If you have a few solo travel experiences to other destinations under your belt, you can navigate the complexities and craziness of Japan. Of all the countries I have visited, Japan would have to be the only place where it would not be recommended for someone who was travelling solo for the first time. Continue reading “Three Survival Tips for Japan”
For many spring time in Japan is a scene of blossoming cherry, plum and wisteria trees which start in the south and move gradually north. Tourists from around the world converge on the small islands of Japan in order to catch a glimpse of the fleeting cherry blossoms which only bloom for a short time before falling to the ground like snowflakes. During the last two weeks I was fortunate to catch sight of the cherry blossoms as I travelled through Japan. Continue reading “Cherry Blossom Time”
While in Japan I had the opportunity to sleep in a traditional Monastery run by Buddhist monks. Although you sleep on a futon on a tatami mat, it is actually extremely comfortable.
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Dating back more than 900 years, tea ceremonies in Japan were a way of welcoming guests . Participating in one yourself is a must if you visit Japan. Which is what I did today on my first day in Osaka.
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More and more women are choosing to go it alone and explore the world. Twice as many more than men. So it is interesting to note that the first woman to travel solo was a pilgrim named Egeria in 381AD. She woke up in her Galicia home and made a decision to make the journey of a lifetime to the Holy Land. However, she ended up walking half the world alone. It was the start of an inspiring line of women who made the choice to go it alone. Continue reading “A History of Solo Women’s Travel”
It may seem like fun to ride an elephant or have your photo taken with a ferocious tiger, but you are actually doing more harm to them than you may think. In an age where sustainable tourism is booming, more and more tour companies are adopting preservation practices for future generations to enjoy. Continue reading “Sustainable Touring – Rethink Your Carbon Footprint”
To reach the top of a mountain and gaze out at a fluffy, white cloud forest is one of the best experiences I want to savour forever. However, I also felt the urge to snap a photo to share it on my social networks. But how much would I remember of my actual experience if I was continuously looking at the scene through a camera lens? Continue reading “Making Memories”