Ever since I was little, I always felt that Japan was my home. It was strange, I was born and bred in jolly old England. I always felt as if I was from another country. I liked my tea without milk and sugar and I preferred spontaneous meals and food as opposed to the traditional meals. I also loved green tea, Battle Royale, Sushi, Pokémon, Sailor Moon, and other iconic manga/anime like Naruto and Digimon. What did they all have in common? They all originate or at least are associated with Japan! When I studied Japan in Geography I became interested in the country even more. I loved the sound of the cherry blossom trees and trains that actually came on time. I thought that Japan would be a perfect place to visit too.
After visiting Xi'an and seeing the always desired by me—Terracotta Army, I still had a couple of days before heading forward on my journey through China. Checking on "what to do around Xi'an," I discovered the magical Mount Hua.
I had a couple of skin-tingling, risky experiences in the beautiful country of Vietnam. Some by total misfortune and some that could have been easily prevented. In true karmic style this was by far my most terrifying and also the most preventable brush with danger, so please bear in mind that I am in no way dissing Vietnam when I tell this story! In fact it'll be pretty clear who I'm dissing as you read on...
When limited to only 48 hours in a major capital city like Beijing, it can be overwhelming to narrow down what you want to do with your time there and not everyone is lucky enough to have a school friend bribed into being your personal guide round the city (see Bethan on the right). Luckily, by having a friend living in the city, I got to experience some fun and unusual things that I wouldn't have thought to do otherwise in Beijing.
Hong Kong is an evocative blend of its colonial past and its Chinese present. The main island is a fantastic visual of tall skyscrapers competing with each other to reach up high. The lights from these reflected in the glittering waters of the bay are an impressive sight at night. The luxury hotels are sometimes old colonial houses and can be a marvel to visit and may transport you to a different era.
Japan, the land of the rising sun, and home of my favourite dish—which is sushi. A lot of people want to visit this paradise and I hope this article will give you some ideas of what to do and where to visit. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Wat: a term given to Buddhist or Hindu temples in Thailand, and other parts of Southeast Asia.
To start I have just started planning this trip a couple of weeks ago. I am writing this because I cannot find a blog or a vlog that discuses the coast of traveling to Disney Tokyo. I have seen some on where to stay, how to get there, what to buy, but never how much you should save to go there.
It's been three years since my first trip to Shanghai. I am 23 now, and in the wake of the new year, I am a prey to nostalgic thoughts. So let me take you back to one of my fondest memories of the first time I left the UK since arriving over a decade ago. And if there's a hint of naivety in my tone— that's because I absolutely was and loved every bit of it. It went something like this:
Ever since I was little and started getting into anime, it was always my lifelong ambition to go to Japan. In July 2015, I made that dream into a reality and I think it was one of the best trips of my life and the country's capital has left an everlasting impact on me. Tokyo was one of those places that I knew I would love before even stepping one foot in the city and now that I've been to Tokyo, I think I can say that it's one of my favourite cities in the world. There's a lot of things I remember and most of it feels like a neon blur, but there are some very vivid memories of Tokyo and many fun stories I've been able to share.
As per tradition, my family took our great big summer trip back in August. We did not take a direct flight to Seoul from San Francisco. We went from San Francisco to Manila, and then we went to Seoul from Manila. It was about a four-hour plane ride.