Postcard 40: Surviving Typhoon Hagibis in Japan

One of my greatest fears when traveling to Asia anytime from summer through fall is being there during typhoon season. In 2018, I was in Seoul when Typhoon Kong-Rey slammed Busan, the southern part of South Korea. The day it hit, what was supposed to be a pleasant outdoor walk around a palace quickly turned…

Postcard 39: Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

After a memorable past few days in Okinawa, we were now ready to fly to Tokyo for the second half of our trip! The next few days would entail stops at Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea -- in the Chiba region -- followed by a weekend in the Shinagawa district of Tokyo. Little did I…

Postcard 37: Okinawa World’s snakes and cave

If you would've told me I'd ever touch a snake in my lifetime, I would've said you were crazy. But that's exactly what I did in Okinawa. After visiting the Shuri Castle and then grabbing a quick udon lunch in Naha, my family and I boarded our private tour bus and traveled roughly 8 miles…

Postcard 34: Cassino and Rome, Italy

It was a bittersweet feeling knowing that our tour of Italy was coming to an end. On the one hand, I was really sad to say goodbye to a country that I'd grown to absolutely adore. On the other hand, I was really excited for these amazing memories that I would also be able to…

Postcard 32: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Before I actually traveled to Italy, only a few images of the country would come to mind: mostly just scenes of ancient ruins and colossal structures in Rome and gondolas navigating along the narrow canals of Venice. Both were beautiful images in my mind, but little did I know that another gorgeous view would soon…