The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Two Weeks Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Two Weeks Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji

It’s been one week since I finished Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji Route: the thousand-year-old pilgrimage route through Mie Prefecture. This two-week hike was simultaneously the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and yet also one of the most rewarding. 170 kilometers. 2 mountain peaks. 18 mountain passes. 7 fantastic shrines. 5 steamy onsens. Countless tiny towns. Fantastic […]

30 Perfect Gifts for Girls Who Travel

30 Perfect Gifts for Girls Who Travel

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  Travelers can be some of the hardest people to shop for. How do you buy gifts for people who prioritize experiences over “things”? Last Christmas I made the mistake of saying I wanted a few candles for my apartment in China, and […]

Why I’m Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo (For Two Weeks!)

Why I’m Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo (For Two Weeks!)

In just a few short days I’ll be hopping on a plane to Japan’s Mie Prefecture to hike the stunning, challenging Kumano Kodo. After approximately five years of navigating China’s busy cities: honking horns, dodging e-bikes, constant construction… imagining myself hiking through the wilderness with just me, my boyfriend, and my backpack sounds almost too […]

The Freedom Life: October 2017

The Freedom Life: October 2017

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  After five years of living in China, and two years of This Beijing Life, things have changed. I left my job as a college counselor in China, and now I’m living a life on my terms. I’m my own boss, I travel when I want, and […]

Learning to Cook in China

Learning to Cook in China

Before I moved to China, my version of cooking was Trader Joe’s frozen meals and mixing together a few things in an attempt to make Mexican food. So when I crash landed in “The Middle of Nowhere China” and had only 3 restaurants within walking distance, I needed to learn how to cook fast. Most people eat […]

The Freedom Life: September 2017

The Freedom Life: September 2017

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  After five years of living in China, and two years of This Beijing Life, things have changed. I left my job as a college counselor in China, and now I’m living a life on my terms. I’m my own boss, I travel when I […]

5 Things You Need to Do in Bali Indonesia

5 Things You Need to Do in Bali Indonesia

The following is a guest post by Bianca of My Wild Earth  Cascading waterfalls, breathtaking views and unique temples that blend seamlessly with modern infrastructure, Bali is an idyllic island that really has it all. Likely the most popular and well-known of Indonesia’s islands, it has long been a favorite for travelers, tourists and honeymooners […]

The End of This Beijing Life: Month 24

The End of This Beijing Life: Month 24

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I’ve noticed that the more I travel and the busier I become, the more impossible it becomes to keep up with my travels in real-time. Well, never fear monthly recap posts are here! What I Was Up to in August! This month was my LAST MONTH […]