A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn where the floors are typically tatami mats and the rooms are separated with sliding shōji doors. And Hotel Sakan in Sendai is one of the best.
Beyond the popular Indonesia island of Bali there lies many other treasures — from Bandung to Lombok to Raja Ampat to Yogyakarta there's the perfect place and adventure for every type of traveler.
Just an hour and a half ride from Tokyo on the Japan's Shinkansen (the bullet train) you will find the city of Sendai. It is the capital city of the Miyagi Perfecture and a gem that sometimes gets overlooked. Sendai is the largest city in the Tōhoku region of Japan and is full of cultural monuments, unique foods and vibrant city lights.
Tokyo's quirky Robot Restaurant show will have you eating sushi out of a bento box while watching scantily clad girls ride twelve foot steel horses as live stuffed animals prance around the stage.
While in the Yogyakarta region there are three of these magnificent monuments not to miss, and if you are as tenacious as me you can hit them all in one day: from sunrise to sunset.
You'll have to venture way beyond Bali in order to explore the very remote Raja Ampat, who can definitely give Indonesia's most popular island a serious run for its money.
Indonesia is more than overwater bungalows and meditation retreats. There is also an adventurous side to the country and off-roading through the Jayagiri Rainforest is one thrilling ride that you will never forget.
I packed my bags carefully for the conservative Muslim country of Jordan, where masking your curves and covering your hair with a hijab is the norm. Even though the weather would be relatively warm, there were no short shorts or little skirts in my luggage; they were replaced with lightweight long sleeved cardigans, lengthy loose t-shirts and colorful scarves.
The UNESCO ancient city of Petra was carved into the rose colored sandstone cliffs by the Nabataeans as early as 312BC. There are over 30 incredible sites spread over 60 square kilometers, from temples to tombs to elaborate buildings.
The Dead Sea is a salt lake over 1,300 feet below sea level, making it the lowest elevation on Earth. Nestled between Jordan to the east and Israel to the west, the unusually high salt concentration (8.6 times saltier than the ocean) causes a natural buoyancy that makes you float like a fishing bobber.