Writing, Travel Journalism, Copywriting, & Other Works

My writing is educative, relatable, & witty.

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Academic and professional; fun and playful. My writing, like a good mullet (as Joe Dirt would say), is: “business in the front, party in the back.”

I do not ramble, hint, or sugarcoat facts. Beyond catharsis, I believe there are few benefits to roundabout writing. My writing informs; primarily through the juxtaposition of objective, factual, non-fiction article construction and subjective, non-fiction, personal memoir. Upon reading any one of my works, readers can claim that they learned something new and of practical use to them, and that they are better off for it. Readers should also feel as if the recommendations, advice, and support extracted from my work were delivered to them by me directly, and not by nameless and faceless phantoms behind the mediums through which my work is published. Even in cases where credit for my writing is assumed under alternative authorship (or given no authorship at all, as is the common case with copywriting), unless requested otherwise, my active voice and emotive tone are ever present throughout my work.

My writing style is variant; soft and melodic when content calls for it, yet to the point when there is one to be made. I rely heavily on metaphor as a teaching technique that not only makes my work interesting to read but also relatable. Since my writing supplies unique content, metaphor helps readers understand my new teachings through the connection of my own personal experiences to the experiences of their own. Since words, phrases, and concepts familiar in one context can provide a variance of meanings when portrayed as versions of their nonliteral selves, metaphor then, is the universal language I communicate in when writing for a worldly audience.

Seriousness and candidness aside, I am a goofball. I laugh at myself often, so it is no surprise that satire is a staple throughout my work. I like to think that I am witty, using sarcasm, irony, coincidence, and puns to make readers giggle every now and again. Whoever said that high quality and informative writing had to be static and stale anyway?

My travel blog is neither travel journal nor travelogue;
it is a compilation of travel journalism.

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Firsthand experience travelling, working, and living abroad in Costa Rica is the backbone of my blog, which was designed from early on as a trip planning resource for travellers to learn from, not merely a collection in cyberspace of tales of travels past. If you plan to visit Costa Rica and are interested in learning more about your upcoming experience, you could spend hours blog surfing and reading other travellers’ accounts of what they did during their vacation, where they stayed, and what they loved best, but the truth is, you’re not them, are you? Wouldn’t you rather read about ways to enhance your trip, backed by valuable, experiential knowledge? My blog offers hundreds of informative “How To…”, “Top ‘X Number’…”, and “The Best ‘X Item’ In Costa Rica…” articles for travellers to quickly and advantageously benefit from, without the hassle of sorting through piles of repetitive and often cliched works that, dare I suggest, fail to inspire most readers to travel at all, let alone inspire them to bookmark a particular blog as a valuable resource worthy of a revisit.

Jam-packed with journalistic content, my blog is either not a travel guide or the best travel guide available, depending on who you ask. My writing seeks perspective from new angles, speaks volumes for those whose voices are often unheard, and gives travellers the confidence they need to explore Costa Rica broadly and boldly. Woven throughout my posts are threads of human interest, inspiration, and philanthropy. Clearly resulting from my education and work experience in the fields of law and justice, ethics and fairness—as demonstrated throughout the many processes of travel—are common and often prominent themes. My blog is original, personal, professional, and not at all reminiscent of the volumes of “guide books” stocked at your local bookshop. To most travellers, I proudly (and humbly) say, you’re welcome.

Although I always write to inform, sometimes I write to sell.
Do you copy?

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If writing is the path I have chosen for my life, copywriting is a bike I hopped on for the ride. With me in the driver’s seat, balanced, and looking straight ahead, I am moved by wheels of persuasive sales and crafty writing. The former, in front, determines the direction. In tow, the latter keeps control and applies the breaks when necessary to remain on course. Together, the two are propelling, operational, and work in tandem. The output of energy that escalates with my every push—compelling copy—builds a forceful momentum capable of continuing on long after I have stopped pedaling; powerful and moving on its own, great copy is autonomous. Like an elated child coasting down a sidewalk on a warm and sunny day with her legs stretched out to either side, when I have produced copy I am proud of I can sit back and just enjoy the ride.

