May Peace Prevail on Earth

Happy Earth Week! This week I wanted to share a special memory with you from my favorite place in Japan – Fuji Sanctuary. This beautiful oasis is located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, about a 40-minute bus ride from the town of Fuji. It was created in the 1950s by the Japanese poet and […]

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Time well spent on Hilton Head Island

There’s nothing like a weekend getaway, especially when you just plan to relax and enjoy yourself! That’s exactly what I did a few weekends ago when I went to visit my parents near Hilton Head, South Carolina. A lot of sunshine, walks, enjoying the views and eating well was in the cards, and we did […]

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Captured Moments: New Orleans

Lively jazz music, beautiful terraces, French-inspired architecture, and warm powdery beignets set the tone for the four days I spent in New Orleans. I enjoyed walking the sunny streets, people-watching, and eating all sorts of delicious food. Since I was visiting for a work conference, I didn’t have as much time to explore, but I […]

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Kyoto: The Heart of Japan

Kyoto is lovingly referred to as the “heart” of Japan. This is where many of the country’s temples and shrines are located and is a place where traditions from the past live on. I had an amazing time visiting Kyoto. Here are some of my favorite highlights from this beautiful city. Tea Ceremony We had the unique opportunity […]

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My Travel-Inspired Bucket List

Every one of us should have a bucket list, and if you don’t – use this as a time to make one! What’s on the top of yours? Jumping out of an airplane? Going on a safari? Skiing the Alps? Some bucket lists consist of specific adventures, but I’ve made mine into a list of […]

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Tokyo: A City of Technology & Tradition

Tokyo is a bustling, colorful city – a perfect balance of technology and tradition. I recently traveled to Japan for about 10 days and visited the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Kyoto. In this post I am going to focus on the highlights from my time in Tokyo with recommendations for anyone looking to […]

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Japan Recap

Japan is a beautiful country filled with generous, humble, loving people. I had the opportunity to travel here for 10 days as a part of a Global Citizenship Project through my university. I met so many local people, drank endless amounts of tea, ate more raw fish than I care to remember, and visited many […]

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Guest Post: Favorite Thai Dishes

After spending months in Thailand eating out (mostly because I had no kitchen at my flat or was always traveling around), I learned to how pick the best meal at a restaurant after a few bad experiences. Trust me, ordering food at a food court when you have no idea what it will look like […]

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Worldly Wonders: Machu Picchu

I still can’t believe I had the opportunity to visit one of the world wonders last year. Trekking to Machu Picchu was an experience I will carry in my heart for the rest of my life, and I encourage anyone who is interested in going here to visit. Most people know Machu Picchu as one […]

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Guest Post: Things to Do in Vietnam

In May I spent two weeks traveling Vietnam from Saigon to Hanoi. The first thing I have to say is that two weeks is definitely not enough time to discover this amazing country! If you have a whole month, it’s enough time to check out all the places listed here, and even more. Here’s the […]

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Ways to Beat Jet Lag

There’s not much that is worse than jet lag. [Jet lag means that your circadian rhythm (your internal clock) is out of sync with its new environment.] Arriving to your destination tired, groggy, and hungry can really wear on your body. It can knock you out for a few days during your trip and post-trip, […]

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Captured Moments in: Cinque Terre

I loved visiting this area of the world, and although my time there was short, I got a good grasp of the five towns (Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso, Riomaggiore, and Manarola) that make up beautiful Cinque Terre. This charming Italian seaside is so picturesque. It is exactly what you picture when you think of coastal Italy… […]

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