Two quick observations before I kick off with the blog about Nikko. First, the trains in Japan are pretty awesome. Comfortable, spacious and clean. A couple of things that tickled us was that there’s a pedal on each seat which allows the cleaner to swivel them, to help with cleaning, and you are asked to […]Read more "Hot springs in Nikko, and the awesome Japanese"
Search for the best restaurants in Tokyo on Trip Advisor and a myriad of maid cafes come up in the top ten. Lots of reviewers recommend that you visit them, simply to experience the wackiness. Useful notes: For this particular ‘chain’ it is 700 yen to enter, others were free. You must order something from […]Read more "Review: Home Cafe (Maid Cafe – Akihabara)"
Firstly, sorry it’s taken me a whole week to get my first blog up! Japan is pretty full on! Yesterday we met our friend Kyohei (or Kyo pronounced Q as we call him) for short. We originally met Kyo in London when we moved into the same house share in Plaistow. We’d often sit and […]Read more "A day of Japanese food and friends in Asakusa"
Why I chose to get rid of 80% of my things. In the pledge to save for a house and for our travel fund lots of my possessions have become worn through, old, scruffy or poorly functioning. Putting my things in to storage in order to go travelling really gave me some perspective on what […]Read more "Downsizing our life | Throwing everything away (and starting again)"
I feel a little anxious. We’ve got just five days to get our stuff in order before we need to pack it up, throw it in the hire car and take it to my Grandma’s for storage. …and I’ve not even *properly* researched what to do in our short time in Japan….maybe I can do it […]Read more "One week until we fly out to Japan!"
I started planning our trip 13 months before our departure date when we abandoned our wedding plans and chose to save towards travelling instead. Here’s an overview of how we planned our trip. 13 months out Put a budget together for the next 13 months, setting out how much to spend on rent, food and entertainment. […]Read more "How we planned our trip over 13 months"
Here’s a list of neat tips and tricks that I’ve used over the past two years to help me save money to go travelling and for our house deposit. Aside from diligently saving our wages each month we made lots of little lifestyle changes to help us along the way. So here’s a list of things […]Read more "Making and saving money for travelling | How I reached my goal of £15k"