Tokyo for the Urban Traveler

Tokyo is more than just a city; it’s the most populous urban center in the world. The city has more than 13 million residents (that’s more than NYC), and the greater metropolitan area is closing in on 38 million. In order to manage this sprawling metropolis, Tokyo is divvied up into 23 “special wards.” Each of these wards is a city in its own right, but the whole is governed by the metropolitan government.

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How to Travel Japan on a Budget

There are plenty of ways to experience Japanese culture on a budget. You can order sushi, take a class on bonsai, or read something (anything, really) by Haruki Murakami. To experience Japan in all its manga-loving, high-tech, Asian-Pacific glory, however, you have to go there. And if you need to travel on a budget, you’ll have to do some planning.

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Debunking the Myth: Japan’s Not so Pricey After All

The number one barrier we hear about traveling to Japan is it’s expensive. In fact it’s really the only negative we hear about traveling to Japan. From the Golden Temple Kinkaku-ji to Mount Fuji to cherry blossoms in spring, Japan has a variety of colorful and captivating sites. Also, let’s not forget sushi!
Have you read a survey lately that listed your city as one of the most expensive in the U.S.? I cry every year when Boston tops the list so I feel you. It’s these same surveys that list Tokyo the most expensive city in the world with Osaka a close second. (more…)

5 Best Destinations for Women in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start booking your next adventure! While women can travel anywhere in the world—with the right research and planning—there are some destinations where you’ll feel comfortable from the get-go. Whether you’re traveling solo or planning a girls’ getaway, here are 5 destinations that you’ll want to check out: (more…)

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10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the World This Summer

Sweet, sweet summertime. It’s all about making unforgettable memories and there’s no better way to do that then to travel to some absolutely beautiful locations around the world. Although you probably won’t be able to make it all of them (unless you suddenly win the lottery), take a look at the most beautiful places to visit in the world and if you pick one, you will have an unique experience that will make your summer like no other. (more…)