The Gold Pavilion Kyoto

Did you know there is a temple in Kyoto covered in pure, gold leaf? (Well, the first two floors of the temple, that is.) Or that there’s a castle with floors that squeak and creak every time someone walks on them…so, no one could ever sneak in? Pretty cool stuff, in my opinion! This post will be sharing a bit about these historic buildings in Kyoto. The photos above and below are of Kinkakuji, a.k.a. The Gold Pavilion. Kinkakuji’s was… Read more »

Kimono

I’ve always wanted to try wearing a kimono and was very excited to have the opportunity to wear one when we were in Kyoto. I felt like a real-life princess wearing it! I’m not going to lie, though, I don’t think wearing a kimono on a regular basis is something I would want to do. It wasn’t the most comfortable garment in the world (mainly because the obi was pretty tight around my midsection, I’ll blame that on all the… Read more »

Shein black dress

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime…but I think it just might be Japan’s favorite pastime too! I went to my first Japanese baseball game yesterday, and it was unlike anything I had experienced at home. The level of excitement and fan participation was incredible! The only sporting event I’ve experienced that has even come close to this was a Badger Game on Halloween. (A reference for my fellow Wisconsinites, sorry everyone else!). However, I’ll talk about the cheering and my deep… Read more »

View from Tokyo Tower

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today is actually a national holiday in Japan (Marine Day), so instead of working, we went to watch our first Japanese baseball game! It was a blast! But I’ll share more about it later because today…I’m hosting another giveaway with GPSmyCity! This time, I will be giving away 2 of my articles about Tokyo: “The Views of Tokyo” and “Visiting Tokyo’s Owl Cafe: Fukuro no Mise” (pictured below). And a reminder of how… Read more »

getaways in India - Mumbai

This month’s guest travel post is taking us to the bustling city of Mumbai! Nirav Dave is the co-founder of ZaraHutke, in Mumbai, that specializes in offbeat stays & weekend getaways. He is an avid traveler, a dedicated husband, and father and loves Numismatics. Check out his list of 55 amazing getaways from Mumbai, below! 55 Amazing Getaways From Mumbai That Need To Be Explored On Your Next Trip To India A trip to India is almost incomplete without experiencing… Read more »

baby snow monkey

Iwatayama Monkey Park If you’re not a fan of monkeys, this is not the post for you. Haha. And just a warning: this post isn’t going to have many words, but there are certainly a lot of funny monkey photos! (I also have a few photos from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove if you get tired of the monkeys.) Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, and it is where the bamboo grove and monkeys are. The monkey… Read more »

A Geisha at Gion Hatanaka

I’m still a bit in shock that I was not only able to meet a Geisha, who has trained for more than 10 years, but I was able to spend an evening being entertained by her and an apprentice Geisha! It was incredible and a dream come true. They performed traditional songs and dances, and we were able to talk with them and ask questions (via a translator), and I even played a drinking game with them! Haha. But before… Read more »

snoopy museum tokyo

Are there any Peanuts fans out there? I’m a big fan! Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Haha. And apparently, there are a lot of Peanuts fans in Tokyo as well. I had absolutely no idea there was a Snoopy Museum just minutes from where I am staying. I took a different route home from the gym and just happened to stumble on this museum! I had to go in! The wall pictured above is just as you enter the museum. It’s… Read more »

Mount Fuji

I am very proud to say, that this past weekend, my husband and I successfully climbed Mount Fuji! It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! But holy smokes, I am here to tell you, I was a bit underprepared for this adventure. Everything I had read about Mount Fuji, prior to climbing it, said it was a very easy mountain to climb. And it was great for beginners. You could easily get away without using a guide to climb it. My… Read more »

hippo getting his teeth cleaned

I promised to show off my panda photos today, and I’m going to keep that promise! Haha. And, of course, the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo doesn’t just have giant pandas. They also have hippos, okapis, rhinos and even tapirs! It was pretty awesome to see tapirs or okapis in real life! And the hippos were even getting their teeth cleaned out when we saw them – it was crazy! But before I show some of the other animals, let’s marvel… Read more »

The Liberty Bell

Happy 4th of July! It’s weird not being in the United States to watch the fireworks and parades with my friends and family this year, again.   But anywho, 2 years ago, I did get to celebrate America’s Independence Day like no other in Philadelphia. So, this post is taking a look back at my 4th of July celebrations in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania 2 years ago! Enjoy! “Nobody celebrates the 4th like those who did it 1st!” I saw that on… Read more »

Fujimi-yagura (Mt Fuji-view keep), guard building within the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is a huge park-like area in Tokyo where the Emperor of Japan lives. The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public and are beautiful! And they are free to tour. I’m going to show off some photos of the gardens, as well as a tour of the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace…which we had gotten very lucky and were able to tour the day we were there! But anyways, a little history lesson first…the… Read more »

Robot Restaurant Tokyo

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. If you find yourself in Tokyo someday and only have time to do one touristy thing, I highly recommend you visit Robot Restaurant! It is the most inexplicably crazy (in a good way) performance I have ever seen. This isn’t an actual restaurant, really, as the name implies. It’s a robot show where snack food and various drinks are… Read more »

Marvel outfit

Shop the look:   Harajuku is one spot in Tokyo that was pretty much a requirement to check out, as everyone who has been to Tokyo had told me to go. Even the person who cut my hair last week in Tokyo told me to go see it (more on that adventure a different day)! I knew Harajuku is all about nonconventional fashion and fun street style. So, I figured this would be a good time for me to break… Read more »

