2018 – Fitness Life Style

Year: 2018

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What to expect in a traditional Japanese ryokan

I booked a spot on Intrepid’s 12-day Classic Japan comfort trip for that all-important word: comfort.  I’ve done my time camping and bunking down in hostels, but I’m too old for that now.  The idea of comfortable hotels, air conditioning (August can be very hot in Japan) and a nice breakfast sounded exactly like the […]

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What to expect on a Real Food Adventure around Japan

For many travellers, Japan can be a tricky place to find a good meal, due to language barriers and some pretty unusual ingredients. While adventurous eaters who are willing to dive in and try just about anything won’t go hungry, some travellers struggle with not knowing what they’re actually eating. This is where Michie comes […]

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Vegetarian or vegan? Here’s how to eat your way around Japan

Picture this: you’re vegetarian (or vegan) and you’ve just touched down in Tokyo, Japan. You’re hungry and head to the nearest izakaya for a bite to eat. You order an innocuous-sounding “daikon salad”, but it comes topped with a raw egg. You try a steamed spinach dish, but alas, it’s laced with several schools of […]

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Here comes the sun: Your guide to Japan’s best (secret) sunrise spots

Sunrises can provoke many things: tears, cheers, sighs, marriage proposals and an avalanche of Instagram likes if captured at just the right moment. A favourite way for travellers to reset their jetlagged body clocks or farewell a favourite city in style, getting up early to see a sunrise isn’t the type of travel choice you […]

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What to see, eat, drink and do in Kyoto, Japan’s most beautiful city

Japan has long served as a cultural muse, and no city on this island nation has held as long of a reign as Kyoto. Like an antithesis to the speed and chaos of Tokyo, Japan’s ancient imperial capital is that quiet person who grows on you as you get to know it better. It surprises […]

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How to eat and drink like a local in Japan

Japan can be a dizzying place to make food choices. You’re trying to tick everything off your wish list while revisiting favourites, and being on the lookout for unknown gems – all against a backdrop of indecipherable menus, shop protocol (“OK, now I have this ticket from the vending machine, how do I get my […]

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Brunching in Asia: 9 delicious breakfasts you have to try

Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day and undoubtedly one of the tastiest, especially given the brunch craze consuming the foodie scene right now. But how would you like to swap your eggs benedict for something more exotic? If you’re onboard, buckle up as we head off on an Asia-wide brunch tour. From […]

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How to spend a day like a local in Jaipur, India’s Pink City

The moment I stepped off the bus and onto the pavement in Jaipur, everything changed. I no longer was in the protected tourist mini bus; suddenly I was thrust into the local culture. But it wasn’t just me; I was traveling with my niece, Erin, on her first big international trip. We suddenly became a […]

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Why Orchha is an underrated addition to any India itinerary

Orchha might just be the greatest Indian town you’ve never heard of. I can distinctly remember carefully looking over my Delhi to Kathmandu itinerary before departure, and having no discernable idea of where Orchha was, or why it might be worth including on an India itinerary. Of course, I knew Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Kathmandu, and […]

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How To Spend 24 Hours In Astana, Kazakhstan

Quick geography test. How many of you can place Astana on an Atlas? It’s okay if you’re struggling. Twenty years ago, Kazakhstan’s capital city didn’t even exist. In fact it used to be a small village in the middle of the Asian steppe called Akmola (which translates, rather ominously, to ‘white grave’). Next-door neighbours? A […]

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