Hello everyone! So I realised that I’ve alluded to some upcoming travel plans but haven’t actually explained where I’m going or what I plan to be doing.
On the 20th March after work, I’ll be taking a red-eye flight (ugh) to Tokyo! I’ll only be spending 3 nights there but I’m really excited about it as I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. I kind of wish now that I’d added a few extra days, but Japan is much easier and cheaper to get to than Europe so I’ll consider this visit a taster and come back for a longer trip later. I’ve already booked my accommodation. I had to use up a welcome rewards night on Hotels.com as it was about to expire, so I used it for a hotel on my first night in Japan. Afterwards I’ll be switching to a hostel for the other two nights. I quite like staying in hotels for the first night or so, just because long flights tend to take it out of you and you need time to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. I’ll be arriving early in the morning too, so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to sleep on the plane or that first day is going to be really tough!
While in Tokyo, I hope to explore the neighbourhoods of Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Ginza and Asakusa. I don’t know much about Tokyo, so most of my research so far has been centred here. Back in high school, I took 2 years of Japanese, but nowadays all I recall is “Watashi no namae desku?”, which I THINK is “what is your name?”. Not all that useful really. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to get to Tokyo and eat lots of fabulous food and get lost on the city streets.
Next up is London, where I intend to spend six nights. I’ve been to London a couple of times before, but I always felt like I was rushing too much. This time I intend to take it slow and focus my time on the wonderful museums and parks that London has to offer. I’d also like to revisit Westminster Abbey as my memory of the place seems to have faded a bit (you’re not allowed to take photos inside and my memory is pretty shit in general).
After London, my itinerary is wide open for the next four weeks. I don’t want to plan anything just yet, but would rather just go with the flow. I’d like to visit Scotland, York, Southern Germany and I’ll be flying out of Paris so I’d like to spend around 5 days there (I’ve been before and loved it) and maybe a few days exploring the French countryside. Wherever I end up, I’m sure it will be wonderful.
On the way home, I have 3 nights in LA. To be honest, I didn’t like LA much last time. I stayed in the Hollywood area and found it pretty grimy. Public transport was also terribly slow. That being said, I never made it to the Santa Monica area, which I hear is the nicest part of LA. I’m tossing up between staying there and heading to Las Vegas and staying at a hotel in the centre of the strip. I’m mostly treating the US stopover as a shopping trip, but I’d like to explore a bit at the same time. Las Vegas is close to a lot of National Parks as well, so it’s winning at this point! Last year I went to the Grand Canyon and while I didn’t have high expectations going in (big hole? What’s the big deal??), I genuinely loved my time there. I found it really peaceful and a beautiful sight.
So that’s the plan in a nutshell. I can’t wait to go. Waiting is the hardest part!!