Ask a thousand people which countries feature on their bucket list, and most will make mention to Japan. After-all, it’s a melting pot of cherry blossoms, ancient traditions, and beautiful people with deep cultural roots!
There’s also the Insta-worthy food!
Japan is a patchwork of intense urban life mixed with traditional sites; exciting modern architecture sits next to a diverse legacy of beautiful castles and temples from ancient times. Though there are also tropical islands and snowy mountains for skiing in addition to its face paced cosmopolitan cities.
Japan is a country that many say they would love to visit; ‘it’ll happen someday soon‘. But with 2020 fast approaching, and an epic year ahead for the country, it’s time to commit to making it happen!
Here’s why Japan is a must visit destination in 2020.
When it comes to city breaks, the vast array of diverse and exiting options around the world can make narrowing down a destination a genuinely tough choice to make. Though one city that never disappoints is London.
The cultural heartland of the UK, this gargantuan, bustling city is jam-packed with a seemingly endless array of hotspots, and a thousand things to do.
A thriving cosmopolitan, the city is bursting with world-class attractions, edgy fashion, and a combination of modern day architecture and majestic buildings which date back nearly two millennia. No other city is full of this much excitement or allure.
While there are a huge number of reasons to visit London, the following are 5 reasons it makes for a great short city break.
When you think of an epic party destination, there really is no place like Las Vegas. From party-centric suites, car-racing adventures, to thrilling concerts and nightclubs, you are spoilt for fun in this city.
If you’ve always dreamed of throwing the wildest party of your life in Las Vegas, the following are a couple of was to achieve it.
Travelling anywhere, anytime requires a certain amount of planning. But especially when it comes time to pack. After-all, who hasn’t traveled overseas and left something important at home!
It’s always a good idea to maintain a checklist of all the things that you might require on your trip. Especially when it comes to hen party trips abroad, your suitcase might look a tad different from a regular trip abroad.
Here are the top five essentials you definitely don’t want to miss at your hen party destination abroad.
With memories still relatively fresh from the catastrophic destruction meted out by Hurricanes Maria, Irma, Harvey and Nate, some people may understandably wonder how anyone would contemplate traveling at this time of the year.
Yet, there may be multiple reasons why someone may be compelled to travel to a different city, state or country during this time.
Whether it’s a business meeting that you have to attend or it’s taking advantage of a travel deal that isn’t available at any other time of the year, it is possible for you to travel during the hurricane season. It’s not an ordinary time though so things you would take for granted otherwise will take on enormous significance during the storm season.
While one option is to go somewhere where the probability of a hurricane is low you can apply the following tips to make your travel to hurricane-prone areas feasible.
Traveling to other countries is eminently exciting and will open up your mind to new cultures and your life to new experiences you’ll never forget.
But there’s more to traveling abroad than just getting there: you also have to think about how to get around once you do.
What makes a travel method “best?” As we explore some options below, we’ll consider speed, comfort, convenience, cost savings, and pure, full out fun as good reasons to include a travel option on our “best” list.
The end of the year is almost upon us and that can mean only one thing, Schoolies Week! Australian high school grads will soon be celebrating their long academic path to adulthood by taking a week long, well deserved pat-on-the-back holiday.
While Schoolies is a time for celebration and letting loose a bit, many grads are looking for a safer and more enjoyable experience. I have rounded up the top destinations across Australasia where you can ditch the drugs, binge drinking, and violence that often plagues the Gold Coast.
Whether you’re in the mood for an island getaway, fun-filled cruise, or international cultural getaway, Sure Thing Schoolies can help you arrange a safe and memorable Schoolies experience.
You can search destinations that offer verified Schoolies hotels that meet safety guidelines and offer official Schoolies events.
Lake Las Vegas is off the beaten path when it comes to visiting the world famous Sin City, but if you’re after a break from the chaos that recapitulates Vegas, this truly is a destination not to be missed.
A resort city in the midst of Nevada’s Mojave desert, Lake Las Vegas is only 30 minutes from the Strip, though offers a far more relaxed atmosphere and pace.