I Can’t… Stop… Writing…

Additional work:

  • Blogging (guest blogging)
  • Publishing (guest blog posts)
  • SEO writing and website content creation
  • Editing and proofreading
Writing Samples
Travel Journalism Samples

“If we took the easy road, it would only lead us on a spiteful journey toward supposed vengeance, calling on us to bully our bullies via the same tactless and uneducated means as those our oppressors chose in an attempt to inflict harm on us. We know that if we followed that path, the real defeat would be over the war we lost with ourselves. How could we sleep at night knowing that we reduced ourselves to a level far lower than one we could ever be proud of, and one we only know exists because of the grasps we feel at our ankles when others try to pull us down?”
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Excerpt: Tourism Competition In Costa Rica:
The Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate… But We’re Gonna Shake It Off.
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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“Many of us are organized travellers; we make sure we have all of the necessary travel documents we need before leaving home, we carefully pack our bags, and we know our trip itinerary by heart. Then we exit the airport into the warm and tropical climate, and life is pura vida. We relax and tell ourselves not to stress about anything. We are on vacation after all. That is, until we lose our passport, have something stolen from us on the beach or the local bus, or injure ourselves taking an unguided nature trek. Somewhere between home and paradise we transformed from type ‘A’ to type la’Z’y.”
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Excerpt: Travel Brain: How To Maintain A Level Head Throughout Your Trip
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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“Are you game?

Building a Costa Rica vacation itinerary is a lot like playing Tetris. The object is to arrange each piece so it falls perfectly into place in accordance with all of the others. Pieces cannot overlap each other, so careful attention must be paid to the structure of the entire game at all times. Otherwise, it’s easy for pieces to collect on top of one another. When that happens, you can get in over your head quickly, and before you know it, it’s game over.

If you approach your trip planning in a similar manner—carefully calculating your choices, planning aspects of your vacation in accordance with other parts, and not letting your holistic vacation vision escape you—you’re bound to find the perfect fit. In other words, you’re more likely to have a vacation that accomplishes what you aim to get out of your trip. In Tetris, you familiarize yourself with the pieces so you are prepared to make educated and logical choices about what to do with each when it comes time to play. When planning a trip to Costa Rica, familiarizing yourself with the various aspects of trip building (e.g., selecting destinations to visit, accommodations to stay at, activities to participate in, and transfer services to get to and from each) fulfills the same purpose: to best prepare you to make informed decisions regarding your travel experience.”
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Excerpt: Should You Visit La Fortuna (Arenal), Monteverde,
Or Both Destinations During Your Costa Rica Vacation?
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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“Wherever a line can be drawn, inevitably someone will cross it.

This subjective process of going too far is no stranger to business operations. In fact, the value of some companies is determined by it, depending on whether or not they play by common rules or create their own that the rest of us are unlikely to follow. Personally, Ricky and I (as representatives of our business: Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated) play so neatly by the rules that we’ve surely been taken for as suckers by many, but the truth is, we would rather be taken for by others than be the ones doing the taking. Call us old fashioned (we like the word humble), but our teeth just aren’t sharp enough to bite in this dog eat dog world we seem to live in.”
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Excerpt: Costa Rica Vehicle Rentals: How Not To Fall For A Car Rental Scam
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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“Theoretically, we knew that broadening our scope and shifting our focus to outfit multiple educational institutions would be the best way to benefit the greatest number of students. We were motivated by the concept of a revolving donation project; not only one that would continue year after year, but one that would allow members of the community to regularly give back to their own. We opted out of donating the shoes and equipment to the children directly as we learned early on that doing so would create a challenge: how could we possibly choose some students over others to be the lucky recipients of brand new futbol gear? Instead, we chose to donate the shoes and equipment to schools directly, making the items available for students to borrow before and after class. This decision ensured that the donated items would be protected and maintained by the school, as well as accessible to a large number of students over many years. It also required schools to assume an active role in the project; an important step toward the acknowledgement and celebration of passion and play within educational communities. We envisioned students sharing the donated items with their peers—partaking in a compassionate form of play wherein the competitiveness of the game is triumphed by the sense of community felt among its players—and we knew our strategy was a game-winning one.”
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Excerpt: Thank You Readers And Travellers For Making This Happen.
We Could Not Have Done It Without You. Pura Vida!
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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Copy Samples

