Tell me if this sounds familiar: You booked roundtrip airfare for a getaway to Costa Rica with your best friends. You did what seemed like the hard part — getting everyone to agree on dates, and on ticket prices, and on airlines and layovers and travel routes — but now comes the even harder part...

The ultimate travel shopping list, featuring services you can't pack but will help you wander smarter; products to keep you refreshed through a layover or redeye; fun stuff that says HELLOOOO, VACATION; and of course, a few items to make your Instagram posts pop.

Want to really get to know your destination? Go up to a local and talk to her about her life — her work, her dreams, what she does for fun, and what she believes. We asked writers to step out of the role of passing observer and actually engage with the people — or at least one person — who make a place what it is. Here's what they discovered.

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Wander or Bust: Zanzibar, Tanzania Is Actually This Beautiful

ByCourtney Brandt
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Buenos Aires Has Everything You Could Possibly Want

ByKaylin Pound
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Hong Kong Shares Your Love Of Take-Out

ByMeshalini Govender
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Sydney Is Actually Possible On A Budget

BySarah Fielding
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Reykjavik, Iceland Makes Being Cold Look So, So Good

ByJulie Grassey
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Is All About Surfing & Snacking

ByCori Sue Morris
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Lagos Is Portugal's Sun-Soaked Hidden Gem

ByBrittany Leitner
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Tokyo Is All About The Markets — & The Beauty Products

ByClaudia Fisher
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Bali Is The Greenest Place You'll Ever See In Your Life

ByJaclyn DeRosa
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Punta Cana Is Paradise — Just Bring Your Sunscreen

ByKatie Lockhart
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Machu Picchu Will Be The Hike Of Your Lifetime

ByStacey Leasca
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: New Orleans Is More Than A Stroll Down Bourbon Street

ByTina Kolokathis
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Miami Makes Life Your Beach

ByMackenzie Newcomb
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Hanoi Might Be The Best Travel Deal Left

ByAly Vander Hayden
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Barcelona Is The Party Capital Of The World (& My Heart)

ByTanya Ghahremani
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Tel Aviv Is Where Partying & Hummus Last All Night

ByJuliette Breindel
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Bangkok Is Crowded, But In The Best Way

ByCiara Johnson
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Paris Is The Type Of City You'll Love Getting Lost In

ByChloé Montana
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Seoul, South Korea Is A Trip Unlike Any Other

BySarah Corsa
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Cartagena Is The Stuff #Foodie Dreams Are Made Of

ByJuliette Breindel
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander or Bust: Berlin, Germany Is Almost Too Cool For You

ByAdeleke McMillan
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Dubai Is Extra & That's How We Like It

ByKaitlyn Cawley
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Casablanca Still Offers What You Can't Get At Home

ByNina Carneiro
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…

Wander Or Bust: Cape Town Is The Whole Package — Design, Nature, Food, Wine

ByLindsay Stein
Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink,…