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 (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...
No Ordinary Concert
A K-pop concert is a spectacle so huge, it must be experienced to be believed.
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...
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 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
Experimental jazz finds a home in Itaewon
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...
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...
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...
Musical Theater in Korea: Dorian Gray (Starring Kim Junsu and Park Eun Tae)
Living in a foreign country has its host of difficulties, especially when you don't know the language. However, I truly believe that music is international and you don't...
Community Post: 20 Thoughts You Have While Driving Through Mongolia
Every summer, hundreds of adventurous morons drive from London to Ulaanbaatar in tiny cars to raise money for charity as part of The Mongol Rally. While conquering all of Europe...
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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