Navigating Japan's Train System

Navigating Japan’s Train System

Are you planning to take a trip to Japan? Do you find Japan’s extensive public transportation system more than just a little intimidating? No need to fear! Japan’s public transportation system can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually incredibly convenient and easy to use! 

How to Stay Secure When Traveling - Footsteps of a Dreamer

How to Stay Digitally Secure When Traveling

When I’m not out traveling the world, I’m working in cyber security. I have found that many of the tips and tricks I give to my fellow colleagues in order to keep them safe from hackers and identity thieves can also help my fellow travelers. Besides, nobody wants to be worrying about hackers and identity thieves when traveling. You want to be out enjoying the adventure! Without any further ado, here are my tips and tricks for how to stay secure when traveling.

Afford to Travel Make Travel a Priority

Afford to Travel: Make it a Priority

What’s your excuse for not traveling? The common ones I hear all the time are “I don’t have the money to travel,” and “I don’t have the time to travel.” This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Chances are, you do. It just seems like you don’t have the time or money because you haven’t made travel a priority.

International Student Orientation at Rikkyo University

International Student Orientation at Rikkyo University

Planning on studying abroad at Rikkyo University in the near future?  In this post I talk about my experience going through orientation for new international students at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. Some of this may change in the future, but it should give you an idea of what to expect for your orientation. Overall, some of the information was common sense, but much of it proved very useful during my time in Japan.

Must See Shrines and Temples in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan is full of rich culture and history. It was largely untouched during the World Wars, meaning many of the traditional architecture remains. If you are looking to experience the traditional styles and culture Japan is famous for, you’ll definitely want to check out these shrines and temples in Kyoto.

Decide Where to Go Next

Decide Where to Go Next

When I tell people that I love to travel, one of the first questions I usually get is something along the lines of “Where do you want to travel to?” Problem is, I have A LOT of places I want to visit. Deciding where to go next can be quite the challenge. I’m sure many other people face the same struggle. So, how do you decide where to go next?

Travel Life Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Travel Life: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

You’ll have to excuse the cheesy title. My boyfriend made fun of me a while ago for never having heard the phrase “have your cake and eat it too,” so I felt compelled to use it. At the same time, I felt like it really fit the topic of this post. I wanted to take a moment to remind you that it is possible to travel and have a normal life.

The Dangers of Bad First Impressions when Traveling

The Dangers of Bad First Impressions when Traveling

I am convinced that a majority of hatred and stereotypes that exist in the world today at least partially originated from a bad first impression. Being aware of what kind of impressions people might be making of us is always something to be mindful of, but it is even more important for travelers. You could affect a person’s opinion of an entire race, ethnicity, religion, place, and more. You are a representative of who you are and everything you stand for.

Benefits of Travel Physical Fitness | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Benefits of Traveling: Physical Fitness

I don’t know about you, but I hate working out. On more than one occasion I’ve decided that I was going to get in shape, but it never lasted long. For whatever reason, I don’t get that “satisfied” or “fulfilled” feeling that a lot of people seem to get when they finish at the gym. I just walk away feeling exhausted and question why I went to the gym in the first place. Thankfully, you don’t need to go to the gym to get physically fit. You just have to start traveling!

The Key to Beating Homesickness

The Key to Beating Homesickness

Dealing with homesickness can be incredibly rough, especially because it is often something that won’t go away overnight. It’s made even worse by the fact that some people don’t take homesickness serious and don’t realize just how much it can affect a person. However, being homesick does not mean that you are weak. It is experienced by a great number of people, and can be beaten.

Travel Was My Wake Up Call

Travel Was My Wake Up Call

One of the things that has truly allowed me to succeed in life is my ability to listen to other people’s advice (and their mistakes) and then plan my own actions accordingly. For most people, that is a great trait, and most days I am grateful that I am able to do so. However, I also found that my need to plan everything in order to get the most desirable outcome can possibly have the opposite effect. I could actually end up limiting myself. Travel made me realize that.

You Will Never Be Japanese - Footsteps of a Dreamer

You Will Never Be Japanese

If you are not Japanese, you will never be Japanese. This may seem like such an obvious statement. Duh, of course if I’m not born Japanese, I won’t magically become Japanese. To most people, that’s not a big deal. However, it is a fact you have to learn to accept if you intend to live in Japan, because it will come up again and again even after you’ve lived there for 20 years. You can walk like a duck, quack like a duck, but you still won’t be a duck. Sorry.