Greetings! we are Sarah and Tom Bricker, and this is our travel blog. In it, we offer tips & tricks for visiting Japan, Southern California, Europe, Universal Studios, and a wealth of other destinations to which we’ve traveled.
We first got hooked on travel after making visits to various Disney theme parks around the world and in the process of trying to visit all of the U.S. National Parks. Over the last few years, our travel has snowballed, and now in addition to traveling to a variety of destinations, we make a lot of quick getaways–namely, within California–and extended trips to a multitude of destinations.
This in large part occurred when we relocated to Southern California after living in the Midwest all our lives. Working remotely at our ‘normal’ jobs while living in California enabled us to travel more, and also live like tourists with regular day trips to Los Angeles to explore the city’s amazing culture, architecture, entertainment, and food.
Currently, we split time between California and Florida. In the very near future, we’ll be returning to Japan, where we intend to once again spend extensive time in Kyoto, Tokyo, and other cities around Japan through 2023. We’ve also spent months in Europe, and will be returning to France again this coming year.
Our goal is to share our experiences from those locations (and beyond) on this blog and to offer planning resources that help you better-experiences some of the places we love. While some of this will aim at being comprehensive, other posts are an eclectic mix of trip reports, reviews and tips from points of interest we’ve visited, and photography.
Speaking of photography, all of the photos on this blog are taken by me (Tom Bricker). Being a photographer is exciting: getting up at sunrise, chasing the good light, and capturing a jaw-dropping shot. Being a blogger is awkward: sitting in a restaurant taking photos of food, writing about the comfort of bedding, and other odd things that are far from glamorous. Most blogs are one or the other, focusing on aspiring photographers or wanderlust travelers as an audience. This blog is both…or at least, it tries to be.
We hope you’ll become a regular reader of this blog, but have to give fair warning that a lot of this stuff is going to be so obscure that it’ll probably be of approximately 0 interest to almost everyone. One thing we’ve learned from traveling is that often Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews leave a lot to be desired. So, if a review of some bizarre off-the-beaten path experience that we found interesting might help even a couple of fellow travelers have a similarly enjoyable time, we’ll share it.
I am available to answer your questions or for entertainment at your next office party (you provide the clown costume). If you’re interested in contacting me or advertising here, please visit the Contact page. All photos on this site are © Tom Bricker. For info on using photos, please see our Photo Usage Policies page.
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