Referring to the 320-acre man-made lake in the middle of a suburban area, you’ll find hotels, restaurants, a country club, golf course, sports club, hiking and biking trails, and so much more.
Here are the top 4 reasons to travel to Lake Las Vegas.
Spending time in the wilderness is a brilliant way to experience the great outdoors and unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Setting up tents or putting yourself into your unused sleeping bag for a couple of days allows you to reconnect with nature and explore sights that you’ve never seen before.
That said, it’s definitely important to be prepared when spending time outdoors, as mishaps can happen to even the most experienced adventurers. The following are 6 mishaps that could happen to anyone if you head out unprepared.
From sugary white beaches to technicolor coral reefs, the traditional beach holiday is one that most people like to enjoy at least once a year.
And with beautiful beaches in destinations like the Caribbean, Hawaii, and South East Asia, there’s something for every-one no matter where you’re located in the world.
But before you reach for that drink and feel the warm sand between your toes, the following are a couple of things to organize before you go.
How many of you have looked back on your Facebook to an old travel album and felt somewhat disappointed at the low-quality photos and videos you took?
In your head, they’re crystal clear but the media doesn’t hold up. The thought of having them printed and framed wouldn’t sit well nowadays. It’s a disappointing feeling, to say the least.
Travel is kind of weird because, on the flipside, we also have a bit of remorse for having spent too much time trying to capture a moment with our phones/camera versus just being in the moment.
You can’t help but think you didn’t maximize the trip because too much of it was spent behind the lens, working, or trying to think of the perfect Instagram caption.
Want to know how to create better travel memories (the type you’ll also take home via photos, film, and other ways)? Read on.
Summer is here, which means vacations and getaways on the water are here. Whether you own your own boat or simply like to rent one when possible, boating on a lake provides you with great views, plenty of sunshine, lots of fishing and exploration, and a variety of memories.
No matter if you want to stay local or head out of state, or if you’re looking for a party location or someplace a little more tame, be sure to check out the 10 great lakes to get your boating on this summer.
The world of flying by private jet has always seemed far removed from the plans of the ordinary traveler. However, a closer look at this travel niche reveals an interesting shift over the years.
In the past, private jet travel was unfathomable for the overwhelming majority of people. Individuals who flew by private jet owned a private jet. The proliferation of private jet charter however has expanded the pool of private jet travelers (you can see an example of private jet charter options here).
If you’ve been considering flying by private jet, it’s important to note the differences between private and commercial flights. We have listed the 6 most profound differences here.
Travel enlivens the mind. New destinations, cuisine, people, customs, and culture will awaken your dormant wanderlust.
When everything is unfamiliar, you’ll feel like a child, approaching each day with a sense of curiosity, delighted by the most trivial things. While, of course, there is a whole wide wonderful world awaiting you, one destination to put on your wish list is Iceland.
Travelers who visit Iceland describe it as a wonderland with a moon-like landscape, ice-blue glaciers, geothermal soaking pools, and active volcanoes. They also say that the people are wonderfully hospitable, the food delicious, and the adventures fabulous.
One of the most interesting destinations in the world, Bhutan is a mysterious country wedged in-between India and China, in the high altitudes of the Himalayas. It is known for its rich cultural history; a remote region defined by majestic monasteries, fluttering prayer flags; and elaborate festivals.
While festivals in Bhutan are so frequent that you could easily happen upon one by accident, you can definitely plan ahead to make sure your trip coincides with attending. Bhutanese festivals are perhaps one of the most authentic cultural experiences left in the world.
The word “tsechu” translates literally to “ten-day,” and Bhutan’s annual tsechu festivals are held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have brought Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechu are held in various cities throughout the year, so knowing about them in advance may help you decide the best time to visit Bhutan.
Australia is one of the most unique places to visit on the planet. Not only does it have some of the best cities, but it also has one of a kind nature, perfect for a 4WD adventure.
Sometimes the best way to experience a place is to travel off the beaten path. Australia has so much to discover, you might want to just get away from the tried and true and explore rarely seen parts of this stunning country.
