I've just come back from my first official gig as aWanderer in ResidenceforG Adventures.What this means is that they have a partnership with a number of travel 亚博客户端下载bloggers who will go on a number of their trips around the world and亚博app官方下载 write about it.The travel 亚博客户端下载bloggers have a great time,andG Adventuresgets some exposure for it.
So it's a Win:Win Situation!
不管怎样，我必须在年底前做一次，我决定去一个离澳大利亚比较近的地方，where I hadn't been before,and a trip that was short-ish.所以我决定去看看Trip to Japanfor a change.This was also my first ever trip with G Adventures,so I was keen to find out what they were all 亚博app官方下载about.这不像是一个盲目约会，你会怀疑对方是不是精神病患者，会杀了你，but this was new territory for both of us!
现在，I don't know that much 亚博app官方下载about Japan.I know a lot of my household gadgets are made there.我的车是在那里造的。他们以他们的搞笑and crazy television shows.But to actually go there and see the place and what was all 亚博app官方下载about is another thing altogether – and I love soaking up whatever the culture likes to throw at me. I like to get behind the psychology of the place to see what makes it tick.
我敢肯定，自从地震和海啸以来，日本一直在经济上和情感上受苦。It's probably not the biggest hot spot for many travellers at the moment.But 120 million people have to live here,and they're doing great!
In terms of travelling to Japan – I could have easily done this myself.这是我去过的世界上最安全的地方之一。No need to wear a money belt here.Everyone is extremely friendly and courteous,and it's one of the best examples of social harmony I've come across in my travels – ever.Their publictransport系统是我在世界上经历过的最好的。If the train says it is leaving at 10.27 am,上午10点27分零秒就出发了。到你想去的地方，where another train or subway will be there waiting for you at the platform.食物很美味，and it's easy to order because all you have to do is to point to a plastic model of it and you can be reasonably comfortable it will be not just edible,但味道鲜美。And the beer is pretty good too.
So if it's easy to travel in Japan,why bother going on a G Adventures Trip there?
Well,I found out there are a number of distinct advantages when travelling in a semi-organised trip.When I mean semi-organised,我的意思是很多事情都是可选的，and the CEO (Chief Experience Officer) would provide some tips and guidance and the rest is up to you!
Advantages of a G Adventures Trip to Japan
This is what I liked 亚博app官方下载about the type of trip I went on (called a YOLO style – You Only Live Once):
- 灵活性。I'm not a fan of being like a sheep and herded around in a bus all day – that's my worst travel nightmare.We only used public transport – what the locals use;
- Options – there were times where the CEO took our small group (9 of us) around to see some of the highlights and off the beaten path places of Tokyo,Kyoto and Osaka,but then there was free time to do your own thing,想成为什么样的人；
- Beating the Language Barrier – I'm terrible because I speak no Japanese,当地人不会说很多英语。Having a bi-lingual guide cuts through this often frustrating barrier and this leads to some great experiences,like finding some cool out of the way bars and pubs;
- Local Tips – things like what to drink,what to eat,and to do things like the Japanese do.我不到别的国家去看我自己的东西；and
What's also good 亚博app官方下载about this?Well you get to eat out at the local places where the locals go.I didn't see any other foreigners (or gaijin in Japanese) in the places we ate out at.
不管怎样，here is an interview with Alain,the CEO who was involved on our trip from G Adventures 亚博app官方下载about visiting Japan.