All posts tagged: Japan

Japan | Photo Essay and Travel Insights

If you’ve been following us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll be aware that I’ve just had a trip to Japan and today I’d like to share some insights and photos. Maybe you’ll be inspired to visit, if you’ve not been already! Japan is a world uniquely its own. It’s a country with a perplexing mix of contrasts, of the old mingled with the new, the traditional with the modern, and a people who pride themselves on cleanliness, politeness and order. With much of its architecture and telephone lines stuck in the 1970s their gadgets are high-tech: singing kettles, talking baths and intelligent toilets with heated seats that rise on their own. There might be super-fast space-age trains and an efficient transport system but to purchase a train pass is an exercise in complex paperwork. Their gardens are beautifully Zen and calm, while the shopping strips and departments stores fling neon lights, dazzling technology and the high-pitched welcomes of sales assistants at you. Although their food is ultra fresh and immaculately presented, in many places you can still smoke in eating areas. But …

6 Unique Holidays Under the Stars

Sleeping out in nature is the signature drawcard of any camping holiday – listening to the night-time warbles of frogs or crickets, the slosh of a nearby sea or lake, the scuttle of spiders and the buzz of pesky mosquitoes. But who’s slept hanging from a tree? In a glass igloo at minus 15 degrees Celsius? Or glamped it up in an open treehouse in an African reserve? I’ve found six holiday destinations where getting back to nature is taken to a whole new level. Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht, Germany: Elevated tenting If you hate heights, look away now! The Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht adventure resort near Munich in Bavaria takes ‘sleeping in the trees’ or ‘in the rock’ to their most literal meanings and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Platform beds are either nestled in trees or ‘portaledge’ tents are higher up. The sleeping pods are draped in fabric and suspended from branches several feet above the ground. Want to be even higher? The more elevated option is 3,280 feet off a cliff face! During the day you can add to the …