The best way to see the world off the beaten path is by hiring an off-road vehicle to take you through the outback. Should you hire a 4WD in Australia during your stay? We’ll talk about the pros and cons of this unusual way to see Australian wildlife in this post!
Packing the right clothes is essential, especially if you are going away for more than a week or two. You need to be ready for a range of weather conditions and activities.
Plus, of course, you want to be on trend and look your best. To help you to do exactly that I have spent a bit of time online looking at the latest fashions and have come up with a few essential wardrobe items that are particularly good for travellers.
Everyone knows the best man’s most important task is to plan the most amazing, over the top stag party that will put the groom’s bachelor days behind him in a way he won’t soon forget.
And while choosing a destination is one of the first things to consider (let’s be honest, since the Hangover trilogy, destination stag do’s are the hottest way to celebrate), choosing activities for the stag do is equally as important.
For groups who have a need for speed, the following activities are available in most destinations, regardless of where you choose to travel to.
Travelling with young children is always interesting. Somehow they add to the adventure. Sure, you have to juggle things a bit and you definitely have to plan a lot more than you would if it were only adults travelling. But, it is still a lot of fun having them with you.
After a while, you get the hang of it and travelling with your children becomes a lot easier. Often, you are pleasantly surprised by just how well the needs of children are accommodated, these days.
Vienna offers a great example of what I mean. When people think of this city they rarely think of it as a destination for families with children. This is a great shame because as you will see really is a great place for families.
Adventure travel is set to boom by nearly 50% over a five year period ending in 2020. The more affordable travel costs, technological advances, and the greater exposure people have to other parts of the world these days accounts for a part of that growth. And the rest of it is a fruit of that inimitable spirit of adventure that naturally resides in so many of us.
But deciding to venture out to another part of the globe, or to a remote area of your own country or continent, is only the beginning. To make your trip truly successful, free of unnecessary glitches and stress-points, and as enjoyable and as memorable as possible, you need to plan ahead.
Here are seven top tips for adventure travelers that will help make your trip all you want it to be:
Simply living in a luxury condo-hotel is no longer enough. Many buyers seek condos in architecturally significant buildings.
New buildings by leading architects or renovations of historic, architecturally important structures will lead the way. New York’s Waldorf Astoria is a prime example of the latter.
Condo owners are increasingly seeking world-class design in additions to the amenities offered by a condo-hotel.
Unlike Upper Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, also known as the Downtown, offers a dramatic contrast between the new and the old. The experiences you will get there span from the 17th century, and the best way to savor every moment is by using a bus tour service.
Basically, there are so many things to do and see in Lower Manhattan, and what tour you choose depends on the time you have to spend in the area. Keep in mind that Manhattan is the mother of New York City, thanks to the contribution of the Dutch and the British.
Read on to learn more about touring Downtown NYC on a tour bus.
When I was in college I spent a year in Munich on a student exchange. I had a good time. It was historically significant because it was when the Berlin Wall came down. The world shared a sense of excitement and worry as the the Iron Curtain opened up to the west. As an adult, I decided I wanted to return to the place where I spent such a significant period of my youth.
I realized that I would not be returning to the exact same place, in that the city and country have changed and modernized just like the rest of the world. What would I see that has changed? The Bavarians are notorious for resisting change, but technology has affected the whole world and certainly the ultra-tech savvy Germans.
This trip was also going to require different planning than in my youth. As a 20 year old, I had little in terms of possessions and I had the luxury of being able to store them with family. Now, I need a dog and house sitter.
Retirement can be the most exciting time of your life, a time when you finally get to do a lot of things you have always dreamed about doing, but couldn’t.
Perhaps, like many people, you’ve worked hard and planned far in advance to prepare financially for retirement. But what about planning ways to make retirement more enjoyable?
Here are 5 suggestions on how you can reward yourself during your golden years:
Whether you want to hit the shops and spend the day wandering down Fifth Avenue or soak up some culture and history during your visit, New York has something for every type of visitor to the Big Apple.
Here is a look at some of the different things you can do with your time when you pay a visit to this iconic and exciting destination.