Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

2018-01-21
Hello Kitty Cafe - Cafe de Miki in Odiaba, Japan
We are all about cute, themed cafes so when we were in Odaiba, Japan we had to visit the Hello Kitty cafe, Cafe de Miki . The cafe was conveniently located within walking distance from our hotel at the Diver City Tokyo Plaza. The theme of the cafe was London...

2018-01-17
If You Haven't Tried Taiwanese Shaved Snow, Do It Now!
I recently discovered the most amazing shaved ice cream at Iceskimo in San Diego. Yes, shaved ice cream, not shaved ice. It's a hybrid between a traditional ice cream and Hawaiian shaved ice and, to top it off, it's home made and prepared with all natural ingredients. Iceskimo is located...

2018-01-14
Travel Smart with The Skyroam Solis Mobile Hotspot
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. Earlier this year, we took Skyroam to Costa Rica , Bali and Thailand and the personal wifi hotspot device made our travels so much easier to navigate the city while we stayed conveniently connected at all...

2018-01-11
7 Fashion Winter Essentials for Japan
"This post contains some affiliate marketing links , which goes toward supporting our blog in some way, so it's a win-win for everyone. We hope you love the products we recommend." Every year we make a trip home to Japan during the winter to spend time with family and friends...

2018-01-07
The Most Stylish Anti-Theft Travel Backpack for Women
Thank you to Pacsafe for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely our own. This post also contains affiliate links . Last year when I was shopping at a local mom-and-pop travel store, I purchased my first anti-theft backpack . It has been great for my...

2018-01-04
Inside The Travel & Adventure Show in San Diego, California
It was my first time attending the Travel And Adventure Show, so I really had no idea what to expect. I read a handful of reviews and they were pretty mixed. It was a two day weekend show and it was being held at the San Diego Convention Center. I...

2017-12-31
10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Trip to Japan
Preparing for any trip can be overwhelming, especially if you are traveling overseas for a long period of time. We have traveled to Japan countless number of times, so we've become pros at getting ready for our trip. These are some tips on how to prepare for your trip to...

2017-12-27
Kata Beach of Phuket Thailand - A Nice Alternative to Patong Beach
If you’re in Phuket and don’t have time to visit Phi Phi islands, Kata Beach is a nice alternative. My friends and I were staying at the Amari Phuket hotel and didn’t make it in time to visit Phi Phi Islands on our first day, so the travel agent at...

2017-12-25
The Best Day Trips from San Diego, California
I love living in San Diego and there are plenty of things to do here, but sometimes I have the urge to venture out and explore the surrounding areas. I feel incredibly lucky that Southern California has so many amazing places from the breathtaking beaches to the calming landscapes of...

2017-12-20
Pet Friendly Dinosaur World Theme Park in Florida
If you live in the Orlando and Tampa area, chances are you have driven past Dinosaur World numerous times on Interstate 4 but have you actually stopped by? Many people have not although I hear from everyone that they do want to stop by one day because the idea of...

2017-12-17
Top 10 Things You Must Do in Ubud, Bali
I was surprised with how much Ubud had to offer in such a small town. I didn't realize that there was a myriad of things to do including waterfalls, monkey forests, and hiking. Here are my top 10 favorite things to do in Ubud, Bali that I really enjoyed: 1...

2017-12-13
The Adorable Communal Coffee in North Park, San Diego
Coffee shops these days are getting so creative it's getting increasingly harder for me to pick a favorite spot. Every time I walk into a new place, I fall in love and it becomes my new go-to cafe until I find another one. Eariler this year, I walked into the...

2017-12-10
Get Excited for Ichicoro Ane - Modern Japanese Restaurant and Ramen Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida
The much anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg, Florida! I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the newest Japanese restaurant and am very excited about this new addition to the Tampa Bay area as it is like none other. Ichicoro already has a successful...

2017-12-06
Universal Orlando Resort and Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express
My friend, Mariko, was coming to visit me from Canada and since she's a huge Harry Potter fan, I thought it was the perfect time to visit Universal Orlando Resort. I've been wanting to ride the Hogwarts Express ever since it opened a few years ago and I'm not even...

2017-12-03
Loews Royal Pacific Resort - The Perfect Hotel for Universal Studios in Orlando
We recently visited Universal Resort Orlando, Florida and stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort . We couldn’t have made a better decision to stay at this hotel as it was walking distance to the parks, service was superb, rooms were spacious, amenities were amazing and on top of all that,...

