Travel Tips + Guides

Beautiful San Luis Obispo, the Happiest City in America!

Beautiful San Luis Obispo, the Happiest City in America!

I’m sitting here wondering how I can do justice to not only my old college town, but my grandfather’s old college town, a family favorite vacation spot, and the well-known “Happiest City in America”! Whew! Pressure! There are many things that make San Luis Obispo, […]

Reverse Culture Shock–It’s a Thing!

Reverse Culture Shock–It’s a Thing!

The only thing stranger than moving to an exotic foreign country alone with two suitcases and little to no knowledge of the language and culture… is leaving it. Leaving Japan and all the people there almost fourteen months ago is probably the hardest thing I’ve […]

How Living Abroad Changes You

How Living Abroad Changes You

It’s such a cliche everyone, and I know I’m guilty of saying it quite often in the past as well, but I truly mean it when I say living abroad is a life changing experience. Travel in itself changes you, but not like being completely […]

My Top Travel Inspiration: Movie Edition

My Top Travel Inspiration: Movie Edition

There are days when all I want is to jet off to somewhere new and exciting and there are days when all I want is to curl up in bed, pull the blinds, and do nothing all day. Either way there is an extensive list […]

Stories From China: May I Take Your Picture?!

Stories From China: May I Take Your Picture?!

Being one of two Westerners in a rural Japanese town leads to some staring. They still stare into my shopping basket and they still watch me walk into the bank. I thought I was used to it. I thought China couldn’t possibly stare any more […]

Experience Hiroshima: Past and Present

Experience Hiroshima: Past and Present

*NOTE: I found this blog post and a few others I’d written awhile ago and never published. So I’ve gone through and updated them a bit and they’ll be coming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned! Living in Japan has many perks, and hopping on […]

An ALT Packing For Japan: Regrets and…. Regrets

An ALT Packing For Japan: Regrets and…. Regrets

I am a world-renowned overpacker. Seriously! Need some wet wipes? Sure. A flashlight? Gotcha! A snack, some paper, spare socks, a band-aid, pens in every color of the rainbow and a mostly broken umbrella? Of course! People know me as the walking, talking Wal-Mart. How then, […]

Think Left: Driving in Japan

Think Left: Driving in Japan

*Note: All price conversions are current as of Fall 2014. If you are reading this after the fact, know that conversion rates change all the time and you may want to recheck them. This is the website I use to convert USD (and others) to […]

An ALT’s Monthly Budget in Japan

An ALT’s Monthly Budget in Japan

Hello all! Long time no see! ひさしぶり! As usual, my laziness combines with my life to keep me from posting. I’m sorry! But here we go! This has been one of the most highly requested posts for awhile now, so here it is! I’ve noticed […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Smile!

Travel Tip of the Day: Smile!

Here’s a travel tip of the day: Smile! Because quite literally everything cool has happened when I smile at people. My students wake up, random strangers engage in conversation, and you brighten someone’s day. As the saying goes: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is […]