The Japan Rail Pass: Is it worth it?

After spending a week in Japan, I can easily say that it is one of my favorite Asian countries to explore! This month, as I continue to share more and more of my trip around Japan with you, I thought it only practical to share some tips that helped us along because let’s face it, Japan […]

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The Kimono Forest, Kyoto

Hidden away at the Randen Tram Station in Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s best kept secrets. While from the outskirts, it may seem like just brightly colored cylindrical pillars, it really is so much more than that. If you’re brave enough to trek just a little bit off the beaten path and away from the hustle […]

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How to see Hiroshima in one day

I have a soft spot for historical cities so it’s no surprise that when visiting the beautiful country of Japan, I insisted on spending some time in Hiroshima. After landing in Tokyo the night before, we did some quick planning only to realize that Hiroshima was at least, a five hour train ride away. Was […]

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Nagata-Ya, Japan

After a long day in Hiroshima we stopped for dinner at the famous Nagata-Ya Japanese restaurant. Nagata-Ya is a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurant located on Hondori Road next to the Memorial Peace Park. It’s the perfect place to sit down and try some traditional okonomiyaki in a city that is famous for it. Nagata-Ya is a […]

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Tasting okonomiyaki

During preparations for my trip to Japan I did a lot of pre-reading about the things I wanted to see and do. I knew Japan was famous for sushi and octopus dumplings (takoyaki), so naturally that was on my culinary bucket list. But upon arrival I soon realized that each city in Japan is famous […]

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Ten picturesque locations you must visit in Beijing

What I love the most when visiting a new place is the endless amount of exploring I get to fill my time with! Exploring and capturing what I see has become another one of my traveling hobbies leaving me with folders and folders of snaps! I can’t claim to be a photography genius but I […]

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8 Essential snorkeling tips for Bali

The crystal blue waters of Bali make for some of the best snorkeling spots in the world but if this is your first time floating out in the open ocean it can be quite a scary experience. I’m no expert but after spending some time snorkeling off the island of Mauritius, diving into marine parks […]

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Snow at The Forbidden City: A Photo Diary

When snow blankets Beijing, it’ easy to make a cup of coffee and stay indoors. I’ll tell you a secret though, it’s one of the best times to be out. Not only is the city covered in fluffy whiteness but it’s also a rare opportunity to visit some of the beautiful Chinese palaces and see […]

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Essential Tips to help you maneuver the Chinese subway at rush hour

If you really want to see if you can survive China, then your first test should be traversing the subway through peak hour traffic. With around 10 million people traversing the subway every day, it’s certainly not for faint-hearted. The sea of people stream along and subway officials eagerly push people into each carriage like […]

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Cantonese Morning Tea

Cantonese morning tea, or zao cha (zao meaning morning and cha meaning tea) is a beautiful tradition in the Southern lying areas of China, forming an essential part of local daily life. Whether it be drinking a cup of refreshing oolong tea with family or sitting down together with friends, the culture of drinking tea […]

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