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…

Last Day in Kyoto

Last day in Kyoto I got up and headed to the roof of my hostel to enjoy a coffee and catch up on some work. (Still a full time teacher you know! Those lessons aren’t going to plan themselves lol.) Once finished I headed to the Nishiki Market. A covered market that specializes in seafood….

Temple Tour of Kyoto

Kyoto is known for being able to let people get a glimpse into traditional Japanese life. It was the center of Japanese social and religious life for many years. The streets are lined with traditional buildings and temples from times gone by. One of the most well known things to do in Kyoto is explore…

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…

Asakusa, Ueno Park, and Obaiba

Started my first full day in Japan doing something I would have never done two years ago. And that’s finding a good cup of coffee. For some reason about a year ago, (right around when I moved to Korea!) I’ve became a huge coffee drinker. So I spent the morning at Coffee Nova, a cute…

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…

A Full Day in Macau

I knew exactly three things about Macau before I went: I knew that it existed. I have come to find out, since going there, that MANY people have never even heard of Macau. But, of people that had heard of it, they actually think that Monaco and Macau are the same. Now I had no…

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…