The Trip that Started it All: Dominical, Costa Rica

I planned a trip to Domincal, Costa Rica, one year ago. When I planned this girls-only family vacation, I had no idea that it would spiral into an around-the-world trip. I found a luxurious rainforest airbnb rental house, booked it for a week and a half, and called it good.


A few weeks after booking the house, I talked to my sister Breanna about maybe going to Nicaragua for a bit before Costa Rica. I wanted to visit some surrounding countries and figured to do it at the same time, since I would be there anyway.


We added Nicaragua to the list, then I added a trip to Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; soon it spiraled into adding Australia, Indonesia, SE Asia, Europe, India, and most of South America.


This trip has been so exciting and monumental for me. I will be forever grateful for this time I’ve been able to spend with my family before I travel solo for years to come. We’ve spent days in the pool, laughing, dancing, and singing; hours driving down sketchy roads in our four-wheel drive rental car; moments capturing pictures of monkeys, sloths, ant eaters, and each other. We had so much fun together and I’m so happy that we got to spend this time together.

group pic ma park CR

I have captured some great video footage and have some very exciting posts planned – stay tuned!




  1. Roma Klemmer Lamey
    March 12, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Wow Amanda you are writing as you travel. Love following you and really nice seeing your adventures.

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