How to plan a trip to Japan: everything you need to know for your first visit

One day in Kobe, Japan | 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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3 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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Restaurants in Ljubljana, Slovenia: 5 best places to eat

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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Christmas present ideas for travel lovers: a gift guide

Christmas present ideas for travel lovers | PACK THE SUITCASES

Are you looking for some Christmas present ideas for travel lovers in your life? Here’s a little gift guide that might help.

Every travel blogger seems to be doing one of these gift guides so I thought I’d jump onto the bandwagon. As someone who loves travel, I’d be made up with any of these things. In fact, I already have quite a few of them. So I can vouch that they actually are useful and good things to have. Also, I want to assure you that this list does not contain scratch maps, novelty passport cases or anything else that’s been done to death on travel blogs…

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A fairytale city break in Ljubljana, Slovenia: things to see, do and eat

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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