Tokyo

After an amazing day in Nikko we headed to Tokyo, our final destination of the trip! We’d originally planned to spend our final 5 nights in a hotel but due to Golden Week prices on our first night were ridiculously high so we decided to have 1 final night in a hostel and the remaining […]

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Kobe… Part 2…

While in Kobe we pottered around the many shopping malls, strolled along the bay, headed to Kobe’s Kitano district, rode a cable car up the Rokko Mountain and sampled some of the yummy food on offer! Kitano is a quirky district of Kobe at the base of the Rokko Mountain and is famous for it’s […]

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Kyoto… Part 2…

After a couple of days exploring and visiting some of the stunning temples & shrines (post to follow) we headed off to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – a 30-40 minute walk from the Utano YHA. The bamboo forest is located near the Ōi River and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow streets lined with […]

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Nara

After the hustle and bustle of the big city we hopped on the train for our next destination Nara! Nara is one of Japan’s oldest cities and is steeped in history and culture. As the former capital of Japan (710 – 784) there’s a lot of tradition and the temples, shrines, parks and hills are […]

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Osaka

After an amazing 6 nights in Singapore we hopped on a plane and flew to Japan (Monday 7th, April), our final destination of our round the world trip! For those following our adventures from the start you might recall that we were supposed to go to China before Japan! Unfortunately due to a change in […]

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Singapore: Quirky Architecture

Singapore has some incredibly bizarre, quirky and random architecture and has thrust itself into the modern age with some of it’s buildings, parks and public spaces. Singapore is a great mix of traditional and modern and on the same street you’ll find temples, shrines and rustic buildings next to a towering high-rise with giant bird […]

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Singapore… Part 2…

While in Singapore we visited the zoo (post to follow), pottered around the shops, walked along the river, explored the gardens and public spaces dotted around the city (post to follow), visited temples and shrines, markets, food halls and had a night out on the Singapore Gay scene! Despite Singapore feeling rather Western at times […]

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Port Douglas

After 4 nights in Cairns we headed down the road (66km, 1hr 4mins) to Port Douglas – a small coastal town with a lot of character and charm and the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation! We’d planned 4 nights in Port Douglas with a day-trip to Cape Tribulation (post to follow). Port […]

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Townsville

After 3 nights bobbing up and down at sea in the Whitsundays and a couple more partying and recovering in Airlie Beach we got back on the infamous (but necessary) Greyhound and headed to Townsville, 276km (3 hours 31 minutes) away. Like Airlie Beach, Townsville is used as a gateway city – in this case […]

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Noosa… Part 2…

With so much to do in Noosa we wanted to make sure we made the most of our time whilst still being able to relax on the beach, potter around the shops and soak up the sun and beautiful setting. After a day of settling in we headed out, water and sunscreen at the ready […]

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