Japan’s Best Cherry Blossom Festivals for 2019

Cherry blossom season, also known as the sakura or hanami flower-watching season, brings life and magic to Japan each spring. Admiring the flowers’ fleeting beauty is a practice that dates back over a thousand years. The small, delicate pink sakura and ume plum blossoms flower at different times throughout the season. The massive bloom starts […]

Things to Do in Tokyo Beyond Shibuya Crossing

Neon lights everywhere, drunk salarymen stumbling in the streets, squishing yourself on the trains overflowing with hurried commuters, robots, steaming bowls of ramen, robots serving ramen — this is how everyone in the world views Tokyo — except those who’ve been there and found things to do in Tokyo outside of the electric city. Yep, […]

The Best Asian Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

To fully experience a culture is to experience a festival — one where locals congregate to celebrate their home, traditions, and seasons. Attending one of these lesser-known Asian festivals is a sure fire strategy of gaining insight into what life truly looks like in Asia. February 19, 2019 Standing on the beach in the February […]

Ubud Bali by Bike: Cycle Into the Heart of the City

The Indonesian islands are a Mecca for breathtaking beaches and thriving nightlife scenes — but have you visited the inland city of Ubud, Bali? Located in the foothills of central Bali, Ubud is for adventurous travelers seeking a less touristy Balinese experience. The best way to dig into the local Balinese culture is by taking […]

The Ultimate 11-Day China Itinerary: Beijing to Kashgar

The Silk Road was the traditional route through which caravans carried products from the East and the West for centuries. More than that, it was a corridor through which philosophical ideas, scientific knowledge and the foundations of Buddhism and Islam were transmitted. Want to go, but not sure where to start? We’ve created the ultimate […]