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Travel Hacking Japan 5: Nara

Travel Hacking Japan 5: Nara

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Nara was my favorite place we visited in Japan. It’s about an hour from Kyoto by train so we just left our things in our Kyoto hotel as we got into Nara in the morning. We didn’t want to check in somewhere and then have to leave our suitcases. We were welcomed by this adorable deer mascot as soon as we got off the train. You’ll…

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Travel Hacking Japan 4: Kyoto

Travel Hacking Japan 4: Kyoto

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 We were so excited to try the only place in Japan with dry-aged Wagyu beef. The restaurant is called Pound Steakhouse, and is situated just a few minutes from the palace. with the banchan and kimchi offered, it felt more like a Korean restaurant, even with the grilling, but the waiter insisted it was Japanese. The service was a bit spotty, but we figured it was…

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Travel Hacking Japan 3: Nikko

Travel Hacking Japan 3: Nikko

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 We took the Tobu train to Nikko from Asakusa in Tokyo because we didn’t get the JR Rail pass as it wasn’t worth it for us. We walked out to a rainy town and bought some fresh warm mochi before heading off. We were quickly stopped by a Japanese woman who mimed if we’d like to try a strawberry. There was a famous strawberry festival or…

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Travel Hacking Japan 2: Tokyo Days 2-3

Travel Hacking Japan 2: Tokyo Days 2-3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Day 2 started out with us getting French pastries in a cute little bakery. The baker is French and originally started in France. Japanese breakfast didn’t seem to fit our appetite. My favorite was the little cube cookies that melted in your mouth. Unfortunately, the store has closed all its Tokyo locations :(, but maybe you can visit them on your next trip to France? After we…

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Travel Hacking Japan 1: Tokyo

Travel Hacking Japan 1: Tokyo

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Back in 2017, I headed back to Japan for a vacation! While I had been there a couple of times, mostly in Tokyo and Disneyland, I hadn’t really gone to other cities and experienced the culture as much. Now, before we get to all the cool pictures and descriptions, I’d like to say we booked our tickets for $11.20 for two people on business class on…

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Top 8 Posts of 2017

Top 8 Posts of 2017

Though this blog is a baby bird still in its nest, I still want to celebrate the wins this blog has had over the past year! So here’s a list of the top 8 posts of 2017 :). Enjoy! 1. Hustle In Your 20s To Be Financially Independent In Under 10 Years I did the math behind how much faster you could retire if you took up a side hustle. There’s a limit to how much you can save on…

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Favorite Books of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

Compound interest grows exponentially, so why not read, to compound your knowledge? 🙂 I like to read books in the behavioral economics, finance, and personal growth department, so my books will mainly reflect that. They’re listed below unranked — just 15 of my favorite out of the 52 books I read last year. 1. Guns Germs and Steel: Jared Diamond Have you ever wondered why Europe was building multi-level stone buildings, while developed Asian countries at the time were mostly…

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