How to Be Welcomed as a Traveller Anywhere in the World

The one single thing you should learn to be welcomed in any country is it’s language. A desire to learn the language shows the locals your sincere desire to make authentic relationships and to get to know their country deeply and that resonates with ALL PEOPLE. And if there’s one phrase you should start with, it should, of course be “Hello!” greeted with a smile on your face. Continue reading “How to Be Welcomed as a Traveller Anywhere in the World”

Things You Must Know When Travelling Overseas for the First Time

Everyone gets overly excited and anxious over their first overseas trip and that’s normal. But here are some advice to travel like a pro even on your very first travel destination.

A Detailed Itinerary is Not Necessary

Have a general plan. Planning where to go and which sites to visit is important. It ensures each day of your precious vacation leaves is not wasted. But very detailed planning can be stressful and ineffective as it removes any flexibility from your travel. Plan which places you want to visit but space them out appropriately so as to make room for changes. Continue reading “Things You Must Know When Travelling Overseas for the First Time”

Hiking & Photography – More Fun in the Philippines

2016 has been a year of hiking and climbing different mountains near Manila. I started with a pretty easy climb up Mount Kupapey in Maligcong, Mountain Province. Around the same time, I bought a new camera and started dabbling with photography. Hiking and photography made for an addictive combination – I found myself wanting to hike every chance I get to practice. It’s definitely more fun hiking and learning photography in the Philippines!

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Kyushu — Japan Less Traveled

Kyushu is a region to the southwest of Japan that is less frequented by tourist compared to the more popular Kansai and Kanto regions where Osaka and Tokyo are in, respectively.

Fukuoka International airport is the gateway to Northern Kyushu and is connected to the local airport and subway transport systems. Travel is convenient with most tourist destinations accessible by JR trains and local subway trains.

There are relatively few tourists in this area– a lot of times I’d be walking around by myself surrounded by locals but the tourists I encountered were mainly Koreans. Most signages are written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean rather than English.

Recommended places to visit: In Hakata city — Ohori Park is a half-day trip accessible by subway train. There is an Art museum in Ohori koen but is under restoration. Yufuin and Beppu are popular onsen (hot spring) destinations and warrants at least a two-day visit to imbibe its rejuvenating atmosphere. There is also the enchanting Mifuneyama Park, Yoshinogari Park, and Nanzoin Temple which are all accessible by JR Trains. Kawachi wisteria tunnel is also a beautiful place especially in the summer but is very touristy.

If you have more than a week in Kyushu, its southern region has more to offer.

Kyushu is a provincial region west of Japan that is less travelled but has the charm that rivals the historic Kyoto of Kansai and the vibrant Tokyo of Kanto region in central Japan. It is well worth visiting. Next time you travel to Japan, head off to the westernmost region for a more relaxing vibe and rustic Japanese atmosphere.

 

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