Our Incredible Osaka Cherry Blossoms Experience

The best places to see cherry blossoms in Osaka

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to go to Japan to see the sakura (cherry blossoms). This fleeting phenomenon comes only once a year, transforming temples, parks, and even ordinary streets across Japan into masterpieces of art. This dreamy display welcomes the spring season and reminds of the transient nature of beauty …

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Rainbow Village Taichung: A Paradise for Instagrammers

Rainbow Village Taichung Taiwan

Rainbow Village Taichung (彩虹眷村) easily tops the list of most “Instagrammable” places in Taichung, and it is quickly becoming one of the hottest new things to do on a visit to Taiwan. While the colorful walls of this small collection of dilapidated houses are indeed a veritable paradise for selfies seekers, Taiwan’s Rainbow Village actually …

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Visiting Xitou Monster Village in Nantou, Taiwan

Xitou Monster Village Nantou Taiwan

Quirky Japanese theme park? Cultural-historical oddity? Full-on tourist trap? Awesomely freaky place to spend the night? It’s hard to sum up the Xitou Monster Village (aka Nantou Monster Village) in just a few words, so you’ll have to read on below to find out exactly what on Earth it is.     While difficult to …

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A Guide to Luye and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival 2020

Welcome to my Taiwan travel guide, covering all forms of travel to Taiwan!

Luye is a gorgeous, rural town in Taitung county, in the southeast corner of Taiwan. It is famous for the International Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival, which takes place there every summer in Taiwan, but I think it’s a fabulously scenic and laid-back place to stay any time of year, especially if you are looking …

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Kata Noi: The Best Place to Stay in Phuket for Families (on a budget)

Best place to stay in Phuket for families

Before I took my parents, wife, and one-year-old son on a trip to Phuket, Thailand, I was on a mission to find the best place to stay in Phuket for families. Most importantly, we wanted to be very close to the beach, but spend less than $100 a night. People told me that would be …

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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 …

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