Making what can be an epic choice to pack your bags and move half way across the world can both scary and liberating. Talking about how you'd like to drop everything and run away versus actually, in a sense, picking up and leaving everything behind and starting fresh in a new and foreign place are two completely different things.
Whether it's your bestie you've known for years, or your favorite cousin you've always wanted to hit the town with in a new city, knowing what their expectations of traveling are is important. Being prepared for the trip itself is key, but few things can ruin a good time faster than your travel companion saying or doing something that you simply weren't prepared for. Stay woke, and ask these very important questions.
The second trip of our year long Pay it Forward travel initiative brought us to the Philippines. I was most excited about visiting because it's one of the few countries we'll be visiting this year that I had never been to before. I entered this trip similar to how I have others my first time visiting: absent of expectations.
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Ling is a Taiwan native who has been traveling the world for more than a decade. Her travels had led her throughout Asia (Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea), Oceana (Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand) and South America (Chile, Brazil), while touching parts of Europe as well as North America.
In the following interview, Ling shares some of her insight as well as some advice for young female travelers.
Uh-oh, the boss level is here. You're ready to take your relationship to the next level by taking a baecation abroad. An international vacation is the ultimate test for any relationship and just choosing the right place has the potential to end up as a recipe for disaster. Luckily for you all I've compiled this short list of some of the best and most affordable places to baecation abroad.
Have you ever wanted to go on a trip with a certain someone, but had no idea where to go? You want to do something romantic, but the idea of a $200 date just seems like way too much to spend on just a dinner and if you're going to be dropping that kind of money then you want more bang for your buck. Check out the list for some prime bae-cation locations.
Osaka is rich in culture, tradition and sights and despite the freezing temperature and all of the touristy things that we did we still managed to have a very culturally engaging trip.
But, seriously, if given the opportunity to ride a Japanese voiced version of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sip on Butterbeer and get your wingardium leviosa on, what would you do?
Why do we travel? The answer to this question is different for everyone. Perspective is everything when deciding when and how to venture out and see the world. Traveling, on its own, does so much and impacts everyone differently. There are plenty of reasons we can list regarding why the act of traveling is life changing; but the days, weeks, and months leading up to a trip you've dreamt about and worked so hard to earn shouldn't be overlooked either.
Japan has long been the highly romanticized land of neon lights, anime, strange food, crowded streets and impressive technology. It's a country that the world turns to for daily doses of "weirdness" and oddities. Speaking generally, as foreigners, we view Japan more as a fetish than a culture.
During our recent trip to Japan we sought to challenge those views and get a glimpse of the "real" Japan.
Snow-capped mountains, legal marijuana, beautiful views, scenic trails, and friendly people are just a few things that come to mind when you think of the 'Mile High City'. While I wasn't able to engage in all of those activities while there (I didn't bring the right shoes so hiking was a no-go), what I was able to do made me grow even fonder of Colorado and its many wonders.
I grew up in a household where my blackness was never discussed in detail, but was always celebrated in tradition. I was used to the smell of gumbo and the sounds of the Motown Christmas songs during the holiday season. However, something inside of me has always celebrated that bit of African that I am sure is still linked to at least some portion of my DNA. Kwanzaa never quite felt right; a packaged African holiday would never fully serve my soul.
Years ago one scary movie came out about a group of teenager's terrible experience in a hostel and now some travelers avoid hostels like the plague. I admit, the first time I was told I would be staying in a hostel I wasn't all that thrilled either. Honestly, I had no reason not feel that way because I had NEVER stayed in one or heard much about hostels to even form a fair opinion. Don't be like me, be better. Stay in a hostel. Here's why:
Watching the movie EuroTrip as a youngin' didn't really leave me with a desire to want to venture to that part of the world. When my friend Brad presented our Taiwan squad with the opportunity to experience a EuroTrip of our own I was down for it, of course, but my only frame of reference for what the experience would resemble was the movie EuroTrip. For better or for worse, I was excited.