This week’s guest post comes from Life In Wanderlust. She explains ‘ I’m Japanese American, born and bred in Tokyo, Japan. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Living and working in two continents, five states and seven cities, earning my Bachelor’s and Master’s, I obsessively slaved away in the corporate world with barely enough time left to eat and sleep. For my most recent position, I drove 140 miles (225 km) per day for work; in loving memory of my social life. So earlier this year, I decided to walk away from that life and do what makes my heart happy: wander, discover and travel. I hope to inspire your next travel plan and invite you to join me in this adventure as I travel to places near and far, new and old favorites.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Kana and I currently reside in sunny Los Angeles, California! I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan until I was 18, moved to Seattle, Washington for college, then moved to Portland, Oregon -> Detroit, Michigan – > Atlanta, Georgia -> Los Angeles, California.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would label myself as in-between a full-time and part-time traveler. I left my corporate job last April and started traveling. However, I do have a flexible job that I do from home to pay bills and fund my travels!
3. How do you fund your traveling?
As I said above, I fund my travels through a job I do from home. It gives me schedule flexibility making it easy for me to travel. I also fund my travels with miles and hotel points that I have accumulated during my corporate days.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Such a difficult question! I would have to say Kyoto, Japan. It doesn’t matter what season you go, it’s always beautiful. I love how history is still abundant in that city and the endless amount of temples and shrines you can visit keeps your day extremely busy! The food is one of the best I’ve ever had, especially their matcha (green tea). It’s not only the tea but the food that incorporates matcha whether it’s pasta, chocolate or cookies! As a bonus, Kyoto is very easy to get around and the people are helpful and friendly.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I can honestly say that I’ve never been to a place where I thought was the ‘worst’. As cliché as this may sound, every experience is unique and I always find something I love about each place. Of course there are certain things about a place that have made me feel uncomfortable but not enough for me to generalize it as the ‘worst’.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Yes! My top 3 places are: Greece (which I will be going to this year!), Egypt and Australia.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Other than the essentials, I always travel with Emergen-C packets or Airborne pills, multiple external chargers for my phone and facial wipes to freshen up.
8. What makes you happy and why?
The obvious answer for me would be travel and while that’s true, there are plenty of other things that make me happy. Quality time spent with my family, friends and even myself makes me so happy. Oh and food. Food always makes me happy!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging about my travels since July 2015. I started not only because I love to travel but because I love photography and writing. My 150 mile commute and the demanding, 70 hour a week corporate lifestyle was starting to destroy my physical, mental and emotional health. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made and haven’t looked back!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is unique because it’s a supplement to my Instagram. I started my Instagram first and continues to be my main platform. As for the content of my blog, it’s written for a diverse audience. My travel isn’t restricted just for, say, people with kids or strictly backpackers. One of my followers told me that she likes my posts because anyone can enjoy the trips I write about whether you’re planning on going solo or for a family reunion. In another sense of diversity, I don’t restrict myself to a status of travel. At times I may be on a luxury trip and the next, a budget-friendly trip. Lastly, I always respond to comments and messages. I love getting to know others in the travel community!
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Kana. We never been to Kyoto but Japan is high on Mr ESLT’s list of places to visit so from your description I am sure he would love it. Wow a 150 mile commute that must have been hard work? It sounds like you have things as you like them now and what a cool way to live.We hope you enjoy Greece and manage to tick off Egypt and Australia in the near future . We love your Instagram account – so many fantastic pictures! Safe travels….:)