Journal

How to Deal with Culture Shock

Culture shock is a normal part of travel---it comes with the territory when you're immersing yourself in an environment and culture different from your own. It can be extreme (ie. moving from New York to a tribal village in Borneo) or not so extreme (moving...

Staycation in LA: How to Enjoy Venice Beach in One Day

I live in Los Angeles. As metropolitan cities go, it’s a humongous network of neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. This summer, I staycayed for one month at my friend’s Venice Beach pad a block from the Boardwalk. It helps to have friends in cool...

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Sushi

Sushi has achieved international cult status, taking countries by storm with its delicious vinegared rice and seaweed. What began as a way to preserve seafood in ancient Chinese culture has now become one of the most beloved Japanese meals in the 21st century. The cuisine...

Top 10 Apps When Travelling in Asia

When you’re planning a trip travel-hopping across Asia from Tokyo to Shanghai and every major city in between, there’s no room in there for five different translation book, several map pamphlets, and a slew of Lonely Planet guides. Thankfully, the phrase “There’s an app for...

Travel Kyoto Through these Photographers’ Eyes

Kyoto garnered international attention when it became synonymous with the environment and eco-awareness through the Kyoto Accord in 1997. However, it has long been a well-known symbol in Japan, housing the country’s emperor from 794-1868. This city of 1.5 million has a historical backsplash to...

Tales of NOLA: A Jazz and Po-Boys Experience

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250"] Photo by Saloni Behl[/caption] “Don't you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour - but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands - and who knows what to do with it?”...

20 Incredible Beaches in Asia

To kick off a month of all things Asia, we've chosen 20 of its most beautiful beaches for our first Asian 5 Minute Vacation. Finding stunning beaches in Asia is incredibly easy; narrowing this list down to 20 proved incredibly hard. As with our post...

Editor’s Letter: This August, let’s travel to Asia

Welcome, August! I can't believe we are passing the first half of the year already. Where did it go? Ah! At least I know where are we going next. The first time I visited Asia it was a wonderful discovery. I learned about new cultures that...

11 Snapshots of a City: Europe

We know you guys love beautiful images, so we scoured Instagram to find some of the best snapshots out there that truly capture the essence of 11 European cities in the summertime. We obviously had a hard time narrowing it down, as there are so...

Travel Scams to Avoid on Your Next Trip

We’ve all done it before to keep our valuables safe: sporting a hideous fanny pack, wearing uncomfortable under-the-clothes passport purses, or shoving bills into your bra. You want the things that allow you to travel—money, passport, visas—to stay as close and as secure as possible....