How Much Does it Cost to Travel? 3 Week Trip To Japan

By Steph | June 28, 2017

Welcome to a new series we’re running on Why Wait, called How Much Does it Cost to Travel? We know that financial considerations are probably the biggest factor you grapple with when planning a trip. Hard numbers can be difficult to come by, especially when everyone has their own unique travel style and considerations. The […]

Japan 2016: The Best and Worst

By Steph | July 22, 2016

It’s taken me quite awhile to write up our March trip to Japan. If I’m being honest, it’s just been a really crazy busy few months as I prepare for this baby and maternity leave (more on that next week). Still, I wanted to do this traditional recap to give you a breakdown of one […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Nagasaki, Japan

By Steph | July 7, 2016

On my first trip to Japan, I visited Hiroshima, and it was gripping. There was the heartbreaking Peace Park, site of the first atomic bomb dropped on Japan, easy access to pretty Miyajima and the opportunity to try okonomiyaki, which is weird, savory and just super delicious. This time around, I wanted to incorporate something […]

Our Tokyo Maternity Shoot with Flytographer

By Steph | June 13, 2016

Typically, when Mike and I travel together, the only shots we manage to take of ourselves are lopsided selfies. They are cute and all, but not necessarily frame-worthy. So I decided our trip to Japan, our last big trip together before baby makes three, needed to be different. Enter Flytographer. I first learned about Flytographer […]

Japan on A Budget: A Food Lover’s Guide to Eating Cheap in the Land of the Rising Sun

By Steph | June 8, 2016

Many travelers avoid Japan because they perceive it as a super expensive destination. While it’s not as cheap as many places in Asia, we actually found the country to be fairly affordable, especially with the current strength of the US Dollar (it’s definitely much cheaper now than it was when I went 6 years ago). […]

The 10 Best Meals I Ate in Japan (That weren’t Sushi)

By Steph | May 25, 2016

I went to Japan for one major reason: to eat. As I admitted before, last time I visited Japan I didn’t have quite the appreciation for food that I do now. This time around both Mike and I were ready to eat allll of the things. First of all thank you everyone for not yelling […]

What It’s Like to Travel During Your Second Trimester

By Steph | May 11, 2016

I’ve widely heard the second trimester referred to as the “golden period” of pregnancy. When I rolled into it at 14 weeks I was not convinced. I still felt pretty icky and I started to worry I wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy the three-week babymoon we had planned for Japan. (Here is the article […]

Why Autumn is the Perfect Time to Visit Japan

By Jessica Dawdy | October 5, 2015

Japan in the spring seems to be the dream for many travelers. Perhaps this is because the image of Japan is often tied to the country’s stunning cherry blossom displays, and unique hanami (flower viewing parties). Understandably, this makes spring one of the most popular times of year to visit. While spring is an undeniably […]

Awesome Destinations for Your First Solo Trip

By Jessica Dawdy | September 2, 2015

I’m a firm believer that everyone should try traveling solo at some point in their lives. You may have plenty of friends and family members who make for wonderful travel companions, but traveling alone offers so many extra opportunities for self-discovery, personal growth, and cultural connection. The big question then is where should be your […]

Tips for Planning Your First Solo Trip to Tokyo, Japan

By Guest Poster | May 8, 2015

I’m on vacation this week, but I’ve left you in the capable hands of some of my favorite bloggers from past BlogHouse events. Today Chanel from CulturalXplorer shares some handy information on how to visit Tokyo. Tokyo (東京), the capital of Japan, is a massive city with a population of over 13 million people and is […]

A Two Week Japan Itinerary for First Time Visitors

By Jessica Dawdy | September 21, 2014

If you’re like me before I visited Japan, Tokyo was pretty much the only city I’d actually heard of. So, if you’re curious what Japan has to offer beyond Harajuku and unusual vending machines (although these are both pretty awesome too), then this post is for you. This Japan itinerary is for two weeks since […]

How to Summit Mt. Fuji Without Looking Like An Idiot

By Jessica Dawdy | August 4, 2014

Mount Fuji is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan, not to mention the highest peak the country. With about five minutes of Googling I, like many Westerners planning a trip to Japan, realized that it’s actually possible to hike up this mythical mountain. The problem is, for many tourists this is about where […]