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Top 10 amazing things to do in Tokyo

When we think of Tokyo, many of us picture a bustling, packed and technology infesting city. You wouldn’t be wrong, as Tokyo is the hub for many amazing and innovative technological discoveries such as talking robots and Pokemon (just kidding). But there is actually a lot more to see and do in this fantastic destination than you’d think, and we are going to take a look at some of them now. By the end of this post, you’ll want to add Tokyo to your ultimate travel bucket list.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park and Gardens which was originally the residence of the Naitō family during the Edo Period. It is full of beautiful plants and flowers and is a relaxing place to take a picnic.

Sensoji Temple

An ancient Buddhist temple which is located in Asakusa, Senso-Ji is a popular tourist attraction amongst many. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, built in the year 628. This place has an impressive history and remains one of the most important landmarks in the city of Tokyo.

Asakusa

Located on Nakamise Street close to the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa is home to an array of craft shops, food vendors and places to buy souvenirs.

Ueno Park

This large park sits by the Ueno Station and is the first westernised park in the city. It is one of the most prolific cherry blossom spots in the capital and contains a stunning array of flora.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

A museum dedicated to the Edo period of history, this building was erected in 1993 and holds a host of scale replicas of the towns and building from that point in time.

Tokyo Tower

With an Eiffel Tower inspired structure, this communications tower is an impressive addition to the surrounding landscape. There are two observation decks located on the tower, one which stands at 150m, and another which is at 249.6m for the more adventurous.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

The Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Shoken. It is a beautiful area and is visited by many to pay their respects to the fallen emperor.

Chidorigafuchi

You may know that Japan is associated with Cherry Blossom, and this park has an abundance of them surrounding the area. It is located around the moat of the imperial palace and contains a cemetery, river, and path for walking.

Samurai Museum

The world of the Samurai is highly interesting and historical. These weren’t just any soldiers, they put honour before everything. This museum shows an in-depth insight into the lives of these soldiers and even allows you to see the armour and swords used by these warriors.

Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongi hills)

This stunning location allows you to see a full panoramic view of the city of Tokyo from an observation deck. You’ll want to bring your camera with you for this one.

Now that you know what this city has to offer, why not book some cheap flights to Tokyo and tick off another item on your bucket list?

 

 

London hen party fun

When most people think of hen parties, they tend to think of ladies getting a little messy on a wild weekend away. However, some people prefer to keep things classier and more sophisticated. Whether you’re a bridesmaid accommodating a bride with more refined tastes or you’re the bride-to-be taking control, London is one of the best places for a hen party that’s a little bit better in just about every way.

London Hen Party

Bridesmaid duties…

We don’t choose bridesmaids just because they’re some of the people closest in the world to us. They’re supposed to help us and in organising the hen party they can be of a lot of help. London’s a big city and it can get confusing, so make sure bridesmaids are each playing a role in coordination with each other. One can be in charge of finding accommodation closest to the things the bride wants to do, for instance, while another organises the use of the city’s extensive public transport system, making it easier by buying Oyster cards.

Let’s go shopping…

Beyond an entertainment and nightlife mecca, London is one of the fashion capitals of the UK. Everyone getting themselves a little extra to take home with them is going to ensure that they’re getting more than they might have expected from the trip. You don’t have to urge anyone to spend, of course. You can make it a little easier if you’re taking some of the London shopping tours that stop by some of the smaller boutiques or even thrift shops instead of just the high-street famous brands. In London, so long as you’re in the right area, you’ll be able to find good additions for just about any price.

Just the girls

The nightlife is not something to be underestimated in the city, either. There’s a whole range of classy, sophisticated bars and lively clubs to be found. If you want to make it truly special, however, skip mingling with the locals. Think about more exclusive nightlife options like getting on the Cuckoo club guest list in advance. You don’t want your time together spoiled by people hitting on the bridesmaids or losing some of the party in amongst the crowd. Instead, treat yourself to a little pampering and special treatment from the staff. The high-end clubs can make you feel like a star, even if it is for a night.

Day time fun

The city is best experienced for more than just a night. If you can organise it, make sure you have plenty of time to explore it in the day, as well. Not just for the shopping but the sheer amount of entertainment, often free, that’s available on the streets. If you want to keep the high-flying air of sophistication up, for instance, stopping by the Globe Theatre or having a day at the May Fair Spa is always recommended.

London gives you the chance to experience a hen party like nowhere else in the UK. Whether it’s enjoying the pleasures of an exclusive club with just your favourite ladies for company or exploring the wealth of daytime activities the city has to offer.

 

Wonderlust Meets World: How To Make Your Travel Dreams A Reality

We all have dreams. Some of us wanted to be ice skaters when we grew up, others wanted to travel. Although you can often grow out of the ice skating stage, when you have a dream of seeing the world, it never really leaves you.

