Torii gate-Miyajima island
Backpacking Tips, Japan

Footloose in the land of cherry blossoms – Part 2

Japan can be both touristy and tranquil during the peak season of spring and summer depending on how you plan your itinerary. After spending three days in the country, narrated in my previous blog (Part 1), we enjoyed moments of serenity inside Zen temples like Ryoan-ji in Kyoto as well as in certain secluded spots… Continue reading Footloose in the land of cherry blossoms – Part 2

Experiences, Japan

Day trip to Hiroshima: Road to peace through a gruesome lesson

It is never easy to forget the macabre chapters of history, especially those related to the World Wars. Nothing shook the world more than the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the fateful morning of August 6, 1945, and the horrors of the ensuing nuclear holocaust that ended World War II. The road to… Continue reading Day trip to Hiroshima: Road to peace through a gruesome lesson

Japan, Travel tips

How to use coin lockers in Japan

Japan gives you the opportunity to travel light while exploring the beautiful country. All minor and major JR stations, subway stations as well as some major bus stations throughout Japan have coin lockers that can store luggage - from handbags and day rucksacks to large backpacks and suitcases - for a max. of 3-4 calendar… Continue reading How to use coin lockers in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan
Backpacking Tips, Japan, Travel tips

Footloose in the land of cherry blossoms – Part 1

The ethereal beauty of a cherry tree in full blossom tugs at the heart of even the most cynical ones among us. Despite the heavy tourist footfall during the cherry blossom, or Sakura, season, this is a must-see if Japan is on your bucket list. And no, the trip wouldn't cost you an arm and… Continue reading Footloose in the land of cherry blossoms – Part 1

Luxury cruising
Experiences

Cruising the high seas – just a pipeline dream?

When we look at a picture of a multi-storey luxury floating resort (a.k.a cruise ship), we conjure up a vision of the elite class in cocktail attire clinking champagne glasses and sailing off into the sunset, literally! And, that brings us to the conclusion that a backpacker can never afford to go cruising the high… Continue reading Cruising the high seas – just a pipeline dream?