The Best Easter Island Hotels for All Budgets and Styles

Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island

If there was one thing about exploring Rapa Nui that surprised us the most, it would be that there was an incredible range of accommodation options available for visitors.

For an island so remote, we thought we'd be paying an arm and a leg to stay there, and as it turns out there are options available for everyone- from the most frugal budget traveler to those wanting all the bells and whistles (except for good internet- that one is impossible on the island, unfortunately).

As this information is often lacking in most reviews of visits to the island, and may be the deciding factor on whether or not you visit (you should), we wanted to publish this guide to Easter Island hotels so you know just what you are looking at when planning a visit to this incredible spot in the middle of nowhere.

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San Pedro de Atacama Tours – Sand Boarding at Night

I arrived in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile with a sense of coming home. It was warm, there were cacti, and it smelled like the desert. Essentially it felt like home.

After stashing my bags and taking my first shower in three days, I set off to see what activities could be had in the area. The consensus seemed to me more lakes, more geysers, and sandboarding. While the lakes in South America are beautiful, I've had my fill of staring at bodies of water that inevitably all end up looking the same.

The geysers involved getting up around three in the morning.

Sandboarding it was.

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OptinMonster Review – Increasing Our Blog Subscribe Rate with Ease

Optin Monster Popup

We no longer use OptinMonster as we have decided to reduce our plug-in load on our sites in order to maximize site speed. However, we stand by our review below as published.

For the longest time we've been quite resistant to installing pop-up opt-ins on our sites. It wasn't so much that they annoy us (like most, we're desensitized to them) but it was more for the fact that we never knew how to do it right on our own and couldn't afford the services that do it for you.

As with many topics on blogging, if you're not going to go at it with the best you've got, it is probably not worth pursuing at all.  So we didn't.

It wasn't until we finally dealt with the cost and decided to purchase a pro license for Opt-In Monster ($199/year) that we truly realized what we were missing.

This is something we should've done a long, long time ago.

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Watkins Glen is an Unexpected Gem in the Finger Lakes

Hiking at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen State Park, located on the southern tip of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes, feels like something that doesn't belong.

This particular region of upstate New York is full of rolling hills as far as the eye can see as well as numerous glacier carved lakes.  It is not the place where you would expect to find a 400-foot gorge.  But Watkins Glen is just that, and due to its unique location at a very important moment in the Earth's history, the makings of the glen were born.

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