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Why Singapore Is Perfect For Solo Female Travelers

It's been about six months since I came back to the United States from Korea. Saying that the wanderlust bug is back would be an understatement. The 15 months that I spent in Asia were thrilling, frightening, exhausting, delicious, and overall, amazing. I can't wait to go back. Now that I've had some time to reflect, I've also been able to take a look at the typical backpackers map of south and northeast Asia and make an educated decision on…

Kyoto in the Rain

Kyoto in the Rain

One of the most magical parts of traveling is taking in new surroundings. I don't think rainy days are exactly the ideal scenario when you've just landed someplace new, like Kyoto, and you're anxious to experience the city, meet new people, speak the language (even if you only know how to ask "where's the bathroom"). As much as I was bummed out when I realized I didn't have the right shoes to weather a full day of walking through puddles,…

Todaji Temple

Portraits Around the World: A Magic Pillar at Todaiji Temple

Every week I post a new portrait of a person that’s radiating with a touch of magic. This one in particular has a lot of 'special' attached to it because of its historical significance. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here. When I walked through the entrance of Todaiji Temple the firs thing I saw was a big sign reading 'free tours in English' (and a few other languages). As many backpackers can relate, whenever I see the word free I jump on…

Fushimi Inari

What to Do in Kyoto (& What Not to Do)

This past July I went to Japan for the first time, as you may have noticed from Instagram or Snapchat (Add me! @neyshaba) with one of my best childhood friends. We went to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe, hoping to pack as much into a one week trip as possible, and really get a feel for Japan. Kyoto was my favorite city, as it is for many travelers, but I had some mishaps along the way. Here are 5 tips for…

Maiko in Kyoto

Portraits Around the World: Spotting a Maiko in Kyoto

Every week I post a new portrait of a person that's radiating with a touch of magic. Sometimes these pictures capture a look that's a little haunting, other times they take a peek into the every day life of people from different parts of the world. This one right here is, by far, my favorite. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here. We got lucky. I mean, tremendously lucky. The day had gotten away from us, and as we…

Is Japan Safe

Is it Safe to Travel Alone in Japan?

It might surprise you to know that my first real solo travel experience didn’t happen until last month. I’ve always considered myself to be far too extroverted to see the world alone. As it turns out, traveling solo doesn’t actually mean that you’re alone. I’ve been to Europe where I hopped on a plane to Paris from New York. I was only alone in the city of love for a couple of hours before I met up with my oldest…

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The 3 Stages of Drinking Sake

What’s in a city – the aromas, the people, the pace. I like to get a little lost whenever I travel, and I found Kyoto, Japan to be the perfect place to wander aimlessly. Mainly because it’s safe, but also because the best parts of Kyoto are the places your Hostel doesn’t tell you about. After a day of exploring palaces and temples, sweating my butt off in the humidity, and spotting a maiko in Gion (the best part of…