#12 Travel Hacking Central America: Costa Rica and Panama

By Jonathan Roseland

Suntanned and fresh back in the states, Jonathan shares travel hacks and tips for getting the most out of a trip to Central America in this episode.

Woody shares several travel resources that may just save your trip from disaster. We discuss making friends and going on a "technology cleanse" while traveling.

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In this episode we discuss...
  • How to get free room and board abroad.
  • Why central and south America are a great choice for a vagabonding or extended travel expedition.
  • Spanish language learning hacks.
  • Maximizing your social life while traveling.
  • What major central American city to avoid.
  • A fun way to flirt with foreigners and learn vocabulary at the same time.
  • What to eat while traveling to stay healthy.
  • How to handle exchanging your money into the local currency.
  • Why you don't want to rent a vehicle.
  • Having a more genuine experience by doing a technology cleanse while traveling.
  • What a hostel is and why you would want to stay at one.

Spanish phrases

  • Tengo un pregunta - I have a question
  • Evite la cruda(goma in Panama) permanezca borracho - Costa Rican 'proverb' meaning: Avoid a hangover, stay drunk.
  • Esposas - In Spanish the word for wife is esposa, wives is esposas, but what's humorous is that esposas is also handcuffs.
  • Joke about holes in the street: Hice una broma sobre este ciudad. ¿Quieres oírlo? ¿Sabes cómo hay huecos en las calles y aceras? ¿Sabes que la ciudad realmente instalados esos huecos? Se instaló para prevenir alcolholismo, porque si tomas a la cantidad que va a caer en ellos, pero si sólo bebe un poco de que va a caminar alrededor de ellas.

Resources mentioned

Bella Vista Lodge in Dominical, Costa Rica
Castle Luna's Hostel in Casco Viejo, Panama City (Top rated hostel in Central America)
Hostelbookers.com and Hostelworld.com
Speedtest.net App for iPhone and Android
Numbeo.com - This website ranks and provides a vast amount of statistical data on hundreds of cities, worldwide. Want to compare the average cost of a draft beer in cities? Want to avoid a high crime or highly polluted city? Numbeo is the free tool for you!
Discover Spanish - A free podcast that teaches you Spanish.
Related article: Life Hacks and Musings from My First Vagabonding Trip: Central America


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