• 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.…

  • Gamcheon Culture Village
    Busan,  South Korea

    Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan’s artistic neighborhood

    When I actually started thinking about a trip to Korea, what I had in mind was a quick weekend in Seoul. It only takes a couple of hours by flight from Tokyo to the Korean capital and with plenty of LCC offering flights at convenient hours and cheap fares, the thought of a weekend trip abroad was something I had been fantasizing for a while. So I booked a late flight (or should I say a super early flight since it was scheduled to take off at 1 am!!) from Haneda airport to Seoul Incheon and started gathering information about all the places I could visit in a bit more than…

  • Charles Bridge Prague
    Czech Republic,  Prague

    Best of Prague: places that stole my heart in the Czech capital!

    Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, has won the heart of many traveling couples as one of the most romantic city escapes in Europe. Despite being there on my own, I couldn’t agree more. If Paris and Venice are contending the yearned title of city of love, Prague, with its Baroque and Gothic architecture and the magical atmosphere permeating the narrow lane of its Old Town, could undoubtedly challenge them both. If you don’t believe me, try going for a walk along the shores of the Vltava river at dusk. Try crossing the iconic Charles Bridge hand in hand with your loved one or enjoying the view of this beautiful…

  • Hotel Cote Cour Review
    Beijing,  China

    HOTEL COTE COUR: the Beijing stay of your dreams!

    I rarely post about hotels I’ve been to, but Hotel Cote Cour in Bejing is most definitely worth a great review! So why not writing one directly on my personal blog? Beijing offers an infinite number of accommodation options, from budget hostels to more luxurious hotels, and it is thus very easy to find the perfect place that fits your needs and travel style. When we picked Beijing for our next trip, we wanted to feel the city vibes of China’s capital, but at the same time, we didn’t want to miss the chance to experience a more traditional atmosphere which, in the case of modern cities, is often hidden…

  • Beijing,  China

    Exploring Beijing in 4 Days: day 2 to 4 itinerary

    My first day exploring Beijing started off amazingly. If you checked my recommended itinerary for day 1, then you already know I visited some of the most remarkable landmarks of China’s great capital. It was a very intense and exhausting day but I got the chance to see many beautiful places, as well as learn so many interesting facts about China’s millennial history and traditions. It was great and I didn’t know it back then, but the best part was yet to come! Here’s where I recommend you go for the remaining 3 days of your Beijing trip! Day 2: The Great Wall of China (Admission fee ¥40 + Shuttle Bus…

  • Beijing - Forbidden City
    Beijing,  China

    Exploring Beijing in 4 Days: Tips for the trip & first day itinerary

    Beijing, capital of the People’s Republic of China and the second most populous “city proper” in the world. With its urban area of 1,368 km2, it may discourage many from venturing to such a far distant place for a couple of days only. If you’re one of those unfortunate souls who can’t have more than 5-6 days off and you’re planning on exploring Beijing in 4 days, this might be the right article for you! The only requirement you need is being open to less conventional flight times and to a full-day itinerary with just a few breaks. Before talking about my recommended itinerary, however, here are 4 things you…

  • Visiting Ise Jingu
    Gifu & Mie Prefectures,  Japan

    Tasty Snacks: what to try in Gifu and Mie prefectures! (Part 2)

    For those who missed Part 1 of this trip, here’s what happened in short. I visited my friend Yumi in her hometown and, on the first day, she brought me to visit two famous spots in Gifu prefecture, Shirakawa-go, and Takayama. How could I best describe our nice journey? Historical spots, loads of laughs and many tasty snacks to fill up our stomachs! Curious about what happened next? Here’s how the weekend continued! After the long day, a relaxing night bath at the amazing onsen (Japanese hot springs) of Nagashima Spa Resort, and good sleep in a comfortable futon were all that I needed to recharge my batteries! And in…

  • Gifu & Mie Prefectures,  Japan

    Tasty Snacks:  what to try in Gifu and Mie prefectures! (Part 1)

    One of the best things that could happen to you while living abroad is having local friends. Why? The answer is very simple. They can show you around and teach you amazing facts about their own culture that you would have never had the chance to know otherwise. But most of all, your local friends are experts of the local cuisine, meaning that you will experience some of the most delicious and tasty snacks and meals by their side. This is obviously a dream for a food lover like me. I always try to challenge myself into tasting new dishes and flavors. Of course, I can also be a bit…

  • Japan,  Tokyo

    Beautiful Parks and Gardens in Tokyo!

    Tokyo, one of the biggest metropolis on earth and, with no doubt, the most populated one. Ads and huge tv screens anywhere, sparkling lights, skyscrapers, Shibuya’s famous scramble crossing, fast (not to mention punctual) bullet trains. These are only some of the images that likely cross people’s minds when they try to picture this modern city. It thus comes as a surprise to many that Tokyo is actually full of greeneries. Indeed, many beautiful parks and gardens can be found scattered around the city. These areas become the “sacred” place for both visitors and residents alike to take a break from the grey landscape of Tokyo’s architecture. Parks offer a…