• Money,  Saving,  Travel Rambles

    My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

    This year has come to an end, and almost all of my 2017 New Year’s Resolution‘s are complete. Pushing myself to start this blog and achieve these goals has led to some outstanding opportunities. This year alone I celebrated Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, New Year’s-kissed David under fireworks at Navy Pier, ate candy crystal meth in front of Walter White’s House, hiked solo from peak of the Sandia Mountains to the very bottom, and flew over 6,000 miles to walk in Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest, eat authentic Japanese ramen, and sneak a peek at Mt. Fuji. At the risk of sounding totally cliche, I think this year was the best…

  • Asia,  Travel

    Exploring Just a Handful of Tokyo’s Districts

    Did you know: Tokyo has a whopping 47 districts (prefectures), 23 special wards, and over 1,000 train stations located within? We were only in Japan for one week with roughly 5 days in Tokyo, so we had to choose the districts we wanted to explore wisely. Luckily, with a lil’ research, we were able to explore the places that most interested us. Below I listed the districts we visited, and what we would recommend you visit too! Akihabara Known for it’s electronics, computer parts, and video games, Akihabara is a fantastic spot to overwhelm your inner nerd. We explored shops that were 7, 8, sometimes 9 floors high. Each shop…

  • Money

    How I saved $15,000 in one year

    In a brief pause from my Japan series, I’d like to detail how I accomplished another goal on my New Year’s Resolution list this year. While I focus heavily on travel detailed posts, there are other topics I am interested in achieving as well! For some readers, $15,000 might not even sound like a drop in the bucket. But for me, based on my nonprofit salary and the amount of traveling I was doing, $15,000 was very ambitious. If you’d asked me if you thought I was going to succeed in the middle of the year, my answer would have been no. Around June, when I should have been halfway,…

  • Asia,  Travel

    Stimulation Overload in Tokyo – 8 Do’s and Don’ts

    The first Tokyo scenery we witnessed when David and I hopped off of the airport bus was a wall of neon signs and billboards, advertising for us to come gamble, eat ramen, or play video games. “Wow,” I said aloud. After the longest flight of my life and nearly an entire day and a half of no sleep, we made it to Shinjuku – one of Tokyo’s several buzzy districts. We rolled our suitcase through the crowd of people who were just getting their night started. Tokyo was our first and longest stop. David had dreamed of this city for so long, it was important we dedicated a good chunk…