QT Magazine - - TRAVEL -

what you would usu­ally ex­pect, but this is nor­mal.

Make sure you also get some Yen con­verted be­fore you ar­rive to use in some restau­rants and tra­di­tional mar­kets – as well as at least 20kg of lug­gage for all the sou­venirs you are sure to bring home! Lastly, al­ways bring a plas­tic bag with you when go­ing ex­plor­ing or sight­see­ing, as often the streets do not have bins on them and you have to take your rub­bish to dis­pose of at the ho­tel!

An­other huge ad­van­tage we had when trav­el­ling was pre-or­gan­is­ing por­ta­ble Wi-Fi. This was some­thing we couldn’t live with­out! It came on a por­ta­ble de­vice that we charged at night and al­lowed us to use Google Maps to get to our des­ti­na­tions or find a hole in the wall restau­rant for din­ner. It was bet­ter than try­ing to find a McDon­ald’s when we got lost and was only around $100 for our stay.

What would you do dif­fer­ently if you went back? When we go back it will be in a dif­fer­ent sea­son. While win­ter was beau­ti­ful and we got used to the snow and cold, I would love to see the cherry blos­soms and roam around the coun­try­side. I would do tea pick­ing and climb Mount Fuji – spend­ing all my time out­side. Where do you plan to go next and why?

Next stop is a short stay in Sin­ga­pore to have a break from work and study. At Christ­mas time, Jay­den and I are plan­ning to do South Amer­ica, which will be tough but re­ward­ing!

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