Planning Guides

City and vacation planning guides for our favorite places around the world, including Japan (Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka), California (Los Angeles, Laguna Beach), and many more!

Ultimate 2019-2020 Kyoto, Japan Planning Guide

Our 2019-2020 Kyoto, Japan guide offers planning tips & tricks, hotel recommendations, best temples & shrines, transportation hacks, where to eat, crowd info, and more. Before we get to the basics, we’ll share updates and why we love Kyoto so much. (Updated November 6, 2019.) If you’re already in Kyoto and are scrambling to figure out […]

2019 Japan Fall Colors Forecast & Autumn Foliage Viewing Guide

Our 2019 fall colors forecast for Japan offers peak viewing info & tips for popular autumn foliage spots, including Kyoto, Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Himeji, and Nara. We’ll also share strategy for visiting the best temples, shrines, and evening illuminations. (Updated November 6, 2019.) Autumn is one of the most stunning times of the […]

Paris, France City Guide

This Paris travel guide will offer tips for making the most of your vacation to the City of Lights, including things to do in Paris, transportation suggestions, where to eat, hotel options, and more. Paris is a world capital of culture: everything from art to food to fashion to architecture, and much more, Paris does exceedingly […]

Ultimate Los Angeles City Guide

Our 2019 Los Angeles visitor’s guide offers tips to plan a vacation, including best things to do, best places to eat in L.A., hotel suggestions, and how to navigate Southern California. LA is one of our favorite cities in the world, and we’ll provide you insider tips to experience both the touristy highlights and hidden […]

Pacific Coast Highway Guide: California Road Trip Tips

I love road trips, and my favorite in the entire United States is the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between Southern and Northern California. This guide will help you plan the perfect ocean-side vacation along PCH, with a multi-day itinerary, tips for where to stay, what to do, dining, and more! Formally known as California […]

French Riviera Planning Guide

The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations thanks to its sunny weather and resort atmosphere. In this planning guide, we’ll offer vacation tips & tricks, things to do, when to visit, and which cities in Southern France are worth day trips. The French Riviera stretches along the coast from […]

2019 Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy Guide

In this guide to Universal Studios Japan, we’ll offer tips & tricks for visiting this very popular theme park in Osaka. Due to its location, size, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, USJ is a busy park. This strategy is essential for avoiding crowds at Universal Studios Japan…so you don’t wait in a 240-minute […]

Ultimate Tokyo, Japan City Guide

Our Tokyo, Japan travel guide offers info & tips, things to do, transportation info, where to eat, best hotels, avoiding crowds, itineraries for the city, and more. Whether you’re visiting this year or planning for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, we’ve got you covered! (Last updated January 2, 2019.) Tokyo can be an intimidating place […]

Shanghai, China Trip Planning Guide

This Shanghai city guide provides trip planning tips including the best things to do, where & in which hotels to stay, transportation info, and more about China’s largest and most modern metropolis. As the photo above illustrates, Shanghai is a breathtakingly cool and futuristic place, and we’ll try to help you plan for a visit! […]

Osaka, Japan City Guide

This Osaka city guide provides travel tips including things to do, where to stay, transportation info, and more about Japan’s third-largest city. With that said, if you haven’t yet booked a trip and are doing preliminary planning, we strongly suggest reading our Ultimate Guide to Kyoto and our Ultimate Tokyo City Guide before this. Not just because those are comprehensive […]