Excerpt: The Best Volcano To Visit In Costa Rica:
Arenal, Irazu, Poas, Rincon De La Vieja, Or Turriabla?
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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Excerpt: Internet, Technology, And Device-Friendly Tips
For Travel In Costa Rica
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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Excerpt: What To Eat And Drink In Costa Rica:
Our Costa Rica Food And Beverage List And Order Tips
Costa Rica Travel Blog

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Other Work Samples

“Any country that is a popular tourist destination faces a delicate dilemma: how to combat tourism development and growth with the maintenance and protection of the country’s land and culture. In many cases, sought after tours and activities give Costa Rica travellers what they want—adventure, thrill, nature, wildlife, and so much more—but what about what Costa Ricans want? What about their interests in sharing further sources of pride with international visitors to their homeland, including cherished customs, traditions, values, teachings, and practices?

If ever there was a way to give travellers the once in a lifetime experience they travel to Costa Rica for, while preserving and celebrating the unique culture that only Ticos offer, Casona Rio Fortuna is leading it. Milton and Elieth, owners of the casona, have developed what we would argue is the best cultural tour in the country. Their aptly named CulTour tour combines history, geography, education, cuisine, costume, dance, and song into a fun half-day tour that teaches travellers more about life in Costa Rica than any adventure or nature-oriented tour ever could. Don’t get us wrong, we know that ziplining across tree canopies, riding aerial trams through the sky, and walking the hanging bridges are integral parts of the rainforest experience, and we recommend that travellers engage in some, if not all, of these experiences during their vacation to reap their myriad of rewards. But, itinerary time and budget bucks can be invested in other benefits too, including an expanded understanding and appreciation of Costa Rican culture; the cornerstone of a Tico’s friendly and inviting essence, and, as travellers come to learn for themselves, the reason why each visitor is welcomed into the country with open arms.”
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Best Cultural Tour
DIY Costa Rica

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“How does a cold, refreshing, natural treat on a hot and humid travel day sound? If that’s got your mouth watering, just wait until you try pipa fria (pronounced peep-ah free-yah). By now you may have heard of the benefits of coconut water (and coconut oil, and coconut flour, and coconut this, and coconut that), but if the health advantages aren’t enough to convince you to try the juice, its delicious flavour and tropical presentation will win you over. Direct from the palm, pipa (green coconut) is sold by street vendors all over Costa Rica; on the beach, in towns, and especially along popular highways. Vendors whip their machete to crack open the top, a straw is inserted in the opening, and its watery contents are consumed from the centre. Since most street vendors keep their pipas chilled (fria translates as “cold” in English), the juice sure hits the spot on warm and sticky tropical days.”
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Best Street Vendor Purchase
DIY Costa Rica

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“Today I made an awful fool of myself in front of my superiors and peers, and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. Sure, the moment was light, the environment was fun to begin with, and the error was anything but problem-causing, so in effect my tomfoolery was quite trivial. It was embarrassing and eye-opening however, so after my chuckle I thought about how I could learn from my mistake and move on. And that’s exactly what I did. After all, making mistakes is nothing to sulk over as we are all merely amateurs at this thing called life. Remember this lesson in lightheartedness the next time you witness or hear about another person’s bloopers or blunders. Not everyone has the confidence to laugh at themselves, but everyone has the ability to opt not to laugh at others.”
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Today I Laughed At Myself; Comicality
Goodwillingness

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“Today I was reminded of how easy it is to exchange pleasantries with an absolute stranger, or in my particular experience, the teller at my local bank. In a matter of minutes we were able to determine how the other person’s day had begun, what we thought of the changing weather outside, and how we both longed to travel. The gentleman offered me an account of one of his most recent trips (which turned out to be a rather funny story, actually) and I informed him that I was fluent in the language spoken in the country he referred to. Then he smiled, and for a moment he appeared truly happy for me and my bilingualism; the unfamiliar stranger. He asked me how to mutter the phrase “thank you for your business” in my second tongue, and I answered. I told him I’d try to remember to ask him to repeat the phrase the next time I was in the bank and wound up at his wicket. He accepted the challenge and we both smiled. In 7 minutes, the brief conversation signified our mutual interest in demonstrating courtesy and graciousness. Cordiality; what an underrated, unassuming, and unexpected kind of beautiful and unconditional social interaction.”
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Today I Was Cordial; Cordiality
Goodwillingness

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