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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.

Plans to Head Back to Japan

Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi

Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi

Well I think I may finally have permission to head back to Japan for a visit next year :) The wife really wants to go to Paris, and we will get there (I promise!), but it looks like we’re on our way to Japan next fall.

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The Best Ways to Get Around in Osaka


Photo by kenmainr on Flickr

Any time you visit a foreign country you are bound to face the “stranger in a strange land” learning curve. This is especially true if you don’t speak a lick of the language, leaving you hoping that you can find someone who speaks your language, or else relying on your bumbling attempts to form recognizable sentences from a book of common words and phrases.

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Resources for Finding a Tour Guide in Japan

Japanese tour guides

Photo by RageZ on Flickr

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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