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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Notes On Sightseeing vs. Experiencing When Traveling

Notes On Sightseeing vs. Experiencing When Traveling

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller I always think it’s interesting when I book trips with friends or family and they immediately go out and purchase guidebooks and make a pre-planned itinerary of activities for us. Those who read my […]

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Discover New York: Artisanal Ice Cream Goes Quirky In Brooklyn

Discover New York: Artisanal Ice Cream Goes Quirky In Brooklyn

The first thing that will jump out at you when visiting Brooklyn’s OddFellows Ice Cream Co. website is their array of quirky flavors. It isn’t everyday you see flavors like Tobacco Leaf Smoked Chili Huckleberry; Beet Pistachio Honey Goat Cheese; Coconut, Cream Cheese & Carrot Cake; and Sesame Kumquat Pumpernickel. […]

Photo courtesy of Marc Veraart

Culture Shock: My First Onsen Experience In Japan

“When doing the Japanese onsen you’ll bring a small and big towel to the locker room where you can leave the big towel in a locker or basket. The baths are separated by male and female. You’ll then remove your clothes and bring your small towel with you to the […]

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A Look At My Favorite Unpretentious NYC Restaurants

A Look At My Favorite Unpretentious NYC Restaurants

New York City gets a bad rep for having some pretty pretentious restaurants. But the truth is, there is an array of delicious venues offering sophisticated settings with inviting atmospheres. Whether you’re looking for a great date spot, a memorable meal or a place to spend time with friends, the […]

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