How To Visit the Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines

Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines

I was determined to take a trip to the north of Luzon and the Cordillera mountains in the Ifugao province to visit the Batad rice terraces before my visa expired. The terraces are dubbed the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and although I have come across many self-proclaimed ‘eighth wonders’ on my travels, I’d say … Read more

18 Best Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Close up of the Petronas Towers at night

I’ve met a lot of travellers who apply the land and leave style of travel to Kuala Lumpur, seeing it as nothing more than a convenient travel hub in Southeast Asia. Well having visited the city myself on two different occasions I can safely tell you that this is certainly not the case, with enough … Read more

Where To Stay In Japan On A Budget

Japanese Temple in Osaka

After spending a month in the land of the rising sun, I’ve stayed in a fair range of places ranging from hostels to homes to hotels to temples.  In this post, I share where to stay in Japan on a budget (and in some cases where not to stay). Types of accommodation in Japan Hostels There … Read more

Okonomiyaki: One of Japan’s Best Food Inventions

okonomiyaki cooked by Indiana Jo in Japan

It’s been too long since I wrote about eating in Japan – this time, my favourite discovery: okonomiyaki. What is okonomiyaki? Some describe it as Japanese pizza, others say it is more like a crêpe or pancake. I’m not sure I can accurately describe it in words…so I will describe it in pictures instead. The … Read more

A Life Changing Experience: Eating Kobe Beef in Japan

plate of rare kobe beef in japan

I’d heard that eating Kobe beef in Japan can be a life-changing experience but as much as I love a good portion of rare, red meat, I didn’t have full faith in its power to alter my life…until I tasted it. It was a cold, wet day in Kyoto and knowing that the Golden Temple … Read more

I Ate Deadly Fugu in Japan and Lived To Tell The Tale

what to eat in Japan fugu

One of my personal highlights when travelling is trying new food and I’ve eaten many curious items over the years – so it seemed only natural for me to want to try fugu in Japan. What is fugu? For those who don’t know, fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish. Not so remarkable, you might … Read more

Guide to Visiting Hiroshima & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Life forever changed for Hiroshima and its residents on 6 August 1945 when the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Now, over 70 years later, visiting Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, which comprises a number of memorials, monuments and museums dedicated to the legacy of the attack, is one of the most important … Read more

Tips for Visiting Mount Fuji in Spring

Close up of cherry blossom in japan

If there is one thing Japan is famous for beyond the cherry blossom, it is Mount Fuji and I was determined to visit this snow-dipped wonder during my stay in Japan. However, things didn’t go to plan. Learning from my mistakes, here are my tips for visiting Mount Fuji in spring. Don’t assume seeing Mount … Read more

Guide to the Japan Rail Pass

I consider myself to be a reasonably savvy traveller, yet the Japan Rail Pass had me stumped for a while. Why? It’s not the simplest rail ticket around. After several days researching what the pass is about, whether it is worth it, how to get it and how to use it (which I’m currently doing … Read more

Vipassana Meditation Retreat – What It’s Really Like

indiana jo with indian ladies at vipassana meditation retreat in India

Having completed a 10-day stint at a Vipassana Meditation Centre I thought I would share this particular experience while the memory is still very raw…I mean fresh in my mind. Before I got to India, the spiritual epicentre of the world, I knew I wanted to give meditation a try. Let’s face it, drinking and … Read more