Most people (myself included a year ago) imagine Tokyo and Japan as the same place. When you think of Japan, you think of Tokyo: Flashy skyscrapers, quirky fashion, bubbly J-Pop, and kitschy karaoke bars. But beyond this animated city are Japan’s small towns – towns where people invite you into their home for tea before […]
Most people (myself included a year ago) imagine Tokyo and Japan as the same place. When you think of Japan, you think of Tokyo: Flashy ...
Part of me expected to be regularly awed by Japan’s wild inventions like pancake-making robots, and bizarre vending machines that sell everything imaginable. Instead, I’ve ...
If travel blogs have one overarching message, my own included, it’s something like: Cast off your doubts, go traveling, and let the consequences be damned. ...
I’m being swallowed up by a crowd of people who are sticky with sweat and excitement; the air carries the faint aroma of sewage and ...
Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Tim, who took a career break along with his girlfriend in December 2012 to spend one year traveling the world. They blogged about it on their site, Laughing Abroad, and continue to be travelers who are temporarily not on the road. ”My girlfriend and I visited Tehran’s Fire and Water park with our […]
Ever since my interview on Nomadic Matt’s blog, I’ve been getting more readers and more emails (awesome!), and I’ve noticed a pretty obvious theme emerging in the questions you guys are asking me: Money. From whether I think it’s possible to travel with student debt to how we handle health insurance, all your questions seem […]
When you start researching ways to work and travel, teaching English abroad is the first suggestion that pops up almost everywhere you look. It’s probably the quickest, easiest, cheapest way to start traveling right now. The demand for English teachers in Asia is so insatiable that you could virtually be on a plane tomorrow if […]
What are we doing in 2014? It’s a question that’s had dozens of different answers over the past 6 months: Spend a second year in Japan, teach in another country, move back to Canada, or maybe give house sitting a long-awaited try. The decision ended up forming much in the same way our decision to […]
Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Constance, a Canadian Expat who currently calls Taiwan home. Constance has traveled extensively around Asia and blogs about her travel experiences as well as her personal reflections about expat life on her blog, Foreign Sanctuary. Photography is one of her passions and she includes several photos daily on her Facebook page. “The man, pictured in this photo wearing warrior make-up, […]
I’ll be bidding farewell to Japan in March, leaving me with only short 2 months to enjoy delightfully strange only-in-Japan experiences. A tour of this quirky country couldn’t possibly be complete without exploring the ever-growing animal cafe trend. The whole movement started with cats, so that’s where we decided to begin too. More specifically, we visited […]
Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Marek Bron, author of the Backpacking Preparation Guidebook. He blogs about low-cost travel in Asia and Latin America at IndieTraveller. “I took this photo at the top of Tajumulco Volcano in Guatemala. Me and my travel buddy wanted to do something special on Christmas day: it took us 3 hours […]
Holiday season illuminations are quite popular in Japan. While many cities go for the full-on LED display, Hida-Takayama played up its old-world feeling by decorating all of its gorgeous Edo-period buildings with paper lanterns. The soft lighting, combined with the heavy snowfall, created a pretty magical effect. Which cities do you love to see […]
New Year’s is A Lot Like Western Christmas In Japan, New Year’s is one of the most important holidays of the year, and it couldn’t be more different from the typical Western champagne-popping New Year’s celebration: People return to their hometowns, and families come together for a special meal, send greeting cards, and pray for health […]
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Hello, I'm Jess! Wander with me as I discover how to get the most out of traveling on a budget, and how to live as an expat anywhere in the world.
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