2017-11-29
Try the Awesome Chocolate Factory in Orlando at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
I was visiting Universal Orlando Resort for the weekend and knew I had to stop by The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (can they make the name any longer?). The name of the restaurant itself is fun so I knew this place would be a fabulous time with...

2017-11-27
This Is How We Picked Our Travel Insurance with World Nomads
“This post contains some affiliate marketing links, which goes toward supporting our blog in some way, so it's a win-win for everyone. We hope you love the products we recommend. More about affiliates here .” I will admit that I used to never purchase traveler's insurance. It's always an option...

2017-11-26
Where to Capture the Best Photos in La Jolla, California
La Jolla is a photographer's dream and we can understand why. No matter where you go, every location is absolutely picture perfect. We did a lot of walking along Coast Boulevard on our recent trip to La Jolla and "surprise!" we took a ton of photos. We've listed the areas...

2017-11-22
How We Found Good and Affordable Travel Insurance with World Nomads
“This post contains some affiliate marketing links, which goes toward supporting our blog in some way, so it's a win-win for everyone. We hope you love the products we recommend. More about affiliates here .” We'll admit that we used to never purchase traveler's insurance. It's always an option when...

2017-11-19
Taking a Moment at The 1935 Old Cactus Garden in Balboa Park
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. This post also contains affiliate links. Learn more about affiliates here . It's the holiday season and that means parties, events, family gatherings, tons of cooking, plenty of desserts, and lots of fun times are about...

2017-11-15
Super Pet-Friendly Fort De Soto Park in Florida
Fort De Soto Park is one of my favorite places in the Tampa Bay area because it is super pet friendly and the dog beach is absolutely beautiful. Fort De Soto is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and has three miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that are ranked among...

2017-11-12
13 Unique Gift Ideas Travelers Will Love
This post contains some affiliate marketing links, which goes toward supporting our blog in some way, so it's a win-win for everyone. We hope you love the products we recommend. More about affiliates here . It's that time of year and we've got a roundup of suggestions that we think...

2017-11-08
How We Discovered Dr. Seuss in La Jolla, California
Chances are you've read or heard of Dr. Seuss and his books: "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," or "The Lorax". We were researching for things to do in La Jolla, California when we were surprised to learn that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in this...

2017-11-05
Top 10 Things to Do in Beautiful La Jolla, California
Last year, we made a quick stop in La Jolla to catch the sunset and quickly realized that we needed to revisit and dedicate an entire weekend to this beautiful coastal city. There is so much to do in La Jolla, so we narrowed our list down to our top...

2017-10-31
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida
The Dali Museum has been in St. Petersburg, Florida since 1982 but a new, larger museum designed by architect Yann Weymouth opened in 2011. It's an iconic building in St. Petersburg with a large free-form glass bubble known as "The Enigma", which is made up of 1,062 triangular pieces of...

2017-10-30
A Little Bird Told Me About Parakeet Cafe in La Jolla, California
We love scrolling through Instagram and discovering adorable eateries like Parakeet Cafe . They opened their doors in the summer of 2017 and it's already creating quite the buzz from it's unique interior and yummy organic menu. We wanted to start off our morning with healthy choices and Parakeet Cafe...

2017-10-25
Why Cauldron's Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Beats Frozen Yogurt
I have always been fascinated by liquid nitrogen. The first time I saw it was in my science class when my teacher used it to freeze a rose. I thought it was the coolest thing when he took that frozen rose and shattered it to pieces. I went to visit...

2017-10-22
Underground Tunnel to the Sunny Jim Cave in La Jolla, California
La Jolla, California is widely known for the "Seven Caves" and most visitors go inside the caves through kayaking tours, but there's also another way you can get to these caves: through a tunnel from inside a gift shop! Instead of viewing the caves out in the open waters, you...

2017-10-18
Get a Little Spooked at Spook Hill in Lake Wales, Florida
Have you heard of Spook Hill in Florida? If you’re looking for weird things to do in Florida, you definitely need to stop by here. Spook Hill is located in Lake Wales, Florida, which is 60 miles east of Tampa or 55 miles southeast of Orlando. Spook Hill is a...

