“Traveling is expensive” is an outdated old wives’ tale. Sure, it can be expensive if you want it to be, but it can also be quite affordable. I’ve been traveling internationally my entire post-college life (just shy of a decade), and I’ve learned a lot about making my money go further on my trips. Read my ten tips if you’re neither rich nor poor, but want to maximize your money’s potential when globetrotting.
After giving Seoul a second chance six and a half years after my first visit, the city was quite a letdown. But all hope is not lost, as my trip is only half way over, and I have a whole ‘nother city to explore. Can Busan, South Korea’s second largest city located on the coast in the southeast, help redeem the country? I spent eight days in the seaside city to discover the answer to that very question. Read more to find out what I learned about “Dynamic Busan” and whether or not it’s worth stopping by.
Six and a half years is a long time away from a country, and that’s exactly how long has passed since the last time I visited South Korea. In the summer of 2016, I finally made my way back to Seoul, Korea’s sprawling capital, but this time with years of travel and living overseas experience under my belt. So can my 2016 self possibly see the city in the same light as my old 2010 self? Read on to find out what kind of vibes I got from “the Soul of Asia” the second time around.
The classic mom-and-pop style restaurants that can be found all over Asia have been mostly phased out in modern Japan. Instead, say hello to their rich cousins – the restaurant franchises owned by giant parent corporations. Some great, some bad, and most somewhere in between, here are ten ubiquitous restaurant franchises you can find in almost every corner of the isolated island nation.
They say familiarity breeds contempt, so does that mean unfamiliarity breeds admiration? This last June and July my older brother made his first ever trip to the Eastern Hemisphere by visiting me here in Japan. Though not a seasoned traveler, he does have some notable foreign travel under his belt. So what did he think of the great former Nippon Empire? Read more to learn which aspects of Japan blew my brother away, and which aspects he found to be sorely lacking.
If you’re a follower of mainstream media, then you’ve probably heard that Thailand is the “Land of Smiles” where the locals welcome foreigners into their country with open arms. Well I’m here to tell you that’s a load of crock. Thailand may be a fun place to live for a handful of years, but a perfect country it is not. Read my list of the top ten things I absolutely do not miss about Thailand, one of the world’s most visited countries.
Photography and travel go together like bread and butter. In the last few years, I went from an amateur travel photographer with just a point-and-shoot to a DSLR-wielding photography enthusiast with thousands of photos from around the globe. So what have I learned along the way? If you’ve ever thought about giving photography a try but have no idea where to start, then this article is just for you.
Up until this point, my vision of Japan revolved around Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region. I haven’t been the world’s biggest fan of Japan up to this point either. Can Kyoto, an old and cultural city on the other side of Japan, come in and save the day? Have I just been looking at Japan through the wrong lens this entire time? Read my trip report to find out what I learned about Kyoto, Japan’s overwhelmingly-loved-by-all former capital city.
Seemingly everyone and their mother has been to Thailand these days, which has lead to the country receiving a lot praise that it probably doesn’t truly deserve. But a country that’s so famous with tourists surely must have something nice, or it wouldn’t have ever gotten so popular in the first place, right? After having lived three years myself in the capital of the Land of Smiles, I think I’ve earned the right to make a praise list for Thailand without sounding like a naïve newbie. Read my list of the ten things I love the most about Thailand to learn what exactly made the country such an exciting place to live.
Winston Wu, American founder of HappierAbroad.com, was one of the pioneers of the “go abroad for greener pastures” movement that seems to be growing more and more with each passing year. Due to his outspoken nature on controversial topics like anti-feminism and the decay of American society, some people love him, while others hate him. He took the time to do an interview with me so we can learn more about his roots and his lifestyle. Read this interview to learn more about the life of the self-proclaimed “most freethinking Asian of all time.”