Where to Stay in Tokyo

Tokyo is huge and diverse, so its important to stay in the right area for the kind of visit you are planning. For myself, I wanted to be in the action, have lots of dining options, easily able to get around on public transport and accessible to the JR rain line. Here are brief summaries …

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3 Things to See in Hanoi

It was an incredibly long flight through Canada, to South Korea, then to Vietnam, but I made it in one piece. After a near-missed connecting flight I was on edge but managed to get to my hotel in the center of Hanoi at just around midnight. Hanoi is mind-numbing at first, with about a million …

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Unexpected Berlin

After seeing a large chunk of Eastern Europe (and Western on different occasions) I have to say I was quite surprised by Berlin. Although the city has an intense and battered history, you wont find the same Europe as you do in other places. There isn’t the same cobblestone quarters and ornate buildings, there is …

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Budapest Spa

Budapest Spa Experience

After hours of driving from Romania, getting stuck in Budapest traffic, nearly 40 degree weather, hauling suitcases up staircases, etc, I was ready for some R&R. Hungary has over 100 thermal and 400 mineral springs, making Budapest a world renowned spa destination. There are several spa’s in Budapest, but the two most popular are the …

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Spectacular Salta

Salta is the capital city of the northern Salta province in Argentina and a fantastic base for visiting the surrounding area. Nicknamed Salta la Linda (“Salta the Fair”), it is a very different tourist destination than the cosmopolitan cities of the south. It is surrounded by mountains and canyons and has indigenous roots similar to …

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A Day Trip to Petropolis

After 5 days of Rio Carnival madness, we desperately needed a break from the city so we set off to the mountain town of Petropolis. Also known as “The Imperial City of Brazil”, this beautiful colonial town is the location of the second Brazilian Emperor’s summer palace. Only 65kms from Rio, Petropolis was a great …

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