Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City

Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City

Hey travellers to Japan, check out this in-depth guide to the cultural Japanese city and begin planning your Kyoto Itinerary for your visit to the expansive region.

 

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Four Days in Kyoto, it hardly seems enough. Therefore, I can only cringe when I see travellers’ itineraries of Japan that only include a day in Kyoto.

Can you imagine trying to fill in the Fushimi Irani Shrine, Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizudera, Arashiyami and other must-see attractions in about 12-hours? It’s not possible because these fantastic places need valuable time and energy to appreciate the beauty of each attraction.

A Kyoto 4 day Itinerary requires careful planning. In this article, I hope to assist you in managing your time in one of Japan’s most popular cities with an abundance of unique places to see.

My own time in Kyoto required long days travelling by the magnificent public transportation system or wandering through the region by foot and taking everything in as slowly as possible.

I enjoyed visiting eye-catching temples, historic landmarks and exploring the great outdoors with splendid scenery against the mountains in the background.

For now, let’s prepare the itinerary and get your trip to Kyoto off to a positive start with a rough plan of what to do and where to go when visiting Kyoto.

You’ll soon realise that Kyoto in 4 days is the absolute minimum amount of time you’ll need to spend in the expansive region of Japan.

 

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Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City.

 

 

 

Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City

 

 

Getting to Kyoto From Osaka or Kansai International Airport

Because transportation in Japan is right, you can get into Kyoto from anywhere, with a train or bus the ideal transportation, or arriving by car on the fantastic roads that are in excellent condition.

Generally, people travel from Osaka to Kyoto or even Kansai International Airport, which is about half an hour out of Osaka. However, there are several ways into the city, including getting there from Tokyo.

Many train lines run to Kyoto from Osaka, whether it’s direct or through the metro lines that require changing trains on alternate routes.

If you are travelling from Kansai Airport, the quickest way to Kyoto is to catch the JR Haruka 20 line, which is almost direct and includes a stop at Osaka Station. The trip takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes and cost around 3400-yen.

Taking other routes to Kyoto from the airport usually takes around 40-minutes longer, but it can save you 1000-yen in price if money is an issue.

If your Kyoto trip does begin from Osaka, the metro lines will do the trick with many avenues getting you to Kyoto city, and it can take approximately one hour to get there with the cost ranging from 400-yen to 1300-yen.

The best way to travel the metro lines in the Osaka and Kyoto regions, including other nearby cities, is to purchase an ICOCA card from train stations ticketing machines or Japan Rail Office. There is one located at the Kansai Airport.

 

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Get around Osaka and Kyoto with ease with your handy ICOCA card.

 

 

Where to stay in Kyoto

There is plenty of options in Kyoto for places to visit with accommodation available for all budgets.

Although you will be hard-pressed to find many hotels available for under $80 a night unless you are willing to stay in a guest house or backpackers, the prices can skyrocket if travelling with a family.

I highly recommend the Mitsui Garden Hotel, which I stayed in during my time in Kyoto as a solo traveller that cost around $110 per night. However, prices can vary depending on the season you travel.

The Mitsui Garden Hotel is conveniently located, clean, comfortable and will do the job for a low to a mid-priced hotel in Kyoto.

 

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo.

 

 

Day 1 – Settling in Kyoto

I am sure long before you arrive in the city; you have been planning your own Kyoto Itinerary, no matter how many days you are staying in the city.

At least with four days available to you, there is time to settle into your trip, instead of trying to visit Kyoto in a day and get to as many attractions as possible.

On day one, I suggest you get to know the area where you are staying, visit a temple, go to a nearby market/street thoroughfare or take in a city walk to get to know the local area around you.

Before enjoying a comfortable night relaxing in your hotel and heading off an epic adventure on day two in Kyoto.

Now let’s check out these suggestions below for your first day in Kyoto, which is hopefully an excellent start to your trip:

 

City Walks in Kyoto

Start your journey off with a personal Kyoto City Tour. I am not telling you to go everywhere, but take a glimpse of the city by walking the streets and getting to know your surroundings and familiarising yourself a little.

Please have a look at the stunning Kyoto Station, which alone can take hours of your time with fancy restaurants, an underground shopping mall chaotic scenes inside the station itself (there are many platforms).

The backstreets are unique and quiet. I suggest you walk down a quiet alleyway and look at the different housing, restaurants, and businesses set up on Kyoto’s backstreets. It is fascinating.

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Enjoy the backstreets in the city.

 

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a lively place with many tourists and locals with a real positive and loud atmosphere.

In areas of the markets, it’s populated with tourists and locals, and it can make moving about quite tricky, but that happens in most tourist zones in Japan.

For sale, there is a range of Japanese foods of either grilled meats, sushi, crepes, ramen and plenty of other tasty eats with lots of green tea ice-cream situated in several locations throughout the markets.

Tasty foods are not the only thing to get excited about inside Nishiki Markets; many Japanese style souvenirs stalls sell stylish chopsticks, unique arts, men’s/women’s clothing and other goods you may get tempted to buy for a souvenir of your holiday in Kyoto.

 

Nishiki Market

Great food in Nishiki Market.

 

Kamo River

You can take a picturesque Kamo Riverwalk whenever you have spare time in Kyoto Itinerary.

For myself, it happened to be on day one (and day two, for that matter) where I had a little free time, and I wanted to take a stroll in the fresh air in a city that offers modern facilities and stunning nature in the outdoors.

Kamo River is a favourite spot for those who want a casual stroll, go exercising with a long run, or sit on the banks of the river and take it easy for a while by gazing at the picturesque surroundings in front of your admiring eyes.

It’s a majestic river that runs through the whole city and further on again, but you only need to see a small part to get your slice of the Kamo River.

 

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Kamo River in Kyoto Japan.

Day 2 – The Eastern part of Kyoto City

On the second day, things really begin to heat up as the feet get moving to many different places inside Kyoto.

During the second day of my Kyoto tour, I headed to the Eastern part of Kyoto, only a little distance from the city centre, where many historical attractions awaited to be seen and it was magnificent.

 

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Heian Shrine

The key to most attractions in Kyoto is to get in early and attempt to beat the crowds, which is clearly hard to do if have a Kyoto day trip is planned and visiting many attractions. You can try your best to beat the crowds, but eventually, it proves to be fruitless because the crowds will come.

