A Visit to Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6, 1945 an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This event killed over 100,000 people, with many more people suffering from the effects of radiation for the rest of their lives. When I learned I would be traveling to Japan and reviewed our itinerary, […]

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Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Traveling to Arizona was so exciting for me! I hadn’t been there since I was a teenager so I had forgotten what it was like – and it surely did not disappoint. This northerner was not used to the dry heat in May or seeing so many cacti. The drive from Phoenix to Sedona was […]

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Exploring Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island is known to be one of the most scenic spots in Japan. It is located on the Seto Inland Sea and is referred to as an “Island of Gods.” It is home to wild deer, the Itsukushima Shrine, and many temples and historic monuments. The Aki Grand Hotel is located a short ferry ride […]

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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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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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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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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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Exploring Cusco, Peru

Cusco is a charming city located in Peru and is well known as the destination for travelers en route to Machu Picchu. It is worth spending some time in this beautiful city if you are able to since there is a lot to see and do. Here is my advice for anyone traveling to Cusco: […]

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Beauty Travel Essentials

Let’s be honest. Traveling can be dirty – whenever I get off of a long flight I always feel like I need to freshen up. In this post I’m going to share some essentials to carry with you to make sure your off-the-plane feeling is as good or better than when you stepped on it! […]

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Guest Post: Packing as a Solo Traveler

If you’re going on a long trip, pack smart! Especially if you are carrying a minimum amount of luggage. First I will share with you my packing list of clothes, then other essential items. All of these are optional but I highly recommend you consider some of these objects in order to travel smoothly and […]

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Hiking Solstice Canyon

Driving north from Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast Highway provides spectacular ocean views. During my time living in California last summer, my boyfriend and I discovered that a desert lies just beyond the hills bordering the PCH. We spent half a day hiking the Solstice Canyon, which is located right off the PCH near […]

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