WorkAway – International Youth Hostel in Kyoto, Japan

1 Month Hostel WorkAway in Kyoto, Japan In April 2016,  I volunteered for a month in an international youth hostel in Kyoto, Japan. It was my third volunteering experience, the second through workaway, and I absolutely loved it! I saved $800 in accommodations, made new friends and  enjoyed a totally new way of travelling.  In…

Hot Yoga – My Awesome Moksha Family

Hot Yoga: My First Class Four years ago I went to a charity event at Moksha Yoga Studio with my friend Herman, $10 donation for 1 hour of hot yoga. Although I had followed along to a few Youtube videos at home, namely SeanVigueFitness & SaraBethYoga, this was my first formal class.  Let me walk you…

Explore the Sacred Graveyard of Okuno-in Temple – Koyasan

Cherry Blossoms by the Sacred Graveyard of Koyasan Just prior to my arrival in Japan, a giant storm swept through the Kansai area scattering to the wind the beautiful cherry blossoms petals that attract millions of tourists to Japan each spring. Bah! Such terrible luck! That perfect picture of the famous Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto lost until my next visit….

Uji, Japan – Byodo-in Temple

Day Trip to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture The following day after my trip to Nara, I set out early in the morning with a new friend from my hostel. Jenni had been staying at my hostel in Kyoto for a reunion with friends whom she met at Doshisha University while on exchange. Having spent a year living…

Nara, Japan – Heijo Palace & Todaiji Temple

Day Trip to Nara City For my day trip to Nara, I met up with a few travel companions, Fred & Gert, from Belgium. Fred and I met earlier this year at a hostel in Pai, Thailand. Fast forward a few months and we both ended up in Japan! Isn’t that the greatest part of…

Sahai Nan Permaculture Farm – Barefoot with Friends

In late February 2016, I pursued a new experience on my travels in the form of a permaculture farm volunteering retreat. I want to explain why this experience was worthwhile, and why it was a good decision during my travels in terms of Experience, Money and Time. Decisions have to be made on a regular basis…

Favourite Travel Apps – Saving You Money

My Favorite Travel Apps! Apps are now an invaluable part of our daily lives, honestly I would be pretty lost without them. From getting directions using google maps, reading restaurant reviews for awkward first dates, to mobile banking and so on. Today, your app store offers many useful options for international travelers. These apps can help you make…

Teman Negara – Trekking the Rain Forest

Trekking Taman Negara, an amazing experience suitable for all ages! Teman Negara meaning “National Park” in Malay was originally named  “King George V National Park” when it was officially opened in 1939. Over the course of my travels in Malaysia, I had heard great things about Teman Negara. It was described as an amazing must see…

Kota Bahru – Beach, Beers and BBQ

One night, two days in Kota Bahru. Kota Bahru is a fairly quiet Islamic city in northern Eastern Peninsular Malaysia. It is the capital and royal seat of the Kelantan State. Each Malaysian State has a Sultan or King at the head of state, although many of the positions are simply honerary. The city streets…

The Perhentian Islands – Snorkeling

Welcome to Pulau Perhentian Kecil! Snorkeling in Paradise! Beautiful beaches, scuba diving, snorkeling and fire jugglers, what more could a backpacker want in the beautiful Pulau Perhentian Kecil, the smaller of the two remote tropical islands off the coast of North East Malaysia. Isn’t there something truly sensational about being back out at sea after a…