Archive for 'Travel Tips'

Lonely Planet vs Fodor’s Travel Guides


While I try not to let guide books dictate my travel, I do like to check them out to get some tips on things I probably don’t want to miss. But each guidebook has a distinct style and flavour that may or may not match your travel personality. So I was happy to see a rundown at Lifehacker that compares Lonely Planet guidebooks with those written by Fodor. It’s a good read.

Quick Japan Travel Tip – Google Maps is Your Best Friend

Photo Credit: nicwn

Photo Credit: nicwn

I can’t believe how useful Google Maps was on our trip to Japan. It made navigating the cities, finding your way to the closest subway station and figuring out which trains and buses to take a complete breeze!

It’s not often when technology surpasses my expectations, but a cell phone with a data sim card and Google Maps was invaluable in making our trip so much better and stress free. Don’t travel Japan without it :D

Travel Tip – Don’t Freak Out at the Airport


Please sit back while I tell you a tale of how you should never be like me at the airport. It is a tale of woe and heartbreak, a tale of curses mumbled under the breath and of total meltdowns in arrival terminals. It is my constant companion whenever I arrive at the airport – my own personal freak out.

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Renting a Mobile Phone or Data Sim Card in Japan

A few months back I visited Australia and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a local mobile and data sim card to use in my phone while I was travelling. While transferring from Sydney to Melbourne I walked into the first cell phone store I found in the airport a picked up a sim card from my mobile. Total price was about $40 and it took maybe ten minutes.

I wish it was going to be that easy in Japan.

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Your Own Personal Japanese Guide

Photo Credit: bass_nroll

Photo Credit: bass_nroll

For those visiting Tokyo and would like to experience the sights but are worried about not knowing Japanese, Travelers and Local Japan have recently launched a service to pair up visitors with a local Japanese volunteer to help you navigate the wonders of Japan.

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Dos and Donts for Foreigners in Japan

Photo by: Christian Kaden

Photo by: Christian Kaden

Japan, also known as land of the rising sun, is an interesting country to take a vacation in. It is the ideal country to visit if you want to experience a totally different culture, customs and traditions. The way of life in Japan may seem strange to most of you at first. But in time you will get used to it and actually love it. Here are a few dos and don’ts that you should observe while out there.

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Hints on How to Get A Flight Upgrade

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How many times have you boarded an aircraft and looked longingly at the plush first or business class cabin, before heading to your seat in the crowded economy section? The simple solution to getting one of the premium seats is to buy a premium priced ticket, but these can be many times more expensive than sitting in the economy cabin. Some lucky travellers know the inside tips and tricks which they use on a regular basis and get upgraded to the expensive seats, for free. Here’s how to do it…

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Resources for Finding a Tour Guide in Japan

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It can definitely be exciting to take an international trip. That’s because there’s nothing like experiencing a different culture—the people, the customs and the food. However, you can end up missing out on some of the best that a particular country or city has to offer if you decide to tour the city on your own. Just think about where you live. Aren’t there quaint little restaurants or boutiques that you’ve discovered only by living in that place for a certain amount of time?

If you’re in the midst of planning a trip overseas and Japan is the destination where you’re headed, as you’re writing down your list of “must haves”, make sure to put “tour guide” at the very top of it. They are professionals who will be able to effortlessly show you the best that Japan has to offer, which will make your trip just that much more memorable.

So, how do you go about finding the right kind of tour guide? We have enclosed five resources below:

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Recommended Clothing to Pack for a Trip to Japan


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Although you might suppose that Japan is a relatively small island nation, the weather varies widely from place to place and season to season. So before you pack for any trip you should look at the climate particular to the regions you’ll visit during the time of year you’re planning to travel, as well as check the weather forecast in order to make sure that the majority of your clothing will be appropriate for the temperatures and other weather concerns.

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Top 5 Tips for Traveling to Japan on a Budget

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Saving money when you travel is always desirable, but when you’re shelling out for an international airline ticket that will take you halfway around the world, you probably want to save as much as possible in other areas. You might think that going to Japan is going to be a very pricy trip, and the truth is that you can certainly find plenty of ways to blow your dough when you visit this island nation if you’re not careful. But with a little planning you can have an amazing trip with tons of amenities and still stick to a budget. So here are just a few ways to cut back on expenses when you visit Japan.

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