Ashlei Lepa

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8 Tourist Traps You Can Totally Skip

If you've ever waited on a three-hour line only to find the Eiffel Tower just...meh, then you know the value of avoiding tourist traps. Here, eight places we firmly think you can skip -- and what to do with your time instead.<p><b>Times Square. What to do instead.</b><p><b>Hollywood Walk Of Fame. What to do</b> …

25 Japanese Gardens All Nature Lovers Need to Visit ASAP

Manicured landscapes, wildflower fields, and Zen rock gardens define these historic retreats.<p>Each Japanese garden has its own fascinating history — some of the beautiful scenes here go back as far as the 17th century, while others were originally commissioned for wealthy actors and businessmen but …

7 Tokyo Shops to Hit Your Sweet Spot

Small-batch caramels. Photo courtesy of Number Sugar.<p><i>By Shigeki Abe for Fathom</i> | <i>Born in Tokyo and raised in New York, Shigeki Abe has always enjoyed the best of both worlds. As a child, his time spent exploring Japan and discovering the county's specialty foods was so sweet that it led to a deep</i> …

Five Travel Destinations That Are A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'N' Roll

American southern cities are known for shady front porches, juicy barbecue and iced tea sweet enough to give you a toothache. But beneath that sleepy façade, you’ll find a whole different story. Laid-back and forward-thinking all at once, it’s no surprise that the south has become a destination for …

How We Afford to Travel

Life is a product of our choices. One of the most important choices we make in life -- on a daily basis -- is what we spend our money on. I choose to spend a disproportionate amount of my money on travel for myself and my family. Spending lots of money on family travel is an investment in my …

Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars

You may be familiar with a certain candy bar that gloriously combines coconut, almonds and chocolate. And if you love said candy bar as much as we do, you're going to go bananas (coconuts?) for our homemade version.<p><b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>The Best Chocolate Recipes In The Whole Entire</b> …

Epic Road Trip: Southern Utah & Northern Arizona

Westward, ho! From admiring the incredible red rock views at national parks like Zion and Bryce Canyon to snapping the perfect Forrest Gump photo …

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Free Things to Do in Tokyo

With a population that simultaneously embraces unapologetic trendiness and centuries-old traditions, Tokyo presents travelers with paradoxical experiences at every turn. Kimono-clad women amble past contemporary architectural masterpieces. Well-dressed young professionals enjoy a tea ceremony …

8 Less Talked About Reality of Traveling to Exotic Places

I was never the type of person who went backpacking through Europe, took a year off from college to study abroad or booked a solo adventure through Southeast Asia.<p>I wanted to do all this stuff but I never had the finances or the balls. So naturally, I harbored feelings of pure envy for people who …

Top 15 International Destinations for 2015

Every New Year's resolution involves three key ingredients -- the commitment to better one's self, the passion to try something new, and the inevitable promise to venture beyond one's comfort zone -- and no one act accomplishes those goals more than international travel.<p>With 2015 on the horizon, …