2017-10-15
My Day Trip to Old Town Temecula, California
I love visiting little towns and when I discovered that Old Town Temecula was only an hour drive from Downtown San Diego I made the drive up on a Monday morning. Old Town Temecula has raving reviews on Trip Advisor and I couldn't help but notice the old Western architecture...

2017-10-11
Top 7 Restaurants & Cafes Foodies Need to Try in Bentonville Arkansas
Bentonville's food scene has been emerging with top-notch restaurants in the last few years. They have award-winning dishes combined with southern hospitality and the town is quickly becoming a hot spot for foodies. Bentonville is best known for being the home base of Walmart and with the growing rise of...

2017-10-08
Top 10 Helpful Japanese Phrases To Know When Visiting Japan
Most Japanese know a little bit of English since they start learning it in middle school, but every once in awhile, you might catch someone that doesn't know any English at all. Here are 10 Japanese phrases that will be helpful while you are visiting Japan. Watch the video to...

2017-10-04
The Preacher's Son - Old Church Turned Into Stunning Restaurant
The Preacher's Son is the newest hotspot in Bentonville when it comes to good food, cool vibes, underground bar and a rooftop bar all in one place. The executive chef, Matt Cooper, is actually a preacher's son and modified the oldest church in Bentonville (built in 1904) into a gorgeous...

2017-10-01
Hike Through a River at The Narrows, Zion National Park
Zion National Park is only a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas and since we were spending an extended weekend in sin city, we decided to add in some nature hikes to our girls’ weekend getaway. We were planning on arriving at Zion National Park early around 9:30 AM but...

2017-09-27
Amari Phuket: Gorgeous Hotel in Patong Thailand
I wasn’t originally thinking of staying at Amari Phuket , but I’m sure glad I did. My friend, Negin, found this beautiful hotel and it is a gigantic place close to the famous Patong beach. Patong beach is known for party-goers, so it can be a bit loud at night...

2017-09-24
Things To Do at Clearwater Beach in One Day
When it comes to Florida, there definitely isn't a shortage of beautiful beaches, but having so many options can also make it hard to decide which beaches to go to. Whenever we have friends visiting Tampa, we recommend Clearwater Beach . The beaches are beautiful and there are plenty of...

2017-09-20
Japanese Kitchen Dosunco Has the Best Ramen in Florida
I have been wanting to write this post for awhile because it’s my favorite ramen shop in the Tampa Bay area. Actually, Japanese Kitchen Dosunco is probably my favorite ramen shop ever; even compared to some ramen restaurants in Japan. It took me awhile to write about it because every...

2017-09-17
Exploring Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona
Visiting Antelope Canyon has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Since my friends and I were taking a girls trip to Las Vegas over an extended weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon on this trip. As I started...

2017-09-13
5 Reasons Why I Love My Smart Travel Backpack: Anti-Theft & RFID Safe
I have been searching for the perfect backpack for my travels and stumbled across the Pacsafe Slingsafe LX300 Anti-Theft Backpack while I was shopping at Traveler's Depot (San Diego's best mom-and-pop travel store). I was initially browsing around Traveler's Depot for a guidebook to Costa Rica , but ended up...

2017-09-10
Island Hopping Phi Phi Islands of Thailand
I thought the beaches of Florida and the Caribbean were beautiful but Phi Phi islands is on a whole another level. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and clear the water was at these islands. It’s one of those locations you see on the Travel Channel or National Geographic magazines. It...

2017-09-06
Balboa Park's Best Hidden Gem: The Spanish Village Art Center
If you are a resident of San Diego or on your way to visit San Diego, you have most likely heard of Balboa Park . It's like going to New York and and hearing about Central Park. I have been to Balboa Park a handful of times now and today...

2017-09-04
Xandari Resort and Spa in Costa Rica
When we arrived in Costa Rica, our first leg of the trip was a four-hour drive to an amazing eco luxury hotel, Rancho Pacifico , in Uvita. We stayed there for three days and on our final day, we stayed at the Xandari Resort and Spa . Since we had...

2017-08-30
Soulshine Bali - A Little Piece of Paradise
Soulshine Bali is located in Ubud and it is the perfect little paradise where you can truly unwind and feel at peace. The resort is located literally in the middle of the rice fields and the Ayung river flows right next to it where the locals bathe and wash their...

