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Staff Stories

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

April 20, 2018

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, San José Aeropuerto, Costa Rica

TripAdvisor: 4 Stars (740 reviews)

Duration of Stay: March 7 – March 8

Wi-Fi: Average*

Breakfast: Yes

Notes: This hotel is close to the airport and right off one of the main roads. It was about an eight-min...

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 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...

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...

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