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5 top sights in Japan…once you’ve done Tokyo!

West meets east in this fascinating country filled with diverse landscapes, massive cities, incredible traditions and thousands of years of culture waiting to be discovered.

We’re assuming the epic metropolis of Tokyo is on your list (why wouldn’t it be?!), but there’s much more to Japan than its capital. Here’s our pick of 5 other awesome highlights Japan has to offer.

Our Favourite Five Experiences in Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto is not only a buzzing city (1.5 million people and growing) it’s also the cultural centre of Japan and a brilliant place to get to grips with the fascinating imperial history of the islands. Kyoto actually means ‘capital city’ and it served as one for over a thousand years leaving it chock full of shrines, temples, gardens, palaces and the ancient Geisha district.

If you happen to be in Kyoto in mid July you’ll have a chance to witness the Gion Matsuri parade – a large procession of traditional floats – some of which can weigh up to 12 tonnes – that makes their way through the centre of the city.

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6 ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Events from Around the World

Finally it’s arrived….Halloween! As party preparations and costume planning begins, across the globe plans for scary festivities are well under-way.

So whether your thing is dressing up as Dracula, wearing a costume that resembles something out of the 70′s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hey – that movie is creepy as) or kicking back with a scary movie, let us bring you some golden nuggets of spooky inspiration with a guide to some of the best Halloween events taking place worldwide.

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Feature image courtesy of torbakhopper on Flickr

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Winter drinks from around the world to (pumpkin) spice up your life

As the cold draws in it’s time to shut the curtains, curl up under the blankets and get hot. We’ve searched the whole world (figuratively) to round up some of the best winter warmers from across the globe. So grab a mug and let it snow (drizzle, fog, whatever).

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6 unconventional winter breaks

Winter is here and the familiar exodus to the beaches of Corfu begins (and nothing wrong with that – Corfu is beautiful). But if you fancy going a little further afield this year we’ve rounded up six of our top most unconventional winter holiday hotspots.

Rajasthan

A glimpse of Rajasthan's local landmarks

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Asian Adventure: Vietnam on a Shoestring

Today’s blog comes from Laura Jenkins, a Travel Expert in our London Goodge Street store.

Now I’m an STA Travel Expert and I spend my days advising people on their adventure plans, but last year I was another travel lover in desperate need of a quick getaway. I grabbed an STA Travel brochure and flicked through the pages. I knew I wanted Southeast Asia. I knew I only had two weeks to play with. I knew my funds had seen better days. What I needed was the perfect culture-time-budget combo…and suddenly it jumped out at me, Vietnam on a Shoestring. The small group trip seemed like the best way to see the most of Vietnam in a short time on a pretty small budget, and meet some great travel buddies as I was flying solo. I was not wrong…

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