We had been to Costa Rica four times over the past four years and each time we visited we found it becoming more expensive and touristy. For our next vacation we wanted to experience something similar but different.
I had heard people say that Nicaragua was what Costa Rica was like 30 years ago so I started exploring our options by purchasing the Lonely Planet and Moon guides to Nicaragua and then moved on to exploring the travel forums on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet as well as google searches.
We found an incredibly cheap airfare and with the relative low expense of food, drink, accommodations, etc. sealed the deal.