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When Will Japan Reopen for Individual Tourists?

When will Japan lift its travel ban and reopen for international individual travelers? Will borders open as normal in Fall 2022? These are questions among those planning trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, etc. We monitor foreign visitor advisories, news, and more for answers. (Updated May 26, 2022.) After a lengthy plateau last month, Japan’s rolling average […]

Japan Reopening for Guided Tours

For over the past year, we’ve been chronicling every little update to Japan’s border closure in When Will Japan Reopen for Travel? Well, that’ll happen in June 2022…but with the colossal asterisk that Japan will only accept guided tour groups. It’s not quite time to retire that post, but this is technically a reopening to some degree. […]

Los Angeles & Southern California Itineraries

Our Los Angeles itineraries offer step-by-step 1-day plans for every area of the city, plus 2022 itineraries for Southern California outside L.A. These touring plans offer tips and strategy for the best things to do (and skip!), museums to visit, where to eat, and more. Other cities covered by these itineraries include Laguna Beach, Malibu, […]

Ultimate 2022 Los Angeles City Guide

Our 2022 Los Angeles, California planning guide offers visit tips, including top things to do, best places to eat in L.A., hotel advice, and how to transportation hacks for SoCal’s notorious traffic. LA is one of our favorite cities in the world, and we’ll help you experience the touristy highlights and hidden gems. (Updated February […]

1-Day “Best of” Los Angeles Itinerary

Have one day in Los Angeles and want to see the city’s highlights? This step-by-step guide is a jam-packed plan with the top 5 things to do in L.A., including free museums, beaches, and great food. It’s an ambitious Los Angeles 1-day itinerary, optimized to avoid driving & time stuck in Southern California traffic. (Updated […]

2022 Yosemite Firefall Best Dates & Viewing Tips

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon visible for ~3 weeks each winter. This post offers tips from my experiences, best dates & viewing locations, new restrictions, California snowfall, and more. (Updated January 21, 2022.) First, you can read about my most recent photography attempt in Firefall Snowy Weekend Photo Report from my […]

Ultimate 2022 Paris, France City Guide

Our 2022 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 […]

2022 Laguna Beach, California Planning Guide

Looking for a relaxing seaside vacation in Southern California? Laguna Beach is the perfect destination, and this planning guide will offer tips for visiting, things to do, hotel & restaurant recommendations, and what to know before your trip to Orange County. (Updated January 9, 2022.) Most relevant in the near-term is that California has extended […]

When to Visit Kyoto, Japan: Best & Worst Times in 2022 & 2023

When to visit Kyoto to avoid crowds, experience seasonal beauty, and enjoy the top festivals is important for first-timers to Japan. There will be no single worst or best time in 2022 or 2023 to visit, and when you should travel to Kyoto depends in large part on your priorities. (Updated January 9, 2022.) For […]

Ultimate 2022 Tokyo, Japan City Guide

Our 2022 Tokyo travel guide offers info & tips, things to do, transportation info, where to eat, best hotels, avoiding crowds, itineraries for the city, and everything else you need to know. Whether you’re visiting for cherry blossom, fall colors, or in between, we’ve got you covered. (Updated January 9, 2022.) Let’s start with the […]