Five things to see in Boston, MA – other than the Freedom Trail

If you’re lucky enough to be able to stay in Boston for a couple of days during a visit I would highly recommend the following activities. Some are free, some donation based and one expensive activity.  Boston Tea Party Experience – $26 – Rather than being just a boring museum about the events that led up to the American Revolution, this interactive experience throws you … Continue reading Five things to see in Boston, MA – other than the Freedom Trail

Central Park

On our penultimate day in NYC we decided to see the most visited attraction in the whole city and a. location that has featured in a popular Hollywood film. Sights Firstly, we caught the subway to 72nd street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Walking up the high street we were reminded of our visit to Greenwich Village which looked fairly similar to this … Continue reading Central Park

Why you should avoid LA and head to Long Beach

Long Beach back in the 80’s and 90’s used to be a commonplace for criminal activity in dicey neighbourhoods. Now, the up and coming city within LA county offers much more than one would initially expect. LA with its tall skyscrapers, areas of mass urbanisation coincided with a paradoxical amount of homelessness is a place worth visiting for sure. Maybe for a day or so? … Continue reading Why you should avoid LA and head to Long Beach

How to Climb Mt. Fuji

On the 19th August 2016 I reached the summit of Mt. Fuji for the first time, achieving one of my lifelong goals. If you haven’t already climbed it this year then you best hurry as the season for novice hikers ceases on the 10th September, you have 2 weeks!  On the morning of the climb we were instructed that we needed to get to the … Continue reading How to Climb Mt. Fuji

Cycling around the lakes of Mt. Fuji

Getting from Kyoto to our Air Bnb in Narasawa, near Mt. Fuji was anything but easy. We had to make four changes in total, having to exit and re-enter the station after needing to buy a new ticket each time. If we had bought a Japan Rail Pass we wouldn’t of needed to worry about that, and we would of saved a fortune! Lesson learned. … Continue reading Cycling around the lakes of Mt. Fuji

Why you should embrace nakedness in Japan 

One of Japan’s most ancient traditions is the relaxation method of bathing naked in an Onsen. Wait a minute, naked? Yep. Naked. Westerners and a lot of Asians are usually embarrassingly unfamiliar in this particular circumstance, including myself. A lot of tourists that go to Japan tend to overlook this tradition as something for locals to take part in and don’t mind finding something else … Continue reading Why you should embrace nakedness in Japan