Heian Shrine is a decorated Japanese structure that has a splendid appeal in both texture and colour. The Shrine was built a relatively short time ago, regarding history, in 1895 and was dedicated to the emperors who reigned supreme in Kyoto, Japan.

Inside the main grounds are four main buildings which are separated and sit horizontal to one another, and the white limestone flooring creates a great shuffling noise while taking a stroll across the grounds of Heian Shrine.

A must when visiting Heian Shrine is to visit the gardens around the back. While the Shrine is free of charge, the gardens do require a small entrance fee of 600-yen. It’s certainly worth the price to wander the stunning gardens and gaze through beautifully landscaped gardens, lakes and well-designed Japanese structures located throughout the gardens.

The ideal time to spend at Heian Shrine: 1-2 hours.

 

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine.

 

Yasaka Shrine

Free entry, Yasaka shrine is another stunning Japanese building that is worth your attention when visiting Kyoto. it’s a shrine full of colour, amazing structures and Japanese culture on display, especially with many locals and foreigners wandering around in their Kimono dresses.

The excitement levels go up another level at Yasaka Shrine, with the atmosphere getting louder as a guest to the shrine scramble to ring the sacred bells and partake in the special water, which is commonly seen during your Kyoto travel experience.

Inside is also a few market stalls and street foods readily available for purchase to get a much-needed energy boost. The day has just begun, so why not stock up.

The ideal time to spend at Yasaka Shrine: 1-hour.

 

The Yasaka Shrine

Kyoto Sightseeing at its best – Yasaka Shrine.

 

 

Kodai-Ji temple

More tradition, more history and this time, it’s Kodai-Ji Temple that gets worthy attention as the beauty goes up another level with this breathtaking temple.

The Kodai-Ji is mesmerising with many Japanese buildings, each with unique structures and is blended in beautifully with the mountains in the backdrop and the landscaped gardens that add to the pristine setting.

Established in 1606, in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, there is a lot of history inside Kodai-Ji, and it’s a privilege to be on the grounds of something so wonderful and ancient, with the old Sony Mirrorless camera getting a solid workout while taking many pictures of the temples, gardens and its very own bamboo grove.

A side-note, Kodai-Ji was undoubtedly my favourite temple to visit in Kyoto.

The Ideal Time to spend at Kodai-Ji Temple: 1-hour.

 

Kodai-ji

The picturesque Kodai-Ji Temple.

 

 

Ninenzaka

Another busy tourist attraction in the form of a street thoroughfare, Ninenzaka adds incredible culture and tradition that fits into the scene perfectly. The streets are buzzing with tourists, geishas and other locals that make moving along the busy strip near on impossible. The popular thoroughfare is made up of many shops, tea houses and food outlets that are decorated with amazing Japanese style housing and at the end of the road is the next tourist attraction, Kiyomizu-Dera.

 

Ninenzaka Street.

Ninenzaka Street.

 

 

Kiyomizu-Dera

Kiyomizu-Dera temple means “pure water” and is said to be the most attended temple in Kyoto. Judging by the crowds that gathered during my trip to the temple, there is no disputing that call.

The most popular thing to do at Kiyomizu-Dera is to go to one of the three waterfalls and touch the special water; by doing that, it’s believed it can give you magical powers, no wonder there is quite a queue.

It’s easy to see why the much-celebrated Kiyomizu-Dera temple is a popular choice for all visitors to Kyoto, not only for the wonderfully designed temple structures that are situated on the ground of Kiyomizu-Dera but the stunning backdrop of the mountains in the background helps create a picturesque setting making for terrific photos.

The temple was first founded in 778, with its present buildings being constructed in 1633, and it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1994.

The Ideal time to spend at Kiyomizue-Dera: 1-2 hours.

 

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The Kyoto Temple Tour includes Kiyomizuedera.

 

Kennin-Ji temple

Kennin-Ji Temple has a lot of history associated with it being founded in 1202. This fine temple is one of the oldest in Kyoto and is located in the Gion Geisha District, which means more women dressed in the traditional kimono dress.

Like most temples, it comes with a mixture of fine traditional Japanese structured buildings and is mixed in with a short garden walk that is quite popular in most attractions in the region.

The Ideal time to spend at Kennin-Ji temple: 30-mins to 1-hour.

 

Kennin-Ji Temple

Kennin-Ji Temple

 

Gion

Gion is known as the motherland of Geishas and is a Ninenzaka type street thoroughfare set-up, with plenty of souvenir shopping, tea houses and Japanese food outlets for a traditional Japanese experience through your travels.

Time to spend in Gion: 1-hour, perhaps longer if you want to chill for a while.

 

Gion

The streets of Gion.

Day 3 – Visit the biggest tourist hotspots in Kyoto

Without question, on day three of the Kyoto trip, I saw two of the biggest tourist attractions that there is to do in the region – Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Because 4 days in Kyoto is a hectic schedule, I recommend that you do the same thing.

Arashiyama is a little out of Kyoto and will take approximately 30-minutes to get there from the city centre, while Inari Shrine is situated closer to the city. It’s situated on the opposite side to Arashiyama and will take a good 40-minutes to get there by rail, depending on wait times for the train and changeover at Kyoto Station.

Let’s get into it, day three of your Kyoto trip Itinerary.

 

Arashiyama

Picturesque Arashiyama.

 

 

Arashiyama

Arashiyama is simply breathtaking. From the moment you get off the light train at Arashiyama, the natural beauty is there for all to see. In fact, you could easily spend a few days in the popular region rather than a few hours and create an Arashiyama Itinerary on top of your own Kyoto travel guide.

For the Arashiyama segment, as there are so many places to see, let’s go over a few of the noted highlights for your time in the picturesque area. As a side note, I only mention one temple below, but there are many others to see.

The Bamboo Forest Walk: The Bamboo Forest Walk is the first to mind when visiting Arashiyama. It’s a beautiful yet sometimes crowded walk depending on the time of day that you get there.

Many Bamboo trees are lined up on either side of the path as an entrance into the forest and create a beautiful sight that needs to be seen for yourself.

The Bamboo Forest Walk is free entry, one of the few attractions in Arashiyama, that is. No matter how large the crowds are during the day, a stroll through the Bamboo forest is unforgettable.

 

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An unforgettable journey in Arashiyama.

 

Tenryu-Ji Temple: The Tenryu-Ji Temple is one of the most popular temples in Arashiyama (naturally, there are many). It starts with a beautiful garden walk before arriving at the major temple building, which has unbelievable scenery surrounding it.

