. Beyond placid bird watching and snapping photos of wildlife, Costa Rica offers abundant opportunities for adventure vacations for singles from zip lining high above the treetops or rappelling down waterfalls at LaFortuna/Arenal. Six to seven rivers have whitewater rafting while both coasts offer snorkeling and scuba diving. Although the Arenal Volcano no longer draws evening crowds after its nightly eruptions ended in 2010, six major volcanoes remain for trekking. The resulting hot springs are still an ideal venue for “Happy Hour” watching the sun set. Not being prepared, I was glad to see that the gift shop sold attractive bathing suits in bright tropical colors although a little short on fabric!

Lastly, no trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting the almost 300 beaches from the Pacific Coast on the west and the more tranquil Caribbean on the east. I recommend trying out both sides.

For me having my local home base in San Jose in the Central Valley was ideal since it was an easy day trip to the rainforest but with the beaches and boating still in easy reach. The quality and prices were definitely quite good even for solo travelers. If you can’t decide whether you want to go to the Caribbean or to Latin America, Costa Rica gives you “2-for-the-price-of-1” rather than as single travelers often find “1-for-the-price-of-2”! Whether you are looking for boomer travel or a millennial adventure, go ahead and add Costa Rica to your bucket list.

10 Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles which is famous for being rich in cultural values is a financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It is also the second most populous city in America, here are the things to do if you find yourself in the fascinating City Los Angeles

1 Venice beach:

Have you ever seen the reality of the imaginative word “busy”? If no! Venice beach is a place for you to try out as a tourist, the beach is a captivating mix of nature that attracts thousands of visitors daily from around the world. It features water activities like surfing and swimming, it is also a good spot to have your lunchtime enjoying the soft sea breeze.

2 Hollywood walk of fame:

It is the perfect place to take a stroll with your family as you walk under the cool air breeze with a good sightseeing of public statue, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others who has achieved in the entertainment industry.

3 Getty center:

One of the compartment of the famous Getty villa is the Getty Museum, the museum houses a vast collection of architectural works of art and artefacts. It is the perfect place for a good check out of several paintings by Rubens including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh as a tourist.

4 Museum of Jurassic Technology:

The museum’s collection includes a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic, as well as some unexplained exhibits, it is an abode of intriguing combination of fact and fictional works. It is certainly a worthwhile place to have fun with your family when you are on a vacation.

5 Griffith Observatory:

The Griffith Observatory situated in Griffith Park is a free astronomy museum which offers tourists a free glimpse of what it looks like in the outer space using the giant super Zeiss telescope. It also features a wide view of the serene Los Angeles environment and some scientific works.

6 Disneyland park:

It is one of the two theme parks owned by Disney resort, it is a location your children need to try out and relax after a long school work activities. It is a dream come true playground of any kid with equipped features such as the ferry wheel, carousel and the merry-go-round.

7 Hollywood Sign:

Talking of the American cultural icon and landmark which is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Hollywood sign is best viewed from below peeking up for a best view by tourists on how the signs are artistically erected on the contour of the mountain.

8 California Science Centre:

Next to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California is the California science center. The exposition park opens daily except on national holidays, it is an enthralling environment for kids, adults with school groups and researchers across the globe flooding the building every minute.

9 Rodeo drive:

Rodeo Drive’s incomparable shopping catalogues has been protecting their status as one of the most famous destination in Los Angeles. With over 100 boutiques offering the best in fashion apparel, handbags, shoes, home accessories, jewelry and more; tourists can find almost anything within these three famed blocks. It also features spas and eateries for a nice lunchtime and dinner.

10 Grauman’s Chinese Theatre:

It features not less than 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs on the concrete of the theatre’s forecourt. Also the Chinese Theatre has always been a top notch because of its grandeur and décor. It is of no doubt a worthwhile destination for tourists to be when visiting Los Angeles.

How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Myanmar

As awesome and exotic Myanmar is to travel to, just like with any unfamiliar place whether down the street, across your town, state or even across the globe, it pays to stay safe. Staying safe doesn’t mean that you’re traveling to an unsafe place but it means that you conduct yourself in such a way that you maximize your personal security and safety regardless of where you go. This is true when traveling to Rome, Italy or London, England or in this case Myanmar. Keep the following tips in mind so you enjoy the exotic charms of Myanmar without getting your expectations dashed or coming home with a bad taste in your mouth about this Southeast Asian hidden travel gem.

Venture Out With a Tour Group

When going traveling, whether checking out Bagan, exploring the exotic temples of Yangon or taking in the precolonial splendor and grandeur of Mandalay, you need to travel with a group of people preferably with your tour group along with your tour guides. Usually, regardless of where you’re traveling, whether that’s in Europe, America or Asia, when you’re in a tour group, you are less susceptible to crime or other hazards because there’s security in numbers. Moreover, since all of you are traveling together in a group you’re more likely to look out for each other.

Travel During Daytime Hours

Most crimes occur during nighttime hours, that’s why it’s crucial that you arrange all your activities to be during daytime hours when traveling in Myanmar. Ideally, you should travel why it’s cool. Just like any tropical Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar can really hot and humid especially around noon time. It’s a good idea to gather and get the group together at the break of dawn, head out and check out the sites, hit the local restaurants and enjoy yourselves before noon time. This way, it’s still relatively cool and you enjoy the security of being out in broad daylight.

Focus on Common Tourist Spots When Traveling in Myanmar

By basing your travel itinerary on locations that are geared towards travelers, you gain an added measure of security because these places already expect tourists and made provisions for your safety and security. Compare this with traveling to a spot that is quite remote and is unfamiliar to tourists and travelers. In that particular situation, you might just be opening yourself up to all sorts of hazards and security issues. It’s much better to focus on common tourist spots but at the same time truly enjoying the local attractions. This means you don’t have to visit tourist traps but you can still enjoy a truly fulfilling and satisfying exotic travel experience.

Nothing spoils a trip worse than security and safety issues. Maximize your enjoyment of Myanmar by following the basic tips above. These tips aren’t rocket science but they’re pretty much common sense. Unfortunately, in the rush to explore, appreciate and enjoy such an exotic travel treasure like Myanmar, common sense can sometimes be quite uncommon. Keep these tips in mind to truly enjoy a memorable Myanmar travel experience.