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Staff Stories

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

March 22, 2018

The landscape is etched in shades of forest green and everywhere you turn, you are surrounded by rolling hills or mountains, remnants of volcanoes past jutting up from the rugged terrain. You can barely take a step without hearing the chirping of birds or the sounds of...

March 21, 2018

As seemingly the most introverted homebody that has ever lived, I never would have thought that I would feel so comfortable in a different country.

A few months ago, I would have quickly rejected days filled with outdoor adventures and meeting new people. Ordering takeo...

March 19, 2018

Through the first six days that I’ve been here, I’ve gotten up at 3:30 a.m. to be rained on in a rainforest, I’ve hiked to an active volcano, I’ve seen way more birds than I’ve ever thought possible, I’ve eaten delicious food, I’ve seen bananas–tons of bananas–and I’ve...

March 19, 2018

After a long, four-hour bus ride, I had the pleasure of spending my afternoon with one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. Michael Gutierrez, one of the co-owners of Tortuga Surf Camp, drove us along the beach, sharing life lessons, Costa Rican history and tu...

March 19, 2018

Zip lining above the treetops of the cloud forest is something I will never forget. The adrenaline rush mixed with the incredible views made for a special Costa Rican experience.

The adrenaline junkie side of me was not revealed until I was around 15 years old. Before t...

March 19, 2018

As of 24 hours ago, I had no plans in Costa Rica for today.

Yet, here I rest, wrapped in the mist Monteverde’s cloud forest, reflecting on one of the busiest and most clarifying days of my life.

I awoke in one of the most peaceful locations on earth, with a gentle breeze...

March 14, 2018

Which came first—the animal or the deadly sin?

I ask this question to the group on our way to a sloth forest just outside of Arenal. We pull into the parking lot to find over a dozen people gathered around staring into a tree. People walking by stop to gawk, and cars sl...

March 13, 2018

Travel is not about being comfortable. This lesson is best learned early and best learned well. We do not travel to experience what it is like to be home. Wouldn’t we just stay at home?

Traveling is about trying the weird fruit, walking the extra mile and going without...

March 12, 2018

Nothing has ever felt as good as stepping into a post-hike hot tub. The warm water caressed my skin lovingly as the tension in my body melted away. I love spas. Anything involving hot water and sitting still is excellent in my book.

Six members of the Vida team went on...

March 11, 2018

Before I left on this trip, I started watching a Netflix series called “Ugly Delicious.” In the first episode, two men in the show went to Italy to eat Neapolitan-style pizza.

“Man,” I thought to myself. “How lucky are they to be able to travel to Naples, all in the nam...

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