Perhaps Bananas

France is a country I have always wanted to visit, but I have yet to make the journey to. Fortunately, this month’s travel guest blogger, Mallory of Perhaps Bananas, was just there on her honeymoon. And she’s sharing some incredible photos of her favorite spot in France – Versailles! Mallory had quite the whirlwind trip, and she actually just moved from Seoul, South Korea to Buffalo, New York. Following her journey has been so fun, and you’ll definitely want to… Read more »

sailor moon exhibit

I spent a good chunk of my childhood pretending I was Sailor Moon, watching Sailor Moon, obsessing over Sailor Moon…and did I mention pretending I was Sailor Moon? Well, as you can see in the photo above, I still like to pretend I’m Sailor Moon somedays. Haha. My lovely babysitter, Ruth, had Cartoon Network…something we did not have at home. And she always let me watch Sailor Moon after school…which is where my obsession with this anime all began. (Sorry,… Read more »

muir woods

…that is the question! With all the traveling my husband and I do, we are always looking for ways to maximize our experience and minimize stress when traveling. Navigating your way through a new country or even your own country can be fun, but sometimes it’s nice to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the navigating. One of the ways we do this is by booking tours. (Usually through Viator.) Having someone guide you through a city or… Read more »

Tokyo Tower

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. Wow! This weekend we kicked our exploring skills into high gear! We saw and experienced so much these past few days, that I will need to break it into several posts. Which leads me to an announcement regarding Have Clothes, Will Travel…starting this week, I will no longer be publishing on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I will instead be… Read more »

Tokyo's Owl Cafe - Fukuro no mise

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. I had heard of cat cafes, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I was introduced to an owl “cafe.” My friend, Shannon, had sent me a Buzzfeed article with a list of wacky things to try in Tokyo. At the top of the list was visiting Fukuro no Mise – an owl cafe. It had awesome reviews on… Read more »

GPSmyCity author

A couple months ago I hosted a giveaway with GPSmyCity where they were giving away free walking tours of cities across the world via the GPSmyCity app! I have since been working with them to create walking tours that feature my travel articles as well. How cool is that? I’m pretty excited about it!     So, how does this work exactly? Well, the travel articles I have written, that are city-specific, are available for download on iTunes via the… Read more »

NEW Zoo

By the time you all are reading this post, I will be on my way to Tokyo. That is really crazy to think! I’m not going to lie, either…the nerves are really starting to set in! Haha. It’s also starting to set in that I will really miss being so close to family and friends. My husband and I had gotten quite used to seeing those we love by just hopping in the car and driving to see them. It… Read more »

We're moving!

Our visas are in hand, the flights are booked and our bags are (almost) packed! We are all set to fly out on Wednesday! I am in absolute disbelief that this is finally happening. We have been waiting for more than 5 months to move internationally, but the visa process has been a bit slow. Actually, that’s an understatement. We thought we would be moving back in January! And we’ve been trying for more than 3 years now to be… Read more »

Traveling to a new place can be both exciting and hectic. Fortunately, we live in an age where things, such as directions and currency conversion, are just a click away on a smartphone. And to make traveling even more easy, Sarah of the blog “Midwest Darling” is sharing the 9 best travel apps in this month’s travel guest post! Make your travels stress-free and check out her list below! Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier There are two… Read more »

Lafayette Cemetery

  If you like this post, it’s available as a walking tour on GPSmyCity! Each place mentioned will have a complete set of GPS coordinates! Click here to download it via the GPSmyCity app on iTunes.   New Orleans is a city all its own, with many quirky experiences to be had. From ghost tours to tarot card readings to sampling the “planet’s best” hot sauce…there are many fun experiences you can have in just a few days of visiting… Read more »

Nyhavn

Julia of the blog “Philly with a Fjallraven” is the writer behind this month’s travel guest post! She’s sharing her list of reasons why Denmark should be on your bucket list. She’s certainly convinced me of why I need to visit this lovely country, but don’t take my word for it, check out her insight into traveling in Denmark, below. And when you’re done, be sure to check out her blog for even more amazing photography and travel posts! Julia’s… Read more »

Carousel Bar & Lounge - NOLA

  New Orleans is known for many things, but one of the first things that always comes to mind is how wonderful the food and drinks are. Anytime we asked for a recommendation for a bar or restaurant in New Orleans, the answer was always, “Well, there isn’t a bad place to eat or drink here!” With that being said, there were several spots that really stood out above the rest for us, and offered some truly unique experiences! 1.)… Read more »

Fatehpur Sikri

India is a country full of beauty and history, that belongs on everyone’s bucket list. My time in India was nothing short of an adventure. But with the insistent honking of horns from the organized chaos that is traffic to the vibrant splashes of color from intricately draped saris to the almost overwhelming smells of spicy food… it will undoubtedly cause some culture shock for those who have never visited this bright and bustling country…but I’m here to offer some… Read more »

Swans

For one week every spring, my tiny hometown becomes a pitstop for flocks and flocks of majestic swans. Entire fields will be filled with these beautiful creatures for just a few fleeting days. I was beyond excited to see while I was driving today, that they are beginning to make their return. I had not been home at the same time as the swans for..oooh.. about 10 years. And at that time, I did not have a camera, or even… Read more »