Day Trip to Nara, Japan

Nara is the perfect destination for a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto on your trip to Japan.  As a former capital of Japan, Nara has a rich cultural heritage.  For a traveler, Nara has lots to offer with beautiful temples, one of the world’s largest Buddhas a lively deer park and your usual fanfare Read More …

Travelling to Costa Rica During the Rainy Season

Although travelling to Costa Rica during the rainy season isn’t probably your first instinct, you should overcome your prejudices and fears, and go on the most memorable vacation of your life. The rainy season, which is also known as the “green season”, is from May to November and it has many charms, so if you’ve Read More …

Matsuyama Castle – Japan’s Best Castle

Matsuyama Castle was voted as Japan’s 2nd best castle by Trip Advisor in 2014 and my recent visit confirms that its still awesome!  I flew into Matsuyama to meet my college buddy Andrew who’s been teaching in Japan for the last 4 years.  Matsuyama boasts to be the oldest original castle in Japan with original construction Read More …

An Epic Farewell to Asia

Life has been crazy lately, personally, professionally and passionately crazy.  In no small part due to the fact that I’m moving out of Korea in March 2017!  I’ve got a tentative arrival planned for Europe months later but regardless of where I end up I’ll likely be saying goodbye to Asia, my home for the Read More …

A Sneak Peak of Jeju Island with Bangawoyo Tours

Jeju Island was the perfect place to spend Chuseok, aka Korean Thanksgiving. Johnny made an awesome itinerary that mostly worked in spite of the looming typhoon.  I’m writing this on the long busride back to Seoul and will get a bigger update out ASAP. 5 days of making new friends on Korea’s “Hawaii” meant tons Read More …

Taroko Gorge- Hehuanshan – Motorbiking from the Pacific Ocean to 3,416m

After hiking Shakadang Trail I was convinced I needed to see more of Taroko National Park and decided to take my scooter to the highest peak. Doing some quick research at my hostel I discovered Xiafengkou(siafengkou) had a 2 hour hike to the top of Hehuanshan at an altitude of 3,416m. Locals told me the Read More …

Pingxi Lantern Festival 2016

Pingxi is famous for its lanterns and has the privilege of being the only place in Taiwan where sky lanterns can legally be released. Its remoteness coupled with a heavy annual rainfall make conditions safe for fire balls to be launched skyward. Sure there are environmental concerns (which is why I didn’t launch one) but Read More …

7 ways to spend a weekend getaway in Cebu, Philippines

Ronda and I arrived in Cebu excited for a relaxing island stay mixed with Filipino excitement. With 3 nights at an amazing Air BNB and an eyeful of adventure it was sure to be a great stay. The Philippines are a perfect place for backpackers on a budget or flashpackers like ourselves ready to spend Read More …

The first days of Summ… er Winter ;)

Have you ever walked around with a grin that just won’t leave and an unfaltering positive attitude?  Ever since I started teaching in 2008 I’ve had the good fortune of long vacations and a smile glued to my face on the first day of each one.  I love teaching (I’m even getting my masters in it) 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 …