Destinations: North America, Travel Tips

Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Cuba (especially for Americans)

January 17, 2017

Streets lined with classic American cars from the ’50s. Striking architecture around every corner. Miles and miles of white sand beaches. A lively culture filled with creativity and welcoming hospitality. Cuba is a fascinating country that will likely be significantly different than most destinations you might have on your travel bucket list, but undoubtedly one that should be at the top of your list. So what should you know before planning a trip? Here are some essential tips on just that! Continue Reading…

Destinations: Africa

Top Tips For Planning an African Safari Trip

October 31, 2015
Ngorongoro Crater

Guest Post By: Peggy Wang
An African safari is a true adventure offering travelers around the world an opportunity to get up close to animals in their natural environment. Safari destinations are by no means cheap nor are they anything like a trip to the zoo. Planning is a must! Here are some tips based on my own research and experience. Continue Reading…

All About Food, Destinations: Asia

Top Breakfast Brunch Spots in Tokyo

June 22, 2015

Tokyo is well-known as a destination to find amazingly fresh sushi and tasty bowls of ramen. But what if you’re just plain tired of sushi and ramen and craving a western breakfast? What if you just want some eggs and pancakes? Given the strong gastronomic culture in Tokyo with the numerous Michelin-rated restaurants, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of mouth-watering western breakfast establishments in Tokyo. In fact, a quickly growing brunch craze has taken over many of Tokyo’s neighborhoods. Lines snake through back alleys and wind around the block at all hours of the day as hungry patrons await their turn to sink their teeth into a light fluffy pancake. Continue Reading…

Destinations: Africa

Experiencing Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit

March 9, 2015
Serengeti Sunrise

Guest Post By: Peggy Wang

I was 13 years old visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History when I fell in love. “Africa: The Serengeti” (released in 1994) was being featured at the museum. I was immediately mesmerized by the gorgeous aerial views of the endless plains, the interactions of the African wildlife, and of course, learning about the greatest migration of land animals in the world. Making it to the Serengeti became a dream for me right then.

Nearly two decades later, I coerced convinced my husband to make Tanzania our next travel destination. There are so many things to do and places to see in Tanzania–climb Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, go on a safari, relax on Zanzibar—-but with limited vacation days we had to stick to our (my) priorities. And making my way to the Serengeti was at the top of the list! Continue Reading…

Travel Tips

Disconnected Travel. The Art of Being Present.

January 20, 2015

We are in an age where people prefer to text rather than pick up the phone, catch up with “friends” on Facebook rather than see them in person, or email a colleague rather than walk over to their desk. Connections through the virtual world dominate our daily lives, slowly whittling away at the time we spend creating connections and moments in our real-world.

“Why is it more important for you to engage with the people who are not physically here than the people are?”

Everyday, everywhere we witness couples physically sitting together over dinner. Both are on their phones texting, social networking, or checking emails rather than conversing with each other. Technology has not only increased the pace at which we live, but it has pulled us away from the real-world around us into a virtual space where our minds flutter from one thought to the next. We focus on the past and the future, but rarely in the now. Continue Reading…

Destinations: South America, Travel Tips

Pura Vida! A Reflection of How Pura Vida Came to Life for Me in 2014

December 31, 2014
Pura Vida!!!

Directly translated into English, Pura Vida means “Pure Life”, but for the people of Costa Rica there is a deeper meaning. The essence of Pura Vida is that no matter how bad your current life situation, someone somewhere has it worse. So maybe, if you really think about it, your situation isn’t all that bad after all. And in the end, life is short; life is wonderful. So start living your life! Witnessing and experiencing “Pura Vida” all over Costa Rica made me reflect on my life and how, out of the blue, I decided to visit Costa Rica. So to end the last few hours of 2014, I think that a personal reflection post is quite appropriate. Continue Reading…

Destinations: Asia

The Southeast Asia Edition: Vietnam in a Nutshell – Top 5 Things to Do

October 13, 2014
Vietnam has quickly grown in popularity as a top destination. From the beautiful stretches of beaches to the ancient cities and limestone islands–Vietnam’s diversity is astounding. If you are looking for a country with profound history, cuisine, and natural beauty, then look no further. Vietnam is your answer. Here are the top things you should do during your visit to Vietnam.
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Destinations: North America

The Burning Man Edition: The Truth About Burning Man

September 10, 2014
I’ll admit right off the bat–the title of this post is a bit misleading. There really is no singular “truth” about Burning Man. Burning Man is an experience that is as individualized as the ridges that make up your fingerprints. You get what you want out of it and your experience is ultimately created by your decisions. If you have never attended Burning Man it is almost impossible for you to fathom the experience unless you just go! Even then, each year you return home to the Playa, your experience will be completely different than before (at least that is what I have been told). So while I cannot offer you singular “truths” about Burning Man, what I can offer are my personal “truths” based on my experiences THIS year. Will my experience next year be the same? Probably not. But for now, these are my truths from Burning Man 2014.

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Destinations: Asia

The Southeast Asia Edition: Your Top 13 Must-Do’s in Thailand

July 1, 2014
Southeast Asia has always been a backpacking haven. The region attracts the most visitors between November and March when people are looking to escape the cold winter months back home. The interest in this region continues to grow as evidenced by the sheer volume of requests I’ve been receiving for Southeast Asia travel tips. 

“What should I do when I go to Southeast Asia? Any tips on must-visit places?” Well… yes indeed! However, considering the numerous countries that the Southeast Asia travel route encompasses this is a ridiculously TOUGH question to answer. So I thought I’d start this edition with some tips on visiting the travel hub of Southeast Asia: Thailand. If you’re headed off to Thailand, here are the top 13 must-do highlights while you’re visiting. 

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Travel Tips

Tips For First Time Travelers

May 27, 2014
Virgin Traveler. We’ve all been one before. Even for those who aren’t virgins, traveling can offer a mix of emotions. It’s exciting with all the new experiences and endless possibilities. At the same time, it can feel a bit daunting and uncomfortable because of all the unknowns. 

I often reflect on the first time I ever REALLY traveled. It was October 2006 and I was headed off to Spain. Boy was I a NOOB! I’ve gained some wisdom along the way on traveling practicalities as well as having a new perspective on life experiences. For the young, inexperienced, “noob” traveler that I once was, and for all of you who may be looking for some tips to make your journey a little easier, this post is dedicated to you!

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