Posts Tagged‘japan’

What You Didn’t See On Instagram

Of course on my social media accounts, you’ll only find beautiful photos of the seemingly fun times and beautiful landscapes while I’m traveling. However, I have to admit there’s always a lot more going on behind the scenes. Things that I don’t necessarily know how to convey to people who repeatedly tell me how envious they are of my travels. So here’s my attempt to relay some of what was really going on behind some of my Instagram posts:   I took this photo in Vietnam, approximately 4 minutes before I tripped and twisted my ankle, while tumbling down the street like a rubber ball.…

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am so honored to have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by someone I respect so much, Nicolette Orlemans. I met Nicolette through Mackenzie of Mac on the Fly (also nominated), and have immensely enjoyed participating in her #CultureTrav chats on Twitter ever since. The #CultureTrav chat is co-hosted by Jessica Lipowski every Thursday at 2:30 PM EST. It’s a wonderful way to connect with travelers around the world, compare war stories about your travels, and get a new perspective on the unique ways people are making travel possible in their lives. I’m proud to be a part of this…

The Moment that Changed Everything

One of the themes of this site is Solo Female Travel, among others. I’ve divulged why I made the decision to take my first solo trip to Japan. But that same trip was also what got me hooked on traveling alone. Furthermore, there was an exact moment that changed my perspective not only within the realm of travel, but extending to all my interactions and thus completely changing my entire social life. Here’s the story: In Kyoto, Japan, lies the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. If you’ve never heard of it that doesn’t mean you haven’t seen plenty of pictures as it’s probably one…

The Energetic Journey from Tokyo to Kyoto

In my previous post I divulged what led me to take my first solo trip to Japan. As the Universe works the way it does, I’d starting taking an interest in books about negative and more importantly POSITIVE energy prior to my trip. I’d started discussing it with friends and even acquaintances, and the more I’d brought it up I began noticing that people had a lot to say about it. Even my devoutly Roman Catholic 98 year-old grandmother who did the entire rosary bead prayer sequence every single night and cried for days when Pope John Paul II had died…

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…