Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

If you’re looking for the perfect budget friendly Gold Coast accomodation, look no further!

Back in October 2017, we spent six nights in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Having just come from our wonderful four night stay at Ocean Vista on Alex apartments on the Sunshine Coast, we were excited for a totally different beachside experience. From a relaxing, small beachside town, to the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise.

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We knew that for our visit to the Gold Coast, we wanted a hotel with an incredible view, in a great location. We came across Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise during our search, and after seeing tons of epic beachfront view photos, we decided to book it!


We booked six nights in a One Bedroom Beachfront room, and boy was it worth the money. I can’t even begin to explain the excitement I felt, when we walked into our room for the first time. As soon as we saw our magnificent view, we were extremely happy with our decision. We booked that particular room, purely for the fact that we would have an ocean view, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as incredible as it was.

If you’re tossing up between a few different options for your Gold Coast accomodation, put a pin in those. Read through our review of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, and I’m almost positive you’ll be booking this place in no time!

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What Style of Accomodation is Chateau Beachside?

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is a popular hotel, right on the beachfront. It’s located on the Esplanade, and has around 18 floors. The hotel also includes, free for guests, the use of a pool, sauna, spa and tennis court. All of these are located on the ground floor.

There are two areas for guests to park (undercover and rooftop options) with one free car park allocated to each room. There’s also complimentary wifi given to all guests on the day of arrival, which will last until check-out.

Chateau Beachside also apparently has a self-service laundry, however we didn’t actually use see this ourselves.

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One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We stayed in the One Bedroom Beachfront apartment, and specifically chose the hotel because we would have the freedom of a self-contained apartment. Self-contained hotel rooms or apartments are great, because they give families and groups of friends some freedom when it comes to cooking meals, therefore not having to eat out every day. This is great for saving money if you’re travelling on a budget.

The main living area was an open plan lounge room and self-contained kitchen. The bedroom was seperate from the lounge room, but connected via a small stair case leading into the bath. Yep, you can hop straight out of the shower and into the bedroom.

The kitchen had an oven, stove, large fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, plates/bowls, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, various pots and pans, cooking utensils and more. The freezer also came with an ice tray, for ultimate convenience.


Note: As I can only comment on the specific room that Russell and I stayed in, that’s what I will be referring to in this part. Other types of rooms may be slightly different, with different views and possible cleanliness. Please keep that in mind if you choose to book your stay with Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise.

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The bathroom had a shower over bath, decent sized bench-top sink and an incredible view of the ocean. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, the cute staircase from the bath to the bedroom. Be sure to keep the curtain closed while you’re taking a shower or bath, though. We weren’t 100% sure whether the windows were tinted, and didn’t want to give the Gold Coast an unexpected beachside show.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

I’ve mentioned this a lot already, but our view was outstanding. On the main side of the room (with windows that opened slightly to let in the ocean breeze) we had a front on view of the sea and sand. We people watched all day, enjoyed the sunrise (which I did every single morning. I happened to conveniently wake up at 5am each day, exactly when the sun began to rise, and took full advantage of it!) and watched the waves roll in.


On the other side of the room was a sliding door with a very small balcony, that wasn’t even large enough to walk out onto. We did however, have a view of the hotel pool, three spas and the ocean from our room. It was pretty fun leaning up against the railing, watching the world go by and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

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The TV which was located in the lounge room, was flatscreen and also came with a DVD player. I didn’t actually find this out until the night before we left, but you can actually hire movies for free in the lobby! The TV also has a HDMI port, which is perfect for plugging in your own entertainment device!

Cost of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

As of the current (October 2017), Chateau Beachside is roughly $189 per night. We stayed for 6 nights, and paid $145 per night. If you book direct with the hotel, you’re guaranteed the best room rates. The further in advance you book, the cheaper rooms with generally be. Keep in mind that during special occasions, holidays and city events, room rates will be higher.



This probably seems like a lot to spend on one hotel for just 6 nights, but as I’ve mentioned in the past on Rhiannon Travels, Russell and I like to be comfortable. We’re happy to spend a little extra money on accomodation. Plus, for the amenities, location and view we had at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, we both definitely think it was worth it.

Click here to head to Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise’s website, and check out their current rates.

Distance from Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise to Popular Attractions

Surfers Paradise is the hub of entertainment and partying on the Gold Coast. If you’re into the party scene, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a huge amount of options when it comes to clubs and bars.

Note: Gold Coast is Australia’s most popular location for Schoolies, an organised end of schooling festival, for students graduating from Year 12. We planned our visit perfectly in order to avoid this particular event.

If you love a good night filled with tons of drinking and partying, you’re in luck. No matter where you stay within the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll be just minutes away from a crazy night out on the Gold Coast.



There are a ton of shops, supermarkets, bottle shops (liquor stores), restaurants, cafes and convenience stores in Surfers Paradise. Staying at Chateau Beachside, means you’re even closer to it all. Whether you like to cook your own meals or enjoy a nice restaurant dinner, you won’t have to walk very far. Coles Supermarket is less than a five minute walk, Liquorland is around the same distance.

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We love Mexican food, and there’s a Mexican fast food chain in Australia called Zambrero. They do burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and more, and they’re incredibly delicious. We ate here 5 out of 6 nights during our stay on the Gold Coast, and don’t regret it for a second. If tickled your curiosity about this supposedly delicious Mexican meal, you’re around a 4 minute walk from Chateau Beachside to Zambrero.

If you choose to stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, you’ll notice horns coming from the street at almost all hours of the day and night. These are scooters, which anybody can hire for an hourly rate. You can find these hire stores all over Surfers Paradise. So again, you won’t have to walk very far to be cruising around the Gold Coast on your very own electric scooter. Push bikes are also available for hire, if that’s more your thing.

Are you more of the adventuous type? Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is only a 20 minute drive from Movie World and WetnWild (40 minutes by bus), and around 40 minute drive from Dreamworld and White Water World (roughly an hour by bus). We visited both Movie World and WetnWild during our stay, and it was a super quick drive from the hotel.

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland

Our Final Thoughts on Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We enjoyed our stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise. The location to major attractions, restaurants, bottle shops and supermarkets was definitely convenient, as it meant we didn’t have to drive anywhere for the essentials.

The view could not have been better, and it was definitely worth being woken up at 5am every morning by the sunrise. If you’re looking for a decently priced beachfront hotel on the Gold Coast, definitely consider booking your stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise!

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Interested in learning more about Chateau Beachside, booking the One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment or looking at their other available rooms? Click here to head to the website!


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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

The Ultimate One Month Japan Itinerary

The Ultimate One Month Japan Itinerary

When we were planning our one month Japan itinerary, we knew we wanted to fit in as much as we could, into those four weeks. Japan might be a pretty small island, but there’s an incredible amount of things to see and do. It would take an entire lifetime and then some, to just explore Tokyo. We wanted to visit as many cities as we could, tick off as much as possible, and have the time of our lives while we were at it.

Well, I’m happy to report that all three of those goals were achieved!

We managed to travel to six different cities over a four week period. Starting in Yokohama, we then traveled to Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Nagano and finally, Tokyo. We didn’t want to spend the entire four weeks, only exploring the major cities.

We wanted a taste of traditional Japan amongst all of the bright neon lights. So we broke up the bustling cities with some lesser known, traditional towns across Japan.

