Palm trees and permanent sunshine are great, don’t get me wrong, but I come from the woods where we have four seasons, and I think I need that. Fall in Los Angeles is the hardest – where are the beautiful colors? That smell in the air? The only reason I know it’s fall right now is because of the date. Luckily, just over two hours away from dusty LA, there is Big Bear. Continue reading “Go To: Big Bear, California”
If you go to Thailand, make your way to the islands. Bangkok and Chiang Mai are awesome must-sees, but the islands are the truly lax, tropical wonderlands that we seek on vacay. Rules go out the window, along with time schedules and shoes. Each island has its own culture, its own traditions, and its own unique features to explore. If you can, hop around for a wide range of experiences. If you only have time for one, decide on your priorities and find the best fit.
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If the weather is nice, the beautiful parks in Seoul will be busy. Families head to Yeouido Park on the Han River to play in the fountains and pools, or to listen to music and dance by the band shell. Tourists climb or take a cable car up to the top of Namsan. Beyond the gorgeous botanical gardens there, you can get in line for Seoul Tower’s Digital Observatory, the highest point in the city.
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I made art a priority in Hanoi, and I am so glad I did. The city is full of inspiring and illuminating work, all housed in dynamic creative spaces. Here is a roundup of three unique art spaces in Hanoi that can offer a deeper perspective of the city during your visit. I highly suggest you check them out, because there is no greater view into the soul of a culture than through its creatives.
I wasn’t expecting to fall so quickly in love with Busan. I traveled throughout South Korea as much as possible during my time there – I went to the beach in Sokcho, spent a long weekend in Jeju, ate Chinese street food in Incheon – the list goes on. Visiting each of these places was a great new experience, but only Busan had this rich feel of traditional Korean culture mixing easily with modern ways of life. After almost a year in Korea, I felt like I was experiencing it for the first time.
In Pyeongchang County, S. Korea, future host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, you will find the 28 slopes and 15 lifts of Yongpyong built into the Taebaek Mountains. Yongpyong is the biggest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, with a vertical of 750m, and 29km of slopes. It is very friendly toward beginner and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, but there is plenty to keep anyone happy. Go there!
Muuido (“do” means “island”) may be my favorite place in Korea. About an hour and a half outside of Seoul, it is easily accessible by public transportation. Well, it requires taking the train to a bus to a ferry, but the trip generally runs smoothly, takes about two hours from central Seoul, and costs only about 10,000 won all together. For such a small island, it has a wide range of beautiful beaches, hikes, and neighborhoods, as well as friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere.