Mini Guide to Japan

Safety and Health

If there’s one thing you’ll probably never have to worry about in Japan, it’s safety. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and one can easily travel with no fear of being mugged or scammed. The only possible hazard you might come across if you’re unlucky is an earthquake, but there isn’t much you can do about it.

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Japan has a temperate climate with an average temperature of 5.1 Celsius during the winter and 25.2 during the summer — but can go as high as 35. There’s a rainy season, which starts in May in Okinawa and ends around July in Hokkaido.

Spring (March-April) is probably the best time to visit Japan as the temperatures are mild and you’ll probably see the cherry blossom. If you’re traveling in Autumn, just be careful with typhoons in the southern areas.

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Food and Drinks

Japanese cuisine is famous for the use of seasonal ingredients, which makes it as fresh as possible. Apart from the famous sushi and sashimi, visitors can try different types of noodles including rāmen (Chinese noodles), which is served with a broth. Famous delicacies are Fugu, the poisonous puffer fish and Kobe beef, the marbled expensive meat.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…

Big Brother China: A Look at China’s Social Credit System

This work of fiction is about to become a reality for the 1.4 billion residents of China where the government plans to roll out a “Social Credit System”. The Chinese government says it’s an attempt to raise “awareness for integrities and the level of credibility within society” through the use of mass surveillance and data collection.

The World’s Best Cruises

If you haven’t been on a cruise in the last five years, you’d be surprised how the landscape of the industry has changed. If you’re looking for your next adventure, check out some of these amazing cruises.