Writer Wednesdays – Jennifer Turnbull

WriterWednesdaysThrough my desire and passion for Costa Rica, a country I have longed to visit for years yet sadly haven’t yet, I came upon Jennifer Turnbull, co-writer of ‘Two Weeks in Costa Rica’, and was immediately intrigued by her and her husband’s passion for Costa Rica and their tenacity to drop life as they knew it and create a new amazing life.  Jennifer Turnbull was born and raised in Maine, and went from practicing energy law in Boston to moving to Costa Rica with her husband Matt to pursue writing full-time.  This amazing couple has so much to offer, from help with trip planning to Travelogue Adventures – a publishing company they created and to top it off their website is Eco-friendly!

Writer Wednesdays would like to introduce you to Jennifer Turnbull

Jenn deep in the cloud forest in Costa Rica

Jenn deep in the cloud forest in Costa Rica

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m an attorney from Boston who moved to Costa Rica along with my husband to travel and write. In no particular order, I love nature, hiking, the beach, travel, coffee, wine, and cheese.

How many countries have you visited?

Five. Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and when I lived in the United States, I traveled around there and in Canada. I’m hoping to get to some of the other countries in Central America while we’re here, like Belize, Guatemala, and Roatan in Honduras. I would also love to spend some time in South America, touring wine country in Chile and Argentina.

What is your favourite place and why?

Costa Rica is my favorite place so far, for the culture, wonderful people, and beautiful natural environment.

Jenn on a hanging bridge in the rainforest in Costa Rica

Jenn on a hanging bridge in the rainforest in Costa Rica

If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?


What is your most memorable travel moment?

Probably the moment we arrived in Costa Rica with our eight suitcases and realized that we weren’t leaving anytime soon!

What is your dream destination?

Southeast Asia. I’d love to do at least a month-long trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. I’m very intrigued by the culture and know I would love the environment/weather and food.

How has travel changed you?

Travel has taught me a great deal and I am definitely still learning every day. But what stands out the most are two things, namely to be more open minded and the Costa Rica pura vida mentality, of worrying less and relaxing more.

As a writer do you feel you see the world and approach travel differently than if you didn’t write?

I joke that I will never be the same now that I have written a book. I don’t see the world differently in terms of my perspectives and observations but definitely think about the details more as I travel because I’m always aware of having to recreate the scene in writing.

How long did it take for your first book to come to fruition? (From concept, writing to published)

About three years. We got the idea for Two Weeks in Costa Rica on one of our trips and it took my husband and me another couple of years to write the book since we were working full-time jobs.

Do you have any new books on the horizon?

Yes! We’re working on a book about our travels through Panama that will touch on the divide between the booming city and traditional indigenous communities. We’re also writing a memoir about our experience moving to Costa Rica that will share the follies and fun of living in paradise.

Jenn and Matt exploring a bat cave in Panama

Jenn and Matt exploring a bat cave in Panama

Do you have any upcoming trips? If so, to where?

We plan to keep traveling around Costa Rica and are heading to the surfer town of Nosara for a month in April. A visit to Nicaragua in June will get us out of Costa Rica for a while, then later this year, we head to the United States to see family and friends. It will be our first trip back home since we moved.

What is your must have travel accessory?

Sounds odd, but toilet paper. Sometimes when you travel, you’re put in some pretty precarious situations where a few tissues and a little hand sanitizer go a long way.

What is your favourite travel book?

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I also love Bill Bryson’s style of storytelling.

What is your favourite travel quote?

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

I’d like to thank Jennifer for letting us have a peek at her world and for the great photos that they’ve contributed here.

To learn more visit http://twoweeksincostarica.com/


I’m a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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7 Responses

  1. jenbeckseymour says:

    Love it! Congrat’s Jenn! PS – I liked you already – but after reading that you love “nature, hiking, the beach, travel, coffee, wine, and cheese” I like you even more!!! 🙂

    • puravidajenn says:

      Thanks Jen! It’s true, I adore all of those things. Good cheese is one of the things I miss most in CR. The amazing coffee sort of makes up for it though!

      • jenbeckseymour says:

        Yep – being from Wisconsin originally, I am a full-blooded cheesehead! Really miss good cheese here, and sometimes have to splurge if I find it at a fancy grocery store… But yes – the coffee is the best here (and hey, the boxed wine isn’t too bad either)! Pura Vida!

  2. dawnkealing says:

    So much love for Costa Rica today, I am truly in heaven. Stephanie, I really hope you can make it to Costa Rica one day! 🙂 Great post, I am glad there as others just as in love with Costa Rica as I am!

  3. Jan Hart says:

    Just wandered in late at night and happened across you. So refreshing to see through the eyes of younger people. I too love Costa Rica and am writing… Pura Vida.

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