My name is Vanessa Oguchi. I love taking photos, traveling, watching movies, eating street food, and riding my bicycle. I have an obscene addiction to french fries.
I am originally from Vancouver, Canada. I have lived in 5 countries. I traveled and worked in London, England on the SWAP program for 4 months when I was 18. Like most people, I backpacked around Europe and fell in love with traveling. I also spent about 1 year in Dublin, Ireland through SWAP.
The JET Programme took me to a small town in Japan (Shirasawa, Gunma, Japan) for 2 years. (Here is a photo I found on Google Maps of the old Police Box they had me live in. It was large, cold, and rent free with a driveway!)
I then moved to Tokyo, Japan for 5 years. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York and have been living here since 2010. I am leaving New York in September 2014 to go on a trip around the world for one year.
This blog is about my upcoming challenge to travel around the world for $50 a day. I will share everything from what I eat, what I drink, what I do, and where I sleep. I will hopefully remember to post costs of everything as well! For a conversion, please go here. Of course some people may say that I am not really traveling the world as I won’t be hitting certain areas of the world, but this is just a blog based on me living out of a backpack for 365 days.
I have some experience traveling for cheap – $5 huts on the beach in Thailand, $5 rooms in peoples’ homes in India, $5 amazing Star Wars-like abodes in Greece. Times have changed though, and I wonder if it is possible to still travel this way.
I am not rich. I am not poor. I am not young. I am not old. Call me Goldilocks with a camera and a computer.
In my spare time, I enjoy making silver and brass jewelry. I am the owner, creator, and designer of Tanuki Jewelry.
To see pictures from my previous travels, please go here.
To see a brief portfolio, please go here.