David Tann

Tokyo by David Tann

This week’s feature is courtesy of David Tann, who journals extensively on his travels around the globe:

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I was away in Japan for almost one month for Christmas and New Year. Most of my friends thought the trip must have cost me a bomb.

Well, it has never been cheap travelling to Japan. What a traveller like me would do is to stretch my dollar as far as i could and save as much along the way.

It was great to be back in Japan and it was my very first time having Christmas and New Year holiday there. I used to work in Tokyo and Osaka for close to 4 years upon graduating from university in 1998. I still return to Japan occasionally since then and the country has never failed to surprise me in all my trips.

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For this recent trip, I took an overnight flight to Tokyo with Japan Airlines and arrived at Narita airport around 6.30am. Upon arrival, i proceeded to JR ticket office to buy my Narita Express train tickets from the airport JR before boarding my Narita Express

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Narita Express, abbreviated as N’EX, is a limited express train service operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), serving Narita International Airport from various Greater Tokyo Area stations. Services are approximately half-hourly in the mornings and evenings, and hourly through the middle of the day.

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Route: NARITA AIRPORT to TOKYO CITY
Train Name: NARITA EXPRESS 14
Boarding from: NARITA AIRPORT TERMINAL 2
Departure Time (Narita): 10:18am
Arrival Time (Tokyo): 11:14am
Website: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/index.html

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Once arrived at the super busy Tokyo station, i took a connecting train to Kyoto. I didn’t have to buy tickets from the ticket office this time as i had pre-purchased mine over the Internet prior to my trip.

Route: TOKYO to KYOTO
Train Name: SHINKANSEN HIKARI 471
Train No.: Shin-Osaka
Boarding from: TOKYO STATION
Departure Time (Tokyo): 12:03pm
Arrival Time (Kyoto): 2:48pm
Website: http://english.jr-central.co.jp/index.html

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Luckily I can read Japanese. That’s my train on the info board.

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My train to Kyoto, Shinkansen Hikari 471

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My lunch bought inside the Shinkansen

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The majestic Mount Fuji as the train passed by.

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Finally arrived at Kyoto station.

Once I arrived at Kyoto station, I took a 15-minute walk to my local accommodation. I stayed in a very lovely traditional townhouse (Machiya in Japanese) in the heart of Kyoto near Gion. It was the most ideal accommodation I could find and it was worth my effort.

Accommodation:
Owner Name: Mr. Kazuya Nishimura
Click here for more details and booking

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My home in Kyoto

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The entrance of my home

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The living room

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The kitchen

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The staircase going up to first floor and bedroom

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Good to have such a toilet that cares for the environment. You can wash your hands before recycling the water to flush the toilet.

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The home comes with wifi internet connection …

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And complete assistance for traveler like me: Map, bus route, guide, etc

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My dinner prepared at home. Home cooked noodles and some sushis I bought from convenient store

That was the first day of my trip. It was a tiring day having not slept for almost 48 hours. Read my second of my Kyoto journey to some of the most well known attractions here…

For part 2, click here…

 


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Why I Travel Alone by David Tann

This week’s feature is courtesy of David Tann, who journals extensively on his travels around the globe:

davidtann.net davidtann.net“John, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked.

“No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.”
“What?! You aren’t going to Johannesburg? We’ve been planning this vacation for months!”
“Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other time.”

Over the coming weeks, I attempted to get my friend to reconsider, but to no avail. When John changed his mind, he changed his mind. Our trip to Johannesburg – was off and none of my friends wanted to replace him. If I wanted to travel, it would have to be on my own.

It’s a pattern that has repeated itself over the years. While a few people have joined me along the way, more often than not plans to meet friends in far-flung places don’t pan out. When it comes down to the wire, something always comes up, they’re suddenly too busy, or they get cold feet and change their mind. In actual fact, they may not tell you the actual reasons.

It has taught me that if I wait for others, I’ll never go anywhere.

But there are places I want to go, people to see, experiences to have, and food to try — and only so much time to accomplish it all.

So I refuse to wait – I won’t let others keep me from realizing my dreams.

It can be scary traveling alone – especially when you’ve never done it before. But, to me, growing old without experiencing everything you want from life is scarier.

If you’ve been putting off a trip because you’re waiting for someone to go with – stop. Just go. Don’t let others hold you back from your dreams. Trust me, along the way you’ll make plenty of friends – from other solo travellers who thought “Screw it, if I don’t go, I’ll never go” to locals interested in meeting new people. You’re never alone when you travel.

More than that, solo travel gives you ultimate freedom. You wake up and it’s just you – what you want, where you want, when you want. In that freedom and infinite space of possibility, you meet yourself. You hit the limits of what you like and don’t like. There’s no one to pull you in any one direction or override your reasons. Want sushi? Get sushi. Want to leave? Leave. Want to try bungee jumping? Go for it.

It’s sink or swim and you have to learn how to survive – who to trust, how to make friends, how to find your way around alone. That’s the greatest reward of solo travel – the personal growth. Each time you go away, you learn to become a little more independent, confident, and in tune with your emotions and desires.

Solo travel is not for everyone. Some people return home soon after departing, others cry for weeks before embracing it, and some just embrace it right away. But you’ll never learn that if you don’t travel once by yourself. Whether a weekend away, a two-week vacation or trip around the world, try it at least once.

Don’t wait for people or hold back from living your dreams. You could be waiting a long time until someone finally says “yes.” There’s only now and if you don’t go, you’ll regret it. Because if I hadn’t stopped waiting, I’d still be in my cubicle, trying to convince John to go to Johannesburg, and wondering if I’d ever get to see the world.


 

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Mount Bromo, Indonesia by David Tann

This week’s feature is courtesy of David Tann, who journals extensively on his travels around the globe:

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“I went on to climb Mount Bromo right after Mount Ijen on the same trip. It was my first time conquering two mountains on the same trip but nevertheless I pulled through and it was great fun.

Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres.While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mount Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2,392 meters tall, Mount Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. It was a torture to wake up at 3.00am after having just completed my climb of Mount Ijen the previous day.

From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang. visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mount Bromo. From this spot the vista is magnificent. All you will hear is the click of cameras as visitors snap their cameras hoping to capture the incredible scene of Mount Bromo in the foreground with Mount Semeru smoking in the distance and the sun shining brightly, quickly rising in the sky. Mind you, it can be very cold up there while waiting for the sunrise.          P1010401

The resort where i stayed. I arrived at midnight and never realized it was located next to Mount Bromo until the next morning.

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The room for a short 2 hour nap.

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Clean toilet.

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Visitors arrived at the peak of Mount Penanjakan as early as 4.00 am.

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Sunrise @ 5.00am

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@ 6.30am

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@ 7.00am

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I eventually went across to Mount Bromo for a closer look.

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The view of Mount Bromo from my hotel. Best place to stay in Bromo area.

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Enjoying my coffee and the stunning view

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Before I left, I stayed back for the sunset. Never disappointed me.

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Visited a nearby strawberry farm.P1010406P1010407

For USD $2.00, you can pluck and eat unlimited strawberries.”

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A BIG Thank-You@ David for providing these memorable moments with us at Klikholidays. If you’d like to read more about his diverse travels, visit DavidTann.net

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