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Following our jaunt to Tsukiji Fish Market, we killed several hours wandering around the streets of Tokyo, trying to get a feel for the city. Almost immediately after leaving the fish market, we stumbled upon a set of bustling alleyways filled with stalls and shops selling many of the same goods that had been available […]

Jet lag is a cruel mistress, so even though Tony & I had been awake for something verging on 28 hours by the time we had checked into our hostel and settled into our bed, we only managed to get approximately 3.5 hours of sleep before we found ourselves wide awake. Although we were certain […]

Aug
09
2012

We Made It!

Written by Stephenie Harrison August 9, 2012
Posted in Japan

We’ve been awake for 28+ hours at this point, but consider this photo proof that after three flights (totaling about 15 hours) we made it to Japan! The fact that we are posting the photo proves we then managed to navigate the Tokyo rail system and then the unnamed streets and alleyways in order to […]

Aug
08
2012

Intermission

Written by Stephenie Harrison August 8, 2012
Posted in Musings, Pre-trip

One of the things Tony and I hope to do on our RTW trip is see a Bollywood movie while we are actually in India. I am on the record as being staunchly pro-musicals, so it is no surprise that the melodrama and numerous singing and dancing routines that we all know are really the […]

I can’t be entirely certain, but I have read enough savings and pre-trip posts on enough blogs to assert that Tony and I may be the very first long-term travel bloggers who decided NOT to sell our car on the path to our travel dreams. I know most people argue that cars are money pits […]

There are no two ways about it: RTW travelers tend to be a thrifty bunch, always looking for ways to cut costs and keep our travel funds as much in the black as possible. With the knowledge that a few dollars culled from one thing could easily equal an extra day on the road, those […]

One of life’s unfailing maxims is that there can be no pleasure without pain. This is true even when it comes to planning a RTW trip: it’s not just fun and games, gazing longingly at photos of white sand beaches and hot air balloon rides. No, because our trip will take us to the far […]

Jul
23
2012

I think that anyone who has ever set off on a RTW trip has had some kind of dealbreaker – one thing that, should it happen (or not happen), would take the prospect of traveling off the table. Maybe it’s failing to sell your house, getting offered a life-changing job opportunity, a family member getting […]

Jul
20
2012

Our Japan Itinerary

Written by Stephenie Harrison July 20, 2012
Posted in Japan, Pre-trip

With just under three weeks to go (!) before we get on a plane bound for Tokyo, Tony & I figured it was probably a good idea to finally decide on some kind of an itinerary for Japan. I know many travel veterans subscribe to the whole “don’t plan too much” school of trip-taking, and […]

Jun
23
2012

The Best Laid Plans

Written by Stephenie Harrison June 23, 2012
Posted in Musings, Pre-trip

I think if there’s any lesson I need to learn prior to our trip, it’s to stop planning so very much. Over the past few months, without fail, whenever I draw up elaborate schemes and plan, life has a way of completely buggering them up. Back in May, the only way I was able to […]

When last I posted, I was lamenting the recent change in the policy for applying for a China tourist visa while in Canada. The plan has always been to travel to China via ferry, and I am not exaggerating when I say that this new prospect of not having the necessary visa to get into […]

May
17
2012

Ironic as it may sound, ever since Tony and I decided that we would start our RTW trip in Japan, I’ve been trying to figure out just how we’d get out of that country. It turns out that Japan is not just expensive when you’re on its soil, but also when you’re trying to enter […]

  When Tony quit his job a few weeks ago, I expected there to be an immediate shift in his mood. After being unhappy and feeling burnt out by his job for several years, I thought that making a concerted effort to remove a source of stress and anguish would have him over the moon […]

May
06
2012

Thanks to everyone who gave advice about where we should start our trip! Whether you commented based on gut feelings or personal experience, everything you said helped us make our decision about where to start our big adventure. We spent several sleepless nights agonizing over this decision, recognizing the entire time that there was no […]

One of the reasons why Tony and I decided that we weren’t going to buy RTW tickets is because we wanted the flexibility to travel at our own pace. Much to the annoyance of friends and family who wanted to plan short jaunts to visit us along the way, we also wanted the freedom to […]