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The Ultimate One Month Japan Itinerary

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Days 1 to 3 – Yokohama

We were quite sluggish upon arriving at Haneda Airport at around six thirty in the morning. We were running on almost no sleep, after suffering through two six hour flights, plus a seven hour layover at Singapore Airport. That was before we even arrived in Japan.

Before leaving Australia, we researched the best way to get from Haneda Airport to our hotel in Yokohama. It ended up being super easy, and all we had to do was catch a bus to Yokohama City Air Terminal (also known as YCAT), then catch a train to Shin Yokohama Station. Click here for more information on getting from Haneda Airport to YCAT.

Finding our way from Yokohama City Air Terminal to our hotel was quite overwhelming. We arrived during the morning’s peak hour rush, so combine that was almost zero sleep and being thrown into a foreign country – it was pretty intense. In an exciting way, of course. We eventually managed to manoeuvre our way through the hundreds of business people, rushing in every direction through the station.

Where to stay in Yokohama

We stayed at the Shin Yokohama Kokusai Hotel for our first two nights in Japan. The hotel is fairly close to the Shin-Yokohama Station, however it took us a while to find our bearings when we first arrived, and definitely took a few wrong turns. Be sure to have an offline map with directions to your hotel, before arriving in Japan.

Note: Something that we didn’t realise before arriving in Japan, is their hotel check-in policy is quite strict. Check-in time starts at 3pm (in most hotels across Japan) and if you arrive early, you are not allowed to check in without paying to do so. We arrived at around 10am, but were so desperate for a shower and bed, we paid the extra fee to check in early. From memory, it costs about 1,000 yen per hour before check-in time.

Visit the Cup Noodle Museum

We decided to visit the Cup Noodle Museum on our first and only full day in Yokohama. If you’ve never heard of the Cup Noodle Museum before, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like. You can learn all about the history of cup noodles throughout the world, and even design your very own cup of noodles!

We’ve written an entire post about our experience at the Cup Noodle Museum. So go give that a read for a full recap of our noodle cup designing adventure.

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After designing your Cup of Noodles, the friendly staff member lets you capture each step of the process on camera!

Shopping in Yokohama

If shopping is something you’re keen to do while in Japan, Yokohama has quite a few shopping malls. Queen’s Square and Landmark Plaza are two of the more generic shopping centres that you’ll find. However, if you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, visit World Porters. This mall attracts a younger crowd, so you’ll definitely find some bargains if you shop around.

Yokohama Ramen Museum

On our last night in Yokohama, we decided to set off on foot to the Yokohama Ramen Museum. We had read about this place during our Japan research, and it was added straight onto our bucket list. The Ramen Museum is an awesome, well, museum, filled with everything you didn’t think you needed to know about ramen.

To make the experience even better, you’ll find two floors downstairs that are designed to replicate streets and houses from an old town in Tokyo. These floors contain around a dozen different ramen restaurants. Choose your meal using the vending machine outside of each restaurant, and take a seat inside. You can also purchase mini ramen bowls, if you would prefer to sample more than just one.

Note: The bowls are huge. Even the mini bowls were just about all the food I could manage. Keep this in mind if you want to try as many ramen meals as you can.


The atmosphere and design of the Ramen Museum is definitely unique. Entry to the museum and access to the restaurants costs 310 yen per person, plus whatever you decide to spend on ramen. There is also a bar with super cheap alcohol. That had me sold, for sure!


Days 3 to 10 – Osaka

Day three on our one month Japan itinerary started with a Shinkansen Bullet Train ride from Yokohama to Osaka. The journey only took around three hours, and we even saw Mt Fuji on the way from the train! We’ve already published our Osaka Itinerary in a seperate post, simply because we had so much to talk about.

There is so much to see and do in Osaka, that we highly recommend staying in the city for at least a few days. We stayed in Osaka for seven days, and even that wasn’t enough time. That being said, we did manage to tick off quite a bit from our list.

Where to stay in Osaka

We stayed at the Hotel MyStays Sakaisuji-Honmachi during our time in Osaka. This was a great location, putting us super close to the main shopping and entertainment district of Osaka, Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street. We were also close to major train stations, tons of food options and plenty of things to see and do.

Note: Osaka is a great starting point to explore nearby cities and prefectures. As you can read about here, Japan’s train system is world class. It’s super quick and easy to travel to almost any city across Japan. We suggest making the time to visit Kyoto and Nara during your time in Osaka.

Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit Nara, but we did take a couple of day trips to Kyoto and absolutely loved it. You can read all about Kyoto in our Osaka post as well.

Shopping in Osaka

There are plenty of places to shop in Osaka. The most popular shopping districts, Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street, were only a twenty minute walk from our hotel. You’ll find hundreds upon hundreds of chain stores, Japanese souvenir stores, boutiques, street food, restaurants and much more.

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The bright neon lights of Dotonbori in Osaka’s shopping district.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios was one of the main reasons we wanted to visit Osaka in the first place. We’re both huge Harry Potter fans. As soon as we realised there was a Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Osaka’s Universal Studios, we just had to go. If you love Harry and his friends as much as we do, definitely set aside a day to live it up at Hogwarts.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Osaka. I lived another dream of spending the day at Hogwarts. Japan, I love you.

Day trip to Kyoto

Kyoto is one of my favourite places in Japan. It’s such a beautiful way to get an insight into traditional Japan. With endless shrines, temples and beautiful places to sit and relax, you’ll fall in love with Kyoto just as much as we did. We spent one day exploring Arashiyama and another visitng the Fushimi Inari shrine.

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The beautiful Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto. A perfect day trip from Osaka!


Days 10 to 12 – Hiroshima

The first thing I’m going to say about Hiroshima, is that I wish we stayed longer. After spending such a long time amongst the crazy hustle, bustle and flashing neon lights of Osaka, Hiroshima was a very welcome change of pace. The people are incredibly kind and friendly, and there’s a beautiful peaceful vibe about the city.


It took roughly two hours to get from Osaka to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Compared to the rest of our Bullet Train journeys, this one was fairly quick. When we arrived at Hiroshima Station, we then had to catch a tram to our hotel. The tram ride costs a flat rate of 160 yen for adults, which you drop into a clear container before departing the tram. Super easy!

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum.

Where to stay in Hiroshima

We stayed at the Comfort Hotel in Downtown Hiroshima. This was the perfect location, as it was within walking distance to almost everything we wanted to see during our short time in Hiroshima. There was a train station nearby and the tram stop that we needed to get back to the airport was right outside our hotel.

Shopping in Hiroshima

Hondori Shopping Arcade is the main shopping mall in Hiroshima. It’s very similar to Osaka’s Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street, but a lot less busy. You’ll find tons of familiar chain stores, restaurants, pharmacies for some reason, boutiques and street food. We walked up and down this mall quite a lot, and found something new each time!

Don’t miss the Book Off store in Hiroshima. If you love finding classic gaming consoles, super cheap electronics, Japanese and English books for less than a cup of coffee and an endless amount of toys, Book Off is going to feel like heaven. It’s essentially a second hand store, but it’s the best second hand store you’ll ever visit. I promise.

Cheap food in Hiroshima

During our time in Hiroshima, we discovered a wonderful little Italian food chain called Saizeriya. Their menu is loaded with delicious, super cheap meals to suit almost anyone’s taste in food. Some of their menu items include foccaccia (100 yen), garlic bread (170 yen), soup (150 yen), various pasta and pizza (400 yen), chicken and steak meals (up to 900 yen) and desserts (400 yen or less).

Other than food, you can also get unlimited soft drinks, juice and iced teas from the drink bar for 190 yen. Water is free. And the best part of all, you can get half a bottle of wine for 200 yen. Yes, I had some with lunch. Yes, it’s cheap house wine but still, 200 yen? Can’t complain about that. It was drinkable, and that’s all that matters!

Hiroshima Peace Memorial and A-Bomb Dome

Our first and only full day in Hiroshima was spent at the Peace Memorial and A-Bomb Dome. It’s pretty difficult to explain the feeling you get when visiting this area of Hiroshima. The park is extremely clean, quiet and relaxing. I highly recommend paying the 200 yen entrance fee to visit the museum, even if you don’t know anything about the history of the Atomic Bomb devastation.

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We didn’t know a great deal about it, but it’s a surreal experience learning about the devastating events that happened. It will give you a new perspective about why the people of Japan are such friendly, accepting and wonderful people.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Hours + Pricing

Cost: 200 yen
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm
Closed: The main Museum building will be closed until July 2018.

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The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

Hiroshima isn’t a city with lots of tourist attractions or crazy things to see and do. But if you’re looking for a relaxing and peaceful city to visit, to help break up the hustle and bustle of big city Japan, we definitely recommend adding Hiroshima to your itinerary. It’s a beautiful city with lovely people and an inspirational history.


Days 12 to 14 – Nagoya

If there’s one thing I regret from our trip to Japan, it’s cutting our time in Hiroshima short to visit Nagoya. Each to their own, but I wasn’t too fond of Nagoya. Although it’s Japan’s fourth most populated city, compared to Yokohama, Osaka and Hiroshima, it was pretty dirty and uninspiring. There isn’t a whole lot to see and do, besides the Nagoya City Science Museum and Planetarium and Toyota Museum which were both closed the day we visited.

Where to stay in Nagoya

We stayed at Hotel Trusty during our two days in Nagoya. This wasn’t a very good choice in regards to location, because we had to walk quite a decent distance to the main part of the city. It was also one of the dirtiest Japanese cities we had seen so far. Choosing a hotel that’s closer to the main attractions will make your experience a lot more convenient.

Learn from our mistakes

Be sure to check opening hours for main attractions before planning out your day. Two of the things we wanted to see during our time in Nagoya was the Planetarium and Toyota Museum. Both were closed on our only full day in the city. Don’t end up like us, bitter at Nagoya, wishing we were still in Hiroshima. Plan your visit better than we did!

Shopping in Nagoya

Oasis 21 is a modern shopping complex with a ton of cool shops and restaurants. Oh yeah,  it’s also conveniently a bus terminal! There is almost always some sort of event held underneath the epic glass roof filled with water. There are also a few larger shopping malls in the area, dozens of restaurants and in true Japanese fashion, an endless amount of convenience stores.


Days 14 to 17: Nagano

Nagano was on our itinerary for one main reason: snow! We spent quite a long time during the planning stage of our Japan trip, trying to find an easily accessible way of seeing snow. Eventually, we settled on Nagano.

We arrived in Nagano early afternoon on March 14th, via the Bullet Train from Nagoya. Nagano Station is fairly small – as is the city itself – so finding our hotel wasn’t difficult. It took around 20 minutes to walk from the station to our hotel (Hotel Kokusai 21).

Where to stay in Nagano

We stayed at Hotel Kokusai 21 during our time in Nagano. Our hotel was in a pretty good location, taking us roughly twenty minutes to walk to the station. There were a few convenience stores within walking distance, plus plenty of vending machines and even a Japanese style Denny’s restaurant. Our hotel was huge, definitely one of the biggest Japanese hotels we’d had so far.

Shopping and Dining in Nagano

We were pretty hungry the day we arrived in Nagano after not having enough time that morning to eat breakfast, before leaving Nagoya. So the fact that we spotted a Japanese style Denny’s a few minutes from our hotel was pretty exciting and super convenient.

Right next to Denny’s is a Family Mart convenience store. If you’re not familiar with Japanese convenience stores, they’re basically the best thing in the world. Selling everything from water and alcoholic beverages to quick snacks, toiletries and hot meals. I bought a bottle of wine, Russell bought a bottle of whisky and we also stocked up on snacks.

Day trip to Hakuba

Our first full day in Nagano was the day I finally ticked see snow off my bucket list. Excitement was bubbling over the edge, as I added layer after layer of warm clothing onto my body, and made sure my camera battery was fully charged. It was the moment I had been dreaming about for most of my life.

We took a bus from Nagano Station to Hakuba, and ended up in the beautiful snow village of Happo One. Something cool about Happo One, is the 1998 winter Olympics were hosted there! The Ski Jumping Stadium is still there, Olympic rings and all. For around 500 yen, you can take a ski lift to the very top, and be rewarded with the view in the photo below!

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A beautiful view of Hakuba in Nagano, Japan. Our first time seeing snow!

To read all about our day in Hakuba, click here. It was such an unbelievable experience. I’m so glad I can say that I saw snow for the very first time, in Japan.

Nagano is a great city whether you visit during the warmer or colder months. Similar to Hiroshima, it’s a nice place to rest and recharge, especially if you’re headed to another big city.

Or, like us, the mother of all big cities: Tokyo!


Days 17 to 29 – Tokyo

Ahh, Tokyo.
Japan’s capital and the world’s most populated city.

With a population of around 13 million people, 47 different prefectures and endless things to do, you’ll need an entire lifetime to explore the city. Once again, because I talk a lot, we have a seperate post all about our time in Tokyo. If you’re interested in reading about everything we did during our twelve days in Tokyo, click here for a full recap!

Where to stay in Tokyo

We spent twelve days in Shinjuku, which is one of Tokyo’s most popular cities. Shinjuku is in a great central location, and is the perfect base to explore Tokyo. We stayed at Shinjuku New City Hotel, which was only a 20 minute walk from Shinjuku Station, the biggest train station in Japan.

Shopping in Tokyo

The shopping in Tokyo is probably the best I have ever experienced. With a literally endless amount of shopping malls, outdoor shopping streets, boutiques, souvenir stores, department stores and more; there’s something for everyone.

I had a ball shopping on Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Shibuya is filled with familiar chain stores like Forever 21, H&M and Gap. Don’t miss Shibuya Crossing – the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world! Enjoy the view from Starbucks or one of the shopping buildings surrounding the crossing.

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The crazy, bustling Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan! The busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.

Dining in Tokyo

Whether you love sushi, fried meat on sticks, tasty desserts, noodles, pizza, pasta or almost anything else – Tokyo is a city filled with cuisine from across the globe. Restaurants in Tokyo have more Michelin Stars than Paris and New York combined. Regardless of your budget, you will have no problems finding something delicious to eat during your time in Tokyo.

Attractions in Tokyo

There are so many different things to do in Tokyo. From spending a couple of days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, to enjoying a Robot Restaurant show in Shinjuku. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens, shrines and temples throughout Tokyo. Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for an incredible FREE view of Tokyo!

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Head to Shinjuku to enjoy this incredible view for FREE at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building!


Tips for First Time Visitors to Japan

Now that you have some ideas for your own one month in Japan itinerary, here are some tips and tricks to help make your visit as smooth sailing as possible!

