Interview with Céline Cousteau on Conservation and Sustainability with Contiki

By Michael Tieso | May 21, 2013

I had the amazing opportunity and honor to travel with and interview Céline Cousteau in the Galapagos. She is the daughter of the French explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, and the granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau and Simone Melchior Cousteau, the ocean explorers. The interview took place only an hour or so after we went diving counting sharks. One of the most memorable experiences […]

The Weird and Wacky World of Blue-Footed Boobies

By Michael Tieso | May 12, 2013

Blue-footed booby jokes never gets old and the Galápagos locals are taking in the English interpretation to the shops. T-shirts are sold throughout the islands that say “I Love Boobies” with a picture of the birds. I felt like a ten year old making booby jokes but it’s still hilarious. Blue-footed Boobies are most commonly found in the Galápagos. A […]

Things I Didn’t Know About Galapagos

By Michael Tieso | May 10, 2013

One of the main reasons why I travel is to learn about the world we live in. I could easily travel around the world for travels sake and not learn about the world but that doesn’t sit right with me. I was talking to my dad about my trip to the Galapagos on the phone […]

Ecuador: The Best and Worst

By Steph | January 17, 2012

Since I’m now suddenly in Argentina, it’s time to round up my time in Ecuador, a country I liked quite a lot! Total Days in Ecuador: 40 Total Days in Didn’t Rain: 28 (major improvement!) Amount Spent: $1360 Average Cost Per Day: $33.75 (our three weeks in Montanita really jacked this up, I think Ecuador […]

Montañita: A Party Town Without the Guilt

By Steph | January 11, 2012

I’ve always had a weird relationship with so called “party towns.” In case you’re not a familiar: party towns are small backpacker havens that exist solely for travelers to party and relax comfortably in a scenic back drop. You can find them mostly in South East Asia but it would seem there are a few […]

A Pyrotechnic Ecuadorian New Years

By Steph | January 9, 2012

New Years Eve is too much pressure. I don’t know why but every year I become convinced that things need to be perfect; that somehow the rest of the year hinges on me having a good time on this one night. As a result I usually don’t. The pressure gets to be too much and […]

I Jumped Off a Bridge! And Other Adventures

By Steph | December 21, 2011

Well it was bound to happen eventually. While I love a good thrill, I haven’t done nearly enough adventure activities on my travels. This is mostly because they usually cost quite a bit of money. To bungee jump in Australia for example, will run you $120+. For a traveler on a budget that kind of […]

The Problem with Quito

By Steph | December 18, 2011

Quito is a pretty city. Like really, really pretty:   It’s over 500 years old, built by conquistadors on the site of an old Inca City. The huge old town is full of elegant buildings and elaborate churches built by different orders of missionaries. It was the very first city to be designated an UNESCO […]

Me Versus the Volcano: 16,000 Feet in the Air

By Steph | December 13, 2011

Here’s the thing about altitude sickness: it sneaks up on you. It doesn’t affect everyone, and it doesn’t happen all the time, so you are lulled into a lovely sense of security, than WHAMMO- face in the trashcan. The first couple of days in Quito I was fine. More than fine, I was energetically exploring […]

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Cotopaxi, Ecuador: Climbing One of World’s Largest Active Volcanoes

By Michael Tieso | December 11, 2011

Close to 5,000 meters / 16,400 feet, it was the highest altitude on land I’ve ever been to in my life. From where the van dropped us off, we still needed to climb for about an hour up to reach the glacier, our destination. We were climbing one of the world’s highest active volcano. It […]