Editor's Note

Maybe it was my parents’ compulsive need to pack educational experiences into every ounce of my childhood. Or maybe it was a desperate attempt to salvage their sanity by getting my brother and I out of the house as much as possible. But as far back as when I was 10 years old, I was flying across the ocean with a bright green “Unaccompanied Minor” button on my hoodie —spending summers at my aunt’s house in Los Angeles, studying pre-calculus at nerd camp or visiting dilapidated castles in England. I’m sad to admit that my teenaged brain was bored to shreds by the crumbling old buildings—though I’d kill to go back and explore them now. Maybe it’s because I was encouraged to do something other than complete a mandatory reading list during the three-month vacation, but even today, summer to me translates into getting away and having an amazing experience.

With our travel issue, we hope to inspire you to do the same. Whether it’s planning an exotic trip to Asia or having a great time in your own backyard, summer is about the endless opportunities to enjoy yourself. Mochi writers share their experiences discovering cultural heritage in China, falling in love with community service in Honduras and braving Europe with a backpack. For those of you with plans to stay put, we’ve got must-read books, exercise tips and ways to be productive if you’re not interning from 9 to 5 p.m.

This issue’s features include golfer Michelle Wie, who is about to tear up the green this summer at the U.S. Women’s Open, and actor Justin Chon, who plays go-to guy Eric Yorkie in “The Twilight Saga.” YouTube entrepreneur Lindy Tsang adds another dimension of self-made success to our typical features.

For the lucky ones, summer means less responsibility and more freedom. Get out there and do something great in the next few months so you’ll have some great stories to tell in September. Personally, I’ve got big plans to enjoy the outdoor weather and squeeze in some traveling if possible. Hey, it might not be touring castles in Europe, but at least this time I’ll appreciate life as it happens. What are your summer plans?