Purchase a pair of comfortable sneakers

One thing I noticed during our month in Japan, was that we walked a lot. My phone has an inbuilt pedometer (as do most smartphones these days) and there were multiple days where I walked over 20,000 steps.


If you enjoy exploring new places on foot like us, you’ll definitely need to invest in a good quality pair of sneakers or walking shoes. There are tons of different styles available for both men and women.

Invest in a good backpack

Japan is one of the best places in the world for day trips. You can explore so much more of the country, simply by taking the Shinkansen Bullet Train to smaller towns from major cities across Japan. If you’re keen on doing some day trips during your time in Japan, you’ll need a good quality backpack, or daypack, to keep all of your essentials.

Don’t forget your camera

Almost everywhere you travel to across Japan, is incredibly beautiful and worthy of the millions of photos you’re going to take. Before arriving in Japan, consider purchasing a good quality camera, if you don’t have one already.

I have the Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera, and I love it. It takes incredible photos and has a whole bunch of awesome features and settings that I’ve had lots of fun testing out.


If you would prefer to try your hand at a more in-depth camera, consider a DSLR like the beautiful Canon EOS.

Bring plenty of entertainment for the Bullet Train

If you plan to travel between cities and prefectures in Japan, you’ll probably be catching the Shinkansen Bullet Train quite a bit. Depending on the distance you travel, the journey could take more than two hours. Think of the Shinkansen as a much more comfortable plane.


I like to have plenty of options available when it comes to keeping myself amused. General things like a good book, my laptop to watch movies or get some writing done, or a Kindle filled with tons of classics to read.


So there you have it, our one month Japan itinerary. Just remember, there is a lot to see in Japan. One month is definitely not enough to see everything. But it’s still a good amount of time to tick lots of awesome places off your Japan bucket list. Use this guide as a starting point to plan an amazing and memorable visit to the incredible Japan.

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

The Cost of Moving to Australia

The Cost of Moving to Australia

If you’ve clicked into this article, you’re probably considering a move to Australia. If so, good choice! Australia is a wonderful country to live in, and we should know – we were both born and raised in South Australia. I personally love living in Australia, and coming in as a close first, right in front of Japan, it’s definitely my favourite country. I’m sure you’re wondering what the cost of moving to Australia actually is, right?

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Good! Because we’re about to share as much information as we can, to help you in your move to our wonderful, sunny country with its plethora of beaches, as easily as possible. Unfortunately, the rumour of Australia being an expensive country, is actually true. That being said, I definitely believe that living in Australia is worth the cost. Here are some of the major things to budget for in the cost of moving to Australia.

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Traveling to Australia

Your flight to Australia is the first expense you’ll need to budget for. Depending on where you’re traveling from, this can also be one of your biggest expenses. Below you’ll find a few rough guides on the cost of flights to Australia from some common international destinations.


Note: All prices are accurate as of January 2018 (from Webjet), and are scheduled for six months from time of booking (booking in January, departing in June).

Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne or Sydney

Virgin Australia, American Airlines or Delta Airlines (with one stop in Sydney) – from AUD $600 per person
Non stop with Qantas – from AUD $1,100 per person

New York City (JFK) to Melbourne or Sydney

Most flights from New York City to Melbourne or Sydney have a stop over in Los Angeles (LAX).
American Airlines, Qantas or Virgin (via LAX) – from AUD $1,400 per person

New Zealand (Auckland) to Melbourne or Sydney

Non stop with Virgin Australia – from AUD $160 per person
Qantas or Jetstar – from AUD $180 per person
Air New Zealand – from AUD $300 per person

England (Heathrow) to Melbourne or Sydney

Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airlines or American Airlines – from AUD $1,000 per person
Note: Depending on the airline you choose and the amount of stops you make along the way, travel time from England to Australia can take over 30 hours.

Applying for an Australian Visa

If you’re planning to move to Australia for work or study purposes, you’ll need a visa. There are a huge range of visas available, and the one you will need depends on what you plan to do while you’re in Australia. Below are a few of the most common types of visas.

Student Visa – From AUD $560

The Student Visa (subclass 500) is for international students who are in a registered, full time course. To be eligible, you must be over six years old, have been accepted to an educational facility in Australia and have your own health insurance. The length of stay for this visa is five years.  With the Student Visa, you are able to work part time while studying your course.

Click here for more information on the different types of Student Visas that are available.

Work and Holiday Visa – From AUD $440

The Work and Holiday Visa is for international visitors who want to work and travel in Australia, and allows multiple entries for up to twelve months. To be eligible you must: have a valid passport, be aged between 18 and 30 years old, meet English and education requirements, have support from your home country, and be your first Working Holiday Visa to Australia.


With the Work and Holiday Visa, you will be able to work for the duration of your stay (but no longer than six months) with any employer, travel as a tourist, visit friends and family and study for up to four months.

Click here for more information about the different types of visas available for people who want to work and travel as a tourist in Australia.

All other Australian Visas

If you’re after a different type of visa for entry into Australia, click here to find the one that you need. You might be asked a few questions, depending on the visa you select. The visa application process could cost up to $1,000 per person.

Housing in Australia

The cost of housing across Australia depends on the city you choose to be based in. Some cities such as Sydney may cost more, typically because of their popularity and it being Australia’s most well-known city.

These figures are based on renting a unit or house in the CBD of each major city across Australia. Naturally, the further out from the hustle and bustle of big city life you decide to live, the cheaper the cost of housing and rent will be.

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Apartments in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Housing in Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most well known major cities. The cost of housing in Melbourne city, as opposed to suburban Victoria is going to be a little more expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for an apartment within walking distance of the CBD.

The average cost of a rental in Melbourne city is between AUD $400 and $800 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and the location. For more information about properties in Melbourne, click here.

Housing in Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney is the most expensive city to live in Australia. For the convenience of living in the CBD, you’re looking at between AUD $600 and $1,700 per week. This depends on the location and number of bedrooms, and of course the cost of housing is going to become less the further out from Sydney city that you choose to live. For more information about properties in Sydney, click here.

Housing in Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide is one of the cheaper cities to live. A house or unit in the CBD costs an average of between AUD $350 and $550 per week. We were both born and raised in Adelaide, and can definitely say that it’s one of Australia’s most liveable cities.


Being smaller than other major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, it’s a lot less busy with no where near as many tourists rolling through. For more information about properties in Adelaide, click here.

Housing in Brisbane, Queensland

Queensland is home to Australia’s popular theme parks and beachside towns. Therefore, Brisbane is a great place to live if you’re looking for both an adventurous or relaxing lifestyle. Being only one hour by car from Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast’s awesome theme parks, Brisbane is the perfect home base.

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Ocean Vista on Alex apartments in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

A rental unit in Brisbane’s CBD costs an average of between AUD $430 and $850 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and location. For more information about properties in Brisbane, click here.

Housing in Perth, Western Australia

The cost of housing in Perth is very similar to Adelaide. Both are highly liveable cities that don’t require you to be a millionaire in order to live comfortably. A unit in Perth’s CBD averages between AUD $300 and $600 per week, depending on the location and number of bedrooms. For more information about properties in Perth, click here.

