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
Hello again and apologies for the extended hiatus! The days have been a blur since I arrived in Tokyo on July 22nd. After battling jet lag, all-day trainings and even more traveling to my new home in Ushiku, I hit another snag. No Wi-Fi. It's taken me a couple weeks, but I'm finally back on the grid and ready to start updating everything! The good news is, I've been gathering awesome new content this entire time. There are tons of pictures, videos, stories, and travel tips coming your way starting this week. Get excited. Since arriving in Ushiku, I've attended