Japan frequently appears on many travellers’ bucket lists. It’s a country rich in history, tradition and natural beauty. Arriving in Japan for the first time can be a little overwhelming – a different language, culture and a LOT of people. To help anyone planning their trip I’ve put together some essential tips for first time visitors to Japan from my recent travels.
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As some of you know, I love travel shows. They are a great way to get travel inspiration, learn about a dream destination and even bag yourself a special deal. This year, I have partnered with The Adventure Travel Show for an exclusive ticket offer to the readers of the blog.
The death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week, following a 70 year reign, has shocked the entire country. While the King was unwell for many years, his passing stopped the nation and brought people together in grieving for a figure considered almost holy to Thais.
Marseille doesn’t immediately spring to mind when most people start planning a trip to France. While tourists flock to the lights of Paris, wine regions of Bordeaux and Champagne and the glamour of Cote d’Azur, any mentions of Marseille tend to draw confused looks.
Ok, first of all, an admission. I didn’t realise I would be spending Chinese New Year in Bangkok. To be honest, I didn’t even think about it when booking my flights. A few friends planned a trip to Thailand and, in a particularly spontaneous moment, I booked a ticket.
I secured my helmet in place and tested the brakes. I don’t know a great deal about bikes but as long as the brakes work, I am usually happy. We made our way outside the shop and clipped our water bottles onto the frames and piled on sunscreen.
Budva is one of the jewels in Montenegro’s stunning crown. Its warm climate, beautiful beaches and remarkable Old Town attract many tourists from Eastern Europe every year. Yet, it remains relatively unknown to all other travellers. I was lucky to spend a few days in Budva and here are my top 6 things to do in and around this beautiful part of the Adriatic coast.
We left the cobbled streets of Budva’s Old Town behind and strolled along the marina, marvelling at the luxury yachts lining the waterfront. We headed down the town’s main street and past hotels and shopping malls before making our way towards Budva’s bus station.
“You know, I am not sure the trip will run today,” I said, observing the waves far below Dubrovnik’s city walls, the Adriatic opening up as far as the eye could see. “It looks pretty rough out there.”
“It’ll be fine,” my companion reassured me.
Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most beautiful tourist destinations. Its stunning Old Town has been preserved for centuries and is steeped in history. I have had a chance to explore it on my second visit to the country so here are my top 7 things to do in this beautiful corner of Croatia.