Housing in the Darwin, Northern Territory

If you enjoy year-round hot weather, crocodiles and beautiful scenery, Darwin might be for you. The rent in Darwin city is quite affordable compared to bigger cities, averaging between AUD $300 and $600 per week. Just like the rest of Australia, the cost of rent depends on the location and number of bedrooms. For more information about properties in Darwin, click here.

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The beautiful scenery in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Housing in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart is one of Australia’s most underrated cities. Although seperate from the mainland of Australia, Tasmania is filled with beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do. The cost of living in Hobart city is quite affordable, with an average of between AUD $260 and $600 per week.

Depending on the specific location and number of bedrooms, this will vary on either end of the scale. For more information about properties in Hobart, click here.

Housing in Canberra

The cost of housing in Canberra is a little on the expensive side. Rentals in Canberra’s CBD averages between AUD $400 and $700 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and specific location. For more information about properties and other costs of living in Canberra, click here.

How much money should I save before moving to Australia?

This depends on what you plan on doing when you arrive in Australia. If you have a lead on a job or know you can find a job relatively fast, you won’t need to have as much saved. If you plan to do a bit of traveling before you start work or studying, it’s a good idea to have at least $12,000 per person.

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Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

It can be hard finding a job in Australia, so be as prepared as possible and either try to lock in a job before arriving in Australia, have a steady online/freelancing income or have enough money saved up to last you a few months.

Shipping your belongings to Australia

This is almost always an unavoidable cost of moving to Australia. Unless you’re selling everything you own, you’ll need to ship your belongings to Australia. There are a few different companies that offer this service, it all depends on your location and how much you’re willing to pay. As long as what you’re shipping meets Australian Customs import requirements, the entire process will more than likely be a lot easier than you’re anticipating!

This is also a good chance to have a deep clean of your house and get rid of anything you don’t need or want anymore. Clothes tend to take up quite a bit of space, so decide whether you really need that dress you wore to a wedding five years ago. If not, sell it. You’ll make some money and save some space at the same time!

Buying a car

If you decide to sell your car before arriving in Australia, fear not. We have a huge selection of both new and used cars, at fairly decent prices. You can pick up a used car in pretty good condition from both private sellers and car dealerships. A good place to start is by visiting the Car Sales website and beginning your search!


You can filter your options by make, model, price, year, location, transmission and other fancy car terms that I don’t understand. If your budget for buying a car is $2,000, you’ll easily be able to find one shortly after arriving in Australia. It may not be brand new or sparkling clean, but if it gets you from A to B, that’s all that matters!

Note: Don’t forget to factor in the cost of insurance, registration, petrol and any services you may need once you’ve purchased the car.

Other costs once arriving in Australia

Mobile phone plan 

There are a lot of options when it comes to phone plans in Australia. The cost of the plan depends on your current device and if you’re willing to upgrade your existing phone to a brand new one with your new Australian phone plan.


If you would prefer a new phone, average plans cost around AUD $80 per month. This cost usually includes unlimited text, unlimited standard phone calls, payment of the handset and between 10GB and 20GB of data.


Another option is purchasing a SIM only plan to use in your existing phone. Optus have a $50 per month SIM only plan that includes 30GB of data, unlimited calls and text, 400 international talking minutes and a ton of included entertainment.

Optus and Telstra are the most popular phone companies in Australia, and are generally the most reliable in most places across the country.

Home internet

If you’re moving to Australia by yourself and plan to rent a small unit or live with a roommate, you can probably get away with using your phone’s data for internet access. But if you’re relocating with family or even as a couple, it’s better to look into home internet.

There are a few options when it comes to home internet. Optus have an unlimited data plan for $60 per month, which is a fantastic deal if you spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos, researching your dream holiday or binge watching eight TV shows on Netflix. Telstra also have some home internet packages and plans.

Utilities (electricity, gas and water)

The cost of electricity, gas and water all depends on your location and the company you choose. It also depends on how much you use during your billing cycle. For example, we live in a small unit in Adelaide and generally pay between $200 and $500 on electricity, quarterly.


The total amount on our bill varies depending on the time of year. During summer, electricity bills are naturally going to be a little bit higher, because of the glorious invention we like to call, an air conditioner. Winter tends to be a little lower, since it’s easier to warm up when it’s cold, than cool down on a hot summer’s day.

Food and alcohol

We talk more about the cost of food in Australia in this post, but it’s definitely possible to survive on a food budget while here. There are two major supermarket chains in Australia – Coles and Woolworths. Both have their own home-brand products, which are always a lot cheaper than regular brands. This is a good way to save money on food staples, and not have to sacrifice hunger to save money.

Alcohol is also very expensive in Australia. But if you’re a wine drinker, you might be in luck. Lower your standards when it comes to taste, and it’s definitely easy to drink on a budget!

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Enjoying a glass of wine from our Beachfront Apartment room at Chateau, Surfers Paradise (Queensland)

House supplies

Buying house supplies is one of my favourite things to do. When I’m not traveling, of course. In Australia we have this fantastic store called Kmart. No, our Kmart is not like the one in the United States. It’s way, way better. I’m telling ya, walk around and browse for fifteen minutes, and you’ll be hooked.


Kmart sells everything from towels and linen to cutlery, kitchen appliances, decorative pieces, photo frames and all sorts of other awesome things to put in your house. They also sell clothes, make-up, pet food and supplies, stationery, sporting goods, movies, TV shows, music and toys. You know, just incase you feel like buying everything you need (except food) from the one store.

Conclusion

Now that you have a rough idea about the cost of moving to Australia, it’s time to set a saving goal. Including everything listed above, plus unexpected issues that might arise upon arrival in Australia, it’s best to have at least AUD $12,000 per person saved. If you’re traveling as a family with kids, aim for at least AUD $30,000.

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The beautiful Surfers Paradise Beach at sunset.

This will ensure you aren’t stressing about money, and can enjoy the settling in process a lot more. It also allows wiggle room for a a bit of travel throughout Australia early on, if you are able to lock down a job quite quickly.


We hope this guide about the cost of moving to Australia has helped you to plan and organise your own relocation to this beautiful country! Good luck with your move and please don’t forget to head out and explore as much as possible while you’re here. Australia has a lot to offer, and we truly believe that you will fall in love with this beautiful country.

Have you visited Australia before? Do you know someone who has moved here? Tell us your story in the comment section below! We would love to read about your travels in Australia. 


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10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

When it comes to travel, there are quite a few different options to choose from regarding travel buddies. You can choose to travel alone, with your family, a group of friends or my favourite – couple travel. There’s no right or wrong answer, and it can be hard to decide what’s right for you. Everyone enjoys different aspects of travel, and depending on your preferences, one style of travel can be better than the other. We love traveling together, and I definitely could not go back to traveling solo. There are lots of reasons to travel with your partner, and we’re going to talk about some of them in this post!

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We love exploring the world together, making lots of incredible new memories and broadening our travel horizons. I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to travel with the person I love. If you’re trying to decide whether traveling as a couple is the best option for you, here are 10 of the best reasons to travel with your partner.

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Making memories

Making memories and experiencing new places together, is one of the best reasons to travel with your partner. Think about all the stories and special moments you will share with that person while seeing the world.

I often think back to the time I visited New York City back in June 2015 with Contiki. Although I had an incredible time, being able to experience the city I had dreamt about my entire life, with the person I love, would have made the moment so much more special.