2017-08-27
Camera Gear We Use for Our Travels
We have been asked a lot about what camera gear we use for our travels and since we use a combination of cameras and lenses, we wanted to break it down for our readers in more detail. Here is a list of all the camera gear we use on our...

2017-08-23
Catching the Sunrise on Top of Mount Batur in Bali
Everyone knows that I hate hiking. I like the idea of it and am excited about the hike at first, but start to get tired 30 minutes into it. Most of the time, I can’t make it up any further as I am too winded. It’s a miracle that I...

2017-08-20
Anatomie: Performance Travel Clothing That Puts You in First Class
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. Crystal and I have always been frequent travelers and throughout the years we have narrowed down what we like in our travel attire. We try to find clothing that is functional for both travel and our...

2017-08-16
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Ubud, Bali
I used to be afraid of wild monkeys, but ever since I visited the snow monkeys in Japan , I fell in love with these cute, playful animals. When I heard that there was a Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali, I knew I had to stop by. The locals warned...

2017-08-13
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
The Crystal Bridges Museum is one of my favorite museums because 1) it’s FREE, 2) there's so much to explore and 3) it is beautifully designed. I visited the museum last year on my short visit to Bentonville , but didn't get to experience all it had to offer as...

2017-08-09
Colorful Brunch at Pressroom in Bentonville, Arkansas
We were given a complimentary meal for this post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. We arrived at Pressroom first thing Sunday for brunch and were excited to try this hip restaurant located in Bentonville Square. The space is bright and colorful with an industrial-modern atmosphere and...

2017-08-06
My Journey to Bali: The Best Female Solo Trip Experience
I had a series of bad events happen to me this year, including a breakup, and was having a difficult time dealing with everything. I was alone, depressed and heartbroken, so I needed to venture out somewhere and go on a solo trip to get myself out of this funk....

2017-08-02
Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie in Bentonville, Arkansas
We were given a complimentary meal for this post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. Tusk & Trotter caught our attention as they have received numerous awards and recognitions since their opening in 2011. Tusk and Trotter is a gastropub and the building was once Sam Walton's...

2017-07-30
Spreading Joy, Love and Cream Cheese at Ozark Mountain Bagel Co
We were given a complimentary meal for this post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. just opened in May 2017 and has already gotten rave reviews from all of it’s customers. While we were visiting Bentonville, Arkansas, we had to go see what...

2017-07-26
Dine with Safari Animals at Animal Kingdom's Sanaa Restaurant
We were really looking forward to this unique dining experience at Animal Kingdom's Sanaa Restaurant , so much so, that we made sure to get there as soon as they opened to get the best seat in the house. Being able to dine with the view of the safari animals...

2017-07-23
The Ultimate 3-Day Itinerary for Iceland
Iceland is becoming a popular tourist destination and I have many friends traveling to Iceland in the coming months. Most of them are going for a few days and always ask advice on the best places to visit while they are there for 2-3 days. Since I have been to...

2017-07-19
Exploring Egmont Key in Florida: Island of Beaches, Wildlife and History
Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay and we wanted to visit this little island for the private beaches, wildlife, and history of Fort Dade. The entire island is only 328 acres and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The only...

2017-07-16
A New Kind of Travel: Ancestry Tourism with 23andMe
* This post contains affiliate links, which means that at no additional cost to you, if you click on one of the product links, we may earn a commission. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% our own. When you travel, how do you pick your destination? For...

2017-07-12
My Top 5 "Quality" Travel Size Essentials from L'Occitane
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. My obsession for travel size products began almost ten years ago. I used to have a job that flew me around to conferences two to three times a week and these frequent trips only called for...

2017-07-09
8 Awesome Pet Friendly Spots in Tampa, Florida
I feel so lucky to be living in Tampa, Florida with all the pet-friendly locations in this city. Kuma , my sassy corgi, is my best friend and I like to take her everywhere with me if I can. Thankfully, Tampa has numerous pet-friendly spots and these are my favorite...

2017-07-05
Feel Like a Princess at Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant
I have been waiting months to dine at one of the newest restaurants in Disney World at Be Our Guest Restaurant . It's a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant located within the Magic Kingdom amusement park and you get to meet the Beast himself! This restaurant is so popular...

