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New Year's in Osaka

31 December 2016- 2 January 2017

I ended my first month in Japan with a trip to Osaka to ring in the New Year, and immediately fell in love with it. 1,101 more words


How To Hostel

I have not yet been seduced by buxom European women, kidnapped, and cut into little bits.  It’s really quite a miracle, considering how many hostels I’ve stayed in.   912 more words


10 Things I Learned While Traveling Abroad Alone

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, traveling is a big part of my life. Since graduating college two years ago, I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time to travel. 2,613 more words


The Worst Hostel

Travelling is great, but so is having money for food.

That’s why I declined when my friend Kate wanted to take a trip in December. But she had extra work holidays and wasn’t keen to spend them sitting on her couch, so she bribed me with a free flight. 947 more words


Hostels from Hell

(Originally posted on Buzzfeed Community)

Hostels are always an experience; every hostel has its own quirks. It’s important to research and prepare so you don’t get a nasty surprise at the standard of your accommodation. 854 more words



I have never really liked reggae. I remember being seventeen and watching as my friends drove out of the high school parking lot, windows down, playing reggae at a not disrespectful volume but still loud enough for passers-by to hear the echoes of the drums and twang of the guitar. 318 more words



Ohhhh, León. You tested me.

First, our shuttle from SJDS forgot about us, so we were running just under 2 hours late. Then, speeding down the highway, we hear something thunk on the roof, and I turn around to see my bag tumbling off of the car. 1,430 more words