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Planning Big Trip

Before you start, you need a plan. I find planning my trips just as much fun as traveling. If you do your own planning, you can: keep the costs down, ensure your best interests are always considered, and have fun researching the places you want to visit. Costs are a personal thing and can vary widely. I am happy with inexpensive accommodation and transport, most of the time. With what I save, I can lash out occasionally. You need to form a personal budget and try to stick with it. For example, how much are you normally prepared to spend on accommodation per night?

When you plan your own travel, you can design it to meet your endurance. For example if your happy with sitting on an airplane for 16 hours non-stop great. If you are like me and can do no more than 10-hour stretches then this will be incorporated in your plan. For example, I have flown to and from Australia many times and I like to make the trip from San Francisco in three

About Flower Travel

Many parts of the world offer spectacular displays of floral beauty as commercially-grown crops or as wildflowers. For the do-it-yourself destination researcher, basing your itinerary on what’s blooming when means choosing locations that are known for their flowers–either their abundance or their uniqueness–and planning your trip around this blooming event.

Use Flower Crops as an Attraction on Your Trip

There is the beauty of fields of commercially-grown flowers that can stop even a floral ignoramus in their tracks. Lavender is a good example: lavender is grown all over the world, so if you miss the blooming fields in June in Croatia, France, the Channel Isles, England, and Washington State, you can still catch them in Japan in July, Tasmania in December, or New Zealand in January!

Flowers are a world-wide commodity. There are the tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths grown in Holland (April), Michigan (May), and Tasmania (October) for the cut-flower/bulb market. The florists’ roses bloom most of the year in Colombia and Ecuador. And the rose fields in Turkey and Bulgaria are the sources of the world’s supply of rose petals and rose oil–can you imagine

Adventures in Miyazaki

The Miyazaki area is located on Kyushu, the southern most of Japan’s 4 main islands. The main city is Miyazaki City, population 350,000, and it offers a wide array of hotels, restaurants, and bars. There are many things to see and do in the region; you can visit the famous Udo-shrine, Aya castle, or the world’s highest suspension bridge. But when it comes to adventure travel, most people head to the ocean or the mountains.

The real beauty of the area lies in its natural environments. The Pacific Ocean is never far from view, and the southern highways meander through quaint fishing port towns, nestled between the crashing waves and the deep greens of thickly forested mountains. And when it comes to mountains there are some big ones! The Ebino plateau has several peaks that are worthy of a climb. The fact that one is an active volcano just adds to the intrigue.

Surfing in Miyazaki
The jewel in Miyazaki’s crown for adventure enthusiasts is its waves. The whole area has great surfing, from Nobeoka

Long Term Travel

Where to Go

After working in a cubical and day dreaming about traveling around the world, most people already have a pretty good idea where they want to go. It’s a personal choice and there are amazing places to see and experience all over the globe. If you intend for your systems to pay for your travels, the main factor in deciding where to go is your budget.

How Much the World Costs
These numbers assume a few things. Firstly, you travel slowly (no more than one out of every four days). Second, you stay in clean, basic accommodations. While it’s certainly possible to rent a $3 room in Cambodia, most people mature enough to run a business want a little more comfort. We’re talking rooms with a bathroom, hot water, shower, towels, a bed, and a TV… but not much else.

The prices below are for two people and include food, room, laundry, toiletries, visas and overland (usually local) travel:
o Southeast Asia: $50
o UK and Ireland: $100
o Australia and New Zealand: $80
o South America:$55
o Africa: $60
o Western Europe: $90
o Eastern Europe:$65
o Indian subcontinent:$40
o Japan: $90

Best Time To Go To Japan

1. To avoid the heat:

The hottest months in Japan are July and August. It is not only the heat, but also the high levels of humidity, that makes many visitors to Japan who are used to more temperate climates a bit uncomfortable during these hot summer months. Avoid going to Japan during these two months if you do not relish hot weather.

2. To avoid the rain:

Early June through mid-July mark Japan’s rainy season. If you are not a lover of rain, avoid this time of the year for travel to Japan.

3. To experience outdoor festivals:

Some of the best festivals in Japan take place during the summer. In particular, Tanabata and Obon take place in early July (or in early August in some areas). So, if you want to enjoy some of Japan’s most lively festivals and don’t mind the rain or heat (see above), July or August can be great times to visit.

4. To save money:

If your goal is to save as much money as possible on airfare, the least-expensive times to travel to Japan are September-November and February-March.

