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In Pictures: Kyoto, Nara, Osaka.

People usually visit Nara, Kyoto and Osaka together because they are right next to each other. You can explore them within two days conveniently using the JR rail as the main form of transport. There are tons of temples and traditional Japanese cultural sites in these three places, including the Genjimonogatari museum. And in Nara, (mainly stupid) deers too who eat everything. And you have a really nice Osaka Castle too! Here are some pictures:   And last but not least…an Osaka castle in its monochrome splendor. A

In Pictures: Tokyo Disneyland

I guess Tokyo Disneyland is always a must-visit place for most people. And Tokyo Disneysea too, for that matter! ^-^ Anyway, one of the questions my friends tend to ask me is–“If I only had a day near the Disneyland area, where should I go: Disneyland? Or Disneysea?” My answer is that if you are young and have a strong heart, do opt for Disneysea for there are more exciting rides. If you’re old at heart (like I am) or have tons of young children, Disneyland is a safe choice. Anyway, I think both Disneyland and Disneysea are also dating spots, so you’d be seeing a lot of Japanese couples and families. Picture time! Tons of funny-looking pictures, haha!   The Small World Ride: On a non-related note, here’s our supper! 😀 It was winter, so pardon our greediness.


The Rise of the Independent Youth Travellers.

The World Travel Trends Report says this of youth travelers– Youth travel was long seen as a small part of the travel and tourism industry, characterized by cheap prices and low spending. However, the picture has changed in recent years, according to diverse studies. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that youth travel gene- rated US$ 182 billion in international tourism receipts in 2012, and represented more than 20% of the more than one billion international arrivals. The average cost of a trip by a young person amounted to US$ 910. The number of international trips by young people might increase from 200 million trips a year at present to 300 million by 2020, UNWTO has predicted. However, the market is even more valuable when longer or more expensive trips for purposes such as studying abroad, work experience and volunteering are taken into account, according to the World Youth, Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE). I guess youths championing YOLO nowadays really do embrace travelling — bolding going for student exchanges, graduation trips, volunteering, working overseas …