2017-07-02
10 Unique & Wacky Things You Must Do in Tokyo
Japan is the land of quirky, wacky and unique things and that's why we, along with millions of other travelers, love this country so much. On our last trip to Japan, I was on a mission to find the most unique and wacky things to do in Tokyo and here...

2017-06-29
What We Wore in Costa Rica
This was our first time in Costa Rica and we were ready for some adventure and relaxation. We needed to coordinate clothes that were made for both activities, so we made sure to pack both leisure and athleisure styles. Ruffled Off Shoulder Floral Print Gown ATHLEISURE For hiking, we both...

2017-06-25
Our Incredible 3 Nights at Rancho Pacifico in Costa Rica
We have had quite a few friends visit Costa Rica in the past couple of years, so we decided it was our turn to explore this tropical Central American realm. Crystal initially was exploring the idea of staying in a tree house, but instead found Rancho Pacifico , an amazing...

2017-06-21
The Friendliest Wine and Cheese Bar in Tampa: Cheese Please
We were searching for a place to have a nice and chill Wednesday night when we came across Cheese Please . Cheese Please is a nice little wine bar that offers wine and cheese tastings and their online reviews were outstanding. We couldn't believe that we didn't stumble upon this...

2017-06-18
FruitCraft: San Diego's Newest Craft Alcohol Hot Spot
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. San Diego is known for the amazing year round weather, beautiful beaches , Balboa Park , and its world-class Zoo , but did you know about their emerging craft beverage scene? I moved to San Diego...

2017-06-14
5 Great Icy Treats in Tampa to Keep You Cool This Summer
Every summer in Florida, I always think to myself: Can it get any hotter? And every year, yes, it gets hotter. That's why us Floridians need help cooling down. Thankfully, Tampa has a great variety of icy cold treats for us: 1 | Revolution Ice Cream This place has the...

2017-06-11
My Hotel Room Exercise Routine When I'm Traveling
When I start packing my suitcase, one of the things I think about is whether or not to pack my gym gear. Ideally, I don't want to skip out on my gym routine, but the gym tends to get ignored when I am traveling. One reason could be that the...

2017-06-07
Skyroam - The Perfect Personal WiFi Hotspot for Your Travels
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. We booked a trip at an amazing resort in Costa Rica and felt that having a personal wifi hotspot would be perfect for this trip. We've been hearing about the Skyroam hotspot from other travel bloggers,...

2017-06-04
Waking Up to Safari Animals at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
I've always wanted to stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge for as long as I can remember. I've read rave reviews about this Disney World resort and many say that this is one of the best resorts to stay at Disney World. Prices aren't cheap, but it's not as expensive...

2017-05-31
Top 15 Photos That Captures the Essence of Havana Cuba
I have been wanting to visit Cuba for years and when airlines started offering direct flights from Tampa to Cuba, I knew I had to go. As soon as I got off the plane and stepped foot onto Cuba, I was overcome with excitement. The architecture, history and the people...

2017-05-28
The Best 48 Hours in Havana, Cuba
We have had our eye on Cuba ever since airlines started direct flights to Cuba from the United States. We booked our trip through Southwest Airlines and it was just like booking any other flight except we had to get a visa specifying the reason for our visit (there are...

2017-05-24
The Must-Have Travel Accessory for Women: The Bandolier
This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% our own. We have been huge fans of the Bandolier for over two years now. It's hard to imagine that we used to live without this nifty cell phone accessory. We love it so much that we both...

2017-05-22
Best Hidden Gem at 801 E. Main St. in Lakeland, Florida
We were really looking forward to visiting this hidden gem and have been following 801 E. Main's journey from their humble beginnings. Robyn , the owner, has been frying up her famous New Orlean's style beignets from her farmer's market stand, The Poor Porker , for years and has since...

2017-05-18
Your 2017 Guide for Top 10 Things To Do in Havana Cuba
When we arrived at our Airbnb in Old Havana, we were so stoked that we scored the best location. It was walking distance to everything we wanted to see and do. We had 48 hours in Cuba and these were our top 10 favorite things to do in Havana. 1....

2017-05-15
Top 8 Essentials to Pack for Your Cuba Trip
We were well prepared for our trip to Cuba and all of the items listed below were things we were definitely glad we brought with us. There is one item on this list that we added after our trip that we wish we had. Can you guess what that item...