A Super Simple Travel Meditation: How to Transform Your Travel Experience

Travel meditation

Meditation is an often-misunderstood word. For many it conjures up images of cave-dwelling ascetics or posh retreats in Bali. But meditation for travelers can come in many forms, and doesn’t necessarily require isolation, silence, or sitting in a lotus pose for set period of time. It can even be as simple as staying present while …

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The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Pt. 2: Hualien to Taitung and Kenting

The East Coast of Taiwan is a remote region of unparalleled beauty and perfect place for a Taiwan road trip. In Part 1 of this guide, I covered the popular Yilan and Hualien region. In this post, we will continue southward along the Hualien and Taitung County coasts from Hualien to Taitung, including the parallel …

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Yingge: Taiwan’s Ceramics Capital (including Yingge Ceramics Museum and Yingge Old Street)

Yingge, Taiwan is the country’s undisputed center of pottery and ceramics. Taiwanese ceramics range from perfect renditions of ancient Chinese styles to creative, modern innovations. For a country that is one of the world’s great producers of quality, artisanal teas, that makes Yingge a sort of Mecca for tea enthusiasts who are searching for ideal …

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10 Close-Up Spots to Seek the Best View of Mt. Fuji (and how to get to them)

10 best spots to see Mt. Fuji

There are already as many “best views of Mount Fuji” LISTS as there are claimed best places to see Mt. Fuji. Personally, I don’t think any single one is best, but for this list, I have focused on the best places to see Mount Fuji if you want a good chance to ACTUALLY SEE Mt. …

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The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Part 1: Yilan to Hualien and Taroko Gorge

East Coast Taiwan, Yilan to Hualien

Where should you go if only visiting Taiwan for 1-2 weeks? Most say that if you like history and culture, stick to the west coast. If you like scenery and nature, head to the east coast of Taiwan. While this is a simplistic breakdown of Taiwan’s diverse and abundant attractions, but there’s no denying that …

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Japan’s Sacred Kumano Kodo Walk in Winter

Kumano Kodo in winter

The Kumano Kodo is a network of pilgrimage trails that connect various Shinto-Buddhist sites in the mountainous Kii Peninsula south of Osaka and Nagoya, and is considered one of the world’s great pilgrimages that travelers can easily join. These expansive tracts of wilderness are replete with spiritual sights that have attracted pilgrims for 1000+ years, …

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Kumano Sanzan and Ise Grand Shrine: 4 Gorgeous Temples on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

Kumano Sanzan and the Ise Grand Shrine

In 2018 I visited Wakayama, a remote and wild region of Japan south of Osaka and Nagoya, to walk parts of the Kumano Kodo, a network of ancient pilgrimage trails. These trails are easily accessible, making them one of the best pilgrimages in the world for travelers. Besides these amazing hot springs at the eastern …

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