Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tokyo 2015: Part 1 - Learn before you go

I don't know about you but traveling to another country is a total eye (and mind blowing) opening experience. New city, new food, new language, new perspectives, new environment, new air (I mean even air doesn't smell the same) and new culture are all part of travel experience. In the past, I could care less when I traveled to some place new (not necessarily overseas but domestic travel). As sad as it may sound my top choice always turned out to be major shopping malls. I could care less about historic sites, national parks or something in that nature. I would rather go shopping. Now that I am older, I look at vacation and travel in a completely different angle. I want to learn, see and experience at a deeper level.
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When visiting a foreign country, I feel it is very important to do some research about the country/culture and learn the "don'ts". Some people may say, well we are tourists and won't be there forever so who cares. To me that is called ignorance. I do care. When you visit another country, respect and manner are equally important. In this day and age, free resources in all sort of forms are available all over the internet such as Youtube videos, articles, blog posts - you name it! Of course we are not going to know everything but at least learn something before you go can help prepare and enhance your travel experience.

As I read more about Japan, there are many interesting facts. Do you know that you do not have to pay tips in Japan? While giving tips is a must here in the States, that practice is NOT common or necessary in Japan. It can be perceived as an insult if you do tip as well. Yay for some money saving :P If you plan your trip to Japan (or just out of curiosity) be sure to check out some of the videos below to get you started.


  1. Nelah, you are so right! One should research before going ANYWHERE! Awhile ago I did that for New York and London. Still haven't gone and it's on hold, because I'm doing some inside remodeling of my home which will take 2-3 years. But in the meantime, I'll continue to research. It really helps. Great post!

  2. With the internet being what it is these days, it is so much easier to thoroughly research a destination before you go and I think it's a must especially if it's a foreign country you've never been before. I agree with you that it's always good to have some idea of the culture and customs and you have a really good outlook Nelah. Even though you don't have to tip, you may get even better service in Japan than in the US. My friends who went last year were raving about how polite the Japanese people are and the impeccable service they received everywhere they went.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  3. I haven't planned a trip to Japan yet, but I'd sure have this in mind. When I was living abroad for 5 months, even the sky was different!


  4. My husband and I were planning on going to Japan last year but we ended up doing something else with the money we had saved up. We were researching little by little though because we wanted to be prepared just enough so that we felt aware of all the options we had. I love the videos you provide here and I'll definitely check them out once we start to re-plan our trip although we don't have definitely plans yet :)


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