This clip brings you a few tips I stumbled across from Youtube’s PsychoTraveller. Ali gives some great tips on using Skyscanner as well as a few other tips for saving money on your flights. One of the most interesting, if not one of the biggest money savers, is the advice to ensure your cookies are turned off when hunting for your flights. When you get wander lust and just need to get that flight, don’t let your browser know how desperate you are, it might just work against you and you could miss out on a fantastic deal just because the sites know you are interested in it!
Japan is a beautiful country, dotted with a thousand different cultural and historical sites, as well as areas of truly outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. That’s not even mentioning what Japan is truly famous for; it’s technology. Japan is the technological hub of the world, and is still one of the most advanced countries out there.
They’re an incredibly healthy people, with one of the longest life expectancies in the world. This is due in part to their high tech healthcare, and in part to their delicious and exotic diet. Japan travel allows you to sample some fantastic dishes such as sushi, or any one of the numerous Japanese foods. Whatever you do, don’t limit your Japanese holiday experience to Tokyo!
1.Kyoto – If you like shrines…
Known throughout Japan and the world over as the ‘City of 10,000 Shrines’, due to the huge number of beautiful shrines and temples dotting the city. In ancient times, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan, meaning that in a country as historically tumultuous and war torn as Japan, Kyoto has seen a huge amount of war and fire, and it shows in the quiet and dignified culture evident in the architecture, city scape and atmosphere.
If you enjoy the idea of wandering around serene temples and tranquil gardens, while enjoying a modern Japanese city with a rich tapestry of history behind it, Kyoto should be on your list for touring Japan.
2. Osaka – A sparkling business hub
Osaka is one of the real business hubs of Japan, with a huge number of international businesses based there, and thousands of new businesses and companies started up every year there. Alongside Japans penchant for technology, their ability to market themselves to the world is what has turned them into the powerful rich country they are today. If you’re interested in international business, this is somewhere you have to check out.
That’s not even mentioning the food! As a modern city you can expect all manner of luxuries and shopping opportunities, as well as the fact that Osaka is a real hub of delicious Japanese cuisine, and makes for a real treat for any food lover.
3.Yokohama – Perfect for shopping
Yokohama is close to Tokyo at just a short train ride away. Once just a tiny little fishing village, Japan’s international trade has allowed Yokohama to flourish into the second most populous Japanese city, and with a huge population, comes a huge variety of malls and shopping centres. As a city to go for a shopping spree, you’d literally struggle to find anywhere better.
4.Nara – If you love history…
With almost eight UNESCO world heritage sites, and widely heralded as the birthplace of some of the core elements of modern Japanese traditions, Nara is truly a historical city. If you’ve got any interest in Japanese history, Nara is an absolute must see. Beyond that, it’s a modern Japanese city, and offers many other cultural and fun things to do, not to mention great food and shopping opportunities.
5.Okinawa – A series of islands with beautiful views and landscapes
Okinawa is a city based on islands in the southern part of Japan, and with that carries some amazing weather, landscapes and views. With water sports like scuba diving and surfing, as well as a fantastic, cultural and modern city. No trip to Japan is complete without a trip to Okinawa for at least a couple of days.
Adventure tourism seems to have been a steadily growing trend over the last four/five years. It seems that we Brits have got a little bored of lazing by the pool with our book sunning ourselves whilst sipping margaritas! Instead we’ve taken a keen interest in exploring and embarking upon adventures. It’s not that we don’t want that little bit of time to recharge our batteries but it’s getting to a point where we want to know more about our world, develop ourselves, get a little more out of life and really embrace the culture of the places that we visit. This seems to be the reasons why we now prefer to mix our holidays up a little, combing a little, sea, sun, city and activity into our breaks.
You no longer have to be a sport fanatic to find an activity holiday that suits you. People from every demographic are being drawn into more adventurous holidays of all kinds. They are a fantastic way to spend more time on hobbies that already interest you but they are also a brilliant way to learn new skills that you might want to do more of in your leisure time at home. There are some great examples of activity led holidays based around hobbies that don’t involve exerting all your energy on exercise! Film buffs might take a road trip to take in epic film sets or even go on a filmmaking retreat. Those with a love of music could venture to festivals such as the Belgian Jazz festival or even Croatia’s Hideout festival. We live in a day and age where we can easily avoid package holidays and book personalised holidays cheaply and easily from home. So there really is something out there for everyone when it comes to a perfect activity break.
Even Stag and Hen groups are getting in on the action now a days, you’re no longer confined to a boozy weekend away that takes you a week’s holiday to recover from! These parties really are spoilt for choice with an abundance of companies that offer breaks for the adrenaline junkies, the gamblers, the wannabe entertainers and even the pranksters getting a look in with packages for ‘The Stag Set Up’ where you can play some odd role play to prank you main man!
Students often take advantage of their longer holidays or even take a gap year now in order to embark on journeys of self-discovery, charity work and all sorts of other challenges. There are an abundance of well organised trips from companies like Camps International who will help out with all the fine details if going it alone is a bit daunting the first time round. Older students can take part in journeys where they can partake in ‘Independent Volunteering’ across South America, Africa and Asia offering something back to the communities there whilst making memories and getting experiences that they’ll hold on to for life. Younger students can even partake in Camps Internationals School expeditions if they are keen on getting started young. These kinds of trips provide invaluable skills and life experience that will not only look great on CV’s in their professional futures but will stick with them for life.
Solo Travelers find activity tours that allow them to embark on journeys with others who have similar hobbies and ambitions, paving the way for either adventures alone or joining in with a group for part or all of the journey. It’s a great way to get added peace of mind as you travel and you can save costs on rooms as some small group trips bunk their travelers in rooms together, so supplement charges can be avoided. It’s a great way to see beautiful countries such as Morocco, Sri Lanka, India and Peru, soaking up new cultures and experiences each and every day of a trip.