Most travel stories of Costa Rica consist of young, adventurous backpackers excited to discover the natural beauty of the one of the world's most eco-friendly travel destinations. What is not often talked about is how much this Central American country has to offer outdoor-loving traveling families as well, and what an enriching experience it can be for little ones.
In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."
Scratch beneath the surface of apparent peace in El Salvador and you will find a hidden war being waged. A war that does not involve guns or troops but one that has still resulted in the unnecessary deaths and disability of thousands and the incarceration of others. A war being waged against women and girls.