15 Things to know before going to Japan [part 1]

Essential travel tips to know before leaving the airport

Japan’s tourism is booming. Since 2012 the country has experienced an off the charts rise of tourists visiting each year. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), about 28.7 million tourists visited Japan in 2017. In 2012 this number was barely 8 million. The UNWTO considers any overnight stay by foreigners a tourist visit. 

In 2020 this trend will surely be kept as Tokyo is the next Olympic Games host. Having that in mind and considering prices always increase in cities that host global events, we decided to head to Tokyo in the New Year for an 8-day vacation. Needless to say, it was intense and certainly unforgettable. 

So, what we wish we knew before going to Japan for the first time and, more so, going in the New Year? 

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The best all-inclusive resorts for families in Spain

A family vacation is easier in Spanish resorts

Life is much easier for parents when they have their holidays in all-inclusive resorts. It’s about keeping the kids entertained while nourishing the adults. We picked five options of the best all-inclusive resorts for families in Spain. They are located in the paradisiac islands Mallorca, Menorca, Tenerife, and Fuerteventura. You can fly there easily departing from the main European airports.

We researched for a 7-night stay in July (so, high-peak summer season) for a family: 2 adults and 2 children under seven. The results talk for themselves. You can have an amazing vacation and not spend that much. 

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A wildlife fairy tale in Finland

Interview with Finnish photographer Ossi Saarinen, the author of the cutest wildlife shots on Instagram

All photos by Ossi Saarinen

How many professional photographers are there on Instagram? Millions, for sure. How many incredible nature photographers are there? Dozens of thousands, no doubt. But even with all this competition, Ossi Saarinen has built a loyal audience of more than 200,000 followers on that social network under the nickname of Soosseli. His secret to differentiating himself from the big masters of photography is to publish delicate and oniric portraits of small wild animals in their natural habitat – Finland.  

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The alluring chaos of Naples, Italy

What to do in Naples (beyond the best pizza in the world)

Text and Photos by Vanessa Costa

After going to Palermo in Sicily, I got that little desire to continue exploring Southern Italy. So, two months after a week in Palermo, I planned a four-day trip with three of my best friends to Naples.

The idea was to visit Naples, known worldwide for its history, music (who doesn’t know Sole Mio?), for being the homeland of pizza and, not to mention, the birthplace of Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia. Apart from Naples, the plan was also to go to Pompeii, an ancient Roman city, destroyed during a major eruption of Vesuvius volcano.

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How to save money for a trip [the definitive guide]

A complete method for financial success applied to travel

When it comes to planning your finances, before any action you need to set the basics straight. It means you need to have 7 pillar actions clear as crystal in your mind and daily life. They are:

  1. To have a travel and financial plan
  2. To picture your finances now
  3. To organize your finances
  4. To spend less
  5. To make extra money
  6. To invest your money
  7. To learn some travel hacks

But how to execute them? How not to give up in the middle? Keep reading and find out a complete method that will make your dream vacation come true no matter how much money you have today.

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