Category: Travel Life, Lessons, and Fun Facts

This category contains posts about the lessons I’ve learned while traveling as well as posts about things that have inspired me to travel.

Celebrating Easter Around the World | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Celebrate Easter: Easter Around the World

Another day, another holiday… Welcome back to my adventure of learning how holidays are celebrated around the world! For this adventure, I’ll be taking a look at Easter! Easter is a religious based holiday, so it’s not surprising that many countries have similar Easter traditions. However, every country has their own history that they bring to the holiday, which makes for some fun and interesting traditions. Let’s hear from some fellow travel bloggers how they celebrate Easter in their home country!

Celebrate Valentine's Day: Valentine's Day Around the World | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day Around the World

I’m still on my quest to learn how holidays and traditions I’ve come to take for are celebrated around the world! Next up on the list… Valentine’s Day! It’s not quite as popular as other holidays, especially since some people treat Valentine’s Day as if its any other day. Some people see it as nothing more than a commercial holiday created by big corporations in the card, chocolate, and jewelry industries. However, others see it as a time to take a step back from their busy lives and appreciate their significant other. Let’s see how other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day!

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.

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?

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?

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!

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.

Heading Home

Heading Home

The day I left my dorm, I said goodbye to many of my friends, and spent a good part of the train ride in tears. However, I was on my way to Chiba with one of my friends, so I had that to hold onto. I spent the day with his family as he showed me around his hometown, and he and his family took me to the airport when it was finally time to board my plane.