Advice For A First Time Tourist of Japan

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If you’re planning on visiting Japan, it’s likely that you already know that it’s one of the best parts of Asia, with its elegant architecture and amazing technological feats. However, without proper knowledge of the country, you are at risk of getting stuck in a situation you don’t know how to get out of, or completely over spending when it’s simply not necessary. To avoid this, here’s some of the best advice I can give for traveling to Japan for the first time.

  1. Eat At Fast Food Restaurants

Most people associate the phrase “fast food” with a grease filled burger or some variation of fried chicken, but in Japanese fast food restaurants that simply isn’t the case. Here you can order miso soup, dumplings, bowls of rice, and many other typical Japanese foods, often at a price cheaper than the processed junk from back home.

  1. Bring Cash

A lot of places in Japan don’t accept bank cards, and many ATMs don’t accept foreign cards even in Tokyo, so money really will be your friend on your trip. Because of this, you will have to make sure you either have enough cash or know of an ATM that will accept your card.

  1. Carry Hand Sanitizer

Strangely, most public bathrooms in Japan don’t have any dispensable hand soap, so if you want more than a simple rinse of warm water, you should probably carry sanitizing hand gel.

  1. Learn Japanese

You don’t necessarily need to learn Japanese fluently, as many people in Japan do speak English quite well. However, it’s always best to have a few key Japanese phrases memorized, in case you get stuck in a situation where there isn’t anyone that can speak English. It’s also polite, and many Japanese people would probably appreciate being asked if they can speak English in their language.

  1. Print Out Hotel Address In Japanese

Much like above, if you get stuck in a situation where you can’t find anyone that speaks English, it’s always best to have your hotel address written down in Japanese, to give to a cab driver to help you get back. This tip is useful in any foreign country you visit.

  1. Rent A “Pocket Wi-Fi”

A “Pocket Wi-Fi” is a wireless internet router that allows several different gadgets to connect to it and use its unlimited internet. They are available to rent at most airports in Japan, at a fraction of the cost of data roaming charges.

  1. Find Your Nearest Konbini

A Konbini is a Japanese convenience store that often sells anything you could possibly require, from hot meals, to gadget chargers, to socks. They also often have ATMs that do accept foreign bank cards, so it really is a refuge, if you get into a pickle.

  1. Get A Japanese Rail Pass

If you plan on visiting several different cities during your trip, a JR Pass could save you a lot of money, especially if you plan on going to another one of the four main islands.

Japan is a beautiful and elegant country, but it can get confusing if you don’t know the language and customs. Hopefully, this advice will help you navigate the country with a bit more ease, and allow you to have a completely stress free, and memorable getaway.

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Are You Ready To Camp Abroad?

Of all the ways to stay abroad, one of the most convenient and cheapest has to be camping. This is a means of staying abroad which is becoming more and more popular, and there are many reasons why that might be the case. For some, camping offers an opportunity to save money while still having a good time on holiday. For others, it means a chance to be within the beauty of nature in a safe and engaging way. Whatever appeal camping abroad has for you, there are certain considerations you might want to bear in mind as you plan your trip and while you camp.

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Safety First

As with any kind of holiday, you will benefit from thinking about safety before you go and while you are there. There are many ways in which safety can become an ongoing issue, and the last thing you want is for anything to happen to you or a family member. Be sure to pack a first aid kit – this can include basics such as plasters, bandages and so on as well as useful items such as multi-purpose flashlights, such as the ones found at www.tbotech.com/flashlight-taser.htm. If you are sure that you are fully packed with safety in mind, you should then remember to keep safety at the forefront of your concerns as you camp. As long as you bear it in mind, you should be able to remain safe and have a much better time as a result.

Know Your Pitch

Wherever you end up pitching, it is really important that you know it as well as possible. The best way to ensure this is to plan your trip in advance, going so far as to choose your campsites. You will want to know what kind of amenities the campsite has, as well as what is permitted and what is not. It also helps to have a good sense of the kind of clientele who frequent it, so that you can be sure to find somewhere you will fit in. But it’s about more than just researching the campsite; it also helps hugely if you spend time finding a pitch you can be happy with. Finding a good spot on site ensures you will have a much better time of it. See https://www.pitchup.com/guide-camping-abroad/ for more on this topic.

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Talk To Neighbors

Wherever you end up, unless you are wild camping in the middle of nowhere, you will have some camping neighbors. Just as with most other situations, it is a good idea to talk to these people, even if only the basic politeness of saying hello. This is partly a safety issue, but it also helps to feel at home on the campsite. It is likely that they will appreciate it as well, and on the whole you will be contributing to a much nicer little community, so it is well worth it. Talk to them and find out more about the local area in the process – this in particular will help you to make the most of your time abroad.

Money Saving Hacks For The Global Traveler

Are you keen to extend your travel adventures and stay overseas for even longer? You may need to start saving a little more money at each destination. It’s difficult to earn money while you are away from home, so spending less could be the only way to extend your stay. Still, there are plenty of different ways you can do this. Here are just a few of the easiest approaches to squeezing a few more weeks out of your travel plan:

Money Saving Destinations

There are two ways to check which destinations are the cheapest to travel to. Start with your exchange rate. You’re looking to get the most for each dollar. Next, you need to look up the cost of living for each country (or city area) you’re hoping to spend time in. The lower the cost of living, the less money you’ll need for food, accommodation, and local travel solutions. Places like Thailand are likely to be cheaper to spend time in than Hong Kong, but each region can vary. Do your homework, and make a plan.

