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Sometimes I feel like vacation planning is so stressful, I need to take a vacation from vacation planning. I’ve even had vacations that I needed to take a vacation from. Ok, maybe I get stressed out easily (“what do you MEAN our flight is two minutes late?! That throws EVERYTHING off!”), but there is just SO much to think of when it comes to planning a trip.

Side note: also stressful is when you have a Very Type A person trying to plan a trip with a Slightly Type A But Mostly Type B person. Lots of indecisiveness, freaking out, last minute-ness, more freaking out…. Oh, by the way, I am an absolute list-making joy to live with. Any questions on which one of us is the Type A?

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However, a small miracle happened last week in a cozy, little apartment in New England. Type A & Type A-B managed to book a vacation to Costa Rica! We leave in less than 3 weeks (ahhhh more freaking out!)!! We can’t wait to do a ton of adventure-y things and see a bunch of these guys:

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We were actually able to find a really good deal on a guest house by the beach, thanks to one of my friend’s tips. She writes the blog Vacation Fiend and she really knows her stuff! She suggested vrbo.com where you can search through rental properties in the area where you want to stay.

The villa we wanted wasn’t actually available for the week we chose, but the owner was nice enough to rent us his guest house (read: even BIGGER place) for the same price, so we scored a place with 2BR, 2 Bath, living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and a deck with hammocks to relax in for less than $600 for 6 days! Definitely a site worth checking out. It’s an alternative I had never even considered, but now I will be checking this site for every vacation that I go on!

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