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Does Solo Travel in Marriage Make You a Bad Spouse?

Bell and I met as solo travelers, in a hostel in Brugge, Belgium in 2002. We had both just finished college and I was traveling from the USA and she was visiting from Australia. Fast forward to 2005, and we got married in a small ceremony in Melbourne, Australia. We’ll be celebrating our 16 year…

selfie of Alex at the Asakusa Temple, with Tokyo Tower in the background

Japan Itinerary: 12 Days in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Hakone

Japan offers an incredible juxtaposition of modern technology alongside ancient temples and traditions. It is also one of the world’s safest countries, making it an ideal destination to visit. The frenetic energy of bustling Tokyo, with more Michelin star restaurants than anyplace else on Earth, dazzles both the eyes and palate. Kyoto, the traditional heart…

Trees surround the lakeside Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion) Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Great Virginia Weekend Getaway Ideas

Virginia Is For Lovers has been the tourism board’s official slogan for over 50 years. The state features an abundance of natural beauty from the Appalachian Mountains to Chesapeake Bay. Charming historic towns like Colonial Williamsburg pre-date the founding of the United States. Here are some great Virginia weekend getaway ideas from Washington, DC and elsewhere!…

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, 2020 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…

Japanese women dressed in a kimono under a red Torri gate