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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 filled with activities that are sure to...

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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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The Perfect Trekking in Nepal Packing List

The Perfect Trekking in Nepal Packing List

Packing for a trek in Nepal or anywhere in the Himalayas is a daunting task. Your Nepal packing list should be robust but lightweight. Before you leave home, what should you pack for Nepal? When you arrive in Kathmandu, what should you buy? There are two objectives...

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Mt. Misen Hike and Observatory on Miyajima Island, Japan

Mt. Misen Hike and Observatory on Miyajima Island, Japan

Miyajima Island near Hiroshima, Japan is full of not-to-miss sightseeing spots, and is definitely worth a stop on any Japan itinerary. Summiting Mt. Misen, the highest point on Miyajima, is one of the highlights of the island, and the views are definitely worth the...

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Seishun 18 Kippu, the Cheaper JR Pass Alternative

Seishun 18 Kippu, the Cheaper JR Pass Alternative

Are you visiting Japan in August, December, or March? With the Seishun 18 Kippu, for 12,050 yen ($110 USD), you can take unlimited local or rapid JR trains on five different days. That means you can get almost anywhere in Japan for only 2,410 yen!  The Seishun 18...

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Visiting Auroville, the City of Dawn, in Tamil Nadu, India

Visiting Auroville, the City of Dawn, in Tamil Nadu, India

Auroville is an international township located in Tamil Nadu, South India, just a few kilometers north of Pondicherry. The township focuses on “Human Unity”, where citizens of the world can live together in progressive harmony above politics, religion, and...

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How To Climb Mt. Fuji Independently

How To Climb Mt. Fuji Independently

The Mount Fuji summit is the top of Japan, reaching 3776m above sea level. Climbing Mount Fuji was traditionally done only by devout pilgrims, but now it has become a wildly popular bucket list item. During Mount Fuji’s short hiking season, people from all around the...

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20 Things To Know Before Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

20 Things To Know Before Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is an iconic, bucket-list trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Over two weeks you'll see jagged mountains, glacial plains, and fluttering prayer flags. You'll reach an altitude of 5416m and stay with lovely Nepali families. There are many things to...

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Teamlab Borderless vs Teamlab Planets: Which Is Better?

Teamlab Borderless vs Teamlab Planets: Which Is Better?

One of the must-see museums in Tokyo is the MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Odaiba: the Teamlab Borderless Museum. But did you know there's a second one made by the same company, Teamlab Planets, in nearby Toyosu?  Teamlab Borderless and Teamlab Planets museums...

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Kawagoe Day Trip From Tokyo

Kawagoe Day Trip From Tokyo

Step back in time to the Edo-era in Kawagoe, an off-the-radar day trip spot for locals coming from Tokyo. Popular day trip destinations from Tokyo include Yokohama, Kamakura, or hiking around Mt. Takao, while not many tourists know about Kawagoe in Saitama. Due to its...

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Finding a Sharehouse in Tokyo Guide

Finding a Sharehouse in Tokyo Guide

Share houses in Tokyo have been booming because they provide budget accommodation, for little upfront cost, in an expensive city. Living in a share house in Tokyo is also a great way to make both local and foreign friends in Japan.  Share houses are apartment or...

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Caye Caulker, Belize – The Perfect Island Getaway

Caye Caulker, Belize – The Perfect Island Getaway

Belize is a beautiful country located a quick flight south of the U.S.  Home to beautiful islands, snorkeling and rainforest adventures, it's shocking that Belize is not overrun by tourists! This former English colony retains its culture, charm, and laid-back attitude...

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Two Weeks in Thailand Island-Hopping Itinerary

Two Weeks in Thailand Island-Hopping Itinerary

Thailand will always be one of my favorite countries, because it embodies the many beautiful things that Southeast Asia has to offer. Thailand is an amazing destination for everyone from backpackers and novice travelers to luxury travelers. If you want to go...

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Schynige Platte to First, Grindelwald Hike in Switzerland

Schynige Platte to First, Grindelwald Hike in Switzerland

The Interlaken region of Switzerland is beautiful not only for its turquoise lakes, but also its impressive mountain ranges. Treks here are easily accessible by train, so everyone from avid trekkers to families can enjoy the views that the Swiss Alps has to...

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Hiking the Eiger Trail

Hiking the Eiger Trail

The Eiger Trail is a UNESCO Heritage hike that runs along the North Face of the Eiger mountain, in the heart of the Swiss Alps. This hike is easily accessible from some of the most popular Swiss mountain villages including Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, and Grindelwald....

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Tips For Traveling The Balkans By Bus

Tips For Traveling The Balkans By Bus

The Balkans are an extraordinary group of countries, located just a quick flight or bus ride away from popular Western European destinations. Because of their small size and connected history as former Yugoslavia (most of them, anyways) it's easy to travel between the...

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Hiking Mt. Jinba to Mt. Takao from Tokyo

Hiking Mt. Jinba to Mt. Takao from Tokyo

Hiking to Mt. Takao is a popular day-trip from Tokyo for people seeking time in nature. In fact, it's SO popular that the Takao-san summit hike and the trails to get there are over-crowded. Adding another summit, Mt. Jinba, to your itinerary will give you the solitary...

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