It's understandable that when you travel to a new place, you don’t want to skip the main attractions. At least, I am not one to miss all the touristy stuff. I don't mind being labeled a tourist, because hey, I am one! But from my days on the road, I have also gathered a list of other things I wouldn't want to miss while traveling; after I am done taking selfies in front of the city's landmarks: all the cultural experience.
I don't condone solo traveling. If the choice is only between not traveling or doing it alone, I choose solo traveling. But in my case, most of the time, I will always try to convince my friends to go together. In short, instead of sharing my travel pictures on social media for my friends to comment on, I prefer to pack them along with me.
Many of us have thought about it, mostly while daydreaming in our cubicles, the rest while crying in the office bathroom: we need to take a gap year! A gap year is a period to take a break from life to pursue whatever that is you want, usually, it’s right after college, but some, myself included, do it later; sometimes it involves quitting the job and traveling, while it’s not always the case.
Do you travel with family? I do. Sometimes with my mom and her friends, other times with my cousins. Every time we are planning a future travel, I know there will be a lot of fun and memories in the making, but it also got me thinking about the family we choose to travel with and the travel tips for travel with family.
We bought a charcoal painting of Hirosaki Castle on the street of Tokyo on our last day, using our last yen. It was by a one-eyed artist who looked like Dumbledore.
Jiro sushi documentary made me fall in love with Jiro's work ethic and his passion for sushi making. I silently vowed that one day I too will eat at his place, making it onto the list shared by Obama and such, and put on my wanderlust list. That "one day" happened last April when I went t0 Jiro Sushi Japanese restaurant, though it's not at the main branch in Ginza.
If there is one shrine you shouldn't miss in Japan, it would be the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. He is believed to bless his devotees with an abundant amount of wealth, success and good luck to those devoted to him. And His messenger, the Fushimi Inari fox, decorated every corner of Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Located in the actual palace complex, Taman Sari bathing area was our first stop after we visited the palace. Though I have heard about Taman Sari before, admittedly only recently, I refrained myself from googling it. It didn't disappoint. It's everything one could imagine about an olden age royal bathing area.
Eating local Indonesian food in Yogyakarta wasn't my priority when I visited this culturally rich city. But Yogyakarta offered much more, I learned the art of batik making, visited the Keraton palace and Taman Sari, the royal bathing complex. I also re-discovered the much loved traditional Indonesian food.