In March 2017, we spent four weeks exploring Japan together. Neither of us had visited Japan before, so it was an incredible experience to have together. We have hundreds of photos and an endless amount of memories together, that we can look back on for years to come.

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Help with carrying heavy bags

When it comes to travel, there are two things about me that can make it a super difficult experience (mainly for Russell). First, I am a terribly bad over-packer. I always bring far too much with me, and regret it almost instantly. As soon as I pick up my luggage from baggage claim, I immediately regret packing three pairs of leggings when I really only needed one.


Second, I am quite unfit. I can’t walk too far with my super heavy suitcase, without having to stop and take a breather. So when Russell and I spent the month of March in Japan, and realised that not every train station has elevators, it became quite a difficult task. There were many times that Russell had to carry both of our suitcases up and down staircases, because I was too weak to carry my own. Sorry, babe. Thanks for being a gem!

If I had been traveling solo, I definitely would have struggled. I know some travelers swear by backpacks, and this is probably why. Traveling as a couple means less heavy lifting, which is a pretty great reason to travel with your partner.

Couple travel is never lonely

I definitely couldn’t ever travel solo again, purely for the fact that I wouldn’t enjoy the loneliness. I know there are a lot of people who love exploring new places along and not having to rely on anyone. But I love having company while traveling. Sharing our excitement the night before a busy day of new adventures; or having a few drinks together in the hotel room while looking back on the day’s events, are some of my favourite parts about traveling with Russell.

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Safety

Another one of our reasons to travel with your partner, is safety. Traveling with Russell automatically gives me an incredible feeling of safety. I know that he will always protect me if something were to happen. Not that you should rely on somebody else for your safety, and everyone should know basic self defence, but it’s still nice having the reassurance of traveling with another person.


Traveling with your partner means safety in numbers. If something were to go wrong, you will always have somebody there to help. Having someone you trust with you while traveling makes all the difference!

Working together to solve problems

Unfortunately, travel is going to bring some problems whether you travel solo, with a group of friends or with your partner. But traveling with someone who knows you well, and vice versa, is going to make life a lot easier.


Whether you’re stuck at the airport due to delayed flights, lost luggage, hotel rooms mix ups or transport issues. No matter what the situation may be, working together to solve the problem, is another reason why couple travel is awesome!

Different ideas lead to new experiences

I have seen and experienced so many things that I never would have, if I didn’t travel with Russell. Combining your interests and bucket list with the person you travel with, will mean seeing so many places that you never thought you would. If you and your partner want to see different things, even if it’s something that you don’t think you’ll enjoy, give it a shot! Bounce ideas off each other, and you never know where you’ll end up.

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Planning and counting down to the next trip

Planning for an upcoming trip is so much more exciting when you’re traveling with another person. I love researching our next destination, watching endless videos about the next place Russell and I will be visiting. Writing those bucket lists are even more exciting when you’re traveling with your significant other, because we discover new and exciting places and attractions!

Strengthens your relationship

Traveling with your partner and dealing with travel issues, arguments, lost luggage, delayed flights, being stranded in a foreign city and not knowing how to get back to your hotel, is definitely going to strengthen your relationship. You’ll learn to communicate better, put each other’s needs ahead of your own and learn how to work together in ways you may not have yet.

Traveling together is cheaper

Think about all the costs that come with travel. From flights to accomodation, travel insurance, food, spending money, and transport. Traveling with your partner is a great way to cut most of those costs in half. If you’re booking accomodation for five nights and your total comes to $400, split that in half and you’re already saving a huge chunk!


This is one of my favourite reasons to travel with your partner, because it can significantly lower the cost of travel and make international travel in particular, a much more attainable goal. It’s still a good idea to set yourself a budget, and may mean being able to splurge in a different area, now that your costs are cut in half!

Couple travel is romantic

Depending on where you’re heading, traveling with your partner can be a super romantic way to spend time together. If your budget allows it, visiting a beautiful island such as Bora Bora or Fiji is something that you will never forget. Otherwise, there are plenty of places around the world to enjoy a romantic weekend away with your significant other.


If you have an anniversary coming up, book a week in a place neither of you have been before. This is a great way to spice things up, see more of the world and have a romantic time away with your partner.


There are lots of awesome reasons to travel with your partner. From saving money to the feeling of safety while exploring a new city. If you love the sound of experiencing a new city with your significant other, couple travel is definitely the right option for you. I love traveling with Russell, and being able to explore the world together. I will always be grateful for the chance to make new memories and see incredible places all over the world, with the person that I love.

Do you travel with your partner, a group of friends or go it alone? Tell me in the comments below!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

10 Things to do on a Long Flight

10 Things to do on a Long Flight

Trying to come up with good travel entertainment ideas, so you have plenty of things to do on a long flight, is sometimes easier said than done. Especially if you’re new to travel and haven’t been on an international flight before. Some people underestimate how boring, frustrating and just plain awful long haul flights are.

Not only are you stuck in a cramped and uncomfortable chair that’s way too small for most humans, you also run the risk of being seated near an annoying fellow passenger. I’m talking about those people who kick the seat in front of them, and the ones who think it’s okay to have loud conversations with someone from across the aisle.

Those people are not fun to travel with. So in order to make the best of a potentially (and more than likely) bad situation, you definitely need to be prepared. I’ve come up with ten of the best travel entertainment ideas for (almost) all ages. These probably aren’t suitable for babies or toddlers, but for almost any other age group – here are 10 things to do on a long flight!

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Read a book

Reading a book is one of the best things to do on a long flight. Whether you prefer to go modern and bring along your kindle filled with an endless amount of e-books; or stay true to your classic self and pack your favourite real life book, there are plenty of options out there for the avid readers.


A kindle is the perfect option for someone who wants to travel light, but still have plenty of ways to stay entertained while flying. Being able to download a wide variety of books and magazines, there’s definitely something for everyone in the Kindle world.

Watch a movie (or a TV show)

Watching a movie is a great way to stay entertained while suffering through long haul flights. Most planes used for international flights have televisions on the back of each seat for passengers to watch a small collection of movies and TV shows selected by the airline.


But if you prefer to choose your own movie, bring along your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone. Purchase a few of your favourite movies or TV shows before you leave the house, and you will have hours of entertainment for your flight ahead!

Note: Don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones to watch those movies!

Organise your life

Organising my life is one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. If you’re traveling to your destination, you could plan the first couple of days in your planner. I use a bullet planner to keep track of everything I’m doing, tasks I need to complete for both my blogging life and regular life and all sorts of other important things.


I came across the Bullet Planner, which is an Australian based company selling personalised, already created bullet planners. If you’ve ever thought hey, that’s an awesome idea! I’d love to create something awesome like a bullet planner, but didn’t know where to start and forgot all about it because you don’t have the time, the Bullet Planner is perfect!

Edit travel photos

This is great for anyone who is active on social media and documents their travels on a platform such as Instagram. I don’t do this as often as I should, but spending an hour or two on a long haul flights editing photos, is a great way to get things done.

As a blogger, it’s important to be consistent. By taking the time to properly edit photos that correspond with what I’m talking about in a particular blog post, helps you guys learn as much useful information as possible! I spent a couple of Bullet Train journeys in Japan, editing photos from the previous day’s adventures. This is the perfect time-waster (or time maximiser?) for photographers.

