Today, I’ve got one of the biggest announcements I’ve ever made. I’m going to Japan!!!! Next year, I’ll be going to Japan for the first two months of the year. I’m going alone, and I will be exploring the country alone. My itinerary is shaping up; I’m trying to cover the whole country and see as much as possible! Japan is a beautiful country and I’ve wanted to return and explore properly basically since I first went in 2015. I also have wanted to take a big trip solo somewhere to go and be alone for a bit (all will become clear), so when exceptionally cheap flights appeared I just went for it. Under £200 return for Tokyo is almost unheard of!
Japan is a country that’s always meant a huge deal to me (as I’ve said before). I’ve been once before – a two week trip with a friend – and I loved it. I just felt immediately at home. At one point, my buddy confessed he found it borderline scary that if we got seperated we could theoretically just be lost in a city with no method of communication, no phone, no language etc. It was so funny because I felt the opposite: that hadn’t even crossed my mind because I just felt so safe and at home! I don’t speak Japanese, and I don’t know anyone in Japan either.
I’m really, really proud of myself for organising this trip. It’s like a huge gift to myself, a break in my life when I really need one, and a major challenge which I will relish. I’m proud. Proud that I’ve engineered a lifestyle where I can just go and travel, proud I’ve saved the cash, proud of my planning, proud that I’m going despite a fair amount of objection, and proud that I’ve put myself first and done this purely for my own benefit. It may sound like I’m being very selfish for going, and I guess I am – but I’m proud anyway!
I’ve given a rough list of my destinations (not in order) below. Please send allllll the links so I can read your Japan posts! Fellow pinners probably seen my extensive Japan board on Pinterest, but if you think I’ve missed somewhere important, or you want to throw me some travel tips then HIT ME UP. If you are a reader in Japan then definitely e-mail me and let’s hang!
Okunoshima (yes, I have been before. BUT BUNNIES!)