During the hot and muggy August summer, my parents and I set out for a two-week tour of Asia. It was our second time traveling in Asia (together) and we were really looking forward to the trip. We chose three locations, a short plane ride from Korea: Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Paradise is not usually cheap, but I will let you in on a little secret called Bellows. This is our fourth winter in Korea, and the impending cold is bearing down on us. There had been Thanksgiving stress and then an early snowstorm but an intense base-wide exercise is really what put the kids and I in mind of escape.
An early, two-hour ride on the bullet train brought me to one of the most postcard-worthy cities in the world. After hastily dropping off the bags at the hotel, I set off to enjoy the first rays of sun sipping through the bamboo forest of Arashiyama and wrapped up the day savoring matcha in a tea house of Gion.
After visiting the Japanese snow monkeys, my friend and I had some time to explore Matsumoto City, the second largest city in Nagano prefecture. While I visited it before, I only got to see the famous castle which draws most of the tourism to the city.
Despite us having only five days to spare in Bali, I couldn’t possibly leave the island without seeing Ubud, the culture capital of the island. Ubud is awash with fascinating things to do and stunning places to visit.