Use a gaming console

There are so many gaming consoles available that are perfect travel entertainment ideas. From the new and growingly popular Nintendo Switch (which Russell has and absolutely loves), to the more classic Nintendo DS. If you’re more of a PlayStation person, check out the Playstation Portable (PSP) and the Sony PlayStation Vita.


Both are great options for gamers, and will keep you entertained for hours on long flights. Most games can be downloaded digitally these days, which makes it even easier to travel with a portable gaming console.

Play travel sized board and card games

If you’re traveling with children, travel sized board games are one of the best things to do on long flights, and are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained for hours. You can find magnetic game sets with favourites like Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe, Uno and even travel sized Yahtzee!


There’s definitely something for everyone, both kids and adults alike. Keep a collection in your house and have your kids choose their favourite to pack for the plane!

Listen to music

These days, most of us probably just listen to music on our phones. Whether you have an Apple or Android phone, they’re all very similar and do pretty much the same thing. Before leaving for the airport, purchase and download some new music to your phone, and don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones!


Throwback or classic songs are also great for travel. These generally bring back memories from a particular time in your life, which could put you in a better mood and help you to forget that you’re stuck on a plane for hours on end.

Write or journal

Writing is another one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. Since I’m a travel blogger, I usually start or continue a new post while on flights or traveling by train. If you have a journal on your phone, tablet or laptop, use this time to do some writing. It’s a great way to combat anxiety if you’re afraid of flying, and can help to calm nerves.


You could also go the old fashioned route and start a pen and paper journal. Purchase a blank or lined notebook or journal and start writing about your day. This is a great way to record your travels, because you can even stick any tickets, boarding passes or travel mementoes inside!

Draw or colour in

Colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore – there are actual colouring books made for adults! I had one a while back, and although I didn’t actually use it on any flights, it was super relaxing. There are a ton of different varieties to choose from, for children and adults of all ages.


Note: Don’t forget to bring along some coloured pencils in a convenient travel case, too.

If all else fails, sleep (or drink)

I personally can’t sleep on planes. I’ve tried many times, in almost every position. Yes, I was probably that annoying kid who used to kick the back of your seat while you were trying to watch a movie. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve realised it isn’t actually socially acceptable to do this.


So instead, I’ve either accepted defeat and realised I’m never going to sleep anyway, so why bother trying; or drank my way to sleep in free (included) alcoholic beverages. Both options have their perks, but I generally choose the second. Now, I’m not one to promote unnecessary drinking, but if you’re of legal age to do so, and it will help you to forget you’re stuck on a plane for the next 10 hours, why not?


So there you have it, 10 of the best things to do on long flights. Flying for the first time can be nerve-wracking, so why not combat those nerves with some fun travel entertainment options! As long as it’s travel sized, doesn’t make a lot of noise and is safe to take on an aircraft, you can pack almost anything for some fun flight entertainment. Happy flying!


Did you like the sound of anything on this list? Tell me in the comments below what two of your favourite travel entertainment ideas were! If you are a regular flyer, be sure to tell me what your go-to things to do on long flights are! 

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The Top 20 Best Things About Japan

The Top 20 Best Things About Japan

Japan is a weird and wonderful place. I didn’t really know too much about the country before Russell and I decided to book our first international trip together, where we would spend a month exploring Japan. It wasn’t long before we realised just how amazing the country really is. We read stories and blog posts, watched an endless amount of videos and did as much research as possible before booking anything. We wanted to find out what other people thought were the best things about Japan.

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Although doing research and watching videos made our decision a no brainer, we still weren’t expecting Japan to be as amazing as it was. If you’re looking for your next travel destination, have a read through what we found to be the 20 best things about Japan. One of the most beautiful, traditional, modern, unique, safe, foodie heaven and friendly countries in the world.

The Top 20 Best Things About Japan

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The people

These aren’t in any particular order, but I feel as though I should mention this one first. Japanese locals are definitely the nicest group of people we have ever met, and probably the nicest people we will ever meet. At no point during our month long stay in Japan, did we come across a Japanese local that wouldn’t go out of their way to help us.


Everyone we met was incredibly friendly, helpful and a joy to be around. There was more than one occasion during our four weeks in Japan, where we must have looked confused or lost. I know this because we had people offer their help, purely out of the goodness of their hearts.

One woman stopped us on the street in Osaka, while we were heading to the train station on our way to Hiroshima, to ask if we needed directions.


Another young woman saw we were struggling with our luggage in a Tokyo train station, and pointed us in the direction of an elevator we didn’t know was there. Honestly, if you ever need help while in Japan, don’t be afraid to ask. You will be shocked to experience such a widely friendly and genuinely kind group of people.

The convenience stores

There’s only one word for Japanese convenience stores: epic. If I could choose one overall, stand-out thing about our time in Japan, it would absolutely be the convenience stores. I’m sure for most of you, that’s probably a super sad thing to admit. But we don’t have anything like them here in Australia. At least not in Adelaide where we are from.


Japan convenience stores sell a huge variety of snacks, hot and cold drinks, hot food, alcohol, toiletries, cigarettes, everyday household items and so much more. Plus, everything is incredibly cheap. So if you’re ever in a jam and need an emergency umbrella or quick bite to eat, visit one of Japan’s millions of convenience stores.

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Vending machines

I can guarantee one thing to anyone who is visiting Japan for the first time: you will never go thirsty. There are vending machines on literally every single corner. Some even have more than one vending machine.


In winter, you’ll find a combination of hot and cold beverages. During summer, there are generally only cold drinks available. In bigger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, there are even more vending machines located almost everywhere you go, some even selling unique items that you wouldn’t find elsewhere.

Here’s a fun game: every time you come across a vending machine, buy something that you haven’t tried before. Most items are around 100 yen, so it’s a super cheap and fun way to experience Japan’s quirky food and beverages!

It’s a very safe country

Japan is definitely the safest country I have ever visited. Russell and I traveled together, but even if I had traveled alone, I would have felt perfectly safe walking down the street by myself at night. Just like everywhere in the world, I’m sure there are parts of Japan that aren’t entirely safe. But generally speaking, I felt very comfortable exploring even the overwhelmingly busy Tokyo.


Even the train stations are incredibly safe, which is great news for solo travelers. If you decide to explore Japan alone, I’m happy to confirm that it is one of the safest places in the world to visit. That being said, it’s always best to have common sense and remain alert, especially when traveling alone.

Japan’s train system

One of the things we underestimated most about Japan, is the public transport system. Before arriving in Japan, we knew that it is a very punctual and smoothly run country. Everything and everyone is on time, and there is a system in place for absolutely everything. Not to mention the pure convenience of having almost everything you need, at super easy access.


The public transport system in particular though, runs more smoothly than anything else we’ve ever experienced. Given the fact that we were westerners in an Asian country, we expected to see little to no English. Well, that wasn’t the case at all. The signage in (almost) every train station is written in both English and Japanese.

Other than trains being precisely on time (if you’re 10 seconds late to the station, too bad, you’ve missed the train) in most major Japanese cities during day-time hours, trains run as frequently as every two minutes. This came in handy quite a few times, when we were hesitant to catch a particular train incase it took us in the wrong direction.

The Shinkansen Bullet Train

This is one of the coolest experiences I have ever had. If you’re not familiar with the Shinkansen Bullet Train, it’s a super high-speed train that takes Japanese locals and international visitors, between cities across Japan.


We used the Shinkansen five times during our month long visit to Japan, and never got sick of it. It’s essentially an airplane for the ground, and is an awesome way to travel around Japan. I’ve written an entire post about the Shinkansen Bullet Train and the Japan Rail Pass that you’ll need to use it. So click here to check that out.

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Heated toilet seats

This is probably one one of the things I miss the most. Being able to sit on a warm toilet seat, in the middle of winter when getting up during the night to pee, is something that I could definitely get used to.


Although we only had this experience for one month, I don’t know how I’ve survived 25 years of life without heated toilet seats. They are a game changer, especially in winter. Come on, Australia. Why isn’t this a thing yet? Or maybe it is, and I’m just totally left in the dark.

If for no other reason, please visit Japan to experience their heated toilet seats. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Japan’s snacks and Cup of Noodles

I’ll be honest, I personally don’t think that anything can beat the incredible snacks that you’ll find in Australia. We have some pretty delicious, super unhealthy foods.


Maybe it’s the convenience, or the wildly cheap prices, but Japan’s snack foods are awesome. There is such a large variety, and half the time you won’t even know what you’re eating. But that’s half the fun. Not to mention the Cup of Noodles. You’ll find a huge variety in convenience stores and vending machines, for super low prices.

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Towards the end of our trip when we had barely any money left, I ate cup noodles for almost every meal. They were delicious, and I got pretty good at using chopsticks, too.

Combination of modern and beautifully traditional 

All over Japan, you’ll notice there is a wonderful combination of both incredibly modern and beautifully traditional. Even in Japan’s busy capital of Tokyo, you can be shopping for quirky fashion one minute, and be strolling through a beautiful garden on your way to a shrine or temple the next.


You will always be able to find a relaxing place to spend the morning or afternoon. Not to mention the large array of temples and shrines, for that little bit of beautiful Japanese history, to break up the craziness of Japan’s big cities.

There are so many things to see and do in Japan

It would literally take an entire lifetime to experience everything there is to see and do in Japan. We visited for one month, and didn’t even scratch the surface. Not only are there dozens of incredible cities and prefectures to explore, there are tons of small towns and off-the-beaten-path experiences to be had.


I’ve written a post with our month long itinerary, sharing everything we did during our four weeks in Japan. This should give you a brief insight into just how huge Japan really is, and how many incredible things there are to see and do all over the country.

Japanese cuisine

I’m not a foodie, in fact I’m quite the opposite. I’m a picky eater and always have been, so I tend to stick to what I know. But Russell had a blast trying all sorts of crazy Japanese cuisine. Whether you love red meat, seafood or crazy snacks and desserts – Japan will feel like heaven. Dotonbori in Osaka is one of the best places to go to experience some of Japan’s best food, so be sure to add Osaka to your bucket list.


Other than Japanese cuisine, you’ll find a ton of western options available if you’re like me and stick to the basics. From McDonalds to Subway, KFC and plenty more – there’s a wide variety of options to choose from.

Japan’s love of gaming

Now, although I don’t technically play video games, I do enjoy watching Russell play them. There are certain areas within Japan, that are a gaming lovers heaven.


Akihabara in Tokyo is one of the brightest, bustling, exciting and unique places I’ve ever been. There are an endless array of stores to browse until you run out of money or the store itself closes – whichever comes first. So bring along plenty of cash, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to leave with a suitcase filled with gaming goodies.

Cherry Blossom season (Sakura)

We visited Japan at the beginning of Cherry Blossom season, which begins in April. This is one of the busiest times of the year in Japan, and it’s easy to see why.

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For a few weeks at the end of March to middle of April, Cherry Blossom trees (or Sakura) bring beautiful, breath-taking colour to streets and gardens all over Japan. It’s quite an incredible sight, and if you plan your trip perfectly, you may be able to experience the falling petals.


We had unfortunately already returned to Australia when the petals began to fall, but it was still an amazing experience witnessing the gradual blossoming of the trees and Sakura petals during our last week or so in Japan.

Japan’s Gardens and parks

Japan has a seemingly endless amount of beautiful gardens and parks. Some cost a small entry fee, some are entirely free to wander around. My favourite two gardens were Shukkeien Garden in Hiroshima and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. These are both incredible gardens, and although they cost around 300 yen to enter, I truly believe it’s worth it.

There’s something so relaxing and peaceful about Japanese gardens, and is another one of the best things about Japan, and a big reason why I miss the country so much.

The shopping in Japan

No matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone in Japan. Tokyo’s Akihabara is the gaming hub of Japan. Takeshita Street in Harajuku is perfect for experiencing Tokyo’s quirky fashion scene. Osaka’s Dotonbori is absolutely insane, and you’ll be bumping shoulders with people no matter which time of day you go (but the shopping is totally worth it).

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Japan was one of the best shopping experiences I’ve ever had. There’s something for everyone, and if I didn’t run out of money, I would have definitely needed a second suitcase.

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Being able to purchase alcohol from convenience stores (and vending machines)

If you’re a regular reader, you would already know that we both love alcohol. Not in a way that you should be concerned. I simply like a glass or three of wine, and Russell is a big supporter of the Whisky industry.


Not only is alcohol in Japan incredibly cheap, it’s also legal to consume on the streets. You can bet your bottom dollar I took full advantage of this. We live in Australia where takeaway alcohol can only be purchased from a bottle shop, so it was pretty fun drinking vodka on the streets of Tokyo.

I’m not gonna lie: that’s probably my second reason why I miss Japan so much, and would move there tomorrow if I could.

Japan’s convenience and punctuality 

If you thought the fact that there’s a vending machine on every corner is convenient, wait until you experience things like using an elevator. Other than the trains running precisely on time and being able to drink alcohol while exploring the streets of Japan, there is even a system in place for using an elevator.


In all cities except Osaka, it’s customary for people to stand on the left side of the elevator, leaving the right side free for people who want to walk up or down. This was so strange to us, but it was incredibly helpful and convenient. I even find myself getting annoyed at people in Australia who don’t do this.

Hiroshima

I feel the need to mention Hiroshima separately, because I adored it that much. For a city with such a devastating history, it’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever visited.


From the beautiful Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial to the incredible Shukkeien Garden, there are plenty of things to see and do. We spent two full days in Hiroshima, and to this day, I still wish we stayed longer. The people are some of the kindest I’ve ever met, the streets are 100% clear of any rubbish and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

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If you get the chance, please visit Hiroshima and see for yourself, just how wonderful the city truly is.

Japan’s countryside

We spent a couple of days in Nagano, which is a town in the Northern Japan Alps. We visited at the end of the snow season, which is the main reason we decided to detour north on our way to Tokyo, and I’m so glad we did! Japan’s countryside is absolutely stunning, and although I can only share my experience about a snow covered countryside, I’m almost positive it’s just as beautiful during the rest of the year.

The fact that we loved Japan so much, we are returning one year later

I’m sure this post has subtly shown you just how much we absolutely adore Japan. There are so many unique and wonderful things about the country, that we have decided to return, just over one year after our first visit! So prepare to read more about Japan in 2018, because I guarantee I will have a lot to talk about!


So there you have it. The 10 best things about Japan (in my opinion, anyway). There’s so much to love about Japan. It’s an amazing country, with incredible people and a ton to see and do. If you’ve visited before, tell me in the comments what you think the best things about Japan are! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!