The temple was built in the year 1339 by the ruling leader Ashikaga Takauji. The main building itself overlooks a gorgeous lake with the gardens surrounding the main water feature. The mountains blend in perfectly in the background, and as I mentioned, it’s stunning.

 

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Tenryu Temple.

 

Okochi Sanso Garden: It cost a 1000-yen to enter the picturesque Okochi Sanso garden, but you won’t have any regrets once you hand the money over. The gardens were designed by a Japanese actor who created them specifically to be a film set in the picturesque settings on his own estate.

Not only is it a garden walk with plenty of nice Japanese buildings, but you also get a complimentary Green-tea cake and tea that is appreciated inside a boutique tea house surrounded by large bamboo trees.

It’s a relaxing atmosphere and one of my favourite attractions in Arashiyama; I could only imagine being so much better during the cherry blossom season when everything looks much prettier.

 

Okochi Sanso Garden

A Japanese house inside Okochi Sanso Garden.

 

Katsura River: The attractive Katsura River is full of activity, with many tourist boats flowing through the water and showing the tourists the surrounding areas of Arashiyama.

It’s a great time to get your camera out to click away while taking a gentle stroll along the banks of the river.

The Katsura River is the ideal location to have a bite to eat for lunch at a riverside restaurant and enjoy a bowl of ramen or other selections of Japanese food.

It’s even better unwinding with a glass of cold beer and enjoying the sounds of the Katsura River, which is in full view from where you are dining.

 

Katsura River

Katsura River.

 

Arashiyama Monkey Park: Who knew entering a monkey park would require some form of fitness, and that is exactly what you get when you enter the gates of the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Before you even see a monkey for the first time, you need to hike up a hill for 20-minutes, and it will test your fitness out in the process.

The Monkey Park is a tad overrated; while there are a few large and tamed monkeys at the peak of the hill once you have completed the hike, I find that you get more distracted by the nice views of Kyoto City out in the distance.

 

Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Iwatayama Monkey Park.

 

Arashiyama back streets and town-centre walk: Wandering through Arashiyama is not only about the pleasant attractions or breathtaking temples, but a quiet walk along the backroads is also compulsory to view the unique township.

During your walk away from the crowds, you can witness many Japanese style housing with a few selling unique souvenirs of fine art or jewellery and stop in for a tea, coffee or a bite to eat at a selection of cafés along the streets.

The town centre of Arashiyama is packed with tourists, and plenty is going on in terms of retail shopping and restaurants. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to the ever-popular green tea ice cream sold in many locations throughout Arashiyama.

Time to spend in Arashiyama: Depending on your schedule, anything from a few hours to a couple of days.

 

Arashiyama

A traditional carriage is on one way to view the back streets of Arashiyama.

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Getting off the train at Inari station, the festival begins on the street with a range of expensive markets and food outlets available where ever you look. It won’t stop the tourists from getting their coins out for a bite of the expensive Japanese street food.

The main Shrine is a stunning feature with beautiful looking Japanese-style buildings with tourists gathering for the best possible photo shoot.

Good luck capturing a photo without a random stranger getting in the way of the picture, especially during the middle part of the day when people are everywhere.

After the main buildings, you ascend further into the shrine and into the area that makes Fushimi Inari Shrine popular for what it is.

I speak of the orange torii gates, the unique orange figures that are rowed in many numbers. You may have seen the famous gates in the hit movie “Memoirs of a Geisha,” during the scene when the young girl is running through gates before the movie moves into her adult years.

The orange Torii gates represent the staple of all holy Shinto sites. The Fushimi Inari Shrine has thousands of them on its grounds and eventually will turn into a large hike.

The hike through the gates takes around 2.4km kilometre in total, bypassing many gravesites and ringing bells, before walking ascending the hill to find more stunning views of Kyoto.

It’s an exhausting hike, and I encourage you to carry plenty of water throughout your hike. If you don’t, there are vending machines available throughout, but it does come at an excessive price for a 600ml bottle of water.

The admittance price for the shrine is complimentary.

Time to spend at the Fushimi Inari Shrine: 1-3 hours.

 

 

 

Fushimi Irani Shrine

    Fushimi Irani Shrine is popular for its Orange Torri Gates.
 

Day 4 – Historical attractions with a large presence

After a crazy amount of time exploring the region on days two and three, a laid-back approach is required on the fourth day of your Kyoto day trip out and about in the city, which is about avoiding the trains and using the bus services to get to Kyoto attractions, again using the same ICOCA Card you used for trains.

Kyoto sightseeing goes up another level on this occasion with the famous Kinkaku-Ji temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace the centre of the attention for day four.

 

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Finishing up in Kyoto.

 

Kinkaku-Ji temple

A day in Kyoto is once again started with a temple visit, but you haven’t been to Kyoto unless you have seen Kinkaku-Ji.

The Kinkaku-Ji Temple is the number-one-rated temple in Kyoto, according to TripAdvisor, and when it comes to appearance, the Golden structure of the Temple is tucked away behind the picturesque lake and pleasant viewing of the mountains in the background, is certainly nothing short than spectacular.

You don’t need to be a world-class photographer to take a good photo of the Kinkaku-Ji, because this temple originally built in 1397 will take care of the rest for you.

In terms of other attractions to do around Kinkaku-Ji, there isn’t a great deal more to do there than to gaze your eyes at a delightful golden temple that is a must-see and worth the admittance price alone.

Soon enough, you’ll be back on the number-bus, which takes you directly to the next attraction in Nijo Castle.

The ideal time to spend at Kinkaku-Ji temple: 1-hour. 

 

Kinkaku-Ji temple

Kinkaku-Ji temple.

 

Nijo Castle

Castles in Japan!!! There are a few, and Nijo Castle situated in Central Kyoto is a must-see attraction for all tourists.

There is plenty to see inside and outside the castle, whether it’s the stunning design of the buildings, the moat surrounding the castle, the lookout towers on each corner of the castle, the beautifully landscaped gardens and the amazing artwork inside of the main building.

It’s an educated day out visiting the centuries-old Nijo Castle, which has an entrance fee of 600-yen.

It’s another reason to fall in love with Kyoto, as there is lots of history to gain knowledge of inside the castle, with various types of artwork throughout different rooms.

