• Burano: Colorful Houses
    Italy,  Venice

    Burano and Murano in a day

    Venice is one of the most famous and aspired destinations in the entire world! Most tourists, however, attempt to visit this Italian gem as part of a crammed one week trip which includes at the very least Milan, Florence, and Rome as well. They will certainly say they have been to Venice, but can they really say they have experienced the beauty of this magical city and its lagoon? Searching online, I keep coming across forums where tourists on a tight schedule ask if, while in Venice, they could visit Burano and Murano in a day and whether they should spare some time to do so. Here’s my answer to…

  • Tsunahachi: Tempura
    Japan,  Tokyo

    Best Tempura Restaurant in Tokyo

    Looking for a traditional Japanese dish to taste? Why not try tempura? Consisting of batter-fried seafood and vegetables, tempura has a delicate, light and clean flavor, and it’s certainly a MUST to try while in Japan. If you’re in Tokyo, you can easily find restaurants serving tempura for a very cheap price pretty much anywhere. If, however, you aren’t too tight on your budget, you should try out Tsunahachi, which, in my experience, is definitely the best tempura restaurant in Tokyo! Why is Tsunahachi the best tempura restaurant in Tokyo? Tempura is my favorite Japanese food and I’ve tried it in several other restaurants, too. But, nowhere else did I…

  • Florida,  USA

    Amazing things to experience in Key West

    If you are planning to visit South Florida, you should venture to the Florida Keys, a group of islands, forming the southernmost point of the USA and linked to the continent by the panoramic Overseas Highway. These beautiful islands are blessed with a diverse ecosystem that treasures unique exotic plants and animals, and a vibrant coral reef. Not surprisingly, they are a popular attraction for those constantly in search of a retreat in a tropical paradise. Drive all the way down to Key West, the southernmost island, and enjoy its one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Here are some amazing things to experience in Key West! Dolphin Watch Tour by Honest Eco®  Walking around…

  • Florida,  USA

    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: a throwback to the past

    Would you like to experience a little bit of Europe while in Miami? Then, you should definitely visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a Renaissance-inspired villa overlooking Biscayne Bay. In a moment, you’ll feel like you have suddenly been teleported to a 16th-century European estate, but with a tropical background. The stark contrast between this architecture and what you are used to seeing anywhere else in Miami will surely impress you! A bit of history on Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Once the winter estate of Chicago businessman James Deering, Vizcaya and its beautiful gardens were built between 1914 and 1922. The complex originally consisted of 180 acres, including the Main House,…

  • Florida,  USA

    Morning walk through the Wynwood Art District – Miami

    One of the most instagrammable attractions of Miami, the artistic neighborhood of Wynwood will steal your heart with its colorful murals. Since the late 1990s, this former industrial district was brought back to life, redeveloped and turned into the most vibrant and creative area of the city. The once abandoned warehouses and factories became art studios, galleries, and restaurants. Artists moved in and Wynwood was converted into the center of fashion, design, art, innovation, and creativity. Today, the Wynwood Art District is a remarkably unique location in Miami, one that you can’t leave out of your itinerary if you’re in town. Visit the Wynwood Walls! I love street art. Having heard…

  • gala yuzawa
    Japan,  Niigata Prefecture

    Gala Yuzawa: Enjoy a day trip skiing in Niigata!

    Winter season is finally here! What about planning a day trip skiing or snowboarding somewhere not too far from Tokyo? Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner and have a passion for winter sports, Gala Yuzawa Resort in Niigata prefecture is the place to go! Gala Yuzawa Resort Conveniently served by the Shinkansen bullet train, the resort is easily accessible from Tokyo. In less than 1 hour and 30 minutes (departing from Tokyo Station), you’ll leave the tall skyscrapers and busy streets of Japan’s capital behind to find a beautiful mountainous panorama right in front of your eyes! The resort offers 17 trails, from beginners to advanced. Whatever your…

  • Kabukiza Tokyo
    Japan,  Tokyo

    Experience Japan’s famous Kabuki in one act!

    Are you spending some time in Tokyo and would like to experience some traditional aspects of the Japanese culture? Why not head to Kabukiza Theater to enjoy a single act of the famous Kabuki drama? What is Kabuki? Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater which originated back in the Edo period. Along with Noh and Bunraku, it’s been named “UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage”. What makes Kabuki unique is its highly stylized type of performance, which is based on exaggerated actions and movements. These movements are meant to help the audience understand the plot better and are accompanied by the lively sound of traditional instruments and chants. The elaborate…

  • abu dhabi
    Abu Dhabi,  UAE

    24 hours in Abu Dhabi: how to enjoy the perfect layover

    Direct flights are usually very convenient, but they can also be much more expensive than connecting ones, leaving you with the hard choice of picking between practicality and money. I recently faced this exact same alternative on my way back from Tokyo to Italy. In my case, giving priority to a cheap flight, I opted to fly with Etihad: from Tokyo to Abu Dhabi and then change to a connecting flight to Milan. That’s when the idea of a layover came to my mind. Abu Dhabi’s famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque had always been on my bucket list. And being just a few miles away from it, how could I…

  • Zamami Island
    Japan,  Okinawa

    Unspoiled beaches and marine paradise: a trip to Zamami Island

    Any travel destination has its own unique charm to me so that wherever I go, I easily fall in love with anything I see. A bustling city, the remote and idyllic countryside, green and lush mountains, or a deserted beach far away from any sign of civilization. All these places are so different and yet, in their own uniqueness, they manage to touch my heart and make me feel like I’m one of the luckiest people on earth, just for being able to travel there. But despite my tendency to love every single place I visit, there is nothing that I love more than the pristine beauty of small islands.…

  • Busan,  Seoul,  South Korea

    Discovering South Korea: best of my trip to Seoul & Busan!

    Before traveling to South Korea, I didn’t really have many expectations. I knew that Seoul is the high-tech capital of the country and that Koreans like their food very spicy. I knew that just like its neighbors, South Korea is a country rich in history and traditions (although this is probably true for any existing country on earth). But beyond these kinds of superficial facts, I didn’t really know much. The good thing about traveling without any expectations, however, is that you don’t waste time comparing what you see with what you have in your mind. You just enjoy the moment and appreciate everything you come across with more deeply.…