If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that it has always been my goal to paint you the complete picture on long-term travel. Not just the glamorous highlights and Instagram-worthy sights, but the numerous challenges you are bound to face on your own adventures as well. What better way to do so than by bringing in other experienced travel bloggers to share their different perspectives and stories from the road? So with that, I'm happy to kick off my first ever travel blogger interview. I'm beyond excited to have my good friend Michael Hulleman from Hobo with
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't yet, start now!), you probably saw that I recently lived out my childhood fantasy of playing real life Mario Kart. Located in several spots around Tokyo and surprisingly somehow legal, these go-cart tours are a unique way to tour parts of the city. The tour normally costs around $80 US, but if you book through the discount site Voyagin, you can get it for just $47! Still a little pricey for when you're traveling longterm on a budget, but it does include your choice of ill-fitting, patent-infringing, motor oil stained costume.
While the primary goal of this blog is to help people overcome their fears and take the first steps towards longterm travel, it doesn't end there. As you will come to find, all the packing lists and destination guides in the world won't prepare you for many of the more intangible challenges you'll encounter on the road. Now, no blog post is going to leave you fully equipped to mentally and emotionally deal with such things. It's just not possible. However, reading about someone else's experience will put you in a better position to deal with your own challenges when
Of all the times that I could have arrived at my new home in Ushiku, Japan, luck would have it that it fell the day before the Kappa Matsuri; Ushiku's weekend-long festival devoted to Japan's resident reptilian butt-fetishist. You read that right. To clarify, Kappa isn't a person who is obsessed with reptile butts. On the contrary, it is a creature from the watery depths that is obsessed with human butts. There, doesn't that make more sense now? A Bit of History According to the legends, the Kappa is a reptilian humanoid resembling a cross between a turtle, a human, and