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11 Must-see Winter Illuminations in Tokyo

Winter is almost here, but in Tokyo, the lights are already shining brightly. It’s one of the things I love most about the city. And the season. Every year in late November and early December, millions of tiny, glittering bulbs illuminate parks, plazas and shopping districts throughout Tokyo. Some displays last for quite a while…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Tokyo

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS about Tokyo is that there’s always something new to see and do. This summer, TeamLab Borderless launched a new way to spend an afternoon in Tokyo that made me feel like I was on another planet. The Mori Building Digital Art Museum features works displayed through projection mapping and lights,…

Capsule Hotels… Yes or No?

Capsule hotels (also called pod hotels) are very popular in Japan. You see them in most cities, and a lot of people really like them for overnight stays because they are relatively cheap (¥3000 – ¥4000). I’m claustrophobic and never really had any interest in staying in a tiny space only big enough for a…

Life’s a Beach in Shimoda

When you think of Japan, sparkling, blue-water beaches are probably not what come to mind. I didn’t think that kind of beach existed here. I’m aware that Japan is an island, but up until last week, all the beaches I’d ever seen here were more of a dark green, murky water sort of beach.

Puppy Travel Diaries: Part One

In the very near future, I will embark on an adventure of a lifetime. I’ll be leaving Japan after almost five years and moving back to the U.S. And to add to the excitement (also known as stress) of quitting my job and starting a new life somewhere brand new, my puppies Hambone and Lulu…

Breakfast, Brunch & Baked Goods in Bangkok

One of the biggest perks (and my favorite part) of visiting any foreign country is tasting the local cuisine. It’s the best way to experience the most authentic dishes. I rarely eat food that’s not native to the country I’m traveling in. However, on my last day of a recent trip to Bangkok, I broke…

The New Brighton Hotel, Manly Beach

On occasion, I like to share just one photo that I’ve captured without going super in depth on the location or trip. I love taking pictures. And I really love going back and looking at them; it reminds me that for that second everything was exactly how I wanted. Everything was my version of perfect.…

Myeongdong: Skincare Mecca

I’m totally obsessed with skincare. The right regimen and the right products can truly work wonders. It can change the texture of your skin, improve your complexion and even make it glow. We only get one face, so it’s crucial we take the best possible care of it. And not just the face, all of…

A Girl & Her Dog

I don’t typically write about my personal life. I started this blog to share my quest to travel the world with the world. To share my experiences and hopefully encourage a person or two to go to the places they’ve always wanted to see. Maybe even help them figure out how to do it or…