For example, the fine paintings of tigers used in the waiting room, which in the 1600s were used to intimidate the guests of usually Korean or Chinese origins, found those animals most fearsome. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed to be taken inside the main halls.

The ideal time to spend in Nijo Castle: 2-3 hours.

 

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle.

 

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Last but not least, because there are many things to explore, is the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Another attraction that contains more tradition, more history and more splendid buildings that were reconstructed at these grounds of Imperial Park in 1865.

The Palace, which is free to enter and comes with complimentary guided tours in both Japanese or English, is situated on the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Park, which contains views of well-landscaped gardens and the buildings of the Imperial Palace.

There is plenty of places to see inside a four-day trip to Kyoto, and even on this list of places, it would be ideally covered over five days because there is not a lot of time for rest.

Often in travels, time is not always on our side unless you’re staying at a luxury resort that is made for relaxing. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this detailed itinerary of Kyoto and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

 

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace.

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Perfect Paradise – Types of Travelling Which is Ideal For You!

Perfect Paradise – Types of Travelling Which is Ideal For You!

The perfect paradise is one thing only you can answer, the types of travelling styles which is ideal for you, and you only. For there are different types of tourists, the kinds of travel vary from individual to individual.

Paradise can be defined in so many ways depending on the individual, it’s not always cocktails by the swimming pool in a stunning tropical location. For there are different kinds of travel, often travellers have their own personal definition on what their perfect paradise maybe when seeking that ideal destination when travelling around the world.

The first lot of paradise that comes to mind often is a vacation on the beach in the tropics, with plenty of palm trees and cocktails to go around, a country you think of maybe Thailand, Hawaii or the Maldives. Paradise can also be defined in a form of a picturesque lake that is tucked amongst a lush green forest, perhaps it’s a chalet in the woods on a cold winter’s night with the fire blazing all through the night.

It all sounds quite perfect when you think about the different kinds of trips available in the big wide world.

The perfect paradise can be several other forms of travelling with many scenarios coming to mind and it may not be the usual stock standard choice of the every day traveller. Let’s go through and dissect a few scenarios of the perfect paradise that may suit any individual travelling around the world. And please feel free to add your preference in the comments below, just in case I have missed a couple.

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A luxury resort by the white sandy beaches

It’s commonly the first choice for travellers when they think of paradise and that is to book a holiday to the tropics. With so many destination choices around the world for a little fun in the sun, it’s easy to find a convenient location for a little relaxation in paradise, be it a winter warmer or simply a getaway for a few days.

A vacation at a beach-side luxury resort often means it’s time to settle on the poolside deck chairs, order a cocktail from the pool bar and chill in the sun with palm trees not too far away to give your vacation that real tropical vibe. From there it’s all about long walks by the white sandy beaches and listening to the sounds of the ocean.

The beach-side tropics scenario lets you know that your stay in a perfect paradise setting has well and truly began, as you appreciate for a moment that you have escaped the hectic everyday life of the rat race in the real world.

 

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Relax in paradise at a luxury resort in Ubud, Bali.

 

Escape to the woods, hidden away in a peaceful cabin

To some, the sounds of nature faraway from the big city life is truly welcomed for those who need to escape the real world and even fellow humans for a little while. The sounds of the wildlife creeping around the falling branches of the forest, with the insects buzzing around with little care in the world, is enough for travellers to head out to the sticks and create their own little paradise in the form of a hideaway cabin, a chalet or even a basic tent under the stars with the fire blazing.

Peace and tranquillity are what comes to mind when you think about exactly what an escape to the woods means. There is no traffic with cars roaming around at will and the mad world of the city life is a distant memory, as you spend your precious time exploring the great outdoors, spotting wildlife or going on a hike to discover another part of the world that is often forgotten.

 

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Anything or Anywhere fresh water is involved is always a Perfect Paradise

The vividly stunning views of the fresh water are always kind to the eyes, especially when there are little crowds nearby to distract you from the sounds of the flowing water. Be it, a picturesque lake, a flowing river or a thunderous waterfall, each amazing feature will give your Instagram profile that extra appeal for your followers.

Imagine that you are staying in an accommodation that is overlooking the gorgeous views the freshwater feature, a more than welcomed sight during your time at the picturesque settings, with ample opportunities to appreciate the pretty picture in front of you and relax with the sounds of the flowing water echoing through your ear. It’s all very soothing.

A crushing waterfall may not be your idea of paradise, but it may be for someone else who loves nothing more than to take a dip in the fresh water and feel the sensation of the powerful water massaging your back as you attempt to hold your balance. There is a lot of fun to be had at such a hidden attraction that is surrounded by trees, mountains and other greenery, it’s planet earth way of showing off its beautiful nature.

 

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Elephant Waterfalls in Da Lat, Vietnam.

 

When winter arrives, the snow comes out to play

Far away from the sun, the palms and cocktails by the pool, the winter snow can be appreciated by many travellers who find the sight of the freezing white snow laying on the branches of trees, the roofs of houses and layered thick on the ground a beautiful sight indeed, especially those who live in an area where snowfall doesn’t happen.

Whether it’s a busy ski resort with holiday goers hitting the slopes or an isolated holiday house in the woods, paradise can also come in the form of a freezing cold winter, as the falling snow provides a spectacle and creates many highlights for travellers into the area. If you can adapt to the sub-minus temperatures, you are bound to have an epic holiday that is appreciated by families, lovers and solo travellers looking for a bit of fun in the snow.

A few ideal scenarios for when you are travelling around the world and seeking that perfect paradise. Whether it’s in the form of sun, forest, water or snow, your favourite ideal holiday is out there waiting for you to visit. Right now, I would love to hear your description of your perfect paradise by commenting below, it may help give me ideas for when I am chasing that precious holiday.

 

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Taking Wellbeing More Seriously When Travelling Abroad!

Taking Wellbeing More Seriously When Travelling Abroad!

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Let’s be honest about it for a moment, when you jet off abroad on the trip of a lifetime, ready to explore some of the world’s most incredible destinations, you don’t always think about taking wellbeing more seriously when travelling as much as perhaps you should do.

You’re more excited about your trip and what you will experience while you’re there, which is why you don’t have the time – or energy – to take your health into account. However, not making your health a priority, even when travelling, is a mistake. 

The fact is that taking care of your health while you’re on holidays may not be your top priority, but if you want to ensure that you have the most amazing time away, it’s a good idea to think carefully about how you look after your health, both physically and mentally.

Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it’s a case of taking a few simple steps to safeguard your wellbeing, that’s all. 

 

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 Taking Wellbeing More Seriously When Travelling Abroad!

Wondering how you can go about doing that? Below are a few tips and ideas to take note of and have a read of taking wellbeing more seriously when travelling! 

 

Look after your skin 

It’s far too easy to make the mistake of thinking that you only need to use sunscreen on days where it’s hot and sunny but that isn’t the case. The fact is that you should wear sunscreen every day, especially when travelling to a country with a hotter climate. Did you know that even when it’s cloudy, the sun’s UV rays can still penetrate the skin causing invisible sun damage? That’s why investing in some sunscreen, such as Grahams Natural Sunscreen for instance, is a must. The last thing that you want is to do serious damage to your skin while you’re away, which is why always wearing SPF protection is so important. 

 

Be mindful of your gut

 

Naturally, when you head off abroad you are keen to try all of the local cuisines – after all, eating like a local is what travelling is all about, isn’t it? While it’s all well and good trying the local cuisine, it’s a good idea to do your research first and find reputable places to eat. The last thing that you want while you’re away is food poisoning, which is why it’s so important to be mindful of where and what you eat. In case you do become unwell, it’s worthwhile packing some dehydration fluid sachets to help rehydrate you should you become unwell. 

 

Take time out for self-care 

When you’re travelling, it’s far too easy to pack your schedule so full of things to see and do that you forget to make time to relax and unwind. However, this isn’t a mistake that you want to make – failing to make time for self-care. Try to set aside time on your trip for relaxing; whether that means chilling out at the pool where you’re straying, reading a book in your room, or simply sunbathing on the beach, it doesn’t matter – what’s important is that you take the time to put your mental wellbeing first. 

There you have it, a few simple tips and suggestions for taking wellbeing more seriously when travelling.

 

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Amazing Things to do in Gyeongju – A Cultural South Korea Destination

Amazing Things to do in Gyeongju – A Cultural South Korea Destination


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Gyeongju is a little part of South Korea that never quite gets the same recognition as a tourist destination than its big brothers of Seoul, Busan and Jeju-do.

Regrets in life can come with what you don’t know, and if you decide to bypass Gyeongju during your South Korea holiday, you’re quite simply missing out on a picturesque city that is known for its stunning architectural structures and pristine gardens.

Situated in the South-East corner, Gyeongju is a charming city with a rich history, dating back thousands of years when it was believed to be once capital of Korea under the kingdom of Silla era. The city’s proud heritage is evident throughout the region with several Buddhist temples, pagodas and religious artifacts that are seen during your trip.

If you do decide to make the smart decision and have a short stay in Gyeongju, your choice will be proven to be worthwhile, because a trip to this traditional city is unlike any other part of Korea, and during your stay, you’ll find that there are a range of amazing things to do in Gyeongju.

 

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Awesome things to do in Gyeongju – South Korea.

 

 

 

Amazing Things to do in Gyeongju – South Korea

Amazing things to do in Gyeongju will have your trip to the South Korean City opening up many opportunities for a cultural experience you’ll never forget.

However, before we deep dive into the Gyeongju activities, let’s get the basic over and done with first, to set up your Gyeongju trip perfectly. 

 

How to get to Gyeongju?

While there are a variety of means of transportation to get to Gyeongju South Korea, being a train, car or bus services, the most common way to get there from South Korea’s major cities in Seoul and Busan is by using the KTX to Gyeongju.

To travel from Busan or Seoul to Gyeongju, the fastest way is KTX train System, a fast train which departs regularly from either city daily. Once aboard the KTX train, you get off at Singyeongju station and catch bus-700 to arrive at central Gyeongju, costing a further 1500KRW. Once you’re on the bus, it is only another 15-minute journey to the city centre.

Getting to Gyeongju:

  • KTX train from Seoul to Gyeongju (Singyeongju KTX station) – Approx. Cost 49300KRW economy class.
  • KTX train from Busan to Gyeongju (Singyeongju station KTX) – Approx. Cost 11000KRW economy class.
  • From Singyeongju, take bus-700 to Gyeongju City – Approx. Cost 1500KRW.

 

 

Where to stay in Gyeongju

You’ll find a whole range of appropriate priced accommodations in Gyeongju that will suit any budget. Whether it is family-style resorts, mid-priced hotels or budget hostels that are ideal for one, there is the perfect Gyeongju accommodation for you.

I need to recommend the Blueboat Gyeongju Guesthouse; it cost me around 24000-KRW per-night. It is a Dormitory style accommodation that included breakfast of toast, cereal, porridge and is perfect for any solo traveller to Korea on a budget.

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Street food is a common theme in Gyeongju Korea.

 

 

Bulguksa Temple – Gyeongju Temple

Gyeongju things to do include a fascinating wander through the grounds of Bulguksa Temple, A UNESCO listed attraction, that is given that credit for all the right reasons and fits into the heritage theme of Gyeongju to perfection.

Even though Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple has seen several renovations throughout its extensive history and it’s a great honour to stand in the historical grounds to view the fantastic religious structure that was established hundreds of years ago (in the year-528). All the while, admiring the architectural design, the gardens and the epic nature in the Tohamsan Mountain area of the temple.

Bulguksa needs to be on your list of Gyeongju attractions due to its rich history, that dates backs Boep-Hueng’s reign as the leader in the 6th century, and it only cost 5000KRW to enter through the gates of this beautiful temple in Gyeongju Korea.

 

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Bulguksa Temple is one of the top places to visit in Korea.

 

Seokguram Grotto

Situated in the same complex of Bulguksa Temple, making a great way to kill two birds with one stone during your Gyeongju travel experience. The Seokguram Grotto is again set in the exceptional nature of the mountain that makes Gyeongju so beautiful, and it’s undoubtedly Korea sightseeing at its very best.

Seokguram Grotto, a national treasure of Korea which was completed in the year of 774, is known to be made in the honour of Kim Daeseong parents from a former life. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed to be taken of the Seokguram Grotto, due to the age of the Buddha of Grotto statue, but it is worth a visit on your Gyeongju trip.

It cost 5000KRW to check out this artistic beauty of South Korea that also comes with incredible views over the Sea of Japan.

 

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The nature in Gyeongju is alive.

 

Cheomseongdae Observatory

It may not appear much as first, especially when you’re standing in an open field,, but staring at a structure looking well-aged over the years is a Gyeongju attraction to see.

