Author: ana@gnometrotting.com

  • Everything you need to know about bathrooms in Japan

    Everything you need to know about bathrooms in Japan

    Before visiting Japan, I thought the United States was a first world country. After seeing the kind of technology on display in Japan, I realized that the US is about a decade behind the Japanese. I’m not talking about massive light displays and robotics, though that too, but I’m talking about something much more basic:…

  • 10 things to expect in Miami Beach

    10 things to expect in Miami Beach

    Don’t be fooled by its portrayal in movies and TV. Miami Beach isn’t all glamorous. Let me help you adjust your expectations by giving you some #realtalk about what you can expect when you visit. It’s incredibly dirty. The streets of Miami Beach haven’t been cleaned this week. They probably haven’t even been cleaned in…

  • Tips on seeing (and photographing) the Northern Lights in Iceland

    Tips on seeing (and photographing) the Northern Lights in Iceland

    Though it’s nothing I would ever recommend doing, I went to Iceland just to see the northern lights. Having been there, now one of my favorite countries in the world, I would definitely recommend going to Iceland just to see Iceland. But at the time, my main impetus was seeing the Northern Lights. Here is…

  • Getting the most out of a Caribbean cruise

    Getting the most out of a Caribbean cruise

    Getting the most out of a Caribbean cruise really depends on what you want from it. Whether you’re cruising in order to spend a lot of time at your favorite island or in order to see all the exotic isles you’ve never been to, the trick to getting the most out of your cruise is…

  • Local’s guide to Miami neighborhoods

    Local’s guide to Miami neighborhoods

    Miami is commonly thought of as being just a beach. But in reality, Miami is a huge sprawling city with many neighborhoods, some which are very touristy and some of which are local areas that you probably want to avoid. Here is your complete guide to the most popular Miami neighborhoods. South Beach The Miami…

  • Travel safety: How to avoid getting robbed on vacation

    Travel safety: How to avoid getting robbed on vacation

    When you go on vacation, you probably want to come home with souvenirs and other goodies from your travels. The last thing you want is to come home without the personal belongings you took on your trip. I’ve been all over the world, sometimes by myself, and I’ve never had a cent stolen from me.…