These are strange and trying times. In a few months, we have witnessed a virus spread from one city in China to over 183 countries and territories around the world. We’ve seen a handful of cases turn into a global pandemic that has claimed almost 66,000 lives and infected over 1.2 million peopleand counting. (When I started drafting this post, last week that figure was at 200,000!)
Borders have been closed, grocery store shelves emptied, businesses ordered to shut down, and hospitals overwhelmed. The situation is evolving rapidly but one thing remains clear: now is the time to stay home and avoid travelling.
Travel is more than a beloved hobby for some people; rather, it’s a veritable lifestyle. Travel is something that enlightens souls, expands horizons, and as the old cliché goes, is one of the few things in the world that makes you richer as you spend money on it. Responsible tourism is important as it unfortunately takes a tremendous amount of resources to make travel possible. In this post we’ll define what responsible tourism is and how to be a responsible tourist.
Whether brightening a dull grey day with a flash of colour as they fly by or signalling the dawn of a spring day with their cheery songs, birds undoubtedly make the world more interesting. The National Geographic Society declared 2018 the “Year of the Bird” and has been celebrating their diversity, providing advice on how to make the world more bird-friendly, as well as highlighting the incredible journeys that they take. Indeed, the incredible distances they cover during their migrations make birds nature’s original world travellers. As 30-something world travellers ourselves, we are not the stereotypical “twitchers” in head to toe khaki and $2000 binoculars around our necks (we use these ones), but we do love us some birds. Bear with us, while we’re aware that some people think this makes us rather uncool, birding is the second fastest growing hobby in America! In fact, it is one thing that millenials are not killing; rather, many millenials are flocking (had to) to birding! Continue reading “Why We Love Birds”
The skiing at Nozawa Onsen is not as well known as other areas in Japan. For instance, when people think of skiing in Japan, their thoughts often turn to the massive ski fields of Hakuba Valley, where the powder is deep and the vistas of the Japanese Alps are amazing. Or they might consider Niseko on the North Island that is so popular with tourists, it has been said that you could close your eyes and think that you’re in Australia. These resorts are definitely popular for a reason. With exhilarating terrain, panoramic mountain vistas, and world-famous Japanese powder, the skiing will not disappoint. But for those looking to surf japow with a side of local culture, consider visiting the underappreciated gem of Nozawa Onsen for your next Japanese ski adventure.
As another year of travels wraps up for us, it is always a fun activity to reflect on the highlights of a year well spent.
We rang in 2017 with some dear friends at a much-loved place that we’ve revisited many times, Whitefish, Montana. There we skied the Big Mountain, explored the nordic trails in town, and enjoyed the peace of our cabin in the woods.
There’s no denying that Japan is hot right now. Every conversation I have will fellow travellers seems to involve either a recently completed or upcoming trip to Japan. While it positively shines in the springtime (hello cherry blossoms!), visiting Japan in winter can be a special experience. Here is our top five reasons for travelling to Japan in winter: