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7 Of My Favorite Cities Around The World (So Far)

After a few years of traveling around the US and a few trips abroad, I've found a few places that I just really love and find myself wanting to go back to more than others.  I love exploring the outdoors, but when you find a city you love, you can't help but dream of going…

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15 Things I’ve Learned From Visiting 15 Countries

There are affiliate links in here. Last year I wrote a post about 15 things I've learned from driving across the US seven times.  I thought it would be fun to share some things I've learned from visiting 15 countries around the world.  Some of these things are practical.  Some are glaringly obvious things I…

Nara Deer Park: The Coolest Animal Experience In Japan

Have you ever wanted to know how to make new friends?  Look no further!  This is how you do it.  Granted, they will be deer, not people, but who doesn't want a deer friend?  My point exactly.  Everyone does. I didn't do pretty much any sort of planning going into Japan, but I sort of…

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Visiting Monkey Park Iwatayama In Winter

After our morning in the bamboo forest of Arashiyama outside of Kyoto, it was time to go to Monkey Park Iwatayama, or Monkey Park, or Monkey Mountain.  After wandering around a bit looking for it, we bought our tickets and started the 15-minute trek up from the base of Iwata Mountain. This is a fun…

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: The Perfect Kyoto Day Trip

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a Pinterest dream come true.  I remember when Pinterest first started, there were pictures of some bamboo grove all over it.  I don't know if it was this one, but once I found out there was a bamboo grove just a short train ride from Kyoto, where I was going…