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Must See Parks and Gardens in and Around Tokyo, Japan

I’ve always loved taking a stroll through a garden, particularly a Japanese garden. It always just feels so peaceful. It’s not surprising that, when I finally made it to Japan, I spent a great deal of time exploring the many parks and gardens of Japan. Without any further ado, here are the parks and gardens that made the top of my list.

Christmas Lights at Stan Hywet in Akron, Ohio, USA | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Deck the Hall: Christmas Lights at Stan Hywet in Akron, Ohio, USA

Standing on 70 acres of land, and consisting of five historic buildings and eight gardens, Stan Hywet is the 6th largest home in the United States that is open to the public. Every year in December, volunteers decorate the estate with Christmas decorations of all kinds, and include over one million lights and a choreographed light show to various Christmas songs. If you’re ever near Akron, Ohio during the month of December, I highly recommend paying a visit!

Celebrate Christmas: Christmas Around the World - Footsteps of a Dreamer

Celebrate Christmas: Christmas Around the World

Recently, I’ve been on a quest to learn about how other countries celebrate holidays that I have come to take for granted. I’m so accustomed to the traditions and celebrations that I grew up with that it was a bit of an eye opener to learn that other countries might do things a little differently. With Christmas quickly approaching, I decided to reach out to some of my fellow travel bloggers and ask how they celebrated Christmas in their home country.

New Year's in New York: Watching the Ball Drop in Times Square

New Year’s in New York: Watching the Ball Drop in Times Square

Growing up, I would always watch the ball drop on TV on New Year’s Eve. I would see the crazy crowd of people in Times Square all wearing their New Year’s glasses and partying the night away. Despite what others might think, I thought it would be so cool to be in Times Square and experience the ball drop in person. I was so excited when I finally got the chance to go! However, going to New York City to see the ball drop definitely takes some preparation. Here are my thoughts on spending New Year’s in New York.

Bowling at Round1: Moonlight Strike Game - Footsteps of a Dreamer

Bowling at Round 1: The Moonlight Strike Game

I went bowling at Round1 Entertainment for the first when I was studying abroad in Japan. I lucked out that there was a Round1 close to my dorm and close to my university, so I found myself there quite frequently. Despite my troubles trying to convert American shoe sizes to Japanese shoe sizes so I could rent the correct bowling shoes, I thoroughly enjoyed bowling at Round1 because of their unique Moonlight Strike Game.

A Dreamer's Guide to Trip Planning: Trip Research and Creating an Itinerary

A Dreamer’s Guide to Trip Planning: Trip Research and Creating an Itinerary

Trip research and creating an itinerary can be an intensive task and even a little overwhelming at times. There always seems to be so much to think about in order to make sure you get to do everything you want, get everything at a good price, and overall have a good time. However, planning your trip doesn’t have to be a super stressful process as long as you have a methodology for tackling it. Learn how to plan for your next trip the non-stressful way!

Celebrate Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Around the World

As an American, I grew up hearing stories and watching movies about the Indians and English settlers celebrating the harvest together in a time of struggle, which became the first Thanksgiving. For that reason, I just assumed that Thanksgiving was another holiday relatively unique to the United States. I can’t think of too many other countries that had issues with colonists and Indians. However, it turns out that celebrating the season’s harvest is a rather common thing to do! So what is Thanksgiving around the world like?

Essential Apps for Travel in Japan - Footsteps of a Dreamer

Essential Apps for Travel in Japan

I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea how to read a traditional paper map. There’s no point when I can have all the same information and more in the palm of my hand! If you are planning on traveling to Japan, there are a lot of apps out there that can help you not only navigate the train system, but also find where to eat, learn some survival phrases, and more! Before you go, make sure you download these essential apps for your trip!

Gifts for Travelers - Footsteps of a Dreamer

Gifts for Travelers

When it comes to gift giving holidays such as birthdays and Christmas, people tend to complain that I’m hard to shop for. My primary hobbies (travel, photography, etc.) are EXPENSIVE. My family Christmas gift exchanges usually have a $25 USD dollar limit, so the $500 USD wide angle camera lense I’ve had my eye on isn’t exactly an option. If you find yourself struggling to come up with some gift ideas for your favorite travel lovers, check out my recommended gifts for travelers!

Celebrate Halloween: Halloween Around the World

Celebrate Halloween: Halloween Around the World

Sometimes we get so caught up in the traditions of a holiday that it’s easy to forget where it all began or why we are even celebrating. After spending four months in Japan, I was reminded that not all countries and religions celebrate all holidays. I was shocked to find that Japan only started celebrating Halloween in the past few years (mostly as a result of American pop culture being brought to Japan). So, how does the rest of the world celebrate Halloween?

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.