Korea may not immediately spring to mind when planning a trip to Asia. Yet its mix of culture, tradition and natural beauty make it an ideal travel destination. From hiking stunning mountains to sampling the delicious cuisine, there is something for everyone here.
One of my favourite spots in Japan has to be the beautiful island of Miyajima. With its dense forests, ancient shrines and great hiking options, it’s a popular day trip from Hiroshima and is famous for one of the most scenic views in the whole country.
It’s not often that you get an opportunity to hike in a national park just outside a major city. So when I found out about Calanques National Park, within an easy reach of central Marseille, I just had to check it out!
Walking a part of the ancient Nakasendo Way was one of the must-dos on my trip to Japan. While hiking may not immediately spring to mind when coming up with an ultimate Japan bucket list, I could not miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of shogun and samurai.
The Nakasendo Way is hardly a secret (it’s listed in the top 25 things to do in Japan by Lonely Planet), yet it doesn’t feature on many first-time visitors’ itineraries. If, like me, you love being active and want to get a taste of rural Japan, a visit to Magome, one of Nakasendo’s prettiest spots, should be near the top of your list.
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.
The sun was still hiding behind the sandstone cliffs which rose, like giant monoliths, on both sides of the road snaking through the canyon. Cottonwood trees, junipers and wildflowers perched along the banks of the Virgin River, which twisted through the gorge.