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Backpacking Japan Three Week Itinerary

Backpacking Japan Three Week Itinerary

It's a myth that Japan isn't for backpackers or budget travelers! Although you shouldn't expect $2 dorm beds like in Southeast Asia, it's entirely possible to travel three weeks in Japan on a budget.  If it's your first time backpacking in Japan, I recommend this...

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Off-The-Beaten-Path Europe Destinations: Western Europe

Off-The-Beaten-Path Europe Destinations: Western Europe

With tourism booming around the world, many European cities are bursting at the seams. Over-tourism is not enjoyable for anyone, the locals or the tourists. Why not spend less time in the crowded big cities and discover the charm of the countryside, or explore more...

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Taichung Itinerary – 1 Day in Taichung

Taichung Itinerary – 1 Day in Taichung

Taichung is the second largest city in Taiwan, located on the east coast and home to Taichung International Airport. Even if you don't find yourself commuting through its airport, there are countless reasons to add Taichung to your Taiwan itinerary. With a one day in...

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Croatia Island-Hopping Itinerary

Croatia Island-Hopping Itinerary

Croatia has been a hot destination for decades due to its beautiful architecture, natural wonders, and its islands, and tourism continues to boom. Between the coastal towns of Split and Dubrovnik lie a multitude of islands, perfect for crafting a Croatia...

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One Week Backpacking Belize Itinerary

One Week Backpacking Belize Itinerary

Belize is a beautiful, cheap, Caribbean destination only a few hours from the major airport cities in the U.S. If you're looking for a winter getaway, an island-escape, or just time away from the city life, Belize is the perfect country to visit. With many backpackers...

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Gregory Jade 63 Review – The Best Bag for Backpackers!

Gregory Jade 63 Review – The Best Bag for Backpackers!

When I decided I would start traveling long-term in 2017, the first big decision for me was which backpacking bag to buy. So many great brands are out there, making it really hard to choose just one! Because this bag would be my companion for the next several years, I...

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Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum vs Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum vs Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum

Two foodie hot-spots in Yokohama draw both a local and foreign crowd: The Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum, and the Shin-Yokohama Ramen museum. If you are spending a day or more in the Yokohama area, it’s worth going to both of these attractions. Although the food they...

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Best Things To Do In Namche Bazaar, Nepal

Best Things To Do In Namche Bazaar, Nepal

Namche Bazaar, Nepal is the gateway to the Everest region. Sherpas, trekkers, and locals alike come here to rest, buy and sell goods, and enjoy the 'city life' in the mountains. There are plenty of things to do in Namche Bazaar, from extra hikes to chilling...

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120+ Thailand Travel Tips for First-Timers

120+ Thailand Travel Tips for First-Timers

Thailand is the perfect destination for first-time backpackers or beginner international travelers. These 120+ tips for visiting Thailand will help you make the most of your next trip to Thailand. Because of a long history of international tourism in Thailand, English...

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One Week in Northern Thailand Itinerary

One Week in Northern Thailand Itinerary

Bangkok and Chiang Mai are two of the most famous cities in Thailand. Bangkok, the bustling capital, is the heart of central Thailand and home to the largest international airport. So what's going on in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand? Chiang Mai is the cultural...

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Teshima, Japan: Art Island’s One Day Itinerary

Teshima, Japan: Art Island’s One Day Itinerary

Teshima, also known as one of Japan's Art Islands, is located just next to Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea. What once was a rural island suffering from depopulation, the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival, along with several museums built on Teshima, have helped to...

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Unique Travel Gifts For Every Budget

Unique Travel Gifts For Every Budget

Here are some unique travel gift ideas for your travel-loving friends and family for the holidays. After browsing the travel gift basics (power banks, packing cubes, etc etc), check out more unique travel gifts like yoga mat sandals or waterproof playing cards. ...

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Gift Guide for Backpackers

Gift Guide for Backpackers

Getting ready for the holidays? Here's a gift guide for the backpackers in your life! Whether you're gift shopping for long-term backpackers or weekend warrior backpackers, this gift guide for backpackers will help you find the perfect, practical, travel gift.Erika’s...

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Jeonju, South Korea One-Day Itinerary and Self-Guided Tour

Jeonju, South Korea One-Day Itinerary and Self-Guided Tour

Jeonju, the cultural capital of South Korea, is a charming gem of a town that should not be missed during your South Korea itinerary. Famous for its Jeonju Hanok Village, the largest in South Korea, Jeonju is also filled with charming buildings, cultural museums, and...

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Best Day Trips from Tokyo

Best Day Trips from Tokyo

Extra days in your Tokyo Itinerary? Seen all the top things to do in Tokyo and checked off some of the weirdest things to do there too? That's a sign to pack up your day bag and head out on the best day-trip from Tokyo! There are many incredible day-trips from Tokyo,...

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Sun Moon Lake Day Trip from Taichung, Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake Day Trip from Taichung, Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Taiwan, with over six million visitors every year. The region's natural beauty, well-preserved culture, and many activities makes it a fun place for all types of travelers. Sun Moon Lake from Taichung...

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Yokohama Day Trip from Tokyo

Yokohama Day Trip from Tokyo

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan, located just south of Tokyo. It's known for being a massive port city home to an impressive Chinatown, and it's a popular day trip from Tokyo. Famous tourist spots in Yokohama include the Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum and...

