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Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

  When planning my trip to Malaysia, I knew that one of the things I most wanted to see was the Cameron Highlands. It is pretty obvious within the first few minutes of knowing me that I drink a lot of tea and I really wanted to try some of the tea that is made on the plantations in this area of Malaysia.

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

While in Malaysia I wanted to explore all the different aspects of Malaysian culture. I wanted to be sure to see and learn about each culture that blended to make the Malaysian culture so unique. This included visiting specific religious sites. As I was on my own I booked a few different tours to help me get to the places I wanted to go since this was sort of my first solo trip. One of the tours I booked was…

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Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

While I was in Israel, I booked a tour with Abraham Tours, a tour group associated with Abraham Hostels which was where I was staying while in Jerusalem. I booked several tours through them and had a great experience on each of them. This one was the 2 day Petra Tour to Jordan. Crossing the border into Jordan wasn’t intense (the way back however…), one thing to note is that you should ask the guard to stamp a piece of…

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The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto | Explore Japan

The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto | Explore Japan

On Sunday, our flight was leaving in the evening, so we had the morning to see the last two things on our list. A Japanese shopping market where I bought several postcards, and of course we had to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine has its own metro stop, so it is very easy to access.

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto | Explore Japan

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto | Explore Japan

One of my travel goals for this year was to go to Japan and experience a Cherry Blossom Festival. Checking the dates before hand and planning which city to see the beautiful sakura in, April seemed like the best month to go. After flying into Osaka, we boarded the train to Kyoto, a ticket buying experience that was a tad confusing. We stayed at an Airbnb that was really close to the metro and a fifteen minute walk from one…

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Sunday Afternoon in Songdo | Explore Korea

Sunday Afternoon in Songdo | Explore Korea

The weather is absolutely beautiful! It is perfect Spring weather here in Korea and as much as I want to continue to be stay at home and watch Netflix girl, I knew I had to take advantage of my limited time in Korea and the weather. I decided to go to Songdo Central Park which has lots of things around it.

Sand in My Bra by Jennifer L. Leo | Book Review

Sand in My Bra by Jennifer L. Leo | Book Review

Sand in My Bra is a collection of short, humorous stories written by a host of women who have gone on various adventures. Journalists, bloggers, authors, and comedians all write about funny, sometimes mishap adventures they have had. There are 28 short stories and the women have travelled to a host of different countries on all continents, except Antarctica. They have encountered nuns, strange men, locals, bad situations and manage to turn them all into short tales to share.