June 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

They say moving house is almost as stressful as going through a divorce or the death of a relative. Yup.  I was certainly surprised by how much this month left me drained and agitated. Moving into an entirely unfurnished apartment as someone who can fit everything they own into a backpack was — shockingly — […]

How to Spend Two Weeks in Japan: An Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time for your first trip to Japan. You’ll be able to explore from the mountains to the sea, wander through chaotic neon-lined streets and serene Zen temples, soak in onsens and fill yourself with more ramen and sushi than you thought possible. For my first time in Japan, […]

Why Seeing the Snow Monkeys in Japan Sucked

“Well,” Dave said, letting out a deep sigh. “This has to be one of the biggest letdowns of my life.” I nodded in quiet disappointment as I stared out at the bleak scene ahead of me. Instead of a snow-covered paradise, I was standing in what felt like a construction site full of rubble, with […]

Announcing My Travel Plans for the Rest of 2018!

Finding a home has been a long process. When I embarked on this open-ended journey back in 2011, I anticipated being away for a year, but secretly dreamed of making it to two. At that time, travel blogging wasn’t a viable career for most, and I made tentative plans for working holidays in Australia, New […]

The Cost of Travel in Japan: A Detailed Budget Breakdown

It took me six years to get to Japan. Why? Because I didn’t think I could afford it. Every time I seriously looked at visiting, I’d see the enormous price tag for the train passes, read about how the hotels were super-expensive, and then fly to Vietnam instead. Or Taiwan. Or even the United States. […]

Should You Go to a Hedgehog Cafe?

I can never resist checking out a themed restaurant when I travel. During trips to Taiwan, I visited a hospital-themed restaurant, Hello Kitty-themed cafe, and Barbie-themed restaurant. In South Korea, I checked out both a dog cafe and a cat cafe. In Thailand, I even had lunch at a condom-themed restaurant. Yes, it’s true: One […]

I Want to Live in Harajuku

There are a handful of neighbourhoods I’ve fallen in love with over my seven years of travel. They’re places that have me feeling at home from the second I arrive, spots I continually crave living in, and areas that are crammed full of cosy cafes, quirky bars, thriving food scenes, and interesting street art. There’s […]

15 Weird and Wonderful Things I Ate in Japan

At the end of every trip I take, I like to sit down and take stock of my experiences. As I write this now, I’m beaming from ear to ear. I’ve just completed an epic six-month jaunt through Asia and Oceania and, despite a few hiccups, my brain is overloaded with the wonderful memories the […]

15 Weird and Wonderful Things to Eat in Japan

At the end of every trip I take, I like to sit down and take stock of my experiences. As I write this now, I’m beaming from ear to ear. I’ve just completed an epic six-month jaunt through Asia and Oceania and, despite a few hiccups, my brain is overloaded with the wonderful memories the […]

April 2018: Travel Summary and Statistics

My trip to Borneo was one of the worst I’ve ever taken. How did it all go so wrong? I’m not entirely sure. When I left you last, I was tiring of Kota Kinabalu. I had just spent three weeks in the city and while I initially adored everything about the place, by the end […]

Stranded in Vava’u While I Slowly Lost My Mind

I feel awful. As I write this, I’m in Vava’u, Tonga, and I feel exhausted and malnourished and stressed and irritable and depressed. I can’t stop grinding my teeth. Occasionally, I burst into hysterical peals of laughter until I feel as though I’m deteriorating into madness. All I want to do — no, all I […]

Ha’apai: My South Pacific Island Paradise

I’ve got quite a few of these going now. There’s Koh Yao Noi (my Thai island paradise), Otres Beach (my Cambodian beach paradise), Tofo (my Mozambican beach paradise), and now I’m throwing Ha’apai, Tonga into the mix, because after seven years of travel, I think it’s the prettiest place I’ve ever been. Yeah, I’m fairly […]