Rest assured, cat-loving travelers can basically go anywhere in Japan and find kitty-covered everything, from candy and cookies decorated with cat faces to clothing, accessories, purses, backpacks and essentially everything in between. It’s safe to say the Japanese really love cats. For those looking for that extra cat power on their trip, Japan has a couple islands dedicated to making those dreams come true.
Anyone who is feline obsessed may already know Aoshima is the place to be. Also known as Cat Island, Aoshima is an island in the Ehime Prefecture famous for the large population of feral cats. The feline residents outnumber humans 10:1 and are descendants of their ancestors who lived on the island to decrease the rodent population. Mission accomplished, and then some.
A lesser-known cat island, but with more than 150 residents awaiting visitors, Ainoshima is a cat lover’s getaway. On the island of Shingu, in the Fukuoka Prefecture, Ainoshima is a small island offering scenic coastlines, hot springs, quaint quiet towns and, of course, a small village of cats living by the main port.
Known as the cat island of Miyagi, Tashirojima is located of the coast of Ishinomaki and home to hundreds of cats. Begin your journey to Odomari Port, but no need to bring catnip, these felines are well-fed by local fisherman and a bit heartier than you might expect. Tashirojima is a small island with a low population (of humans) and little tourist amenities — so be sure to keep a vigilant eye on bus departures and taxis to get you around the island. Check out the Nitoda port and villages for accommodations, located nearby the Nekokamisama cat shrine.
Santa Monica, California, has such an incredible array of restaurants and bars, it can be difficult to choose one. Rustic Canyon on Wilshire Boulevard makes it easy to decide; the restaurant manages to clearly set itself apart from the rest.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.