Posts Tagged‘asia’

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Taiwan

I was so lucky that my arrival in Taiwan coincided with the Lunar New Year Celebrations ushering in the year of the Monkey. Everything just kind of fell together, as often the best experiences usually do. It was truly something I’ll never forget. There are 15 days of celebrations beginning on the lead up to the exact day of the Lunar New Year (New Moon) and culminating in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the lunar cycle (Full Moon), which marks the end of the celebrations and formally begins the New Year. While I’ll run down the 15…

First Impressions of Taipei

I arrived in Taipei in what was literally the coldest it’s been in 15 years. OF COURSE that would happen to me, and I have to just laugh about it. I had come from New York, which was simultaneously experiencing the “Snowstorm of the Century”, therefore many people from back home probably couldn’t understand what I was complaining about. But the difference is since it’s never really that cold in Taiwan, there is no heat to be found anywhere. So whatever temperature it is outdoors (38° F in this case), it is the same temperature indoors. Ok. End of weather-related…

My 5 Best Travel Moments of 2015

This year was personally one of my greatest years on record for traveling. Even though things were a bit rocky at times this year, it always makes me feel so grateful to look back and be thankful for the journey. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the experiences I’ve had, as well as the resources to make it all possible (even if it took some sacrifices along the way). Getting right to the point, here are my top 5 travel highlights of 2015:   1) Road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway This is one of the most beautiful drives on Earth. I…

Here’s Why Hoi An is the Jewel of Vietnam

I’d heard more than once that Hoi An was a really great city to visit in Vietnam, and one that shouldn’t be missed. So I certainly made it a point not to miss it! What I didn’t expect, though, was that I’d fall deeply in love with Hoi An, and eventually find it extremely hard to leave. Here’s 5 reasons why Hoi An is the Jewel of Vietnam: •   Diversity of Landscape With some of the most beautiful resorts in Southeast Asia, the area surrounding Hoi An including An Bang and Cua Dai is a beach destination in its…

Flashpacker’s Guide to Hotels in Thailand

When I’m really excited to go somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, I can’t help but have the urge to plan out all the details farther in advance than might be necessary. Do you know the feeling? It makes the trip feel sooner, and frankly makes waiting easier. This was the case when I went to Thailand a few months ago, as I’d wanted to travel there for SO long. I reached out to friends who had been before, but they’d all either stayed at really fancy and expensive resorts or, on the other end of the spectrum, were backpacking and…

Singapore: Pure Bliss for Solo Female Travelers / Foodies / Flashpackers

Singapore’s worldwide reputation is that of an extremely clean, very orderly city. While this is quite true (and can be attested to by the level of seriousness in which they take their crosswalks – you DO NOT walk when not permitted), it’s certainly not all there is to the “Lion City”. Another thing you hear often about Singapore is that you shouldn’t spend too long visiting there because it’s too expensive. Many people only travel there for two days or so as they continue on their Southeast Asian route or continue on to a different Asian metropolis. Now, I’m not going to…

My First Solo Trip to Japan: Making the Decision

Coming from somewhat of a corporate background, I feel an abiding cause for a mission statement. I had always wanted to go to Japan. I was captivated years ago by the lure of the mysterious lantern-lit sidestreets of Kyoto, and the ethereal weirdness of Tokyo. I’d taken a class in college about Japanese culture, and was fascinated by the deep rooted traditions and the way they danced with the highly advanced technology. The peacefulness of the Japanese Zen gardens versus the gory brutality of anime. I was never able to talk someone into visiting Japan with me. Being brought up in a…