5. To view the

Info of Cheap Flights to Japan

Finding the best deal with your travel will cost you less money and make you save some more. The travelling industry being in the trillion dollars margin, does not translate it to being cheaper but more expensive. This is due to the increase in fares when it is in the high peak season. So, this means that when you are travelling the highest cost will be the cost of the flight. This need not worry you because you can research and know how the business operates and when is the best time to travel. You can do this by using the internet to Google and search for Cheap flights to japan. This will enable you know when is the best time to travel and the cost for the peak and non peak seasons.

The travelling industry can be a bit hard to follow. This is because the prices will usually differ depending on the season in which you are planning on travelling. It will be in your best interest in you take time to find the cheap flights to Japan rates. You can do this by comparing the fares with different airlines and choosing what works best

Find Good Travel Agents

1. Belongs to a good network of air carriers, tour operators and hotel partners:

Travel agents these days are connected and networked in a way that they could not have been before the age of the Internet. However, having a computer and an Internet connection are not sufficient qualifications for being a travel agent that can get the best deals. For starters, good agents belong to networks of airlines, tour operators and hotels that offer them (and their clients) the best rates.

2. Speaks both English and Japanese:

It is a huge benefit if your agent can fluently speak your own language, as well as Japanese. This way, they can handle your planning needs while staying in touch with their own network of operators in Japan on a daily basis.

3. Is knowledgeable about your travel insurance options:

You may or may not require travel insurance, but it is a good idea to find an agent who can offer you travel insurance coverage options and who can competently recommend a customized plan if asked.

4. Has offices in your home country and in Japan:

Many of the larger agent networks have

Pack for Travelling

Backpack

The first most obvious thing for any traveler to decide on is whether to use a backpack or a suitcase. During my first solo travel experience to Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan, I travelled with a backpack. For under 50 I bought a Eurohike 55 litre backpack with a rain cover, which came in handy during the monsoon season! The pack was top-opening, and didn’t really offer much by way of security. I therefore bought a special backpack transit case which I put my backpack into and made it secure from theft, but also made it secure from airport conveyor belts. I had heard that the conveyors in airports sometimes broke clips from backpacks if they were not properly secured, and that some airlines didn’t even want to have backpacks on their airplanes because they were a safety threat. I actually lost the backpack case during the course of my travels, and had to resort to wrapping my backpack in black bin bags and tape in order to prevent the clips from catching airport conveyors. The backpack was comfortable, with some very nice cushioned padding. However, I realized as my trip went on that the pack

Japan Rail Pass

Japan’s rail network is considered to be one of the most efficient in the world, spanning its four major islands, with a total length of about 20,000 kilometers of railway. Beyond the convenience of being able to travel far and wide, train travel in Japan also has a reputation for frequent service, punctuality, safety and high speed. Imagine Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains, travel up to speeds of 300km/hr! Not to mention high standards for modern facilities, comfort and cleanliness, Japan Rail Pass holders can look forward to spacious seating accommodations.

What Japan Rail Pass validities are available?

  • Select your pass based on how many rail days suit your itinerary; 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days beginning on the date the pass is first used.
  • Ordinary Class (comparable to standard class) or Green Class (comparable to first class).
  • Adult or Child fares are available, where children 6-11 years pay half the adult fare and children under 6 years of age travel free if not occupying a seat, and accompanied by an adult in possession of a Japan Rail Pass.

Am I eligible to purchase a Japan Rail Pass?

You are eligible to purchase this pass if you are

Tourist Attractions

Apart from being the capital city of Japan, Tokyo is also the nation’s center for business and finance. Tokyo is a large metropolis that includes 23 special wards that have been merged with the Tokyo city, thus forming the Greater Tokyo. However, Tokyo offers an interesting blend of futuristic cityscapes, historic sights and cultural entertainments. The Imperial Palace is the biggest tourist attraction in Tokyo. The incredible Tokyo Metro Transportation system is a glimpse of technological advancement of Japan in the field of science. Ginza is Asia’s biggest shopping paradise, better known for the Kabukiza Theater and Shinbashi Enbujo, where traditional Japanese art forms are performed. Akihabara or the electric town has the largest collection of electronic shops in the world. Shinijuku is a prime business area in Tokyo and also contains the Tokyo City Hall. Other popular destinations in Tokyo include Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Higashi Gyoen Garden in Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Disney Resort, Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena, Biccamera Yurakucho Branch, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Sumo Museum, Ryogoku Fireworks Museum, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine and the National Theatre of Japan.

