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What to Expect in Hakone, Japan at a Ryokan

Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns renowned for the ultimate zen experience. They typically offer comfortable rooms, traditional kaiseki dining, mineral baths (onsen) and wonderful customer service. Visitors to Japan should definitely plan to stay in a ryokan for a portion of their trip. Here is what to expect from a ryokan in Hakone, located just…

Photo of snow capped Mount Fuji with a cable car

How to Earn 120,000+ Delta Miles Without Flying!

Most of us have been grounded in 2020 due to COVID-19. I have not been on an airplane since I was in Europe in March, when nationwide lockdowns first started occurring around the world due to the pandemic. We have been on several road trips this year, and wrote about ways to stay safe on…

Japanese women dressed in a kimono under a red Torri gate

Tips for Planning a Great Trip to Australia

For many, Australia is a far off destination filled with exotic animals and friendly locals. Recent surveys have shown that Australia ranks first on many Americans’ travel bucket lists. Bell is Australian and we return to the island continent every few years to visit family and check out new destinations. Most recently, we visited over…

Koala sleeping in a tree

Washington, DC Day Trips: Great Destinations Within 100 Miles

We’ve been living in the Washington, DC area for the past 3 and 1/2 years. The city is packed with great things to do, as the Smithsonian is the world’s largest collection of free museums. DC also has a fantastic culinary scene that has nobly persisted¬† through tough Covid-19 times. For residents and those that…

Alex & Bell with masks in front of a mural a guy kissing a girl

Paris Night Bike Tour: A Wonderful Way to Explore the City

Paris is one of the world’s most iconic cities. An illuminated Eiffel Tower dazzles the night sky, punctuating the French capital’s treasure trove of highlights. There is perhaps no better way to experience the highlights of Paris in a short time than exploring by bike. This past March, right before Covid-19 paralyzed the world, I…

Alex with a red bike and giving a thumbs up in front of the Eiffel Tower