The Top 10 Onsens in Japan

While often used to describe Japan’s bathing houses, an onsen is a hot spring in Japanese, but it has become so commonplace that the words are used interchangeably. Japan is literally built on hot water and its residents make the most of their natural water capabilities. Known for easing the joints, curing a variety of ailments and a form of relaxation- onsens are widely popular throughout Japan. There are over 3000 onsens in Japan, more than anywhere else in the world. A trip to Japan is incomplete without the full onsen experience, which includes…

Top 10 Ways to Lighten your Load and Pack Compactly

Pack A Light Backpack

When backpacking, everyone says to pack light but most travelers learn the hard way with a 70-80 kilo pack filled to the brim, barely able to wobble up the 5 flights of stairs to their room. There are so many options to choose from when deciding the weight of one’s knapsack but each traveler must find a balance between their own personal traveling necessities and the ease at which they travel. Some travelers swear by …