The Great Beijing to Lhasa Train Ride

At 40 hours, the Beijing – Lhasa train is the longest train ride I’ve been on. I am now convinced that train journeys are way more romantic in books than in real life. Next time I’m going to Tibet, I’ll be flying.

Beyond the Beach: Offbeat Miami Attractions

Things to do in Miami beside going to the beach.

South Beach is all about the glams and the blings. South Beach is where excesses are flaunted and skins are shown. In theory I should feel more at home in low key (har har) Key West, but in reality I fell in love with South Beach vibe the moment I stepped out of my cab in front of my hostel.

Classic American Roadtrip: Florida Keys Highlights

One of US Classic Roadtrips: Florida Keys

There are a lot of great stops along the way to Key West – many are nature or outdoor related. My Florida Keys itinerary includes state parks, snorkeling stops, and plenty of breaks for key lime pies and conch fritters! As with any classic roadtrip, getting there is 90% of the fun.

The Mermaid Show of Weeki Wachee, Florida

Mermaid passing by

In Weeki Wachee, Florida, mermaids are real enough. As a matter of fact, there are more mermaids here in than the town’s inhabitants (Weeki Wachee, pop: 12, slogan: “The Only City Of Live Mermaids!”).

What’s It Like to Travel in Tokyo?

For me going to Japan was like having a part of my childhood come to life. I grew up reading mangas where I learned about eating taoyaki, going to onsen, and sitting around kotatsu before I knew there was a “Japan” beyond these stories, if you know what I mean.

Hakone Day Trip from Tokyo

Why and how to visit Hakone as a daytrip from Tokyo

Hakone is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo. There are onsens, beautiful scenery, and easy access from Shinjuku. With Hakone Pass, it’s very easy to see all of Hakone attractions.

How to Watch Sumo in Tokyo

The Makuuchi (top division) ring entering ceremony

When I learned that my visit would coincide with one of Tokyo’s sumo grand tournament, watching a sumo match became one of the top things I wanted to do in Tokyo.

Solo Travel in Cuba: Memorable Moments

Classic Cuba

I didn’t love Cuba. I didn’t hate it either. Looking back at my time in Cuba, some memories shine brighter than others. Here are a few of them. Not all are pleasant, but they are all definitely memorable.

Why Go: The Best of Sumba Island, Indonesia

Highlights of Sumba Island, Indonesia

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, as of right now, Sumba Island is still reserved for the most adventurous of travelers. The roads were bumpy and long. The lodgings were basic. The beaches were beautiful, but lacking in the most basic of infrastructure (no bathrooms, no cafes/restaurants, nothing but sand, water, and mangroves). I thought I’d been to deserted beaches before, but Sumba’s beaches took the phrase “deserted” beaches to a new level. But was it worth it? I think so. I’m so glad I went.