It’s a simple case of don’t let looks fool you, because Cheomseongdae Observatory is a structure of great importance and is believed to be the oldest astronomical observatory that still exists in Asia today. Cheomseongdae also looks incredible when lit up at night.

Cheomseongdae in Korean means, star-gazing tower, so the name is more than appropriate for its original purpose, with the structure being completed in the 7th century under the reign of Queen Seondeok. It’s free admission to go and view this historic structure while roaming about Gyeongju.

 

Cheomseongdae Observatory

Cheomseongdae Observatory.

Gyeongju Hyanggyo (Gyochon Village)

I love to walk through a traditional Korean Folk Village and because South Korea have so many to take in and saviour, I’m always spoilt for choices when searching for a little tradition and culture in my homeland.

Gyeongju Hyanggyo or Gyochon Village is another particular folk village that will hold special memories in my heart and another historic attraction you must visit during your Gyeongju city tour.

When walking through the gorgeous Hanok Village, which is a walk in the life of the Choi Clan, it is merely a treat to admire the stunning ancient buildings and green scenery that surrounds the premises.

Gyochon Village is not only about taking in more Korean sightseeing, but there are also a few activities of interest to note, such as a traditional tea house, soap making, a traditional Korean meal and many more workshops that anyone with a keen eye for arts & crafts will enjoy.

Admission is free to Gyochon Village, and it is open to the public all year round, how cool is that when finding a Gyeongju tourist attraction!

 

 

Gyochon Village

Lose yourself inside Gyochon Folk Village.

 

 

Woljeonggyo Bridge

If you’re visiting Gyochon Village, then you’re more than likely to go past Woljeonggyo Bridge, situated right next door to the famous village.

Woljeonggyo Bridge was built in the 19th Century under the reign of King Gyeongdeok, but like a lot of famous South Korea tourist attractions you see in your time in the country, such historical attractions have felt the effect of war and has been reconstructed in time to bring history back to the modern day Gyeongju.

The Woljeonggyo Bridge is better seen at night because the colours come which out in the dark are spectacular and is one of the finest things to see in Gyeongju.

 

Woljeonggyo Bridge

Woljeonggyo Bridge.

 

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond Gyeongju)

If the stunning nightlife is what you seek in your Gyeongju itinerary, then the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is the place to be for an evening time bliss in nature when this historic palace lights up in the evening sky.

Although, if you do happen to arrive in the midst of the day, your views won’t be spoilt, because that’s not possible when you visit Gyeongju sights, so never fear when your schedule is busy, and you can’t fit in these those fantastic attractions in your Gyeongju day trip at the times you wish.

To not visit this fine attraction at all would be an actual crime.

When you look at the Palace grounds from a distance, the Donggung Palace (long ago used as a banquet hall) sits at the rear of the Wolji Pond (an artificial pond, which is a reflection of the moon) and when you include the surrounding scenery in the Gyeongju National Park, the views are nothing short of sensational.

The former name Anapji Pond came about long ago during the era of Goryeo and Joseon, it changed to it’s current name because in the 1980s, a pottery fragment with the letters of “Wolji” was discovered, revealing the initial name of the pond long ago, hence the permanent change to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

The cost to visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond is 2000KRW and is open from 9 am to 10 pm.

 

Anapji pond

Visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond – Anapji Pond.

 It doesn’t stop there in Gyeongju South Korea

Things to do in Gyeongju is the gift that keeps on giving to tourist that visit from close or far.

There is a copious amount of attractions to visit, including the Gyeongju National Museum which is sure to educate, especially when you think of all the history that is found in the first capital of Korea.

You have got the Cheonmachong Tomb in a location that lies in the green fields of Gyeongju, that dates back to the fifth century and believes to be built in the style of Silla. There is a chance to further breathe like the city in the World Culture Expo Park, showcasing a building that is amazing in design.

Other things to do in Gyeongju include:

  • Gyeongju National Museum
  • Cheonmachong Tomb
  • World Culture Expo Park
  • Replica of the Hwangnyongsa Temple
  • Indulging in delicious Korean food

 

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The Fondest Travel Memories Before the Big Virus Hit the World

The Fondest Travel Memories Before the Big Virus Hit the World

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When the Coronavirus stops the world in its tracks, it sends people to feel a little blue while craving to watch their favourite sports team, have a beer in a pub or get on a plane and travel to your next destination.

The stay at home message is vital; of course, we need to save lives.

However, it does not stop us to reminisce about favourite adventures and think of the fondest travel memories over the years.

You get where I am going with, discussing my fondest travel memories, since right now, travel is out of the question as we bide our time and wait for the next adventures to creep back into our lives once again.

 

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A day at Bako, where else would you rather be during one of the fondest travel memories in Borneo.

 

 

My fondest travel memories before the big virus hit the world

Since a majority of my adventures have been in the continent of Asia, it only makes sense the fondest travel memories belong in the vast continent. All nine to be exact.

Starting from nine amid the winter snow and ending with a trekking adventure, let’s get into a few of my favourite adventures.

 

9. The Winter Snow melts the heart in Muju-Gun of South Korea

Snow has been I rarity in my life, especially living in the state of Western Australia, a mainly sunshine state that I’m so spoilt to call it home.

Therefore, when I ventured to South Korea in December 2014, the mountains were surely waiting, and it was pure bliss.

In the central part of South Korea, a few hours from Seoul sits a small town called Muju-Gun, famous in its winter months due to the spectacular mountains of the Deogyusan National Park.

I will never forget the memories, the picturesque mountain views which were so white, daily hikes in the thickened snow, making a snowman with the kids and wandering though the Deogyusan Resort to saviour the vibrancy of a famous holiday location with busy ski slopes.

 

Perfect Paradise

Fun in the snow at Muju-gun in South Korea.

 

 

8. The Love island of Koh Samui in Thailand provides the perfect anniversary destination

When you think of the ideal location for a wedding anniversary, Koh Samui is an ideal section for a romantic destination.

Thanks to grandma, the kids were left behind, as the wife and I celebrated ten years of marriage in Thailand, staying at the stunning Mai Samui Resort.

The walks on the beach, the magnificent Ang Thing National Park, daily cocktails by the swimming pool, a romantic dinner on the sands with sunset and throw in a few private intimate moments. Koh Samui in Thailand was a week to remember.

