After six years of practice, we think we’ve just about nailed this planning a holiday malarkey. Sitting down with our laptop and a few guidebooks to get planning is almost as exciting as the trip itself. So here are our top 10 travel planning tips to save time and money and to avoid stress (and getting hungry-angry…).
Our day trip to Mdina, Malta was a highlight of our time there. A tiny walled city and former capital, Mdina is often known as ‘the silent city’. It really lives up to this name if you return to it at night when it’s eerily quiet and the streetlamps are your only company in the deserted streets.
We spent our first day in Malta exploring Valletta and Birgu, one of the Three Cities, just wandering round to get a taste for the place and taking a ridiculous amount of photos. Valletta – a honey-coloured fortress city full of Baroque architecture – is the capital of Malta. The Three Cities is an area of, unsurprisingly, three cities built in very close proximity to each other around the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities is just over the water from Valletta so it’s ideal to see both in a day – we only went to Birgu, but you could easily do the other two as well.
Japan’s trains are a cut above anywhere else in the world. No one in Japan has ever been reduced to tears by the words ‘rail replacement bus service.’ Because of this, they’ve become quite a cult thing to obsess over and Japan is an absolute goldmine of brilliant and hilarious train-based stuff. We knew we’d have to write up our top five things to do in Japan for railfans, and we’ve not even scratched the surface yet.
Watching sumo in Tokyo was not on our ‘must-do’ list of things for our first trip to Japan back in 2015. We didn’t really know anything about it and it seemed a bit weird and didn’t interest us. But we did it anyway and LOVED it. For our second trip, in January this year, we knew we wanted to go again. And after that, we seem to have become actual sumo fans. Who’d have thought it?
So we thought we’d share what it’s like going to watch it for the day and some useful things you need to know before you go.
Tokyo is vast and ever-changing. It has been done to death on travel blogs and in guidebooks but you can never quite capture it. For that reason, we didn’t want to write down what we think you ‘shouldn’t miss’ or ‘must see’ places. But here are 20 things we really enjoyed on our last two visits – ranging from cuddly capybaras to lacy taxis to extreme karaoke.