Laura lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she freelances in various capacities, is involved at her church, and hangs with her adorably photogenic dog named Kimchi. She’s compelled to travel wherever and whenever she can. Laura studied Urban Studies in Chicago and has always had a soft spot for cities. After college she went to grad school, taught, went to South Korea for a year, and has worked as a writer/editor. She then spent a good chunk of the last decade working with international students in high school and college in the U.S. In the midst of all that, she squeezed in every ounce of travel she could manage. She wants to take others along with her to explore some of the places she has had the opportunity to experience. She is particularly excited to help travellers try some unusual foods, and zigzag around back allies to find unlikely gems.

Discover Japan Tour

Single Supplement WAIVED as space permits!

Learn about Japan on walking tours, browse unique shops, sample traditional Japanese food, and bathe in the famous hot springs (onsen). See Mt. Fuji, hike in a dense bamboo grove, see one of Japan’s best-known temples—the Golden Pavilion, and take a cooking class and eat what you create. Ride a speedy bullet train to enjoy the foodie scene in Osaka—nicknamed Japan’s kitchen. Try singing karaoke in the land where it was invented. This tour includes plenty of time to explore on your own or with tour leader Laura Heller.