My first review!

Almost exactly six months after I started my blog, I Wish Gap Year gave me my first review. And it couldn’t have been nicer! The reviewer really spent some time reading my blog, which means so much… especially since this magazine editor greatly appreciates reporters and writers who do their homework. This was completely unexpected and so, so exciting for me. I can’t thank I Wish Gap Year enough! Show them some love — their site is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to take a gap year abroad. Eleven months into my stay in Costa Rica, it’s a move I clearly support!

Read my review here: Blog Focus: The Jungle Princess

How loud are howler monkeys?

I often Tweet at 5 am that I’m wide awake because of the howler monkeys that live in my neighborhood. In reply, people from all over the world want to know how the heck these cuddly-looking guys sound — and if they could really wake the whole neighborhood! My friend Maren found out the hard way that yes, they can, and they can even sound wild and dangerous when echoing in your ears for the first time. For the rest of you, I finally got one of the suckers on video. How would you describe the sound?

Howler Monkeys from Abby Tegnelia on Vimeo.


My neighbor Lisa, has had so much experience with the howlers that she can actually talk to them — and they talk back! Watch Lisa egging them on here (she’s the first to grunt). “He follows my lead,” she says, “until he gets his machismo going and wants a howl-off. Then, I fail terribly.” When he really gets riled up at the end, you can start to imagine what it’s like when several of them are going off in the trees hanging over your bedroom!

How to communicate with howler monkeys from Abby Tegnelia on Vimeo.


When is it time to go home?

Missing out on getting to know my best friends’ fiances got me thinking about the (not-so) dark side of the travel bug. When is it time to go home? Will it still feel like home? And how do you deal with the difficult expat dating scene? Join the discussion at where I contributed a guest post last week.

Read my story here!