• 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,…

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    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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    Guam

    Best of Guam: 4-day getaway trip!

    Guam, one of the places I never thought I would find myself going to. And yet here I am on a 4-day getaway trip, lying on an idyllic beach, the crystal clear water of Tumon Bay in front of me. Words are not enough to describe how I’m feeling right now. If I had ever felt a bit stressed, now that feeling is long gone, leaving way just to an overwhelming sense of peace. I’m not surprised many, especially from Japan, China and South Korea, pick Guam as their escape destination, or even more, as their wedding destination. After all, it seems like being in a paradise on earth. Despite…