The six thousand eight hundred fifty-two islands of the archipelago of Japan sits in East Asia. An extremely wealthy nation, Japan has one of the biggest economies in the world. Japan is a country filled with the old and the new. Rich in history, Japan showcases many temples, museums, gardens, haikus, geishas and kimonos. At the same time it is also a country that is proud of its high rise buildings, unique fashion, anime, high tech gadgets and fast automobiles.
A few months ago, Shelley and Agri gave in to their travel temptations and departed on an around the world adventure. They had been living in Asia already, but wanted to see more of the world. Thus, they took off to South America and haven’t looked back ever since. Long term travel has become a growing trend lately (as you may have noticed from some of the recent interviews here on our blog). Shelley and Agri, like many couples choosing to take off for a long trip, do not fit into the stereotypical “backpacker” mold. They have been married for several years and established their careers, but want to do something exciting before they settle down. Since the beginning of Febuarary they have been roaming around South America, with plans to visit Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and more of Southern Asia before returning home. We asked them all about their trip and future plans, and their answers are below.
In November of 2010, almost a year and a half ago, Karin Huber and David Waldmeier set off on a journey. They are still traveling, and don’t plan on returning to their home in Switzerland until June of 2012. If you’re jealous like we are, keep reading, because they’ve had some amazing experiences and we had the opportunity to interview them about their travel adventures.
Travel agents today are blessed with an infinite source of information. Not only do they have access to online resources that are available to the general public, but they also have uniquely designed tools and resources created to make their job easier. A booming industry, referred to as home based travel agents, continues to grow and evolve, and is perhaps the most likely to benefit from these resources. Tools, such as our own Budget Your Trip Agent tool, are specifically designed to make the travel agent’s job that much easier.
Recently we found out about Duane and Kim, an Australian couple planning a trip around the world. As we are huge fans of long term travel and extended career breaks, we naturally wanted to learn more about this intrepid couple and their exciting trip. After all, they have no set date to return home! Their plans will take them from Australia to Southeast Asia, and then into China, over to Europe and then to the U.S. We asked them a number of questions about their trip and their planning process, so read on to find out what they said.
If you think about it, Pirate Travel is a completely sensible topic for posting about. It’s always good to get back to our (ancestral??) roots and remember that they were the original pioneers of the randomised, inquisitive and adventurous ideals of travel. Plundering their way around the world cove to cove, finding the unexpected and bathing in the riches on offer sounds faintly familiar. Many a traveller will bounce from hostel to hostel, enriching their lives, perhaps not through treasure but more through experiences and photo shots. So here’s to tracing the footsteps (or peg steps!) of history by outlining a few treasures of pirateyness left unplundered around the world.
Whew, now that black Friday and cyber Monday have passed, the rest of us can start our holiday shopping experience without getting trampled, elbowed in the face, or pepper-sprayed. If you have a loved one that loves travel, we’ve assembled the following list of travel related gear and gadgets to help give you some ideas on what to get for your favorite vagabond.
Cruise Lines are pulling out all the stops as they try to deliver a cutting-edge cruise experience and cater for people of all ages and background, spending billions in the process. In the fiercely competitive cruise market, operators are constantly trying new things to get one step ahead of their rivals. Here are 5 recent Innovations you can expect to find across cruise liners worldwide.
Too often we swing through a country and do nothing more than a highlights tour. When time allows it’s important to step outside the big hitter sights and find a more down to Earth place to explore. We accrued this list of commonly overlooked, but highly suggested cities for your next trip.
The summer has ended and there’s a bite in the air. In a few months we’ll all be itching for warm weather again. But how affordable is the Caribbean? Is it possible to escape the winter chill and still not break the bank? Below we’ve listed five affordable Caribbean options for even the most economically challenged traveler.