What is the Cost of Food in Japan – Looking at Food Prices in Japan

What is the Cost of Food in Japan – Looking at Food Prices in Japan

What is the Cost of Food in Japan for a Traveler It is common knowledge that Japan is expensive. It is an expensive place to live, and an expensive place to travel to. Many people are concerned about food prices in Japan when they are planning their trip. When we first visited Japan in 2009, we were on a tight budget and stressed about every Yen spent. But, we did some research on the cost of food in Japan so that we were prepared for our next trip. We did not worry as much about the cost of each meal, but at one point I wondered how much it costs to eat in Japan? Check Out the Top Japanese Food Tours – Updated Pricing 2018 Or Book one of the top rated Japanese Food Tours: Tokyo By Night How Much It Costs to Eat in Japan During this trip, we only visited Osaka, but we spent ten days in Japan’s second city. We were inspired by several articles saying that Osaka was a foodie destination for 2015. We enjoyed our brief time there in 2009, and wanted to explore more. Well, eat more.  I felt like we were spending a lot, but that was mostly because we were eating, on average 5-6 times a day. We were successful in eating a ton of food in ten days. As much as the food prices in Japan are not as high as many travelers might think, our food budget was spent more on the volume of Japanese food we ate! Although food is not as expensive in Japan as other things, like housing, Osaka offers...
Cost of Petra Tours – Is Jordan an Expensive Place to Travel?

Cost of Petra Tours – Is Jordan an Expensive Place to Travel?

We had three days in Jordan, as a stop over between an 8 week tour of Europe, and heading back to our home in Bali. Our original goal was to spend almost two weeks traveling in Jordan and Israel. But we were tired and wanted to head home. I wished, though, that I had known about the cost of Petra before we decided to do a layover trip. I wished I had asked: is Jordan expensive? And, like many of our blog posts, this Petra blog focuses on the cost of Petra tours, so you make a more educated decision than we did. Book One Of The Best Petra Tours – Updated 2018 Pricing What is the Petra Entrance Fee? If I researched the entrance fee to Petra, and the cost of travel from Amman to Petra, ahead of time, I may not have gone at all. That might be a harsh thing to say as I actually enjoyed my time in Jordan. But, if I had known the cost of Petra plus the cost to float in the Dead Sea combined would be $100 per person, we probably would have flown straight through and made our way back to Bali a few days earlier. I lacked information about Petra – and it was my own fault. I did not do my research ahead of time. We did not buy a guide book, and I did very little reading. I had read a few blogs awhile back when trying to figure out an itinerary and how long we needed. I don’t remember any of them asking “is Jordan expensive.?”...
Create Your Escape – How To Travel The World

Create Your Escape – How To Travel The World

In June 2012, after getting married, selling off their possessions, and quitting their jobs, Mike and Tara of Two Travelaholics took an epic 14-month honeymoon. They traveled through 26 countries, logging more than 40,000 miles in their first year and a half of marriage. We were all in Hanoi in 2013 and were able to meet in-person for the first time (but not the last, as we later saw them in D.C.!). The four of us spent the day exchanging travel stories over bia hoi and egg coffee – the latter being a first for all of us. In their new book, Create Your Escape: A Practical Guide for Planning Long-Term Travel, Mike and Tara make it easy for anyone who wants to escape the predictable life to live out their dream. Starting more than a year before departure, the book guides readers through each step of the planning process, all the way up to the time they quit their job and fly to their first destination. The book includes tricks for saving money; how to create a travel budget; ways to make cash by selling off unnecessary possessions; skills you should learn that will help you on the road; and practical details about packing, creating a power of attorney, and quitting your job without burning bridges. It’s an all-too-valuable handbook for anyone who wants to take a grown-up gap year, career break, or an empty nest adventure. Now that they’ve returned from traveling the world and finished writing about how others can do the same, I quizzed them about what it was like to escape the predicable life. How to Create Your Escape What...
How to Dress For Travel

How to Dress For Travel

I’ve been thinking a lot about our journey since leaving the US. This month marks three years since we left. A lot has happened since then. A lot has changed since then. We’ve even changed something as superficial as how we dress for travel. When we left the corporate world, all I wanted to do was get as far away from that corporate life as possible. When we landed in Ubud, the land of granola, I wanted to be a hippie. I wanted to go from one extreme to the other. After all, if I didn’t fit into the corporate world, where did I fit in? It must be the polar opposite. Trying to Fit In The Hippie World When we first started traveling, my travel wardrobe consisted of capri pants and t-shirts, along with some comfortable walking shoes. I didn’t put much thought into how to dress for travel, other than aiming for comfort. I felt like a square peg in a round hole when we moved to Ubud. It was as though they could sense I didn’t belong. I tried to fit in, to dress the part, but it was obvious I did not. I was too conservative. More yuppie than hippie. I attempted to change my wardrobe to fit in more. I started with some dangly silver earrings. Then, I bought some bigger dangly earrings. Then, I bought some huge dangly earrings. I bought my om symbol necklace, and later my lotus flower necklace. I bought some floral shirts. I never went full bore hippie. I never bought the flowing white pants. I never wore all white...
8 Tips for How to Live Like a Local When Traveling

8 Tips for How to Live Like a Local When Traveling

As a long term traveler, we get to see a lot of places in a way that casual travelers might not get to.  We do things that are, well more mundane, and might not be on your list of things to do when traveling.  But, these are the things that make me feel like a local when traveling.  There are things that you can do when traveling, even for a short term, that can provide the chance to live like a local when traveling. Here are my 8 tips for how to live like a local when traveling 1. Rent an Apartment in a Foreign Country This one seems like a no brainer to me.  We rent loads of apartments overseas, which has helped us to live like a local in Barcelona, live like a local in Athens, and plenty of other places as well.  Recently, though, we talked with a family member about our upcoming rental apartment in Bangkok, and he wondered how you can do that short-term, overseas, with no lease.  Reasonable questions.  There are loads of great resources to help rent short term apartments like AirBnb, GoWithOh, and Flipkey, and you can generally pay via credit card or Paypal.  One of my favorite things about renting an apartment overseas is to just see what apartments and apartment buildings are like.  What are the people like who you see in the hallway or the elevator?  What are the bathrooms like?  How are the apartments decorated?  Each of these details gives a little insight into how the locals live their days. 2. Take Public Transportation I loathe taxis,...
Learn How to Travel The World

Learn How to Travel The World

One of the most popular line of questions we get is “how can I do what you do? How can I travel the world?”  Yeah, it’s as broad as that.  Some people are saving money to travel full time, or to take a round the world trip.  Some people just dream about a life of travel, and wonder if they could ever do it themselves. How Can I Travel The World Many people say we are lucky that we can live this life of travel, almost like we just happened into it.  But that is not the case.  We did not win the lottery, nor do we have a trust fun.  We worked hard, we saved money, we planned, we toiled, and we finally made it happen.  We finally figured out how to travel the world. How can I learn to travel the world? @trvlschool http://ctt.ec/cLS9c+Click To Tweet When we took our first round the world trip in 2009, we planned and saved for over two years to make it happen, and even longer for the current lifestyle we live.  We read books and websites, watched travel TV shows, and were ultimately introduced to the concept of “travel blogs.”  But, information was spotty and hard to gather, and even harder to synthesize. Introducing Travel School Our good friends, Kim and Brian, are also long term travelers and adventurers.  They left the US about the same time we did, and we were lucky enough to meet them when they traveled through Bali.  Although, their adventures involve hiking, trekking, and camping, rather than Adventures in Food, I have been continuously inspired...