How to Make Your Travel Dreams a RealityWhen you want to be able to travel and head to all of the destinations around the world that have filled your dreams for years, you can often get to the point where you want to make it a reality. Wanderlust can do that to you! So, if that’s the stage you’re at now, here are a few tips on how to make those travel dreams your soon-to-be reality.

Making A List

The first step towards chasing your dreams is to get out a pen and paper (or an online document) and get your plans written down. By writing everything down, you’re more likely to take action. It also helps to make a list of your bucket list holiday ideas to know where you want to go. Whether you want to head to Bondi Beach or see Cape Town, it’s important to get everything out of your head and into a list to work out what to do next.

Be Realistic With Your Situation

Now that you’ve made a little more sense of your thoughts, you then need to work out your current situation. Because making your travel dreams a reality, will depend on what you can actually do. You need to work out what time off you can have and when, how you prefer to travel and what it is that you’re looking to get out of the trip. By doing this, you’ll be able to work out what plans you can make first.

Deciding On A Budget

With a better understanding of what you can make possible, you then need to decide on a budget. Because it’s often the budget that will then determine what plans you can put in place. Making a travel budget is often tough. Again, you have to be realistic, but you can make it as large or as little as you like. Just be sure to plan for travel, accommodation, food, and any activities that you may want to do.

Making A First Firm Booking

When you get to this point, the only step left to do is to make your first firm booking. You have to be able to take the plunge and put those plans in place. Once you’ve researched and decided on what you want to do, get your travel and accommodation in place and give yourself a huge pat on the back because those plans are becoming a reality.

Preparing The Rest

Then, you’re going to want to make sure you get the rest of the little things in line too. There are lots of things to do when you travel internationally, but if you have time, you can tick these off slowly. From getting your currency to arranging your luggage, you’ll probably find that these are the exciting final touches that help you to get yourself ready to realise your dreams.

 

The perfect flight bag with Cabin Zero cabin bags

Over the past few years I have jetted off on flights all over the world. I have been lucky enough to visit Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore pre Husband and children. In more recent times around Europe with the latest trip to Crete earlier this year.

Our first trip of the year to Crete was visiting my Mother-In-Laws new Villa, so we opted for cabin bags only. Which was a silly idea really, because I started to panic about sizes of cabin bags that would be suitable for the airline. Did you know that each one has different restrictions on the size and weight of your hand luggage?

When I have previously travelled with a full luggage allowance I have always just taken a handbag on board with me to keep the essentials in. Passports, tickets, money, lipstick, blusher, sweeties. So I have not had to take much notice of hand luggage allowance before.

I did borrow a cabin bag from my sister, which was within the sizes of the luggage allowance for the air line. It wasn’t the prettiest of bags, and I am all about something that looks lovely. It was fine it did the job but wasn’t my first choice of ascetically pleasing luggage.

Cabin Zero Cabin Bags

I had seen Cabin Zero bags over on their Instagram page and really liked the styles. When Cabin Zero got in touch to ask me to review one of their bags, I was more than happy to do so. It will be perfect for our trip to Finland towards the end of the year.

I chose the Lipe Blue ultra light weight cabin bag in the 36litre capacity. I was drawn to the lovely feminine colour, not to much pink but just enough.

Cabin Zero bags all come with a 10 year warranty, but if you ‘like’ their Facebook page it is extended to 25 years, brilliant! They are all airline hand luggage size approved, which is great for any traveller who is going to be flying with various different air lines across the world.

The 36 litre bag is slightly smaller than the classic 44 litre bag. It has lots of fabulous features, it has adjustable straps, both top and side handles so you can just carry it if needed rather than on your back. There is a zip pocket on the front and 2 on the inside, one with a mesh panel which is great for seeing your documents sorted inside.

My 36 litre Cabin Zero bag weighs 700 grams, so it is super light weight so you can fit so much more inside it for your trip. It measures 44x30x20cm perfect for those airline hand luggage restrictions.

I think my favourite feature of this bag is the Okoban built in global tracking system. It gives lifetime tracking for your bag, you just go on line an register and then if your bag is lost or found it can be tracked back to you through Okoban.

I can not wait to head off on our trip towards the end of the year, to take my fabulous Cabin Zero bag with me. As the summer holidays are heading our way quickly I’m sure this bag will get some extra use for everyday things with the children.

Cabin Zero have kindly given me a discount code to share with my lovely readers, it is only valid for 30 days from now and gives you a 10% discount on any order you place with them. The discount code is CZCHAMPAGNEANDPETALS, let me know which of their gorgeous cabin bags you order.

*Thank you Cabin Zero for sending me out this lovely bag. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*