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Japan Cheat Sheet

Konichiwa and welcome to Japan! So you’ve decided to head to the land of contrasts where old meets new and east meets west. Where anime and modern technology sit side by side with Geisha and Samurais – good decision! But not sure what you should pack? Confused about when to visit and what to budget? We thought so! That’s why we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet for a rundown on all things Japanese. Listen up…

Number 1 tip: Learn a little bit of basic Japanese, it will come in handy and locals will appreciate it. Even if it’s just the phrase: 私日本語は話せません。(watashi-nihongo-wa-hanasemasen) ‘I can’t speak Japanese’. Bit of a mouthful but EXTREMELY useful.

Seasons and packing


Why you should break out of your comfort zone NOW

Your comfort zone is getting in the way of you experiencing new things and taking life by the horns. You shouldn’t accept sitting in the same traffic jam every day or doing a job you hate day in, day out. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you break out of it. All you need to do is make a few small changes to your daily routine in order to accomplish great things! We’re not saying become an adrenaline junkie but just gain a new perspective on the world. Let’s see how and why you should break out of your comfort zone NOW…

What is your comfort zone?

To put it simply, it’s where you stay doing the same thing to keep things comfortable. Like sitting in your favourite arm chair everyday – we’ve all done it! But being comfy is no good, because we don’t stretch ourselves, we follow the daily routine and don’t experience new things.

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What can I buy with £49?

£49. That’s a decent amount of money. You can get around 6 take-aways or 10 bottles of wine OR a Round the World trip with us! Yes, it’s only £49 to secure flights to your dream destination AND you can pay off the rest later! Still not convinced? How else would you spend this money?

49 Sweets

With £49 you can get 49 packs of sweets, lollies or chocolates. YUM. But you’ll be feeling very sick afterwards. Feel less sick and more excited by securing your dream trip.

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Why it’s so important to do MORE of what you love!

New Year’s resolutions:

1. Stop eating this…
2. Lose weight…
3. Give up that…

Don’t stop, START.

New year’s resolutions shouldn’t be about giving things up, that’s just an evil ploy to make you feel bad about yourself, don’t fall into the trap! They should be about doing MORE, starting new things, having fun and falling in love with life again.

You can’t start every year by giving up, life’s too short for that! So here’s why you should do more of what you love…

Resolution #1: Yoga more


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17 must-see places to visit in 2017

2017 is going to be your year and do you know why? Because we have put together the ULTIMATE travel bucket list to help you fall back in love with the world again. We have hand-selected these incredible destinations for you to immerse yourself in with their diverse landscapes, ancient traditions, buzzing cities and beaches to die for. There’s something in this glorious list for everyone.

Your passport will thank us for it, get planning!

1. Philippines

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