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 […]

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 Best Way to Learn Chinese

The Best Way to Learn Chinese

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I recently sent out a survey asking what people were MOST worried about when it comes to traveling in China. I have to say, I wasn’t too surprised when I saw the number one response: “I’m worried about the language barrier” “How […]

5 Top Tips For a Magical Stay in Japan

5 Top Tips For a Magical Stay in Japan

Japan has been at the top of my bucket list for YEARS. It’s a fascinating mix of old and new, from ultra-modern cities like Tokyo to rural Japan with its mountain temples, tea ceremonies, and ancient traditions. There are just so many things to do in Japan, it can be hard to know where to […]

Why Experiences Make the Best Gifts

Why Experiences Make the Best Gifts

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  Rubbing the sleep out of my eyes, I stared up in wonder as a giant hot air balloon expanded before me. I gasped as a gust of flame shot up mere feet away. Get in! They yelled, and I not-so-gracefully slid into the […]

The 10 Best Unexplored Beaches in India

The 10 Best Unexplored Beaches in India

When you think of India, the phrase “fantastic beaches” might not be the first that comes to mind. After spending a week or two in India’s bustling cities, seeing all of the tourist sites, you may want to spend some time in the sun. While you might have heard of Goa, and their rustic beach […]