Mexico City Day 1

My first solo trip out of the US was To Mexico City in 2018 at the age of 29. After spending years without a vacation and only one long weekend spent as a goodbye trip with a friend before I moved to Arizona, I was finally making time for travel in my life. Before livingContinue reading “Mexico City Day 1”

Explore Busan

Busan, can you be redeemed? Unfortunately, my first trip to Busan 부산 left me with a sour taste in my mouth that I had yet to shake. I hope that by spending a few days here, my mind could be changed, and I could fall in love with the city. After an hour and aContinue reading “Explore Busan”

Gyeongju South Korea

Gyeongju 경주 was the stronghold of the Shilla 신라 Dynasty, one of the largest kingdoms in Korea; today, only relics and tombs remain of this kingdom that helped shape Korea. It may seem that there is not much to see in Gyeongju, but once you get there, your days will be full of picturesque scenery,Continue reading “Gyeongju South Korea”

Daegu

Unpopular opinion Daegu is just alright. Don’t get me wrong, Daegu has plenty of things to do like cafe hop or bar hop at various western and Korean-style places. There’s a performing arts center and a tone of outdoor activities, including hiking and amusement parks. Daegu gives me more family vibes and less single orContinue reading “Daegu”

Andong South Korea 

Andong 안동시 is known for its based chicken, masked dances, and the folk village Hahoe 안동하회마을. Since coming to Korea, I have been looking forward to going there. Unfortunately, I went at the wrong time of year, and during Covid, the town was tranquil, and not much was going on. Never he less, I foundContinue reading “Andong South Korea “

Is Korea Safe?

As a female solo traveler, the question ”Is this place safe?” is always on my mind when I look at going someplace. I want the answer to be as simple and easy as a yes or no, but the true answer is always more complicated. We tend to romanticize some places and villainize others. AnythingContinue reading “Is Korea Safe?”

Itaewon

Itaewon 이태원 is known for being the foreigner hang out attracting ex-pats and tourists alike. A place where many feel a little freer to dress, act, and talk like they would then in other areas in Korea. Walking around Itaewon, it is easy to see why this eclectic neighborhood is a safe haven for thoseContinue reading “Itaewon”

Travel Fail Jeongdongjin Beach

What started off as a fantastic day ended up being quite the travel fail.  I left my guest house in Gangneung 강릉시 early (4am before the busses ran) and walked to the train station. I took the first train out 20min down the coast to Jeongdongjin beach 정동진 to watch the sunrise. Despite freezing myContinue reading “Travel Fail Jeongdongjin Beach”

Jumunjin Fish Market and Nakasansa Temple

On my second day in Gangneung 강릉시, I traveled to Jumunjin Fish Market 강릉 주문진수산시장, where people travel around the country to purchase the fresh and dried fish that the market is famous for. It is a haven for those who enjoy smoking up the atmosphere of a place with an odd, fishy smell, theContinue reading “Jumunjin Fish Market and Nakasansa Temple”

Gangneung

With a short KTX ride or a 2-hour bus outside of Seoul, it is easy to see why Seoulites make this city and the surrounding beach towns their weekend destination in the summer, even though I went in the middle of February.  Unlike the southern coastline of Korea, Gangneung 강릉시 and the surrounding beach townsContinue reading “Gangneung”