Project Japan 2014

This is a follow up of sorts to my first Project Japan post. Like the previous file, this Excel file has the itinerary, the budget, the actual expenses, and the list of all the trains I’ve ridden while in Japan. This file also includes the Japan travel tips that is listed in this post.

Tsumago
A scene in Tsumago

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How to plan your trip

My life in between trips is simple: it’s spent planning and saving for the next one. After 8 years, of traveling, I think I got the planning part down.


I want to go to a place where there are lots of cute kitties!

I often receive questions from readers of the blog, asking help in preparing for their trips. As much as I like helping people, it’s quite off putting when they want to have you practically planning their entire trip for them. Unless you’re so busy that you don’t have time to plan, with the Internet, it’s not hard to research about your destination. Google is your best friend.

Here’s a simple guide to get you started:
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Traveling with a smartphone

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I’m not a big fan of social media (or anything social), but I do use it often to connect with people I do know (and actually like). Gadgets have always played a big part in my travels, even more so now with smartphones and tablets.

What I really like about traveling with them is that it lets me connect with family and friends, sharing photos as often as the free wifi availability would let me. I have access to my email, and sort out problems on the go. As much as I would love to disconnect while on a holiday, I have come to accept that these gadgets are here to stay.


Just a standard neighborhood scene in Mykonos

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Are you ready for your trip?

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Plane tickets purchased, hotel rooms booked. Guides are contacted, meet ups with friends and locals are scheduled. You feel you’re ready for your great adventure, but are you sure?


Be sure to pack the essentials!

If you have been traveling often, you probably already have a check list of things that you need to do before heading for the airport. However, if it’s the first time you’ll be traveling overseas (or first time after a very long time), it may be too overwhelming and you might end up forgetting to do something vital before you leave.

I have shared my personal check list over at roamtheglobe.ph. It includes tips on passports and visas, travel insurance, travel advisories, and international roaming. Do check it out, and if you have your own list, share it in the comments!

Project Greece

As always, I plan my trips with Excel. Here’s the one I made for Greece, cleaned up just a bit to remove notes for our group (everybody had access to it), and fixed the formatting a little. I’ve also included a sheet with my actual travel expenses during the trip, and another sheet with these travel notes:

Temple of Zeus
The Temple of Zeus with the Acropolis in the background

Electrical plugs
Greece and the rest of Europe uses the Type C or Europlug. My biggest gripe with their sockets is that it’s set lower than normal, so your plug has to be right in the middle, and it has to be round so it can fit. I don’t know how else to describe it, so just check it out this photo on Airliners.net.
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