Kristina Manente

Travel & Culture Writer

Kristina Manente is a freelance journalist, travel blogger, podcaster, and all around audio-nerd with a travel addiction and a fondness for cranberry juice. Her focus is travel, culture, music, and anything geeky.

Following her love of travel, she started The Nerdventurists, which provides guides and tales from around the world with a nerdy twist.

She’s been producing and co-presenting a Sherlock Holmes based podcast for the past three years called The Baker Street Babes, which was nominated for a Shorty Award in 2014 for Best Podcast. The BSB has been featured in the New York Times, The Today Show, USA Today, MTV Geek and more. It has 1 million unique listens and 100,000 followers across social media.

Portfolio

The Problem With Korean Music Award Shows
Music shows are plentiful in Korea. Award season makes this even more apparent as award show after award show is broadcasted and fandoms are pitted against one another in...
How To Be A Steampunk Dandy: Fashion, Accessories And Attitude!
It is rare to find a fashion trend more aesthetically pleasing than steampunk. It's elegant and quirky and always well put together; members of the steampunk community wear...
No Ordinary Concert
A K-pop concert is a spectacle so huge, it must be experienced to be believed.
The Mongol Rally: the Greatest Motor Adventure on the Planet
You must drive from England to Mongolia in a 1.2 liter engine car or less. You must raise at least £1,000 for charity. You are totally and absolutely on your own. This...
Why You Should Consider Teaching English Overseas
Teaching English overseas is a great way to not only see the world, but also to build up your resume, which could lead to a challenging and exciting career. If you're from a...
The Lyrebird Quartet & Volstead Monday Night Jazz
Seoul and jazz music aren't two things you normally associate with one another, and yet there is a growing jazz scene in the city. Hearing the dulcet tones of saxophones and...
Getting An Illegal Tattoo in Korea - The Nerdventurists
The first thing to know about getting a tattoo in Korea is that it's most likely illegal. How's that for an opening line? See, tattooing is only legal in Korea if the tattoo...
48 Hours in Tokyo
From robot cafes to ancient temples and shrines, the wonderful and wacky capital of Japan is a place everyone should visit at least once. With one of the best food scenes on the...
A Breath of Fresh Air To An Old Art
The Seoul Opera Festival ran June 20 to 30 at the special outdoor stage at Cheonho Park and at Gangdong Arts Center in Myeongil-dong. The festival was a celebration of all...
The (Re?)Rise of the Idol Band
There are new idol groups debuting every month at a rather alarming rate. The harsh judgement of time will reveal which make it through a year and which will fade into obscurity...
48 Hours in Seoul
Insadong is Seoul's cultural corridor, filled with tea houses, historical palaces, and traditional homes running up the hills. Take Line 3 to Anguk Station and head to the...
Gummy Returns After Nine Years
Gummy is finally back with her fifth album, "Stroke." While she came out with a mini album three years ago and has graced many a K-drama sound tracks, hit series "Descendants of...
Quitting Your Job In Korea - The Nerdventurists
A few months ago I talked about how excited I was to be moving to South Korea. I was looking for a positive life change, going to a place where I could be creative and save...
J, Reborn: Welcoming back JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong with guitars and cake.
They say when an idol enlists in the military his popularity will plummet and he will be forgotten, that fans will flock to younger and newer acts. So, when JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong...
From Buttered Corn to Soybean Powder: Kit Kats in Japan are a Thing
To date there's been over 200 unique flavors of KitKats released in Japan, here are some of the craziest.
Travel Tales: Venice - Your Friend Elle
by Elle Ah, Venezia! It's as beautiful as the photographs. It's so gorgeous and so enriched in history that it makes you angry. Surely no place can actually live up to all the...

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