Tag - Explore

1
5 Things To Do During Winter in Sydney
2
Scenic Sydney Helicopter Tour
3
Guam, the best place you’ve never heard of
4
A Day with the Elephants in Thailand
5
Best Temples in Kyoto
6
Autumn in Kyoto

5 Things To Do During Winter in Sydney

We don’t like the cold much here in Australia. With winter now upon us, most would rather snuggle up under a blanket than go out and explore. But there is plenty to do in Sydney during the winter.

Read More

Scenic Sydney Helicopter Tour

With only a few days to explore all of Sydney, I was in search of a unique experience that would allow me to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and countless beautiful beaches. As usual, I turned to the trusty hashtag on Instagram to find ideas from fellow travelers and Aussie locals. After posting #SydneyScenicTour #HELP, someone suggested the idea of a helicopter tour over the city.

Read More

Guam, the best place you’ve never heard of

I’ll be honest. Up until a year ago, if you had asked me to pinpoint Guam on a map, I might have pointed somewhere near Mexico. I had no idea that this tiny Micronesian island was actually a U.S. territory located in the southern Pacific. But, living in Japan, it didn’t take long before I heard all about this mysterious destination. Since Guam is an easy 3-hour escape from the cold winters in Japan, this island is a hot spot for Japanese tourists.

My friends and colleagues have referred to Guam as, “The poor man’s Hawaii.” Well, if that means beautiful, untouched beaches and wild, lush mountainscapes for half the price – count me in!

Read More

A Day with the Elephants in Thailand

I have loved elephants ever since I can remember. They are one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and loyal animals. I’m also pretty sure the elephant is my spirit animal, seeing as they are matriarchal, extremely stubborn, and spend about 80% of their day eating. Yep, sounds about right.

So when I found out that I could spend an entire day with the elephants in Chiang Mai, it was quite possibly the best day of my life.

Read More

Best Temples in Kyoto

Kyoto is home to over 2,000 beautiful temples and shrines, so it may seem overwhelming when first planning your itinerary. If you only have a day or two, you may need to narrow down your list to the must-see sites. In my opinion, these are the top 5 temples that you will not want to miss.

Read More

Autumn in Kyoto

  • Arashiyama Mountains, KyotoArashiyama Mountains
  • Golden Pavilion KinkakujiGolden Pavilion | Kinkakuji
  • Golden Pavilion, KinkakujiGolden Pavilion | Kinkakuji
  • Silver Pavilion GinkakujiSilver Pavilion | Ginkakuji
  • Silver Pavilion GinkakujiSilver Pavilion | Ginkakuji
  • Japanese GardenJapanese Garden
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Sagano Bamboo Forest, ArashiyamaSagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama
  • Sagano Bamboo Forest, ArashiyamaSagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama
  • Iwatayama Monkey ParkIwatayama Monkey Park
  • Kamo River, KyotoKamo River, Kyoto
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Kyoto, JapanPond Garden
  • Hozu River, KyotoHozu River
  • Kiyomizudera Temple, KyotoKiyomizudera Night Illumination

Kyoto is one of the best spots in Japan for kōyō, or autumn leaf viewing.  Browse through the gallery above for some of my favorite fall foliage shots!