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    Tips for Using Public Transportation in Kyoto Japan

    Japan’s system of public transportation is glorious and complicated.  Prior to our trip to Kyoto Japan, I spent hours studying how to get around, and continued learning while there. I personally love using local public transportation when I travel. I will always choose a subway or a train if available.  To me, it’s one of the great ways to truly experience a place. By using public transportation, you can really…

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    Finding Great Local Tours

    Wherever I travel, I always try to find great local tours to enhance my experience. My style of experiential travel involves trying to get to the soul of place, whether that be through its food, it’s cultural heritage, it’s history, or it’s social dynamic. I don’t generally look for guided tours of the popular tourist attractions in each place. I prefer to read ahead and wander through those myself. Instead,…

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    Tips for A Safe Pandemic Road Trip

    The COVID-19 pandemic has turned daily life upside down. It’s been extra frustrating for a travel-lover like myself.  We cancelled a trip to Portugal last month, and it’s hard to foresee any international travel in the near future.   But, we just really needed to get away last weekend.  A local but safe pandemic road trip seemed our best and only realistic option. I’ve mentioned on this blog before that…

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    Why I Prefer Vacation Rentals Over Hotels

    I have long been a fan of vacation rentals.  I do stay in hotels sometimes, but I find that staying in vacation rentals helps me better achieve that experiential vibe I want when I travel.  When staying in a rental, I’m often in a neighborhood setting rather than a commercial district. This helps me better experience the soul of each place.   Staying in vacation rentals generally makes it easier…

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    This is How I Reduce Jet Lag

    As a physician traveler, I have put a lot of researched effort into how to reduce my jet lag over the years. Here is my current personal approach for distant trips where jet lag will be an issue: I start with Pycnogenol to reduce overall jet lag symptoms Pycnogenol is a natural extract from the French Maritime Pine Bark Tree.  Research has shown that taking pycnogenol for 7 consecutive days –…