Featured Photos: Autumn Views in Murodo on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan

Murodo on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan

On our recent Autumn trip to Japan a great day out which I planned and the weather helped to come to fruition was to ascend the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which links the Nagano prefecture with Toyama. While you can traverse the full length, we decided to make a base in Shinano Omachi and then … Read more

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales 2019 – Japan Travel Planning

Pretraveller Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals

Hi everyone, here are some great deals for the upcoming Black Friday sales on 29 November 2019 and Cyber Monday sales on 2 December 2019 to help you book your trip to Japan (and many other travel destinations!).  As new deals become available we will add them to this article Sign up to our newsletter below … Read more

More Than Uluru: The Best Kept Secrets of Central Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory, Australia

You can’t visit Uluru without being caught up in the debate over whether to climb ‘the rock’. More on that topic later.  A visit to the spectacular Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia is a definite bucket list item for many people.  One of the challenges with visiting Uluru is that it is a long … Read more

Best Travel Bag and Luggage for Your Japan Trip

Best Travel Bags and Luggage for Your Japan Trip

A good general principle when considering your travel bag and luggage for Japan and Tokyo is to pack as light as you can manage. Most visitors to Japan will utilise public transport during their visit, which requires lots of walking, climbing steps and getting around. The Japan and Tokyo public transport system can get quite … Read more

Featured Photos: Ebor Falls on Waterfall Way Australia

View of both tiers of Ebor Falls on Waterfall Way Australia

We visited Waterfall Way in January 2015, and were fortunate that a few days prior to our visit there was quite good rainfall.  As a result we were able to see the waterfalls along Waterfall Way in their full glory! Waterfall Way is the name of the east-west route between Coffs Harbour and Armidale, and … Read more

Photo Essay: Three Hours in Matsumoto – Japan

Matsumoto Castle in Japan

On our recent Japan trip our route was set to pass through the small city of Matsumoto in the Nagano Prefecture (220km / 137 mi by road north west of Tokyo) and we took the opportunity to stop in for a few hours and visit Matsumoto Castle and surrounds.  When I was planning our trip … Read more

Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2016

Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2016

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the ranked list of the top Australian and New Zealand travel blogs.  For the first version of this list I have assessed and ranked 138 travel blogs, and I expect to add more blogs to this list following publication so that it is comprehensive.  The new post of Top Australian … Read more

5 Top Tips on How NOT to Start Your First Visit to Japan (plus Bonus Tip!)

Bidet Toilet and Squat Toilet in Japan

We were tired.  We were hungry.  We were lost in Tokyo Station. We had all of our luggage with us.  And we had minimal local money left.  All in all it was a less than glorious start to our long planned family holiday to Japan. While I am an experienced international traveller this was my … Read more

How to Plan a Holiday Into Your Trip Itinerary

How to Plan a Holiday Into Your Trip Itinerary

What is the measure of a great holiday?  Is it the amazing attractions you have seen, that feeling of enjoyment, of exploring, having a great time and feeling relaxed ?  How often have you been on a trip where the things you remember are how you were tired, the arguments you had and how sore your feet were? I … Read more