A Minimalist's Packing List for Japan in Spring

It’s time! I’ll be jetting off to Japan for 2 weeks - you can follow my adventures on Instagram @thetimeoptimist_ or Snapchat lieupieu! I usually pack light when it comes to shoes and clothing but this time I had to go that extra mile to save room for all the Pokemon merchandise. I scoped out the Spring time weather for Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo and it’s looking balmy, slightly humid, with scattered showers.…

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5 Budget Things to Do in NYC

A week in New York City doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s a rundown of free/cheap activities that I loved in the city that never sleeps - they’ll get you on your feet and burning off all that amazing food you’re going to have there. 5. Peruse the Markets If you’re going to be there during the weekend, head to Williamsburg for Artists & Fleas for handmade gifts and Smorgasburg for cuisine.…

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Pocket Guide: 3 Days in Amsterdam

Canal in Amsterdam

Escaped to Amsterdam for a long weekend with the girls back in September 2016. Sunny, laid-back, and refreshingly green. Autumn had yet to arrive so our days were mostly spent outside - but I’ll definitely be back for some hardcore museum hopping. Airbnb - Stayed in a sunny studio apartment in Bos en Lommer, by a canal and above a friendly bar which we ended up in 2 out 3 nights.…

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