Last month was my lovely fiancé’s 30th birthday and I made it my mission to ensure he had the most memorable weekend of his life. Eight months prior to his birthday I was already planning what we’d be doing. I knew I wanted to whisk him away somewhere but choosing a destination was surprisingly difficult. S had never been on a long-haul flight or out of Europe, excluding our trip to Morocco, so I figured we’d change this.
We’ve talked about going to a few places in south-east Asia for our honeymoon, meaning it kind of wrote off that part of the world. We also needed jabs if we went to Vietnam (one of the potential places we could have gone), and that would have spoilt the surprise. I almost booked Canada until I realised it was the worst month to go, before snow season when everything’s closed and the mountains are covered in sludgey ice, eek! I was also wanted to chat with Sam about the best places to visit and do a road trip, which I can’t really plan on my own.
I found out that November is the best time to visit Tokyo, the temperature would be comfortable and the leaves would be turning red as we moved into Autumn. I found a reasonable deal for flights and accommodation on Expedia, so I emailed Sam’s boss and booked him some time off, so we’d have over 10 days to go Tokyo (including travel time!). I didn’t tell S we were going away until the day before, and I didn’t tell him where we were going until after we’d gone through security, and we were about to board our flight!
S researches everything he does, especially when it comes to travel. I knew he’d be dying to find out things to do in Tokyo, so I compiled a list of things for us to do in a neat little illustration and I gave him an anontatedLonely Planet travel guide for Tokyo 2018. Luckily, we had Wi-Fi on our 18-hour flight, too. He was just glad that I insisted he should bring all his camera equipment!
I figured I’d share my research with my readers, in case you’re considering a trip to Tokyo. We managed to tick off the majority of the things on our ‘to do’ list, which I’m pretty happy with! I’ve starred my top experiences. We’ve managed to upload a few pictures but I’ll keep updating my Instagram with images over the next couple of months. Christmas kind of threw a spanner into the works!
It goes with out saying, it was an amazing trip and worth every penny. Everybody thinks I’ve completely spoilt S and he’s got a tall order in making it up to me. But earlier this year he literaily proposed on top of a fucking mountain (Aiguille du Midi) overlooking the French, German and Italian Alps. In my eyes, he’s already truely out done himself, and a trip to Tokyo is no match.
1. Eat Nakamise street food!
2. Buy an Ema and leave it on the temple grounds
3. Eat REAL Kobe beef – Yummy! ⭐️
4. Try a white Japanese strawberry
5. Watch cute girls wrestling with cyborgs at the Robot Restaurant
India is one of the most amazing countries in the world to explore. From the bustling streets of New Delhi to the Bollywood Capital that is Mumbai, India’s versatility is what makes it such an exciting place to travel to. But, as well as busy cities, India offers its visitors some amazing opportunities to spot wildlife, including endangered tigers. Here’s a guide to the best places to spot a tiger in India at India’s many tiger reserves:
Tadoba National Park
In the Chandrapur district of the Maharashtra state, the incredible Tadoba national park is situated. With a tropical dry forest, the climate is perfect for tigers and it is one of Indian’s 43 Project Tiger, Tiger Reserves. There’s a great chance of spotting tigers here thanks to the vast number of them living there.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is an amazing place to see tigers and a great place for experiencing some traditional Indian culture with stunning temples and 10th century shrines nestled within the tropical forests. Boasting a healthy tiger population of around 63 at present, plenty of different species of wild birds and the opportunity to spot bears and sloths, it’s a great place to head if you’re wanting to spot tigers.
Satpura Tiger Reserve
The Satpura Tiger Reserve is a new nature park with plenty of opportunities for walking and kayaking, as well as spotting tigers and a whole host of other animals. Known for sightings of leopards and sloths, the scenic reserve is a great place to head for an active day out looking for wildlife in India.
Kanha Tiger Reserve
The Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of India’s oldest parks and has an amazing range of different animals living there. The large grasslands offer plenty of opportunity to deer’s, leopards and tigers with amazing viewing opportunities and the chance to see what’s left of India’s great forests.
Poaching and deforestation have put huge pressures on the wildlife in India’s outdoor spaces, hence the number of wildlife reserves to try and conserve the tigers that are left. Visiting the country as soon as possible is recommended before these creatures become ever more endangered. By booking a trip with Exodus, you’ll be able to visit all the amazing nature reserves and get the chance to see the incredible animals up close whilst enjoying a holiday to India.
The classic wonders of the world would have been a sight to behold. Sadly, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains standing today out of the original seven, so thinking about visiting them all in one go is a pointless endeavour.
Instead, there are the 7 Modern Wonders of the World to discover, and Bolsover Cruise Club are offering a limited 165 day cruise that takes in all seven wonders *drools*. The cut-off date to apply is September 8th 2016, but before you do it’s worth knowing a bit about each one.
An old city in the clouds, Machu Picchu was lost to the world for over 300 years before it was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Located halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle, it’s a real adventure just to reach the foot of this incredible place. It’s worth it though for the stunning views alone.
Christ the Redeemer
Created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, this giant statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was completed and dedicated in 1931. It has since become one of South America’s most iconic images, and is a must-visit for anyone going to Brazil.
Chichen Itza was an ancient Mayan city found within Mexico. It was home to one of the most diverse and largest populations of its time, which resulted in a varied architectural style, the ruins of many buildings and sculptures which remain today.
The world’s most glamorous mausoleum, the Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1653, on the bank of the Yamuna River in India. To this day it still attracts around eight million visitors a year.
Also known as the Lost City or the Rose City, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom. Structures carved into the solid rock faces are incredible and what makes this ancient city on the edge of the desert so special.
Close to the centre of Rome, the Colosseum is one of the easiest to access of the 7 Modern Wonders, especially for British tourists. Over 2,000 years old, it doesn’t look too far removed from its original state.
Great Wall of China
The myth of it being visible from space may not be true, but the Great Wall of China is still an astonishing fortification. Parts of it were built over 1,300 years ago and today it stretches to over 13,000 miles long, so you’ll need plenty of time to walk it.
Explore these 7 Modern Wonders of the World in more detail and start planning your journey to see them all today.