Winter Resort Work In Japan

Qualifications and Requirements

There is a special arrangement between the Japanese government and other countries for a special working holiday visa. If you are a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, U.K., Korea, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and France between 18 to 30 years old, you will initially qualify for this opportunity.

Only those applying for ski patrol positions are required to have a first aid certificate. There are no other strict qualification requirements to get a resort job in Japan. Naturally though, if you do have special ski instructor certifications, you have a greater chance of getting accepted for a position with a higher rate.

Language requirements are set at a minimum. You should have completed a year of language study. This is understandable considering that you will be interacting with both local and foreign tourists. Learning should not be a problem though since there are several programs online that you can take to master the tongue. You can also supplement your conversational skills when you are already in the country. There is nothing more effective than learning by using the language.

Work Conditions

Usually, winter resorts require employees to

Wonderful Japan Trip

Since, this Tokyo Disneyland is one of the main attractions in Japan, I am bringing my whole family with me so that the children will be able to see the difference. My wife is also excited about this trip and she’s preparing the things already. The children are also excited about our vacation because this will be their first time in an Asian country. Hopefully, after this trip in Tokyo, we can still go to Hongkong Disneyland as well as other tourist spots in Asia. But for now, Tokyo Disneyland is our main destination to have fun and enjoyment.

After my family and I visited the beautiful Tokyo Disneyland, I suggested that we visited Mt. Fuji. We were a bit disappointed since it’s not one of the popular tourist spots in Japan like we thought. We then decided to visit Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavillion located in Kyoto. It is the most famous of all the tourists attractions in Japan. Some of my friends were shocked when I told them that Mt. Fuji is not the most famous attraction in Japan but Kinkaku-ji. This temple was said to be built originally in 1933 and served

Japanese Travel Proverbs

1. The Philosophical:

Here is one attributed to the famous Japanese poet, Basho:

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.” ~ Matsuo Basho

The meaning of this one is pretty clear. In the literal sense, it could be taken to mean that there are many ways to the same destination. In a more philosophical sense, it speaks to the idea of not just imitating the appearance or specific steps of another person’s journey, but rather to let their journey inspire your own unique path.

2. The Romantic:

Here is a Japanese travel proverb that has a romantic undertone:

“Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.” ~ Traditional Proverb

From a literal perspective, this proverb tells us that a love of the journey may be just as important as arriving. More figuratively, it tells us that anything that we set out to do with love and passion will be an infinitely easier task than something that lacks such passion.

3. On Being A Fish Out Of Water:

This one talks about human folly and what

Great Train Trips

Trans-Siberian Railway

At over 9000 kilometres in length, and taking a full week non-stop by train, the journey from Moscow to Vladivostok would have to be close to the biggest train adventure available. Or do the several other Trans-Siberian routes surpass it? Moscow to Beijing is another option, as is Moscow-Ulan Bator (Mongolia)-Beijing with the latter shaving 1500 kilometres and a day’s travel off the comparable trip to Vladivostok. From Vladivostok there is a weekly ferry to continue one’s journey to Japan or South Korea. With around seven days worth of travel, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the Russians, Chinese or other Western travellers on board!

New York to Los Angeles

The USA also has several different routes at one’s disposal, to get you from coast to coast. One trip gives the option of travelling past the Grand Canyon. Another makes its way through the Rockies. A more southern route takes in New Orleans. The options available makes one want to do a return leg, and see what one missed on the way over! The quickest journey takes three nights, but then again, if you were in a hurry, you would

Single Mom Traveling

I think that traveling remains in a child’s psyche and shapes their character in a conscientious and positive way. I saw it first-hand how truly positive the experience was for my daughter Natalia and I plan to continue traveling as much as we can. Natalia was ecstatic when we would finally arrive to our new destination after hours of travel. She would check out our new home and say “Natalia’s house” and we would both gracefully ease into every new destination and travel situation that we encountered.

The Central Valley was the first place we settled for seven days. I wanted to see where in Costa Rica we would possibly like to settle down for a year or two in the future. I would be teaching and dabbling in real estate and Natalia would be getting a bilingual education and basking in the sun. I was pining for the beach, but I did not want to limit my options to just the beach. Most of the jobs in Costa Rica are in the Central Valley and I wanted to get to know the Central Valley first hand so that I could compare my experiences once I ventured

Westeners Love Japan

Depending upon the time you can tailor make the trip to visit all Shinto temples, beautiful Japanese gardens, ride on bullet trains or visit martial arts exhibition matches. There are so many things for you to see and do while in Japan.

