From Kate:

New: Beijing Now Has A 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay Policy

Thu, 31/01/2013 - 17:22
As of January 2013, an American traveler can now stay in Beijing without a visa.  China’s intention is to make Beijing more accessible to travelers who are stopping in Beijing for a few hours.  Actually, this new visa-free rule allows a traveler to stay in Beijing for up to 72 hours.  The Beijing Capital International Continue Reading

The BIG Question: Cost of a Motherland or Birth Country Tour

Thu, 03/01/2013 - 20:28
After people make the decision to go on a Motherland or Birth Country Tour, the next question is always:  What is this going to cost me? An INDEPENDENT tour of China and Korea will end up costing about the same per day per traveler.  In China, hotel accommodations and English-speaking guides can be reasonable, there Continue Reading

The HOW of a Motherland or Birth Country Tour

Fri, 28/12/2012 - 16:38
The when, what and where have been discussed, so now we move onto the HOW. A Motherland or Birth Country Tour can be one of the most important trips of your life.  This is so much more than getting on the internet and making some reservations.  Carefully consider your travel options and keep in mind Continue Reading

The WHERE of a Motherland Tour

Wed, 19/12/2012 - 19:10
Before you decide WHERE you want to go on your own Motherland Tour, think about the amount of time you want to spend traveling.  I refer to this as a “feet on the ground” itinerary planning.  Taking into account the amount of time it takes to get to your destination and return, you can lose Continue Reading

WHEN to take a Motherland Tour

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 19:01
WHEN the “best” time to take a Motherland Tour is  really two separate issues:  what age and what time of year. Age is really an individual decision.  For younger adoptees, my suggestion is 8 yrs. and older.  By 8 years, an adoptee should be able to handle international travel, understanding what it is they are Continue Reading

What is a Motherland Tour?

Wed, 14/11/2012 - 19:44
Motherland tours, birth country tours, homeland tours, no matter what the name, refers to a tour for adoptees that were born outside the US and adopted by American family to return to the country in which they were born. South Korea has one of the oldest international adoption programs and adoptees can range from young Continue Reading

Peking Duck in Beijing

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 14:37
Imagine my delight when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published an article about “Beijing’s Most Exquisite Peking Duck” and listed my own favorite and touristy Quanjude Peking Duck Restaurant.  My very first Peking Duck in Beijing was at Quanjude and each time I return to Beijing, I insist on revisiting Quanjude.  It certainly is Continue Reading

China, Korea, Japan Travel News

Thu, 11/10/2012 - 16:35
JAPAN OK, you’ve done the one day tour of Tokyo but Tokyo is so much more than a guided tour.  Here are some experiences you can have in Tokyo exploring on your own without spending a lot of money.  For foodies, the Tsukiji Fish Market is a must.  Here is further information: Tsukiji Fish Day Continue Reading

What’s on your Bucket List?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 17:24
What’s a Bucket List and does everyone have one?   Haven’t you said to yourself at one time, “I’ve always wanted to do that/go there/see that”.  Well, those are the things that make up a Bucket List.  Everyone’s list is different influenced by the life you’ve led but in my opinion, a Bucket List makes life Continue Reading