First Passport Stamp – Tokyo, Japan

In May 2013 I obtained a passport.

14 days later I left Australia. It wasn’t Italy, but I was on my way!
Tokyo was nothing like I had expected but so much more.
Beautiful.
Busy.
Quiet.
Exciting.
Calm.
Tasty.
Sensational.
With the trip so quickly arranged and a full schedule leading up to the departure there was no time to research my guts out (like I normally do).
And this was no small feat. Three adults (one 70 year old) Four teenagers/preteens and one toddler all to Tokyo for five nights!

Ginza was stunning

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6 top travel tips my Facebook friends loved

Some quick tips from my recent long haul trip to Europe. Add them to your repertoire if you haven’t already.

View from the on-off bus

Up, Up and away!

Your carry-on kit contains the only belongings you will see for many hours if you’re travelling long haul so it is important to have everything you need.

I have labeled each person’s passport with their name on the front. This makes identifying your passport through customs super easy and much less fumbling.

If travelling with a child, pack a turkish towel too. They roll up and are compact. They will service everything from water slippages all over your seat or clean blanket or pillow.

Inside your carry-on kit, along with all the usual suspects, should be a leisure suit for each of the travellers to change into for the long haul flight, or a spare t-shirt if you are just flying short haul. Change out into your comfortable clothes after take off and back into your nice outfit before landing. This will ensure you are feeling the best you can as you walk off the plane in your new destination.

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Long Haul with Toddler

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I pounded my heart out on google leading up to the first long haul European trip with a toddler. There were many posts with lists and great ideas but none of them mentioned some of the things which can go horribly wrong. A broken stroller, 34 hours flying direct and one frazzled mamma makes for an interesting story. I don’t plan on boring you with all the details, but rather save you from such drama. Continue reading