Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

11 Ubiquitous Signs You’re in Asia

I love Asia. I love its oppositeness to everything familiar in the West. I love its kinetic energy, its relentlessness, and yes, its “weirdness.” The fact is, Asia is only weird to westerners because we don’t entirely understand it. Guess what? Not understanding it is what makes it so exciting. Unless you’ve been lobotomised, Asia is…

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

I didn’t visit every destination on my 2015 bucket list this year, but that’s just fine. I’m more interested in quality travel than in quantity. This is perhaps why I don’t travel full-time. I grounded myself for six months (!) to work on my first documentary film. I’m glad to report I’m almost done… And…

Watch the Second Episode of Global Girl Travels TV!

As I mentioned in November, Global Girl Travels TV will be a weekly feature here and on YouTube. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified of new videos. Without further adieu, here is my year of travel in review. Happy watching! What topics would you like to see covered in GGT TV? Comment below!

SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN, Tokyo, Japan

What To Do with One Day in Tokyo (PHOTOS)

I’ve had two extended vacations in Tokyo as well as a couple of single-day (or less) layovers. It’s a safe, eclectic destination and one I recommend you see at least once. These are my pics for the top activities if you have just one day to spend.

Lorde Fuji Rock festival, japan

Global Girl Travels TV Presents: Behind the Scenes at Fuji Rock 2014

As I announced last week, I’ll be producing a regular TV segment dedicated to travel. Starting in 2015, it will be a weekly feature on Global Girl Travels and YouTube! Without further adieu, I present my first on-location episode, a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a photographer at Japan’s largest outdoor music…

Review: Fuji Rock Festival, Day 3

The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan was one of the most fun weekends of my entire life. Read my review of Day 1 and Day 2 in case you missed the action. As a photographer and journalist, I had a backstage pass to see some of my favorite musicians perform, including one of my new favorites, Lorde….

Fuji Rock Festival Review: Day 2

While rock festivals in the States symbolize rebellion, in Japan they are about camping and family and nature. It’s amazing how small the Japanese can go with their tents. Hundreds of the brightly-colored tents lining the slopes of this dormant ski resort were no larger than a pup tent. What amazed me more were the…

basement jaxx fuji rock festival

Fuji Rock Festival Review: Day 1

As our bus rolled in to the sprawling white ski resort, I imagined pulling up to the bar and having a cocktail or two with any of my favorite bands who I heard were staying at this very hotel — Bombay Bicycle Club, SBTRKT, Travis, Outkast, Lorde, Flaming Lips, Basement Jaxx, St. Vincent, to name a few.

Fuji Rock Festival Preview

I love living 5 hours from major Asian cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong. It means I can jet off to the upcoming Fuji Rock Festival to see some of my favorite indie bands perform. We did just that a few summers ago at Summer Sonic.