How to have a relaxing holiday in Tokyo

How to have a relaxing holiday in Tokyo

A visit to Tokyo is an endless feast for the senses. A stroll along Takashiyama in Harajuku indulges you to a parade of characters with outrageous hairstyles and daring outfits. Breakfast in Tsukiji treats you to the early morning bustle of the port and a burst of flavors in your mouth. And then there’s Shibuya, the world’s busiest intersection, where you get to cross the road with a hundred others, surrounded by the buzz of city traffic, billboards, and daily life.

Tokyo is certainly a mecca to all those who crave the adrenaline rush of a trip to a big city. But what if you want to have a relaxing trip instead? Is it possible?

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Udo Island – a taste of Jeju in a day

Little holidays in Udo Island

There’s something that a lot of first-time travelers to Jeju don’t realize: the island is huge.

Most people think they can fly in to Jeju in the morning, hike Hallasan mountain, visit 3 or 4 museums, spend an afternoon at the beach, maybe do a little shopping in Lotte Duty Free, before getting on the last flight out back to Seoul or Busan.

Even allotting two days in the island is not enough, not even for fast-paced travelers.

But if you only have two days and you want to experience Jeju’s beautiful natural landscape, you should go to Udo Island. Continue reading “Udo Island – a taste of Jeju in a day”

Where to stay in Busan – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations

Busan is a city with many faces. It can be laidback and exciting, rustic and cosmopolitan. Depending on what you want to experience, there’s a Busan neighborhood perfect for your personality and preferences. Check out this neighborhood guide and find out where to stay when in Busan.

Busan is a city with many faces.

At first glance, Busan is a city where you go for a break. Especially if you’re coming from Seoul, Busan’s seaside city vibe is a welcome break from the unrelenting energy of the capital. You can smell the sea even kilometers away from the seashore, which of course, brings with it promises of a lazy, relaxing, and rejuvenating holiday. Continue reading “Where to stay in Busan – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations”

3 days in Manila – a taste of the capital’s culture, color, and chaos

Manila is one city that gets a load of mixed reviews. But you can learn to love it if you know where to go. Here’s how to spend 3 days (or more!) in Manila.

Turquoise seas shimmering under the morning sun, stretches of fine white sand, and sunsets bursting with deep reds and oranges. If you’re like most tourists, these images are probably what drew you to visit the Philippines.

Believe me when I say that I understand the look of confusion (or is it panic?) on your face now that you’ve landed in Manila. Continue reading “3 days in Manila – a taste of the capital’s culture, color, and chaos”