Izumo & Hinomisaki Shrines – Japan – A road trip off the beaten path

After a day of walking around Matsue we hopped into Andrew’s car and ventured towards Izumo.  Izumo Taisha is famous throughout Japan as one of the oldest Shinto shrines.  In fact, the records of its founding were lost eons ago so many believe it to be the oldest shrine in all of Japan. Japan’s Oldest Shrine Read More …

10 ways to get the most out of Ubud

Ronda and I absolutely loved Ubud!  Its a must see for anyone visiting Bali, Indonesia.  You can cram everything you want to see into a few days but that will leave you wishing you were back in Ubud like we were.  We returned for another 2 nights after our stay on the Gili Islands!  Check Read More …

Night Tours at Korean Royal Palaces

***I’ve been getting questions about ticket reservations. Both times I went without reserving tickets ahead of time. One time we arrived at 715 the other 8pm and we got in without any issue. Contact me or comment below if you get in or have any other info*** Visit Korean Palaces at Night The Korean Royal Read More …

Motorbiking around Pai

Pai (pronounced pie) is worth at least an overnight trip for anyone in willing to take a few hour ride west of Chiang Mai. This quaint village on the river is surrounded by rice paddies, temples, waterfalls and hot springs while still maintaining an expat community making it easy to have a great time. Brian Read More …

Longshan Temple – Taipei, Taiwan

Even if you only have a half day in Taipei make sure you get to the Longshan Temple!  Its a stunning Buddhist temple with regular visitors and local parishoners.  Founded in 1738 as a haven for Chinese immigrants from Fujian the settlers built Longshan in honor of Kuan-in the Buddhist goddess of mercy. How to get Read More …

A weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

A weekend is just enough to get a taste of Taiwan and realize you want to go back again before you’ve even left.  Taipei has an excellent public transit system, free wifi and lots of cultural & crazy experiences.  Here’s a quick preview of Ronda and my trip as we met my college buddy Andrew (who Read More …

Night Hiking Ansan at Ehwa University – Seoul Hiking Group

After a few month hiatus I finally got back into night hiking this evening!  Coincidentally I discovered some old photos I never posted of the same mountain.  Enjoy this photo walk, the green lights & my beard are from the first trip while the rest are from last night.  Somehow we had amazingly clear evenings Read More …