My husband and I like to do different things when we travel. Sometimes we travel together and sometimes we travel apart. Costa Rica was a great place for us to travel together since there was so much to do that both of us enjoy. He was able to go scuba diving in the morning and be back in time for us to have a late lunch together. I was not yet very comfortable driving or taking a taxi alone for long distances, so I booked half-day trips with the hotel (this trip was in 2005). I enjoyed a boat ride near the rainforest and saw monkeys, crocodiles, and hundreds of birds and enjoyed a wonderful beach-side massage. We decided to spend one full day together and weighed our options. We decided it was worth the expense to hire a driver to take us to several places. Our day ended up being close to 14 hours long, but we saw the Monteverde Cloud Forest (and went on the...at the time...highest zip line), several beautiful lakes and ended the day at the Arenal volcano. We soaked in the thermal springs and had a wonderful dinner before we were driven several hours back to our hotel at the beach. It was such a memorable day! What started off as a package tour of hotel and airfare really turned into a very individualized trip. We saw the options available and were able to tailor our stay to meet our sometimes diverse needs.
Tracey is the owner of Unraveled Travel and has traveled to every continent except Antarctica.