Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember. Growing up I always begged my parents to take me, but it was too far and too expensive to manage at the time. Once I was old enough, I moved onto pestering my friends to go with me, but a lot of them didn’t have the same desire I did, nor the time and money to make it happen. The culture, the food the people- every single thing that I read and saw about Japan fascinated me. Not to mention my obsession with Sushi, what better place to satisfy my craving for sushi then the birthplace of it all?? So for years I had been dreaming about it, putting it on the back burner until it was the right time. This year I had a very vivid dream about actually being in Japan, or what I imagine Japan to be. One day i told my boyfriend, not matter what WE ARE GOING TO TOKYO THIS YEAR. Few weeks later we picked a random week to go in late May/ early April and booked it. Now I could go on for hours about my experience in Japan. It was the most amazing place I think I have been thus far. It exceeded my expectations. Everyone there is so incredibly sweet and very accomodating. The food is on another planet, the food markets are unbelievable. The culture is fascinating. The public transportation is unparalleled. Everything about it is simply perfect. We booked our trip pretty far in advance for my standards, about 6 months, so I gathered a lot of friends itineraires and did as much research as I could following up- but you can never be fully prepared until you arrive. There is just so much to see and do, it’s nearly impossible to fit it all in. We were so incredibly lucky and booked our trip at prime Sakura season (cherry blossoms) so it was by far one of the most beautiful times to go to Japan. We spent 9 days there- 7 nights in Tokyo, 1 in Osaka and 1 in Kyoto. Each city is so unique that I will write about each one separately.

The amazing thing about Tokyo is that you can be there for a full week, exploring the city for 12 hours a day and still only scratch the surface. Each neighborhood is so unique, and has its own beautiful touch that they are all worth exploring. And the food, my god. THE FOOD, I can’t even put into writing how amazing the food is there. Anything from the street market food, 3 Michelin star restaurants to 7/11 food is AMAZING. That’s right, even the 7/11 food is good there, it’s a thing- google it. To sum it up, Japan is an unbelievable place and everyone should go there at least once in their life. I am counting down the days till the next time I find myself there. If you are lucky enough to go, here is my exact itinerary with recommendations: You truly can’t go wrong here so just get your ass on a plane and GO!

Personal Itinerary

Bangkok, Thailand

I have this weird obsession with Asia, and it's been on my travel bucket list from the day I can remember so finally going to Thailand in 2016 was a dream come true . Asian cultural really fascinates me and obviously the food is one of my favorite cuisines. If i had to chose my last meal on earth it would 10000% be sushi. SO I finally booked the Asian trip of my dreams my senior year of college, my 4 friends and I were going to Bangkok for NYE, Koh Samui right after and then Hong Kong for a few days. This was by far one of the most incredible trips I have ever been on. I absolutely fell in love with Thailand. Everything from the food, culture, architecture, massages etc.  I stayed with a good friend of mine in Bangkok who is from there so thankfully we had her as an amazing tour guide. She knew all the best restaurants/bars/ spas to take us to ( and thank god because there are too many options) so I had a top notch experience. All of the food was incredible, and I gained a new appreciation for my spice tolerance. I LOVE spicy food, but you haven’t really tried spicy until you've had proper Thai food- truly eye watering. Not to mention the mango sticky rice, so delicious. The only thing that really took me by surprise here is that you can't buy alcohol from 2-5pm due to religious reasons. But whatever ideal nap time anyway. 

I'm also obsessed with the mode of transportation there- via tuk-tuk  or on the back of someone's motorcycle.moped. Tuk-tuk are these open air rickshaws on 3 wheels that have benches in place of seats- and if you haven't sped down a heavily trafficked area in one of these it's a must try. Another great aspect in Bangkok were the cheap massage- I mean $10 for the most incredible massage of your life?!? Makes the 24 hour+ travel day so worth it.  This trip changed me, I consider my life split into PRE Asia trip and POST Asia trip. It reignited the itch I have to travel and see/ experience other cultures and I cannot wait for the day to get back to Thailand.

Food: Sala ratanakosin, din tai fung, grand palace, Street dumplings (from vendors) Four Seasons (for dunplings) , Ruen Urai 

Nightlife: Sing Sing, Vogue (rooftop), Le bua (rooftop) 

Things to do: Go to  markets and temples, so much to see in the city