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Amanda C.


The Night The Hotel Lobby Came Alive

On October 20, the lobby at the Grand Traverse Resort became my favorite hotel lobby in the world. An iconic, award-winning Traverse City hotel, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa towers above the Grand Traverse Bay. Rotating doors open…


5 Favorite Experiences in Hakone

Traveling to Hakone, Japan? Here are my FIVE favorite Hakone experiences. One of my favorite places during our Japan travels, Hakone is a magical mountain town tucked halfway between Tokyo and Kyoto. It’s the perfect stop for a few…


I fell on a crowded train in Japan and lived to tell the tale

There’s a special kind of train etiquette in Japan. Be quiet. Converse minimally. Don’t chat on the phone. Set your phone to silent. Mind priority seating. Don’t smoke. It’s pretty simple. Unless you’re a klutz like me. What I don’t understand…


5 Favorite Food Experiences in Japan

If all the world’s a kitchen, Japan dishes out the most fascinating culinary experiences.  People may ask, what to eat in Japan? To which I respond, what NOT to eat in Japan? Japan has its own unique food culture,…

helpful apps for your trip to Japan

Apps that Saved my A** in Japan

Japan Travel Apps Phone service-free travel is liberating. It forces reliance on physical maps and asking locals for directions. It demands observation of one’s surroundings. It eradicates digital distraction. And sometimes it causes a bit of anxiety. Switching my…