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20 Weird and Unique Things To Do In Tokyo

20 Weird and Unique Things To Do In Tokyo

There are countless weird and wacky things to do in Tokyo. Everyone's Tokyo bucket list should include something uniquely Tokyo, something you can't experience anywhere else in the world. Luckily, Japan's lively capital city is...

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Hand Luggage Essentials for Long-Haul Flights

Hand Luggage Essentials for Long-Haul Flights

Whether you're preparing for your next vacation or for a long-term backpacking stunt, pay attention to what you pack in your hand luggage. A bad long-haul flight will definitely set the tone for your first day in a new place. A great flight, will boost your confidence...

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Top 20 Things To Do In Seoul – A First Timer’s Guide

Top 20 Things To Do In Seoul – A First Timer’s Guide

Seoul is a dazzling metropolis that has something for everyone. Even after living in Tokyo for 6 months, I was impressed with everything Seoul had to offer. From historic palaces to traditional homes, flashing shopping streets and local markets, there are countless...

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Kamakura-Enoshima Day Trip From Tokyo

Kamakura-Enoshima Day Trip From Tokyo

Kamakura and Enoshima are separately, two beautiful day-trip destinations from Tokyo. If your time in Tokyo is short, combine the two trips to one in a jam-packed, Kamakura-Enoshima day-trip itinerary!  What can you expect from both Kamakura and Enoshima? Kamakura is...

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DIY Trip to Nami Island from Seoul

DIY Trip to Nami Island from Seoul

Nami Island is a popular day-trip destination from nearby Seoul, South Korea. The small crescent moon-shaped island was made famous by the wildly popular Korean love-drama, Winter Sonata. Nami Island is a great place for first dates and family outings, because of the...

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Six Amazing Tokyo Viewpoints

Six Amazing Tokyo Viewpoints

If you're looking for the best Tokyo viewpoints, there are more than enough skyscrapers to choose from. Looking down upon the largest metropolitan area in the world, 38 million people, is a wonder to behold that shouldn't me missed.  From the flashy Skytree to the...

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12 More Highlights After 24 Months On The Road

12 More Highlights After 24 Months On The Road

October 2019 marks TWO YEARS since I left the U.S. to start backpacking. Although I did go home for Christmas last year to surprise my parents, the majority of the year I was in Asia, including 6 months in Japan.  This second year away from home went by in the...

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Hiking Koyasan in Japan

Hiking Koyasan in Japan

Mt. Koya, or Koyasan, is a holy mountain in central Japan that is reachable as a day-trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Traditionally, Shinto pilgrims would walk from the base of Koyasan to the top, then stay in a temple accommodation at the summit. Now it is still common to...

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15 Things to do in Jeonju, South Korea

15 Things to do in Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju, South Korea has countless amazing things to do including visiting the largest Hanok Village in the country. Known as the cultural capital of Korea, its Jeonju's slogan says here, you can “Feel Korea.” Jeonju came in 3rd place in Lonely Planet's "Best...

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How to Hike Baegundae Summit in Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

How to Hike Baegundae Summit in Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

Bukhansan National Park is a must-visit location just outside of Seoul city center in South Korea. Bukhansan national park is a beautiful escape into nature, it’s free to visit, and it’s easy to reach when going hiking from Seoul. If your Seoul itinerary has enough...

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Best Treks in Asia

Best Treks in Asia

There is no better way to explore the culture and beauty of a country than to embark on a trek through its most scenic and remote regions. When visiting such a diverse continent like Asia, its amazing how many different landscapes you can treat yourself to an...

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Sustainable Travel Packing List

Sustainable Travel Packing List

There's no doubt that travel, especially inter-continental travel, has a large carbon footprint. The great thing about long-term backpacking however, is that you don't need to feel ashamed for your lifestyle's climate impact while on the ground. Sleeping in hostels,...

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How to Spend One Day in Hiroshima

How to Spend One Day in Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a vibrant city located a little ways down the coast from Osaka and Kobe in Japan. Known for being one of two cities that was devastated by an atomic bomb during World War II, Hiroshima has come a long way since 1945.  Hiroshima's famous attractions are...

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Naoshima Island, Japan One Day Itinerary

Naoshima Island, Japan One Day Itinerary

Naoshima, one of the Art Islands in central Japan, is the perfect place to spend a day between Hiroshima and Osaka during your Japan itinerary. Not only can you experience laid-back island life, but you can also explore the many museums and sculptures during your...

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Hiking Mt. Mitake, Day Trip From Tokyo

Hiking Mt. Mitake, Day Trip From Tokyo

The immensely popular Mt. Takao day-trip from Tokyo might be a bit crowded for visitors looking to spend time in nature. Mt. Mitake is a perfect alternative day-trip from Tokyo where you can enjoy the Japanese countryside. The entire Mt. Mitake region, also a National...

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Miyajima Island One-Day Itinerary

Miyajima Island One-Day Itinerary

Miyajima Island near Hiroshima is a popular day-trip destination for all travelers to Japan. It's a place to escape into nature, explore beautiful shrines, and admire the famous Miyajima sunset behind the 'floating' torii gate. I recommend spending one whole day here...

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