All over Japan you'll find mascots for the different cities and regions. Here I am befriending the very friendly and excited (she grabbed my arms and started jumping up and down at one point!) mascot of Kyotanabe city in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture.

From Soba To Shabushabu: 8 Reasons Japan’s Kansai Region Should Be Your Next Trip

I recently took a trip to Japan, exploring the Kansai Region’s many food and cultural offerings. Aside for Kyoto, I had never really heard of the other places I went to, adding an element of excitement to the visit. After spending time in spaces like Uji, Nara, Amanohashidate, Izushi and […]

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Photo courtesy of The Savory Pantry.

Saratoga Springs: A Fun Weekend Trip From NYC

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting one of my sorority sisters from college in Saratoga Springs. Despite having gone to school nearby at the State University of New York at Albany, I’d never taken the time to explore this beautiful area. Now was my chance. After spending my […]

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Pizza. Photo courtesy of JDevaun.

8 Times Travel Makes You Appreciate Home

While one should cherish every moment of their trip, there are times you can’t help but feel like clicking your heels together Dorthy-style and whispering “there’s no place like home.” Whether you live in a mansion or a crumbling old NYC apartment (like me!) there’s something special about the place […]

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Discover New York: Savoring Malaysian Street Food Indoors In Greenwich Village

Discover New York: Savoring Malaysian Street Food Indoors In Greenwich Village

When people think of street food, typically images of locals who may or may not have washed their hands churning out cheap, fly-covered meals comes to mind. In New York City in particular, many imagine simple pretzels, hot dogs resulting in intestinal issues and roasting nuts that don’t really make […]

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A shot from my scenic train journey from Kyoto to Amanohashidate. Photo courtesy of Jessica Festa via a Nokia Lumia Icon.

Kyoto Day Trip: Amanohashidate, Japan’s Scenic Sandbar

While Kyoto, Japan, has much to offer travelers, a scenic day trip option is Amanohashidate. Also known as “The Bridge to Heaven,” it’s touted as one of Japan’s three most scenic areas. This is due to the 2.2-mile (3.6-kilometer) natural sand bridge covered in pine trees that sits in the […]

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