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 Japan Travel Apps

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!

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Useful 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 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 useful gifts for travelers, check out my recommendations!

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: Tips for Traveling Japan by Train

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! 

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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, Japan

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.