The allure of the sandy beaches, coastal coves, calderas, sea-breezes, white-washed villages, blue-domed churches is the stuff of legendary vacations. The destination is no secret but if it’s your first time there, it can be pretty overwhelming. Covering multiple seas and thousands of islands sprouting from volcanic activity hundreds of thousands of years ago, planning a […]
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Travel guides are meant to be companions pieces to the crazy detailed itineraries that Going Awesome Places readers come for. Here you'll find a collection of travel guides that give you insight on a destination, paying attention to details that you won't find in a guide book or a top # list.
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Kyoto is Japan’s cultural heart and an immaculately preserved ancient city frozen in time that makes any trip to Japan incomplete without a visit here. From bright red torii gates, imperial castles, golden gilded pavilions, wooden townhouses, Zen gardens, temples, and more, you get a real look into Japan’s past and their way of life. […]
Is a trip to see lush mountains, animals in the wild, flapping penguins, powdery golden sand, and awesome stretches of coastline in the works? South Africa is a special place that you’ll instantly fall in love with when you go. This is a companion piece to help you plan your own trip as the ultimate […]
There is no place in the world quite like the capital city of China. Beijing is a modern-day metropolis with a legendary history that is woven throughout its temples, palaces, bustling streets, and high rises. As the gateway to China’s imperial past, you can find sites dating back 5,000 years in this city, as well […]
There is an incredible number of reasons why you will want to visit Tokyo. Whether you are looking for an incredible culinary experience or looking to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, Tokyo is filled with so many options that are coincidentally also close to some the best boutique hotels in Tokyo. There are hotels near […]
Are you planning a trip to the land of hobbit holes, misty white-capped mountains, creaking glaciers, thunderous falls, mysterious rocks, and black sand beaches? New Zealand is a wildly gorgeous country with a kind soul, and adventurous spirit but I think you already knew that. After completing my second trip to this land home to […]
If it’s your first time at Kruger National Park, you will undoubtedly be a little overwhelmed with all the choices and decisions you have to make. Luckily, it’s a lot simpler than you think once you know what to expect. This guide goes through everything that you need to know when it comes to planning […]
As Japan’s…wait no…the world’s largest and most populated metropolis, Tokyo has a lot to offer but hands the main attractions are the restaurants and the main activity is eating. It’s no surprise that the city is renowned as an eating capital especially with the 230 restaurants that have one Michelin star or greater (contrast that […]
Choosing where to stay in Shanghai can be challenging especially if it’s your first time. Having lived there myself, studied there, and visited on a semi-regular basis, I can help! Growing up, I would make periodic trips to Shanghai but it wasn’t until 2012 when I got a chance to stay in this metropolis for a month […]
Taiwan is known by many names but perhaps the most memorable one is Formosa. Now that sounds a bit odd but it was in fact coined by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. Ilha Formosa directly translates to “Beautiful Island” and they sure got it right. Between the energy of the dynamic urban cities, bustling of the […]