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Planning your first trip to Japan: what you need to know

Your first trip to Japan: things you need to know | PACK THE SUITCASES

Planning your first trip to Japan involves lots of practical things like booking accommodation, sorting an itinerary and organising transport. But there are also lots of useful things about stuff like toilets, nudity and hairdryers that you need to know before you go too.

Just being in Japan is so, so different to anywhere else so it’s worth putting the time in with your planning to get the most of of your trip. Japan is a brilliant country that’s hard to do justice to. Bonkers, but brilliant. I’m willing to bore people with how much I love Japan at any opportunity (soz about that).

So here’s a huge brain dump of everything we tell people when they ask us about planning their first trip to Japan…

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Three days in Zagreb: a city break in Croatia

A city break in Zagreb, Croatia | PACK THE SUITCASES

We had a really good city break in Zagreb, Croatia (as part of a multi-destination week in October, with the week beginning in the nearby fairytale city of Ljubljana, Slovenia). Croatia definitely isn’t somewhere people associate with city breaks. It’s all about the party resorts, beaches and coastline. I know plenty of people who’ve been to Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik, but the capital of Zagreb was met with blank looks when I mentioned it to people. I don’t know why it’s so overshadowed because it made for a really interesting, hip and easy city break.

So here’s some highlights and things to do in Zagreb, Croatia…

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My 5 best places to eat in Ljubljana, Slovenia

5 places to eat in Ljubljana, Slovenia | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here are 5 brilliant places to eat in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We ate really well and really cheaply during our short break in the city, which you can read about in our post all about Ljubljana. I thought I’d list our favourite restaurants and cafés separately from our guide to the city, because the food was so good that it deserves its own post. They all have veggie or pescetarian options (which is what we eat most of the time), but almost all served meat too. Not once did we eat anything crap and we always felt like we’d got really good value for money.

So here you go – our pick of the best restaurants and cafés in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia…

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A fairytale city break in Ljubljana, Slovenia

A fairytale city break in Ljubljana, Slovenia | PACK THE SUITCASES

We had a brilliant short city break in Ljubljana, Slovenia in autumn time. I’m not sure if it was the amazing food, the riverside café culture or the fairytale beauty of the whole city swathed in autumn light that made us fall in love with it, but we’ll definitely be back. On the way home, we declared it was our new favourite European city, which is high praise indeed.

We visited Ljubljana as part of a multi-destination holiday: three days in Ljubljana and three days in Zagreb, Croatia – with a brilliant train journey between them (posts on that coming soon).

So here’s a bit of an introduction to the fairytale city of Ljubljana, Slovenia and things to do there…

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Isle of Man travel guide: a hidden gem in the British Isles

Isle of Man travel guide | PACK THE SUITCASES

The Isle of Man is a totally underrated little island – like a mini version of mainland Britain, with all of its different landscapes on a small scale. It has a really varied coastline (craggy, sandy, pebbly, shelly – every flavour of beach is available). Also, it has plenty of mountains, forests, cute towns and villages. The Manx scenery rivals that of the Lake District and Scotland but it doesn’t have the volume of tourists, which makes it much better. It’s often even quiet enough for you to get beaches or glens entirely to yourself. And we all know that there is nothing better than being away from other people.

So, in no particular order, here’s our picks of the best places to see and things to do on the Isle of Man…

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A day in Dean Village and Stockbridge, Edinburgh

A day in Dean Village and Stockbridge, Edinburgh | PACK THE SUITCASES

During our latest trip to Edinburgh, we had a day exploring the Dean Village and Stockbridge area. Something I love about Edinburgh is that no matter how many times you’ve been, there’s always something or somewhere fresh to discover. This part of town isn’t exactly new to us, but we managed to uncover things we’ve not seen before.

Here’s some things to do in Stockbridge and Dean Village – and how you could spend a day there…

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