Wanderlove places: The Mayan ruins of Tikal are some of Latin America’s best-preserved. Though they’re stunning at any time of day, they’re most spectacular at sunrise – especially from atop Tikal’s highest temple. A picture of Tikal in a travel pamphlet is what prompts Bria to choose Central America in the first place.

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Wanderlove places: Flores is a colonial village in northern Guatemala, set on an island in Lake Petén Itza. It’s the beginning of the end of Bria’s trip – and where she discovers the truth about Rowan.

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Wanderlove places: Laughingbird Caye (pronounced “key”) is a laid-back Caribbean island in Belize where Bria and Rowan spend a good portion of their trip. It also doesn’t exist – it’s based on a real-life island called Caye Caulker (where the real Lobsterfest occurs). The name Laughingbird Caye was borrowed from another real-life island, Laughing Bird Caye, which is tiny and uninhabited.

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here’s a video of me reading a passage from WANDERLOVE in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica with my three-legged dog friend. I named her Wallaby because she hops! ~kirsten hubbard


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Wanderlove places: Belize City is the largest city in Belize, though for travelers, it’s typically a fly-in, boat-out destination. Which is the plan for Bria and Rowan – until Rowan admits he’s having second thoughts about revisiting the island where he used to work.

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Wanderlove places: Low-key, almost sleepy Punta Gorda is the southernmost town in Belize of any substantial size – which, in Belizean terms, isn’t saying much. It’s Bria and Rowan’s first stop in Belize, after a stormy motorboat ride from Guatemala.

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Wanderlove places: Livingston is a village on Guatemala’s Atlantic coast, with a backdrop of dense rainforest. It’s a cultural melting pot, and the gateway to the Caribbean Sea. It’s also where reluctant travel partners Bria and Rowan truly start getting to know each other.

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Wanderlove places: Rio Dulce is both a town in Guatemala, and a river (it translates to “sweet river”) that opens onto the Caribbean. Dense rainforest towers from either side.

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a costa rican beach dog afflicted with Wanderlove. (she had three legs. I named her wallaby.) ~kirsten hubbard

a nicaraguan beach dog afflicted with Wanderlove. ~kirsten hubbard

Wanderlove places: Teeming, often chaotic Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America, and one of the most dangerous, although most crime isn’t targeted toward foreigners. For travelers, it’s “a necessary waystation”, as Starling calls it in Wanderlove, when heading cross-country (or flying in).

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