Our Crazy Japan Deal

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Making plans for Japan! Photo by Steve Collier. Copyright, 2016.

Japan is a notoriously expensive destination in which to travel but after coming across an unmissable deal on flights came along we couldn’t say no and were determined to make it work. The schedule would be fast paced, the travel time would be extended more than we’d like but even with extra travel plans in place and accommodation booked, we’ve still come in under the budget of the cheapest return tickets for two people from the UK to Japan which means we now have more money to put towards pricey Shinkansen passes and drinks at the Robot bar!

Here’s how we did it.

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From Malaysia to Thailand by Boat Part 1

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Post- snorkelling on Koh Lipe Island, Thailand. Photo taken by Steve Collier (on Nicola’s camera!). Copyright, 2015.

The main routes used by travellers to cross in to Thailand are by air, train or bus but few people travel by boat yet this proved to be a perfect and strangely unique method of transport by which to cross the border.

There are more direct routes, however instead we decided to incorporate other locations that we’d planned to visit along the way and it worked out perfectly. Here’s how we did it with associated costs at the time of journey. Part one details the Malaysian leg of the journey. Part two will detail the Malaysia- Thailand leg.

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Packing for Mobility: Part 1

Arriving by boat on Ko Lipe, Thailand from Langkawi, Malaysia. We would have really struggled with suitcases or bigger bags here! Photo by Steve Collier, 2015.

Arriving by boat on Ko Lipe, Thailand from Langkawi, Malaysia. We would have really struggled with suitcases or bigger bags here! Photo by Steve Collier, 2015.

In these posts, we aim to help you avoid all the unnecessary clutter and hassle that comes with hauling your whole home with you across the world and instead enjoy adventuring with a lighter load meaning you’ll be more mobile and you won’t develop a bad back! Here are some of the tips and equipment which you should find useful…

When we set out on our trip to the far side of the world we knew it was going to be long haul and the seasons in New Zealand are so variable that we needed gear for varying climates. Instead of spending more money on clothes and whatever we needed while we were away it made sense to take as much as we could fit into our bags. We did pick up a few invaluable items however which made our travelling a lot easier and more efficient.

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