Yunomine Onsen and Four Other Awesome Wakayama Onsens

Yunomine, one of the best Wakayama onsens

Hikers doing Japan’s Kumano Kodo walk, a network of trails that follow a pilgrimage route going back over 1000 years in Wakayama prefecture south of Osaka and Nagoya, are rewarded with a plethora of hot spring baths along the trail. After tramping up and down forested trails all day long, one of the best things … Read more Yunomine Onsen and Four Other Awesome Wakayama Onsens

A Night on the Peak of Tai Shan, China’s Holiest Mountain

Hiking Taishan China

Almost exactly 10 years ago as I write this, I left my home in Canada to go traveling and teach English in China. I had traveled extensively before that, but this was the first time I was leaving on a one-way ticket. It was a path that eventually led me to Taiwan, where I still … Read more A Night on the Peak of Tai Shan, China’s Holiest Mountain

Eko In Koyasan: An Unforgettable Temple Stay in Koyasan in Winter

Staying at Eko In Koyasan in winter

On my recent 10-day winter trip to Japan, my plan was to not step foot in a single city, hike parts of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, one of the world’s best pilgrimages that travelers can easily embark on, and only stay in traditional minshuku, ryokan, and temples. For the latter, doing a temple stay in … Read more Eko In Koyasan: An Unforgettable Temple Stay in Koyasan in Winter

A Dad’s Guide to Yoga for Toddlers (with expert tips for traveling parents)

As a working couple who take turns staying at home with our two-year old son and nine-month old daughter, we are a busy family. As any parent knows, you have to give up many things when you first have kids. For me, one of the things I stopped doing much of was exercise, and my … Read more A Dad’s Guide to Yoga for Toddlers (with expert tips for traveling parents)

How Hiking in New Zealand Transformed My Life

Hiking in New Zealand

This is not one of my typical “how to” travel guides, on the subject of hiking in New Zealand. Rather, it’s a personal story of transformation going back almost two decades, to a zen moment I had alone in the mountains of New Zealand, when I realized my life calling. If you are nature lover … Read more How Hiking in New Zealand Transformed My Life

A Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Review

In order to put one of my new favorite oolong/wulong teas, Ai-Want Formosa Tea‘s 2015 Winter Dong Ding oonlong tea, to the ultimate test, I’ve decided to take extreme measures. I am going to carry out a trial on the pickiest, most captious food and drink critic that I know: my Taiwanese father-in-law. You’ll have … Read more A Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Review

Ruby Red #18 Tea (台灣紅玉紅茶)

Ruby Red 18

Ruby Red 18 was the first tea sample that I received as a part of my subscription to Global Tea Hut‘s monthly Tea and Tao Magazine. Read more about my visit to Global Tea Hut and my full guide to Miaoli, where the international organization is based. When I first started writing about the amazing … Read more Ruby Red #18 Tea (台灣紅玉紅茶)

7 Pilgrimage Sites in India that Every Spiritual Seeker Must Visit

Pilgrimage Sites in India

Contributed by Rohit Agarwal of Trans India Travels   You may worship a certain god or follow a certain religion, but when it comes to spirituality, no religion is different. Spiritualism comes from your soul, and the philosophies of every religion, no matter how different, will all help you reach out to your soul. India … Read more 7 Pilgrimage Sites in India that Every Spiritual Seeker Must Visit