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Money Saving Travel Solutions

Getting from A to B is a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than getting from A to Z. Of course, there are times when you can cross the border quickly and cheaply. Keep your eye out for empty leg flights that will save you a lot if you can be flexible with your departure times and dates. For the whimsical traveler with few plans, this can be perfect. It’s also a lot safer than trying to hitchhike your way from one place to the next.

Money Saving Accommodation

If you don’t mind sleeping under canvas, then your tent could become your home for a while. Of course, in many places, you must book into a designated camp site that may incur a charge. You’ll also find there are times when you want a few of the facilities a formal accommodation might offer. Again, last minute opportunities may be a cheaper solution and offer more freedom than pre-booking. Stay safe, and look for places that are shared to cut the cost even more.

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Money Saving Food

If you’re prepared to cook for yourself, you can save a fortune on food. Unfortunately, travelers don’t always have access to refrigerators or cookers. Bottled water is often a must, so be prepared to spend wisely here. As for a hot meal, look for local hospitality, takeaways, and market places with licensed street vendors. You want to avoid a poorly tummy, so it can sometimes be best to spend a little more. Keep your hands clean with a travel bottle of hand sanitizer.

Earning money while you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. You can write from anywhere in the world, providing content for blogs or copy for marketers. You can also sometimes pick up laboring jobs like fruit picking. Check your visa restrictions before engaging in local work. The point of traveling is to enjoy the experience so don’t stay so long that you’ve sacrificed all those little pleasures. Happy traveling.

 

 

Dreaming Up the Luxury Holiday of a Lifetime

The majority of people will travel regularly throughout their lives. Many take annual vacations and the past decade has seen a large proportion of students take a gap year from their studies to discover the world. But there are certain destinations that are truly once in a lifetime trips. Some people will save this trip for their honeymoon. Others will wait until retirement. But there’s one thing we all have in common when it comes to that extra special trip: we want it to be perfect. So here are a few things to consider while you dream up your ultimate vacation.

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Where?

There are so many beautiful places on this planet that choosing an ultimate destination can be a tricky feat in itself. For your dream trip, the location should be somewhere distant. Somewhere exciting. Somewhere where you will feel as if you’re experiencing another world. Some top destinations include the Seychelles, Mauritius, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii. What have they in common? Pictures of paradise. White powder sands, tranquil, warm waters, and unfathomable cuisine. So get researching. Search online, visit your local travel agents and read travel guides until something catches your eye and your heart all at once. You’ll know the right place for you as soon as you see it.

When?

With these beautiful locations, it is important to know the best time to travel. Certain places will have monsoon seasons or rainy seasons. Get all of the advice you can on the best time to visit for the ultimate experience that you’ve been dreaming of. You may be able to save some hard earned cash by going out of season, but it’s usually worth forking out the extra for better weather and less chance of storms and heavy downpours.

Budget

Now you know the destination and the general dates you plan to visit, you can start working out a budget. Here’s where you decide whether to make it an extravagant affair or a more reasonable deal. Whether you splash out your savings on Air Charters and cruise lines or take a more modest approach with budget flights and rented accommodation, the trip is going to be wonderful. Work out where your priorities lie and budget accordingly. Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of spending money if you like to bring back souvenirs, dine out in local restaurants and take part in excursions or day trips.

Take it Easy

Planning a holiday can be stressful work. But don’t let it get on top of you. This should be a fun and relaxing experience, from beginning to end. Pick up essentials like sunscreens and insect repellents well in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to pack. Plan transport to and from the airport beforehand, so you’re not anxiously waiting for a delayed taxi to drop you to the flight terminal on the day. Make a timetable for while you’re away but don’t stick to it too rigidly. Plans change, and you might find new exciting things to do that you hadn’t even considered before arriving at your destination.

 

The Foolproof Volunteer Abroad Fundraising Guide

If you’re keen to see the world, but don’t have the cash to get away, volunteering abroad could be the answer you’ve been looking for. This kind of opportunity does involve costs, but it’s possible to raise the funds for your trip with a little time, effort and creativity. Here are our top ways to get the money together so that you can head off to a faraway land and do something really important at the same time…

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  1.     Ask people to help you

If you really care about the people and places you want to help, show that to friends, family and members of the public. Explain why you are so determined to volunteer in Ghana, work in a school in Thailand, or help to look after the sick in Costa Rica. If you really believe in what you are trying to achieve, people will see that and want to help you.

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  1.     Get online

At the very least, you should set up a page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat explaining your plans and appealing for help. It’s also a great idea to set up your own website. If you’re lucky enough to have a computer expert friend or family member, ask them to help. If not, search online for hosting services: many are designed to be easy to use without expert knowledge, and these companies will help you to tailor your site according to your requirements.

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  1.     Offer to give something back

If you’re asking people to give towards your cause, it’s a great idea to promise that you will give something in return. You could give your online supporters a blog account of your time away, describing what you are doing to help and how it is all going. Alternatively, you could opt for a postcard or photo on a regular basis, so that the people who have helped to fund your trip can follow your journey and feel that they are a part of it.

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  1.     Allow plenty of time

It will take time to organise your fundraising efforts, so don’t leave the planning until the last minute. Ask friends and family for ideas on events that you could hold to raise funds for the trip, and make sure that your cause is known about within your local area. Put posters up in the windows of local shops, and spread the word by chatting to people wherever you go.

Raising money to fund volunteering abroad requires a lots of planning and hard work, along with a determined and positive attitude. This kind of approach will be extremely useful when you head off on your travels. Find out tips on travelling on this page.

Going abroad to work at helping others is a much more rewarding experience than simply buying a package holiday and lying on a beach. This is the kind of experience that can change your whole life, and give you an entirely new perspective on things – and that will actually mean something to those you help, so the fundraising process is well worth getting right.

 

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