Let's take a Virtual Vacation

Let's take a Virtual Vacation

Stripes Japan

For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic meant canceled flights and postponing our travel plans in 2020. How we think about travel and how travel will be impacted in the future remains a mystery. We may be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of where we’ll go next.

There is still so much of the world we have left to see, so join us as we revisit our favorite locations in the Pacific and highlight the must-see spots. Take a plunge in one of Okinawa’s pristine beaches, dance the night away in Seoul’s Gangnam District, or hunt for some deals in one of Bangkok’s famous floating markets — all from the comfort (and safety) of our homes. Join us, take notes, and don’t pack your bags, we’re going on a Virtual Vacation!

Hanoi

War and conflict might be what many think of when they think of Vietnam. But the country is a thriving location with history, culture and delicious food you’ll love exploring. In this video, we’ll take you to beautiful and busy Hanoi where we’ll visit the Hanoi Cathedral and Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake and more. We’ll save you a bowl of pho!

Guam

For this virtual journey, we head to “Where America’s day begins” – tropical, beautiful Guam! This a snorkelers’ paradise and one with easy access from anywhere in the Pacific. We’ll head to Chamorro Village for some good eats and local shopping, then to the Latte Stone Park for a trip back to ancient Guam. We’ll also try some delicious Chamorro foods like kelaguen and finadene sauce. A stop in Guam also requires a visit to Two Lovers Point for a beautiful view of the crystal turquoise waters and some beautiful photos. Whether you’re stationed outside of Guam or will soon PCS to the island, you won’t want to miss what we have in store for you in this online tour.

Osaka

Get ready to head to another hotspot in Japan – Osaka! We’ll visit Dotonbori, Osaka Castle and more in this video getaway. Hop on a boat ride to take in a good look at the city lights, try their signature octopus street food, takoyaki, and get a great view from above at the Umeda Sky Building. If you’re stationed in Japan and Osaka has been on your list, you won’t want to miss this virtual vacation!

Bali

Take a trip to tropical and exotic dream destination Bali! Here we’ll make virtual stops at one of the country’s oldest temples for an amazing view and a taste of local traditional dance. Then, we’ll swing from the palm trees above the Jatiluwih rice terraces for some adventure and great views. Later, we’ll pick up some tasty satay chicken and mee goreng fried noodles. Let’s go!

Seoul

There is a ton to see and we only have a short time to do it, so let’s head out! We’ll take you to Insadong, a busy district with traditional tea houses and art galleries, then to Myeongdong, one of the most famous shopping areas in Seoul. We’ll also make a stop in Gangnam and Hongdae for a look at the nightlife and hotspots where young Koreans go to trendy cafes and bars. Seoul is a hop and a skip from most places in the Pacific, so it will be a great spot to consider when travel is open again.

Okinawa

Let’s get ready to hit the beach and visit Japan’s sub-tropical island, Okinawa. This island will make you feel worlds away from the mainland with its crystal blue waters and sandy white beaches. But, don’t worry about packing a bathing suit or sunscreen because this journey is virtual! We’ll skip the lines and the crowds and head straight into Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then dive in at the Maeda Point’s beautiful blue grotto and more!

Manila

Hop on as we head to the capital city of the Philippines. Here, old meets new with the Spanish-influenced architecture and towering skyscrapers. We’ll take a look at Old Manila, the city-center, where Fort Santiago and Manila Cathedral offer you a close-up look at the city’s history and future. In this feature, we’ll also stop in and look at former U.S. military installation, Clark Air Base, which is now having a second life of its own, as a public park and airport.

Bangkok

Let’s take a virtual journey to the busy streets and colorful markets of Bangkok. We’ll try delicious Tom Yum Kung, mango sticky rice and Thai milk tea as we stroll through Wat Pho for a look at the reclining golden Buddha and for an adventure in the labyrinth-like Khao San Road area. We’ll also take a detour to Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya, for a peek at the Wat Mahathat in the banyan tree roots.

Tokyo

Is a visit to one of the busiest and brightest cities in the world your dream? Tour Tokyo with us as we hit some of the must-see spots this unbelievable Pacific destination has to offer. Maneuver through crowded Shibuya Crossing, visit old Tokyo in Asakusa District and get lost in the neon lights and manga of Akihabara— all without leaving your home!

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