JoYo New Zealand Guide

New Zealand – a country comprised of a North island and a South Island. More than a third of its population lives in the capital city Auckland and there are seven sheep for every one person in New Zealand (it used to be 22 sheep per person). I went on a two-week trip to New […]

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Winter Vacation in New Orleans

New Orleans (“The Big Easy”) is a beautiful city and I just can’t imagine how crazy it gets during Mardi Gras. Even without Mardi Gras, you can still admire the architecture in the French Quarter, ride the St. Charles street car to see dozens of the antebellum mansions, eat fresh and soft beignets (powdered sugar […]

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3 Days in Sydney, Australia

My cousin, my sister, and I went to Sydney for three days at the end of December. Australia’s summertime meant high temps with medium humidity – it wasn’t as bad as Taiwan summer humidity. If you’re going to Australia and you’re a US citizen, make sure you get a visa before you go.  What to Do | […]

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Weekend Trips to Vancouver

Located in British Columbia and a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle, Vancouver is like a Canadian Seattle; it is rainy and dreary most of the year but has the most beautiful summers with sunshine and lush flora. They have a public market near the waterfront just like Seattle! Don’t forget to pack Canadian dollars or aim to […]

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What You Must Do in New York City

Having tons of friends in NYC, here are my top selections listed in priority order with their New York City neighborhood location in parentheses. Anything in italics is high on my to-do list. Special shout out to M. Wang who lived in Manhattan for 6 years and provided most of these recs! 1. Statue of Liberty ($$, Liberty Island): You […]

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Trips to Taipei, Taiwan

I have a lot of relatives in Taiwan and I also spent a month there traveling all of Taiwan. Recently, I’ve been back in Taipei so this guide will focus on the Taipei that I know. Taiwan is amazing and delicious and has tons of shopping. That month in Taiwan is what really sparked my whole obsession […]

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Top 10 Things to Do in San Francisco

SF has always been a rich, cool city, long before the tech invasion and bubble craze. With its diverse population of immigrants living in multifarious neighborhoods, this big city is one of the best on the West in terms of history, culinary expertise, and scenic views. Sunny with moderate temperatures all year-around, San Francisco has […]

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What to Do in San Diego

Beautiful beaches, amazing hiking trails covered in succulents, and bountiful brunches, San Diego is where I am going to retire. Plus, the fish tacos are the most awesome here. This where you’re going to get the rest and relaxation you need and deserve. Be aware that San Diego is very sprawl so you will need […]

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Best Things to Do in Seattle

Here are the most important for new Seattle visitors listed in priority order. After you finish the tourist hot spots, go discover the mountains with the locals or hop on the ferries to the nearby islands. Seattle neighborhood in parentheses and anything in italics is on my to-do list. 1. Pike Place Market (Free, Downtown): Seattle’s famous […]

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Weekend Trips to Portland

Portland, Oregon is a sleepy, smaller version of Seattle – it’s just a 3-hour drive away. It’s dreary and damp most of the year, but there are plenty of hipsters and classy cool places to keep you enticed and wanted to come back again and again. Here are my recs and to-do list: What to […]

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