Author: Kiyoko

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Schedule - An In-Depth Guide | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Schedule: An In-Depth Guide

I have every intention of spectating the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, so I was super excited when the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games released the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics schedule. I couldn’t start booking tickets, flights, or accommodations yet, but I could at least get an idea of what I was in for… or so I thought. It turned out that the schedule provided dates and times for the different sports, but didn’t go into much detail beyond that. However, with a little bit of research into previous Olympic games, I was able to make some predictions about the Tokyo 2020 schedule.

BOSS Pro Karting - Fun with Go Karts in Cleveland Ohio | Footsteps of a Dreamer

BOSS Pro-Karting: Fun with Go Karts in Cleveland, Ohio

Looking for something to do on a rainy day in Cleveland, Ohio? Or maybe you just generally want something fun to do? If so, then check out BOSS Pro-Karting! I got the opportunity to burn some rubber as part of the Cleveland Corporate Challenge event, but anybody can try their hand at go karts during their open racing “Arrive and Drive” sessions. Find out everything you need to know about spending an evening doing go karts in Cleveland at Boss Pro-Karting!

Wearing a Kimono in Kyoto A Kimono Rental Experience | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Kyoto Kimono Rental: Where to Rent + My Experience

Kimono were the traditional clothing worn by Japanese and are often still worn today for festivals or very formal events. Some of the older Japanese men and women still wear kimono on a daily basis. If you are looking to really delve into and experience Japanese culture, renting a kimono for the day is probably one of the best ways to do it. Find out what it’s like wearing a Kimono in Kyoto, how much it costs, where to rent one and more!

Independence Day Around the World | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Celebrate Independence: Independence Day Around the World

Growing up in the United States, I spent several years learning about American history in school, especially about the Revolutionary War, which eventually resulted in America’s Independence. Turns out, America wasn’t the only country that had to work hard for their independence. Some countries gained their independence as late as 2008! Check out the stories of how various countries around the world have gained their freedom and celebrate their independence!

Best 4th of July Destinations in the US | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Best 4th of July Destinations in the US

Growing up, 4th of July wasn’t one of the holidays I got really excited about. Sure, I’m proud to be an American and celebrate America’s independence, but it definitely didn’t top my list as my favorite holiday. Since I’ve started traveling more, I’ve realized that there are some places which have some REALLY cool 4th of July celebrations. If your hometown doesn’t do a whole lot for the 4th of July, or if you just want an excuse to go on another vacation, check out some of the locations my fellow travel bloggers nominated as the best 4th of July destinations in the US!

2 Days in Osaka - Osaka Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Best of Osaka: A 2 Day Osaka Itinerary

With it’s cool buildings (traditional and modern) and bountiful activities, it’s no surprise that Osaka makes it into many Japan itineraries, especially for first timers. Personally, I think the perfect amount of time to spend is 2 days in Osaka. It gives you enough time to check out all the city’s major attractions without feeling too rushed. Keep reading to find out what to put in your 2 day Osaka itinerary!

A 5 - 7 Day Tokyo Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Best of Tokyo: A 5 – 7 Day Tokyo Itinerary + Day Trips

Heading to Tokyo soon? Trying to figure out what to do there? Tokyo has LOTS of things to see and do, so much so that it can often be hard trying to figure out how to see all the best parts of the city with a limited amount of time. If you’re trying to figure out how to spend your time there, check out this 5 and 7 day Tokyo itinerary as well as some possible day trips from Tokyo!

World Travel Themed Home Decor Ideas | Footsteps of a Dreamer

70+ World Travel Themed Home Decor Ideas

Pretty soon, I’ll have my first place of my own (I’ve moved out before, but I was always in some sort of dorm), and I’m super excited to buy all the furniture, decor, and everything else that goes with getting your own place. Given my very obvious travel addiction, I thought it would make sense for a lot of the home decor in my new apartment to be travel themed. I can’t make EVERYTHING travel themed (my boyfriend would kick me out before we even moved in), but let’s just say people won’t have to guess what I had in mind when decorating our new place. So, if you are moving into a new place, or just looking to do some redecorating, check out these world travel themed home decor ideas!

Polynesian Culture Center Visitor's Guide | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Visitors Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Find more information about affiliate links on our policy page.   What is the Polynesian Cultural Center? Considered one of the top attractions in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center preserves and showcases the culture of the Pacific Islands. Within the Polynesian Cultural Center are six different...

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun: A Unique Hot Springs Experience | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Visiting Hakone Kowakien Yunessun: A Unique Hot Springs Experience

Ever soaked in a wine filled hot spring? How about a coffee hot spring? A green tea hot spring? You can do just that at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort! When I first started researching things to do while studying abroad in Japan, I knew this was something I just had to try. Conveniently, it’s located in Hakone, so I found that it made for a great day trip from Tokyo with some friends!

Is The Japan Rail Pass Worth It | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Is the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) Worth It?

The Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is a ticket offered to foreigners that allows you to ride the public transit systems owned and operated by the Japan Railway Company an unlimited number of times for a flat fee. There are different types of JR Passes available for purchase depending on the duration of your stay in Japan. But, is the JR Pass worth it? Is it cheaper than paying for tickets individually or finding an alternate form of transportation? Read the full article to find out!

A Visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden

A Visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Even though TripAdvisor only ranked it at #6, I consider the Atlanta Botanical Garden the one thing you absolutely must do when visiting Atlanta, Georgia, USA. With 30 acres of land and 10+ types of gardens, there is no shortage of things to see. Trying to decide whether or not to add it to your Atlanta itinerary? Read all about my visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden!