January 2018 – Fitness Life Style

Month: January 2018

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A winter retreat to Takayama

Our Shinkansen bullet train to Takayama rushes through the bellies of mountains, past snow-weary evergreens and rice fields resting under sheets of pure, white snow. Small alpine towns race by and a turquoise river emerges every so often and guides us through to the mountainous Gifu region. After two weeks of exploring Japan’s vibrant and chaotic […]

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6 unexpected surf destinations around the world

Us surfers dream of the one – a perfect break, that elusive and uncrowded glassy right or left. And whether your quest is point breaks or barrels, it’s likely you’re always on the lookout for surf spots that aren’t too touristy but aren’t super far away either. Thankfully, there are some epic breaks that don’t require a […]

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How to bring the flavour of your travels home with you

People travel for many reasons; the freedom, the adventure, the thrill of it all. They travel for love, to escape, or just to discover new and exciting sensory joys. Some travel for the destination or the people. Others travel for the food, uncovering a world of authentic, mouth-watering culinary experiences. Or, if you’re anything like […]

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Why train travel is the one experience you won’t want to miss in Japan 

Sumo? Tea ceremony? Robot bar? Cat café? Ninja school? While all worthy experiences, it’s riding the rails in Japan that rules them all. As much a cultural, culinary and social experience as a mode of transportation, you don’t need to be a notepad-toting trainspotter to appreciate the allure of Japan’s world-leading rail network. Beloved by […]

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Convenience store food: Japan’s world-beating culinary experience

Convenience store fare? Food from vending machines? Isn’t travel all about eating authentic street food, finding hole-in-the-wall taco joints and dining in tiny eateries that have been in the same family for generations? Well… yes, if you want it to be. But isn’t travel also about embracing what each country does best? In Japan, you […]

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5 traditional alleyways in Tokyo where locals eat and drink

When it comes to Japan, many people think of Tokyo as the ultra modern capital and Kyoto as the ancient one full of all things traditional. But what many people don’t know is that behind Tokyo’s tall buildings and neon lights are little pockets of former times living on despite their changing surroundings. You’d be […]

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Your complete guide to one day in Hiroshima

To many around the world, the port city of Hiroshima will forever be associated with the tragic events of August 6th 1945, when the town fell victim to the world’s first atomic bomb attack. But when I visited the town, I found it to be a lively city with a wealth of other sights on […]

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Inside Tokyo’s weird and wonderful themed cafes

All around the world, Japan’s chaotic capital is famous for its unique sights that simply can’t be found anywhere else. From veggie vending machines to capsule hotels, a visit to Tokyo is like no other place on Earth. And one particular way it excels is in its impressive range of themed cafes and restaurants. With […]

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6 ways to get off the tourist track in Athens

Athens was the last stop on my first ever summer tour of Europe, and it was the only city that felt truly ancient. I literally tripped over ruins on my way to other ruins, stumbled across archaeological sites while walking to cafes, and bumped into historic monuments just outside some of the city’s most popular […]

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Why Palermo is Italy’s best-kept secret

I found myself in Palermo, Italy for the first time by accident. A young backpacker, I’d boarded the wrong train, finding myself bound for the most southern point of the Italian “boot”. As the train pulled into Palermo’s central station, I plotted my way out, checking schedules for the next train north. Was there anything […]

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