Lost in Japan….already!

Japan is a country I know very little about. I am hoping to spend around two weeks in the country during my year away and I was thinking about maybe travelling around e.g. Kyoto and Koyasan, but travelling by train has appeared to be expensive! The Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto costs somewhere in the region of £80 one way! However, some of the places look and sound amazing, and Hiroshima has to be seen!


I stumbled upon a¬†travel blog¬†which illustrates that it is indeed possible to travel around Japan in two weeks but there is no mention of how much they spent on travelling etc. I’ve heard Japan can be expensive, but it’ll be worth it I’m sure?

I’m definitely looking forward to sleeping in a ‘capsule’!

sleeping capsules
bedroom pods in a Japanese capsule hotel interior

Deposit down!

Just like it says on the tin. I’ve finally committed myself (and my credit card. Thank you John Lewis) to this year away. For a mere ¬£400(!), I’ve paid the deposit on my MultiFlex pass which is all the long haul flights, as well as two tours. The MultiFlex pass allows me to be flexible with dates; even when travelling, as long as notice is given.

My route still keeps on changing however…Gahhh!! I keep on hearing things such as¬†“Ooo you should go to X! It’s totes amazeballs!!” and “X is definitely worth a look”. So many places to add to the ongoing list! I have to accept that I can’t do everything in the world in a year, so I might have to be a bit brutal with a cut down.

One tour is the Peruvian one which I mentioned in¬†my last post¬†and it includes everything I want to do. Hopefully some friends will come and join me doing it as the Inca Trail is on some of their ‘To-do’ lists.

I also decided to go for the Burma (or Myanmar) on a Shoestring trip purely because it will be easier to get around and it might be a bit safer. The¬†itinerary¬†looks interesting, as I don’t know much about the country,¬†and a few of the options sound appealing – especially the cycling¬†¬†ones! It’ll give me a chance to get back on the bike.

The third tour (the one in India) is not currently available to book for 2018. I know it’s a little in advance, but Feb 2018 is when I was planning on going to India. The¬†itinerary¬†sounds great and 20 days is a decent amount of time too.

I’ve got an spanner¬†in the works though – not long ago, a good friend of mine FINALLY set a date for her wedding after a long engagement. Guess what. It’s the month after I leave the bloody country! Not sure whether to come back for the wedding which could cost me a bit more money (I think about ¬£750 as a separate trip) and a week or so in time (to accommodate for jet lag) or to delay my year away until the start of June. I can be flexible with dates from the agency point of view, and I’m sure work would not mind if I delayed by a few months – it’s not like i’m not giving them enough notice..?

April worked out so well as a good month to leave – for Tax reasons, and work appraisals are all done by then, so I don’t think I would have to worry too much about work too much. I’m not really sure what to do yet. It would be a shame to miss the wedding, but I’m sure I’ll miss a lot more exciting happenings when I’m away. I’ll have to have a good think about it!

To be contd…..