Accommodation is very cheap and easily available in Japan. One can choose the suitable kind of accommodation depending upon ones budget. From an individual or shared room, bed and breakfast facilities to medium budget hotels and five star luxury suites and rooms, all kinds of options are available for you to choose from.

Check out the airline schedules and book in advance to be able to fare advantage. Tokyo and Osaka are connected to most of the major US Airports by daily and weekly flights by the airlines. You can take the train service for local travel while in Japan.

Landing in the middle of water can be a thrilling experience if you happen to fly into Japan and land in one of the two airports that are built on artificial island in the bay. These are well connected to the mainland through rail and road. The other three airports are on the

Travel Costs For Japan

1. Airfare prices:
This is going to be the largest – and also most variable – of your Japan trip costs. The factors that influence how much or little you end up paying for your flight to and from Japan include the time of year you plan to travel, your choice of air carrier, and of course your departure city. If you live near a major city, you should be able to find a direct flight to Japan without having to transfer plans en route.

In terms of costs, they really vary. For example, you should expect to pay as little as $350 (if traveling from Korea or parts of China) to $1,000 to $2,000 or more if traveling from Europe, Australia or the Americas. If your travel dates are flexible, be sure to plug in different dates into an online travel planner to see how the rates vary by travel date.

2. Transportation from the airport to your place of lodging:
If you will be landing in Osaka or Tokyo (most people do), you will need to arrange ground transportation from the airport to your place of lodging. From both Narita International Airport and Kansai

Cheapest Times To Travel To Japan

1. Visit in late fall or early winter:

One of the best ways to keep your Japan trip costs down is to plan to travel during the times of the year when very few Japanese are traveling, either domestically or internationally. One of these times is during the period from September through November. There are few holidays of note going on during this time period, and Japanese children are in school.

2. Visit in late winter or early spring:

Another low season for Japanese travel is from later winter to early spring (February and March). Like the September through November time period, airports and ground transportation systems are not particularly crowded during this time of the year.

3. Avoid New Year and Golden Week:

On the other hand, if you want to save money you will want to avoid traveling during the New Year (last week in December/first week in January). Also, avoid Golden Week, a series of holidays that take place at the end of April and during the first week of May. During these two major Japanese holiday periods, the Japanese are out and about, which drives up travel rates and

Resort Jobs in Japan

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in large dormitories, with rooms for 2-4 Japanese or foreign staff. It’s rare to have a dorm room to yourself. Resorts sometimes place foreign and Japanese staff together in rooms, as it’s a great way to make friends and learn the language. However, due to some unfortunate incidents with foreign staff in the past (messy, noisy, etc.), foreign staff are often placed together.

All dormitories are single-sex, and some have a curfew. Male and female dormitories are strictly separated. Entering dorm rooms of the opposite sex can be grounds for dismissal. However, most dorms have common rooms where everyone can socialize. In cases where no common rooms are available, staff usually hang out in the dining room / nearby bars / restaurants etc.

Dorm accommodation is simple but adequate – a working holiday in Japan isn’t supposed to be luxurious – just fun! Some rooms are western-style, while others are fitted with Tatami (Japanese-style straw mats). All laundry, bathing, and dining facilities are communal. Dorms are equipped with beds, futons, sheets, blankets, ‘Rice Pillows’ (like a bean-bag), washing machines, microwave ovens, toasters, hot pots (to boil water) and telephones (to receive

Ski Japan

To participate in Ski jobs in Japan, you have to pay for your own Airfare and Travel Insurance. The cost varies – expect to pay between USD $1,500 – $2,000 for everything.

Do I need to pay a Registration Fee for Ski jobs in Japan?

No – as long as you complete your contract, you don’t pay any fees.

Will I really need $4,000 for the VISA application?

The actual amount depends on your country, but at the time you apply for your Working Holiday Visa you must show that you have a few thousand dollars available in your bank account. The Visa office needs to know you have sufficient funds to pay for your airfare, and support yourself while living in Japan. You’ll need to submit a bank statement as proof.

How will I get to the Resort?

Once you arrive in Japan, you’ll be met at the airport, delivered to your Resort by bus, and your experience of a lifetime begins!

How will I be paid?

Once you arrive, you’ll be shown how to open a Japanese Bank Account, into which your salary will be paid monthly. Banks