Food and Fun
Expanding your palette and sampling all kinds of food while traveling is half of the fun. The challenge comes in trying to order said food. Here is where I recommend unleashing your inner daredevil to point to something on a menu you can’t read and hope for the best. As a backup, have the Point It book on hand so you can demonstrate with pictures what kind of things you’d like to eat. It’s also worth checking out sites like EatWith or Meal Sharing where you can find a host to cook and share a meal with. Food tours can also serve as a great introduction to a new culture and help you familiarize yourself with the typical local fare you’ll encounter during your travels.
Before you head off on your travels, go to VisaHQ first to check whether or not you’ll need a tourist visa for the country you’ll be visiting. You can either apply for the visa directly on VisaHQ, check to see if you can buy a visa upon arrival at the airport, or if VisaHQ is unable to submit a visa application on your behalf, they can help redirect you to the closest embassy where you can go apply in person.
Upon landing, withdrawal cash from an ATM at the airport and use it for daily expenses like food and transportation. Credit cards are widely accepted all over the world and many come with no foreign transaction fees so you can use them to book reservations for hotels and flights. While cards are certainly easy to pay with, they are more easily subject to theft abroad so use with caution. To check currency exchange rates abroad, download the XE app.
Relevant SYT Article: Kyoto Living: An AirBnB Experience
Relevant SYT Article: An Introvert’s Guide to Staying in a Hostel
Despite all the articles written on the best time to book a flight, unfortunately, there isn’t one correct answer. However, the common thread is usually that the earlier you book, the better. The best way to keep track of deals is to sign up for airline newsletters, follow them on social media, and research often. My advice is to search for and book flights through third party websites or online travel agencies. Here are a few sites to get you started:
For all things train transportation, look no further than The Man in Seat 61. If you’re traveling more long-term through Europe or Japan, check out Eurail Pass and JR Pass. I go into depth here on the easy way to buy a Japan Rail Pass. Finally, if you have a smartphone, download the AllSubway app so you’ll have maps on hand of different metro and subway systems around the world.
Need some good book recommendations for those long layovers and flights? I’ve got you covered. Check out some of my favorite books, and when you shop on the Amazon smartphone app, use the code KIMI698N to get $5 off your purchase!
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