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Sunday Snapshot: Hua Shan Mountain

Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Joella, a British expat living and working in Beijing with her American husband. Since 2006 she’s worked in the USA, Korea, Venezuela, the UK and now China! She blogs about their current adventures in Beijing and beyond at This Beijing Life. “This photo was taken on top of Hua Shan mountain […]

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A Year in Kit Kats

Japan is not an easy country to say goodbye to. I love the faded paper on our home’s shoji screens; I love the smiling cashier at Lawson who always talks to Brent and I about the beer we’re buying; I love speaking Japanese, in general – it’s such a lovely-sounding language and I’m just on […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Dotonbori

Japan’s third largest city, I often feel Osaka doesn’t get enough credit, with many travelers skipping this hip city in favour of more famous Tokyo. Osaka is busy, youthful, and effortlessly cool. It’s also less than an hour from Kyoto (a city virtually all tourists visit) by train, so there’s no reason not to stop […]

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Japanese Ryokan: Overpriced or Authentic?

Many travelers consider spending the night in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, a must-do experience in Japan. While Japan’s reputation as a high-priced country is typically undeserved, a ryokan stay is one expense that has the potential to do some serious damage to your budget. With average prices ranging from ¥7,000-100,000 per person ($70-1000), […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Japanese Macaques

Jigokudani Monkey Park is a natural hot spring area that is home to about 200 Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys. To cope with Japan’s cold winter temperatures, the monkeys spend a lot of time lounging around in a hot spring pool, which, as you might expect, is pretty adorable. The most interesting part was that the […]

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A Local’s Guide to Hida-Takayama, Japan

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 […]

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Sunday Snapshot: North Tehran, Iran

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 […]

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Traveling, Money, and How We Make It All Work

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 […]

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What It’s Really Like to Teach English Abroad

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 […]

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What’s on for 2014: Go Big or Go Home

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 […]

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