How during a pandemic, would you love to get that week back in your life (without the kids)?

 

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Who wouldn’t be happy with a view like this?

 

7. A crazy few hours in Shenzhen, China to check out a big building

The story goes!

My oldest son is addicted to buildings of the world, so much so he wishes to be an architect. That meant while Holidaying in Hong Kong, a short Visa into mainland China was essential, with the world’s third-biggest building agonisingly in reach.  

The Ping An Financial Centre is the famous building in Shenzhen China, and once we finally got a hold of our Visas, which took forever, we made our way onto the crazy subway system in search for a building.

Without a pre-purchased sim card and WIFI hard to come by, the only way to find the building was to be above ground and look skywards for the unique structure. Once we got our radar onto the Ping An, we walked in its general direction, discovering a little more of Shenzhen along the way.

The building, at the time, was entirely new, with many shops in the mall not open, yet, the Sky Deck at the very top was well and truly open for business, as we made our way to the very top of the Ping AM Financial Centre to check out the sights of Shenzhen, through the smog.

 

Ping An Financial centre

Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen.

 

 

6. Dalat, A garden city of Vietnam with stunning waterfalls

What is a Southeast Asian piece without mentioning the delightful, yet the chaotic country of Vietnam?

Dalat, in the Central Southern Highlands, was an incredible destination, that offered great food, busy streets, gorgeous lakes and streaming waterfalls in several locations.

Not only that, but Dalat is also the garden city of Vietnam, with plenty of fascinating places to visit for spectacular gardens views with booming flowers, and undoubtedly the Dalat Garden Centre will demand your attention.

A day trip away from the chaos of the city streets is compulsory for all tourists, and it’s no different for our family getaway to the city, as we ventured far and wide with a paid driver, visited coffee plantations and the majestic Elephant Waterfalls.

 

Da Lat, Vietnam

Elephant Waterfalls in Da Lat, Vietnam.

 

 

5 The Cat city of Kuching in Sarawak made for the ideal solo adventure

The Sarawak state of Borneo, Malaysia was one of the last destinations visited before the virus hit, and I am pleased to say that the Cat city of Kuching, left a positive effect in many ways.

A solo trip, Kuching was much admired for its laidback city streets where you could easily browse through markets, enjoy a beer overlooking the Sarawak River and visit many astonishing historic sites.

It is once I got out of the city limits where the region indeed showed its beautiful colours with the likes of Bako National Park, a picturesque hit with many excellent treks and gorgeous coastline views. It was one of the National Parks within easy distance to the city, along with Sarawak Cultural Park that showcased the city’s culture from long ago.  

 

 

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What to do in Kuching varies from a river cruise to a visit to a National Park.

 

 

4. Stepping into the DMZ of North and South Korea

There is always an eery feeling when you are about to enter into the Demilitarized Zone of Korea and cross the border into North Korea, even if it is within the rooms of the Blue House.

Please make no mistake about it, when holidaying in Seoul of South Korea, a DMZ day tour is a compulsory trip. 

There’s nothing like learning about the history of Korea, looking through the binoculars into the North, and as mentioned, stepping into the Blue Houses of the DMZ.  

For my wife and I, the whole day was a real opener. However, the best experience was talking to a North Korean Defector and discovering her struggles to leave her husband behind to defect through China with her daughter and setting up a new life in South Korea.

 

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Inside the blue building of the DMZ.

 

 

3. The Cultural city of Kyoto in Japan is a favourite city

It’s the best city I have ever visited during my adventure in Asia, Kyoto, in Japan.

You see, I love the culture, food and historic structures and Kyoto delivers in spades when it comes to those specifics, not to forget the breathtaking nature on the outskirts of the city, especially Arashiyama.

It’s no surprise that Kyoto is a favourite for many tourists who venture to Japan. The fantastic landmarks to visit never ends and the around the city, especially when you think of iconic places which include, the Bamboo grove of Arashiyama, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, The magnificent Kinkaju Temple and the iconic Nijo Castle.

They are only a few of the temples that come to mind when I think of my four days in Kyoto, I wish it had been more, but I’m sure I will return to this incredible city.

 

The streets of Kyoto City

The streets of Kyoto City.

 

 

2. Volunteering in Vientiane, Laos is an adventure never to forget

To volunteer was an adventure of a different type and most satisfying, which was giving back to travel and assist those who need help.

Volunteering abroad was to always a goal of mine, and I achieved this when I ventured to Laos in 2017 to teach English in the capital Vientiane to school kids and Monks.

Please make no mistake about it; volunteering programs are not cheap. Still, money isn’t everything when it comes to experiencing something incredible and lend to assist those who need help in a poverty situation.

The most cherished memory was meeting other volunteers around the world and bonding together for a particular purpose. Most of the volunteers were young adults, and it was incredible to see these young people give up their time and hard-earned money to experience an adventure which is quite real and satisfying.

On the country Laos itself and the city of Vientiane, it was a unique destination. A Southeast Asian Country which lacks chaos on the streets and laidback to explore the city streets, enjoy a cold beer and eat delicious local cuisines. The city landmarks were quite distinctive too.

 

Teaching monks in Laos

Teaching Monks in Laos.

 

 

1. The Himalayan Mountains come alive in Nepal

The number one adventure is no surprise at all. Think about it, how amazing it is to have the opportunity to stare at the Himalayan Mountains in the flesh and the mountains follow you for the three-day journey. Unbelievable can hardly describe the trip.

During my trip to Nepal in March of 2019, I visited Kathmandu city and took part in a short three-day hike on the edge valley, the Chisapani to Nagarkot Trek.

With a guide who had a wealth of Knowledge, the trip was unforgettable. From pushing through the pain barrier on the treacherous mountains to dealing with the difficulty of breathing at high altitude, never in my life had I experienced a trip where it was hard work, however high rewarding.

The Himalayan Mountains will never leave me for as long as I live. Whether it’s through the memory of the occasion or the thousands of pictures I took, I can gladly say that the Himalayan Mountains isn’t a scenic beauty that I have seen in travel books, but through my own eyes.

Happy travels to you and hopefully the world will open again real soon, so new adventures and memories can be created.

 

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The sunrise from Chisapani and the Himalayan Mountains.

 

 

 

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The Power of Meaningful Travel – Get Inspired to Help Others

The Power of Meaningful Travel – Get Inspired to Help Others

Defining the power of meaningful travel is not as straight forward as one may think. The term usually means a variety of options to many different people, however ultimately, it’s to do with something that is generally over and beyond your usual routine during an overseas travel adventure.

