Ikigai

  • An Ode to Japanese Convenience Stores
    There are a lot of great things about Japan. The people, the culture, the buns at the convenience stores... Wait...what?After living in Japan for five weeks, it came to my attention that:Japan is more expensive than any other place I’ve lived abroad.I would probably never get sick of the food in ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-11-08By Lauren Bernal
    2 weeks ago
  • 4 Days in Chiang Mai
    4 days isn’t enough in Chiang Mai.I could actually spend weeks, months, maybe even years here, eating the most delicious $1 meals, soaking in the hospitality, visiting the incredible islands and towns that surround it, and mostly, eating mango sticky rice until I get stomach aches every night.The city is ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-11-07By Lauren Bernal
    2 weeks ago
  • The Other Side
    It’s been exactly two and a half months since I returned from Remote Year. I’m on the other side. How’s it going? Let’s just say I take things literally one day at a time. You may have noticed I never wrote a post about my time in Argentina, my last ... read more
    Source: Mai Hanoon – whereammaiPublished on 2017-11-02By whereammai
    2 weeks ago
  • Gettin’ Salty in Bolivia: What to do in and around Uyuni
    B’oh-liviaaaaaa! *sung to the tune of the Activia commercials in the US from 5 years ago* Have you heard of this place? I had, but never put it on a list, never thought I’d be hand-standing (then falling) on salt, and certainly never thought I’d book a five day trip ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-10-17By Lauren Bernal
    1 month ago
  • Design gonzo: Non-places in hot and cold places
    It was a hot August morning in a busy Portuguese town when I opened the door to my first experience in a co-working space. Tens of people frantically clicking trackpads and typing with purpose, some talking in a nearly-shouting voice to their headsets trying to put out a really important ... read more
    Source: Mikko Pitkänen – Mikko PitkänenPublished on 2017-10-17By Mikko Pitkänen
    1 month ago
  • It’s Who You’re With
    I just took my bag down from the overhead compartment of a train and my umbrella switfly propelled out, both hitting and waking up a sleeping Japanese man."Gomen-nassai! Sumimasen! Okinamayaki! GYOZA!"After mumbling every Japanese phrase I could remember (note: via the links above, you can tell that they didn't all ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-10-16By Lauren Bernal
    1 month ago
  • The Questions I Keep Answering about My Remote Year Experience
    As I’ve been reconnecting with friends and family around the country, I’ve found that the same questions keep popping up about my 12 months of traveling with Remote Year. I find myself kinda glazing over and starting to give the same rote answers, which is never a good way to ... read more
    Source: Erica Brooks – Unraveled TravelsPublished on 2017-10-14By Erica
    1 month ago
  • Kinda Kaizen: Becoming a Remote Year Citizen
    “I thought you were done with Remote Year?”Yeah. I am. But I wasn’t ready. I don’t think a lot of us were. You can probably tell that from my series I did featuring five posts about Remote Year. (Here's one, two, three, four, and five if ya wanna read 'em.)“So, ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-10-12By Lauren Bernal
    1 month ago
  • Prost to Oktoberfest: Survival 101
    Prior to going to Oktoberfest, the most I knew about it was that I would be drinking liters of beer every day and possibly trying to nurse my liver back to life with the amount of sausages and sauerkraut I would eat.After attending Oktoberfest, I found this to be true. ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-10-11By Lauren Bernal
    1 month ago
  • The Documented Year
    It’s impossible to remember everything packed into the past year, but I found a couple of ways to document the experience of 12 months of travel and adventures with my Remote Year Ikigai crew. One little passion project was the yearbook that some friends and I created as a gift ... read more
    Source: Erica Brooks – Unraveled TravelsPublished on 2017-10-08By Erica
    1 month ago
  • I’m traveling! Please like me!
    Traveling is tough enough. But you know what’s even tougher? Not getting the validation you deserve from the outside world! I mean, here you are, spending all your vacation money or parents trust fund or actual compensation from your job or whatever means you’re able to use to pay for ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-10-03By Lauren Bernal
    2 months ago
  • Please Don’t Make Me Answer This Question
    What was your favorite place? I’ve been back from Remote Year for almost two months now, and this is by far the most popular question, which means it’s also the question I’m most bored of answering. It got to the point that when a friend of a friend asked that question, ... read more
    Source: Erica Brooks – Unraveled TravelsPublished on 2017-10-03By Erica
    2 months ago
  • Heavy Breathing on Rainbow Mountain
    I’m finally catching up on posts that happened during Remote Year because I’m all about documentation and don’t want to forget. Plus, my Remote Year is over and I never wanna forget it and I’m a on train to Rome right now for five hours, so why not reminisce a ... read more
    Source: Lauren Bernal – Your Travel Blog SucksPublished on 2017-09-28By Lauren Bernal
    2 months ago
  • How to slow down time — and other life lessons I learned on Remote year.
    I hope I never cease to be impressed by airplanes.The fact that we can hop on a plane, fly into the clouds and across the world is pretty damn incredible.And I actually find myself looking forward to flights, because they are one of the final frontiers where we’re allowed to ... read more
    Source: Ariel Meranus – Ariel MeranusPublished on 2017-09-22By Ariel Meranus
    2 months ago
  • Contemplating Contradictions
    I’m sitting on a rock overlooking Lake Mary, about 25 minutes outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. My laptop is balanced on my knees, and I’m a conflicted ball of emotions. Remote Year is over. It’s been over for 50 days actually. I’ve been back in the US for 44 of those ... read more
    Source: Erica Brooks – Unraveled TravelsPublished on 2017-09-18By Erica
    2 months ago