Boracay: The World’s Most Beautiful Tourist Death Trap

Boracay. What can I say about it that hasn’t already been said? It’s gorgeous. It’s stunning. It’s breath-taking. It’s one of the biggest tourist traps I’ve ever been to on Earth. (And I’ve been to Dollywood…twice…) No, really. The reason I booked time in Boracay Island in the first place was I wanted a beautiful…

Manila: My First Dip into the Philippines

Okay, before we start I have to be honest. I did the Philippines wrong. I went to the wrong islands. I stayed in the wrong accommodation. I saw the wrong tourist sites. I did the wrong organized tours. Ate at the wrong restaurants. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Everything I did was just wrong…for me. This may…

Kyoto: Day 1 and NO JR Pass

I took an all-day bus from Tokyo to Kyoto. Because I just could NOT bring myself to pay $350 for a JR pass. If you’re looking to go to Japan you have probably read a lot about the JR Pass. The pass gives you essentially unlimited travel on the bullet trains. This would be a…

Sushi and Sumo: 3rd Day in Tokyo

Well if I slept in the day before I made up for it on my third day in Tokyo by getting up at 4:45 AM. There are 6 Grand Sumo tournaments a year in Japan. 3 of them are held in Tokyo. Only when I arrived in Tokyo did I find out that I happened…

Definitely NOT playing Mario Kart

My travel-saavy mom would have been disappointed in me. I woke up kind of late on my 2nd day in Tokyo. I didn’t really get going until 11:00 am. (Gasp!) In fairness I was on vacation and I think my body just had enough of waking up at 5:30 am every day to make it…

First Day in JAPAN

Alright I’ve been not keeping up with this blog as much as I want. It is easy to put off, but with a big trip coming up and knowing I am going to have lots of #content soon I am going to try to be better. Keyword: Try. So how to kick off 2018 better…

How To Renew Your Passport in Korea

Running out of pages in your passport…the Drake lyric from his song,┬áHotline Bling rang through my mind as I flipped through my own passport. I always thought it would be cool to have a really full passport, and on one hand it was. Here I was, 23 years old, with a passport that only had…

Buddha Buddha Buddha Buddha Rockin’ Everywhere

On to the next part of the Chuseok adventure! We made it to the Taiwan airport in plenty of time with our 5 am cab ride. Most interesting thing to note about the Taiwanese airport is the gates are themed. Our gate? Hello Kitty. With our 8 am flight out of Taiwan we made it…

A Rainy Day in Taipei

Our last day in Taipei we woke up to cloudy skies and a lot of rain. Faced with walking around in the city while being rained on, we looked for indoor activities we could do instead. After some minimal internet research we came across the perfect thing: the highest Starbucks in the world. Taipei 101…

Taroko National Park & Shilin Night Market

Our second full day we got up at 5 am for a tour of Taroko National Park. A 19 mile natural marble gorge, it is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Asia. We paid for a group tour to the Park and I am incredibly glad we did. I think we could have navigated…

Sandiaoling Waterfall Hike, Shifen & Jiufen Day Trip

After our first day in the city we felt we needed to get out into some of the Taiwanese nature. We decided to take the day and see the most visited Taiwanese waterfall, Shifen, and do some other things along the way. Doing some research we came across the Sandiaoling Waterfall Hike, according to our…

Interview With An EPIK Teacher ft. Jim Halpert

After my last post with an EPIK Teacher was successful I decided to do another one! Let you know the different types of people that come here (Even if they have the same name). So let’s start with the basics. What’s your name? Jessica Sealey Where are you from? A little town called Bewdley about…