Many ideas come to mind in pursuit of meaningful travel and it’s not always the common suggestion that is the first choice, which is to volunteer abroad.

Naturally, the volunteer abroad programs are a big winner for many travellers and rightfully so, because it’s a gratifying experience in life which I had the privilege to do first hand during a trip to Laos in the year of 2017 when I was teaching English as a foreign language.

There are a lot more avenues in giving back to the community that volunteer programs when you feel the need to travel the world and give assistance to those who need a helping hand.

In this article, we will discuss several options available to the traveller, so you too can have the power of meaningful travel and contribute back to the world in any way you can.

 

 If you are considering volunteering abroad, check out this great book from amazon that gives an essential guide volunteering in another country.

 

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The Power of meaningful travel, give back to countries that need your assistance.

 

The Power of meaningful travel – Get Inspired to Help Others

Let’s discuss further the power of meaningful travel and discover how, you too, can embark on an incredible journey. 

 

Go on Volunteer Vacations

To volunteer overseas is an achievement that every traveller should experience at least once in their lifetime.

I say a minimum of once because the international volunteer programs do not come cheap and it is a program that you need to fork out a great deal of money to achieve the selfless adventure. On top of the program price, you also need to include, flights, visas and insurance, it all mounts up.

Voluntary work can be a hard challenge, you don’t stay in flush accommodation, amenities are nothing fancy, the food is decent but it’s not home cooking and getting efficient WIFI could be a challenge for those who must have it. A good WIFI connection can depend on the organisation you volunteer with.

The experience, however, will be more than worthwhile after you get past the minor negatives involved. You’ll meet wonderful people (fellow volunteers) who you’ll remember for years to come, the satisfaction of completing your daily challenges will be self-rewarding and you’ll visit real villages that have strong values and culture.

It those memories of the locals in their everyday habitat that you’ll remember most during your time volunteering abroad.

There are many reputable volunteer organizations around the world you can choose for this opportunity and you can consider volunteering in South Africa, Laos, Nepal, Peru and even exotic Fiji. In fact, there are several countries available in all parts of the world for you to select from. Types of voluntary work to choose from include, teaching English, Construction, Wildlife Care and Environmental.

 

Best Volunteer Programs World-wide

GVI – Volunteering program

Projects Abroad

International Volunteer HQ

 

 

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Teaching English to school kids in Laos.

 

Partake in Adventure Vacations for a specific charity

Perhaps you want to push the limit and go on a hike through the Himalayas in Nepal or take on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. You can attempt these adventure holidays and do it for a good cause by setting up a foundation with a charity and raising funds through a reputable organisation.

Adventure travel is often used by a group of people or individuals who love the challenge of completing difficult obstacles, setting up YouTube channels, a website, finding an appropriate charity to partner up with and promote their cause through a variety of methods.

A popular type of charities to partner up with include Cancer Council, domestic violence organisations, or children’s health charities to name a few organisations.

 

Have a year off with gap year travel

For those of you that don’t know what Gap year travel is, it’s a term commonly used by young Australians, who wish to take a year off studies upon graduating from high school before going into university or the work force. So, if you were to finish year-12 in 2018, you would travel for 2019, before enrolling into university for 2020.

Whether you like the concept or not, it’s an option for young adults who want an epic adventure around the globe before getting into the grind of the real world, which entails, jobs, bills and other responsibilities that come with adult life.

Maybe the travel experience is not what you would call “meaningful” as it is generally a backpacking adventure through Europe type of trip where the only contributions you are giving to visiting countries is through the economy.

Although, that’s not to say that volunteering work is not an option, because many young people do elect to do it for a couple of weeks during their time abroad. Remember if you’re planning on having a year off for an adventure around the world, be sure to purchase travel insurance for any long-term travel plans. 

 

Gap Year Ideas to consider

Backpack adventure

Volunteering work

Work vacation

 

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Where will your Gap Year travel take you.

 

Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL Jobs)

Get paid to travel and contribute to the world by teaching English as a Foreign Language, also known as TEFL.

If you have the patience of being in a classroom for countless hours and teaching English to those who don’t come close to speaking your language, this could be the ideal work vacation for you and while I have never been involved in TEFL previously, the average income is around $3000-per-month, which is quite adequate.

To begin the process of partaking in TEFL jobs you don’t need a degree in teaching, although in some countries it is a requirement, usually, it only requires you to do a TEFL course, get security checks and be interviewed as you would a real job for your choice of employment abroad. You can check out the i to i website for further details on how to prepare for TEFL travel.

 

 

ECO travels – Look after the environment

Ecotourism is becoming more popular in the travel and tourism industry. You can play your part in the pursuit of meaningful travel, by electing to choose an adventure through a trusted tour company that is environmentally friendly and sustains the well-being of those who live in the land.

This is not my own words but of those at International Ecotourism Society “ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.”

There are many travel companies worldwide who get involved in ecotourism and if this is the new-age way of travelling for you, which I think is fantastic, then you can find ideal ways to contribute and help the globe environmentally.

To find the right ECO travel adventure, you can begin by looking at the internet and selecting the right tour, hotels or adventure that is appropriate for you and the environment. You may be surprised at what is out there.

 

 

Go fund or donate to a good cause

You can’t afford to travel!!! Well, that is unfortunate, to begin with, however, if you are still looking at giving back to the community, you can donate as much or as little money to funding sites that work with reputable organisations around the world.

Perhaps you feel the need to donate because you have a family member or close friend who is volunteering abroad, and you want to assist in their good cause.

You may know someone who is partaking in adventure travel to raise funds to stop Animal Cruelty, again you can help by donating whatever you can give, or by spreading the good word through your social media channels. You can even take a pro-active approach and start a fundraiser to raise funds for your local church or charity.

You do not have to board a plane to feel the power of meaningful travel, not at all. Most of the time travel is an expensive exercise that is not always affordable and while we would love a better work-life balance, that is not always sustainable.

The next time you are looking at a new type of adventure, why don’t you consider ways of giving back to the world and go volunteer in faraway destination, teach English abroad in places like South Korea or China, or partake in a ecotourism exercise that is sustainable travel for not only yourself, but for the locals who live in the land. You’ll get the Fair Dinkum Traveller tick of approval and I know that is what you are all striving for.

 

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