My first trip alone was when I went to study abroad in Japan while I was in high school. After that, I was determined to see more of Japan and the world, and after graduating college, I moved to Japan to teach English to elementary school students. During my 6 years there, I traveled extensively throughout Asia and Japan, visiting every prefecture, while supplementing my income with freelance travel writing. Now that I’m back in the Western hemisphere, I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Americas
Obviously Japan holds a special place in my heart, and there are so many other amazing places to see besides Tokyo and Kyoto such as the desert-like sand dunes near Hiroshima, the wild horse reserve to the north, or the southern subtropical islands with 2000 year old cedar forests. Outside of Asia though, I really enjoyed Prague and Helsinki. Both are beautiful cities, albeit very different ones, but I didn’t want to leave either!
Favorite Part of a Trip
I love being able to learn about or experience a new culture, whether it’s listening to locals practice opera in a park in Beijing, hunting for the best egg coffee or pho in Hanoi with a student guide, or learning a traditional dance at a festival in Japan. While I am someone who likes to get up early to ensure as much sightseeing as possible, I also love getting lost in a new city and just wandering around and seeing where I end up; often you can find amazing things purely by accident!