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Staff Stories

Hear from the staff members as they journey from Alabama to Costa Rica and back again. 

March 6, 2018

I’ve never been abroad before, and until recently I didn't think much of it. I mean, I always knew I wanted to travel and see the world, but I thought it was just one of those things you did when you were older.

I grew up with the belief that traveling had to be expensi...

March 5, 2018

In just over six months, Sanchez has swum over 1,000 miles in the Caribbean Sea. She began her journey at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, and she can now be found exploring the remote Miskito Cays of Nicaragua.

Who is Sanchez? She is the green sea turtle I adopted from The Sea...

February 28, 2018

If you’re hoping to completely delve into a country’s culture, there’s no avoiding the artistry behind its cuisine. Whether you’re brave enough to sample one of Mexico’s tequila worms or a half-dozen Southeast Asian frog legs, it’s safe to assume just about every count...

February 28, 2018

I am not a journalism major, I’m an art major. The only connection I have had to media thus far is working for the Crimson White and Tuscaloosa News. Both of those publications are newspapers. Before I started VIDA, I wouldn’t have really thought that the production of...

February 20, 2018

I know how to avoid bugs in the temperate forests of Chilton County, Alabama. I learned the technique while taking hikes through the forest as a kid. All you have to do is walk through a sweet-smelling, sticky mist of Off bug spray and then watch out for snakes.

But avo...

February 9, 2018

No matter how many vacations I have planned or road trips I’ve spearheaded, whenever a new adventure comes along, I am faced with the fact that I have anxiety.

The thought of planning a week’s worth of activities is enough to make my heart race even today, four weeks fr...

February 3, 2018

Reality hit when I realized our trip to Costa Rica is only a month and a week away. Reality also hit when I had to loosen my belt one more loop to accommodate the excess and gluttony I had consumed even since the end of the holidays. The thought of my beach bod surfing...

January 29, 2018

Buying plane tickets is possibly the most stressful part of planning any journey. It’s like gambling, but without any of the fun or flashing lights.

How do you know which airline to pick? What if prices go down after you buy? Worse, what if they go up because you waited...

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