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My Sri Lanka - Yala

The Human-Elephant Conflict, Sri Lanka

You know what I realised on our recent trip to Sri Lanka? Elephants. I realised a whole lot about elephants. I've always loved this creature. They're majestic and grand and just unlike … [Read More...]

Flying solo in Fukuoka

Married Travellers: Why I Still Love Flying Solo

Now, before people start jumping to conclusions and calling me a bad wife, let me say this: I love my husband and I love travelling with him. We wouldn't have made it through almost a decade … [Read More...]

Prince William in Tohoku Japan

If It’s Good Enough for Prince William, Visit Fukushima

Every year for the past three years I have written something on this day. I have talked a lot about the ongoing situation in Tohoku and ways we can help since the very beginning of this … [Read More...]

Instagram WWIM11 Tokyo

[CLOSED] Tokyo Photo Walk: Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 11

日本語のために下にスクロールしてください。For Japanese, please scroll down. Spring is finally on the horizon and that means it's the perfect time to get out with our cameras and see Tokyo in a new … [Read More...]

Mt. Fuji Yamanakako Swan

Spreading Our Wings in Asia

Hey nomads! It's going to be another busy couple of weeks of travel so we thought we'd send this quick update and ask for your advice. Right now we are writing to you from Yamanakako, … [Read More...]

Cinnamon Sri Lanka

Where Cinnamon Comes From

I'm a huge fan of cinnamon. I love it in cakes and buns, in apple pie and of course in copious amounts all over donuts. But I have to say I have never thought about where cinnamon comes … [Read More...]

Cinnamon Air Sri Lanka

Taking to the Skies in Sri Lanka

There are not too many people who can say they love flying. In fact, a lot of travellers often cite the actual "travelling" part as their least favourite part of travel. Sure, it's … [Read More...]

MeetMeJapan Tokyo Scavenger Hunt Instameet

Tokyo Photo Walk Scavenger Hunt – Winners announced!

Last week, we held our February photo walk. This month, we conducted a fun photography scavenger hunt around Harajuku in Tokyo as part of Instagram Japan's #MeetMeJapan … [Read More...]

Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Narita Airport

Staying in a Capsule Hotel at Narita Airport

There are certain things that are on most travellers' checklists when they visit Japan: eating sushi, visiting hot springs, watching sumo, to name a few. While it may not be at the very top … [Read More...]

My Sri Lanka - Ella

My Sri Lanka

To tell you the truth, I knew very little about Sri Lanka. My knowledge of its people, culture, history, nature and cuisine were all pretty much made up of a vague patchwork of news articles … [Read More...]

At sea, Celestyal Cruises

Why You Should Take a Cruise on Your Next Vacation

I will be the first to admit I was a bit of a cruise skeptic. OK, not just a bit. I thought it was a cushy package holiday for the retired or those only interested in a manufactured travel … [Read More...]

InstagramersJapan #MeetMeJapan Campaign

[CLOSED] Tokyo Photo Walk: Scavenger Hunt 2015

日本語のために下にスクロールしてください。For Japanese, please scroll down. Hey nomads! It’s almost February and that means it’s time for another Tokyo Photo Walk. This month, join us for a fun team … [Read More...]

Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Japan

How to Access Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks in Japan

Do you remember the Japanese public Wi-Fi service I told you about? For less than $5 a month and available at more than 60,000 urban locations, it's a steal! But for the short-term … [Read More...]

Wi2 300 Logo

Unlimited Wi-Fi Access in Japan for Less Than $5 a Month

In Japan and need access to the Internet? Despite all its technological advances, free public Wi-Fi in Japan is unfortunately not as accessible or reliable as you might think. Well, … [Read More...]

Setsubun celebrations, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s Setsubun: Demons out, good luck in!

Literally meaning the "seasonal division", Setsubun (節分) is an important Japanese celebration associated with the changing of seasons. Setsubun is traditionally celebrated on the day before … [Read More...]

Pink Penis Mikoshi "Elizabeth", Kanamara Matsuri, Kanagawa, Japan

Japan’s Kanamara Matsuri: The Penis Festival

The first Sunday in April marks the celebration of the Shinto fertility festival, the Kanamara Matsuri or the "Festival of the Steel Phallus." Known colloquially as the "Penis Festival", … [Read More...]

Seijin no Hi, Tokyo, Japan

[CLOSED] Tokyo Photo Walk: Coming of Age Day 2015

The festive season is over and 2015 is already in full swing. That means it's time to announce our first photo walk of the year and since arriving back in Japan! Come out and join … [Read More...]

Shimokita Tengu Matsuri, Tokyo, Japan.

Long Red-nosed Goblins Festival, Tokyo

The Shimokita Tengu Matsuri (しもきた天狗まつり) or Long Red-nosed Goblins Festival is held over three days each year in late January/early February. The event is held in honor of Tengu, the Japanese … [Read More...]

Beach Podstrana, Croatia

Why I’m Not Telling Anybody My New Year’s Resolutions

I love this time of year, I really do. A new year feels like a fresh start. It's re-energizing and exciting, and goal setting just falls naturally into this time of reflection and renewed … [Read More...]

Admission tickets from H25

How to Read a Japanese Calendar

Happy New Year! Welcome to the year 27! Wait...27? Now, before you proclaim that I must still be feeling the effects of New Year's celebrations, it IS ACTUALLY the year 27 in … [Read More...]