12 Things to Do in Bali. The Last One is Unbelievable

12 Things to Do in Bali

It’s on everyone’s bucket list.  Everyone.  And for good reason.  Just whisper the seductive word “Bali” at a party and witness the dreamy, faraway look in the hearer’s eyes.  Bali is more than just a destination.  It’s the epitome of an exotic paradise. An Indonesian island known for lush … [Read more...]

Would You Dare Try Bali Jungle Cat Poop Coffee?

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The #1 most expensive coffee in the world is made from the #2 of a jungle cat. Kopi Luwak, aka Bali jungle cat poop coffee, is produced mainly on the islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. Agrowisata Abian Kusuma Sari, a coffee plantation in the Tampaksiring region of Bali is one such plantation … [Read more...]

Survival Guide to Bali’s Sensational Sister Islands

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Bali is well-known to have some of the most beautiful beaches and snorkeling locations in the world. What is less known is that some of the best spots are not on the mainland, but just a short boat trip away, on and around Bali’s three exotic sister islands – Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa … [Read more...]

My Day as a Geisha in Kyoto

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“No giggling allowed!” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. “We need the right attitude to pull this off.” Shuffling our feet an inch at a time, we painstakingly made our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of a mile … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Horrendous Food in Japan

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Remember this jump rope song (okay, I know I’m dating myself!): “Apple on a stick. Makes me sick.” I have a better one:  Squid on a skewer. Put it in the sewer. Not gonna lie, most of the food I tried to eat in Japan evoked a strong gag reflex… First of all, I do not like sushi. Sorry, … [Read more...]

Kyoto: Three Girls, Three Days

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Kyoto is awash in stunning sights, and with a pair of good walking shoes and a lot of energy and motivation, it’s possible to see and do a lot in three days. Check out our three-day adventure in Kyoto, Japan in inTravel Magazine, October 30, 2013. … [Read more...]

Turning Japanese: My Geisha Makeover

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“Stop laughing. You need the right attitude to pull this off,” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. We shuffled our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of a mile away. The wooden platform of the Japanese geta on our … [Read more...]

Beyond Thailand’s Temples: Top 10 Things to do in Phuket

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Sure, Thailand is a wealth of intriguing culture and rich history. But after you’ve had your fill of the gorgeous temples, stately palaces, and Golden Buddha’s, head south. Phuket, dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” is the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s … [Read more...]

Japan: Hit the Highlights in 7 Days

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It’s not impossible to see a lot of Japan in a short window of time.  Just a little planning and a good pair of shoes are all you need. Check out Japan in 7 Days_Patti Morrow_Luggage and Lipstick  published Yahoo Voices. … [Read more...]

Girls Gone Bored

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This is why I love traveling with my peeps, Marie and Rebecca… On our recent trip to Japan, we were stuck in the railway station in Osaka, waiting to be picked up by our guide, who was late and still stuck in rush hour traffic. After wasting an hour in a jam-packed restaurant, I suggested that … [Read more...]

Thailand: Combining Bangkok and Phuket

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Known by the sobriquet "Land of Smiles," no nation better lives up to that name.  From the uber-friendly locals to the contrast between ancient art and culture to the vibrant, at times seedy modernity, Thailand will elate you and change you. Bangkok The first place most tourists head to is the Grand … [Read more...]