9 things I both love AND hate about living in the USA

Today’s post was inspired by my recent trip to visit family in Australia. It’s crazy to think I’ve lived in Boston for a year. One…

Kamikochi: hiking in the Japanese Alps

If you’re looking for weekend trips from either Tokyo or Kyoto, then look no further than Kamikochi. This beautiful area in central Japan is part…

Naoshima Island: 6 things to do on Japan’s Art Island

I’m going to say what you’re not supposed to say but do it anyway. I’d like to think I love art. But in all honesty?…

7 ways you can save money on your next vacation

As someone who travels often, I always get asked how I afford it. How do I afford to travel, and yet still get to eat…

How to travel in Japan as an English speaker

I always get asked about how hard it is to travel in Japan as an English speaker. Without fail, I constantly hear “but how do…

Vacation Days: 4 Reasons why you need to take time off from work

As much as I have enjoyed my career, there was never doubt in my mind that vacation days were important to take. Afterall, I loved…

Shirakawa-go: Central Japan’s forgotten magical village

Japan has no shortage of things to do, things to see. As any visitor to this country can attest to, even just visiting the major…

Goshuin: The coolest Japanese souvenir

When visiting Japan, it’s hard not to stock up on awesome souvenirs for friends and family back home. We’re talking patterned chopsticks, hello kitty themed…