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When you are travelling as a couple it is really important to remember to keep romance alive. These tips for couples travel will hopefully help.

You have to take great care to not only keep each other happy but also to celebrate special events such as anniversaries and other romantic moments in your lives.

Why?

Because travelling can take it’s toll on even the strongest relationships.

A lack of sleep while crossing different time zones will leave nerves frayed. While the stress of navigating your way around a foreign country will rattle tensions further. And to top it off you will be in each others faces through the good times and the bad 24/7.

Hospital Broken Collarbone Marmot Basin Ski Area

Adela in hospital after breaking her collarbone

Considering that with most budget travel, your savings will not usually allow for extra expenses such as romantic dinners which can help to recharge those relationship batteries. Instead you will find yourself arguing over whose turn it is to cook the spaghetti on toast!

With Valentines Day nearly upon us it might be worthwhile sharing some of our own little secrets of how we travel as a couple.

So how do we find the energy while on the road keep from tearing each others heads off every second day?

It’s easy!

Think outside the box

You shouldn’t have to look very far from where you are at that moment to gain just a little bit of inspiration. Travelling is romantic in it’s very nature!

Valentines Day in Paris

Sure you may not be in one of the most romantic cities of the world like Paris or having an epic Hawaii holiday on the beach. But, you are likely to be somewhere that isn’t home! That is what makes it special.

Stop being a tourist and slow down

I don’t mean for the entire time you travel but you can definitely spare a day or even an hour to slow down. For that short period you need to stop, think and act like a local.

What do locals do to keep their romance alive wherever you are? I am sure that they don’t wake up at the crack of dawn to be the first in line at the local attractions! No, they sleep in and savour each others company. Or they just stroll hand in hand through a park.

By slowing down you will enjoy those moments of madness as you run to make your train travel trip because you know you can chill out sometime soon.

Samoa waterfalls

Don’t be selfish

Travelling as a couple is all about compromise. If you have chosen the last 2 places to eat at or the last activity then it is time to hand over the reins. There is nothing worse than just getting to enjoy what you want while the other grins and bears it.

Other selfishness acts can be as simple as showing a little bit of courtesy. All it may take is to help her put on her backpack after a long day of hauling it around a dusty city and the romance will be kept alive.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

You need to let the small things slide. You know that really cute chewing sound she makes when she is eating her food? Well that kind of starts to grind on your nerves when it is just the two off you.

But if you cannot learn to accept those small imperfections (and face it everyone has them and I am clearly no god myself) then the bigger worries are really going to set a wedge between you.

Time outs

Travelling is all about sharing special moments together. But, and I cannot stress this enough, everyone needs space.

Whether you like to chill out by going for a run, reading your book or just pondering life’s mysteries with a beer in hand then make time for it. Just tell them upfront and trust me they will understand.

In fact they probably can’t wait to get away from you too!

Take time out when travelling as a couple

Take time out when travelling as a couple

Laugh

We have had some epic fights on our travels and have spent whole days silently driving across America not talking to one another. Do you know how hard it is to give your significant other the silent treatment for 8 hours when they are sitting next to you in the car?!

Let me tell you, it is near on impossible.

Those times are tough but as you sit in silence you will realise just how stupid the situation is. Here you are halfway around the world from your family and you only have one other person to rely on.

When you are laughing most of the time then the small arguments will bounce right off.

Four Jandals Maid of the Mist

Laugh at how ridiculous you look when acting like a tourist!

Spend time with others

Human beings are social in their very nature. Why do you think girls like to sit around with other girls and talk at a million miles an hour? It’s because we crave interaction.

I am quite happy to just chill out and be quiet. Adela on the other hand loves to talk. Early on in our travels I could not figure out how she can sometimes stand my quiet moments? Then it dawned on me.

It’s because we always find the time to interact with others on the road. If you spend your whole time abroad and only talk to one another then it is going to be one helluva boring trip.

Travel is about meeting others. When you do finally get that time alone together you will relish in it!

Date night

Most couples usually have date nights when they are at home. So why not when you are travelling?

I know I said earlier that most of the time budget travel won’t allow for you to go out for romantic dinners. But who said you have to spend $200 on a meal with a bottle of wine. Instead make a picnic and go chill out on the beach for a few hours.

Or just blow that budget and splurge! While your wallet might hate you, your relationship will thank you and the romance will be kept alive.

Splurging on chocolate in Quebec City

Splurging on delicious chocolate in Quebec City

Do you have any couples travel tips you want to share?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Laurence

    February 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Travelling 24/7 with someone is a serious test of a relationship 🙂 Still.. if your relationship survives it.. you’re pretty much ready for anything!

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      I think it is the ultimate test for sure Laurence! Going pretty well after over 2 years on the road 🙂

  2. Trudy Florence

    February 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I really liked this. It’s a lot of the things that my boyfriend and I did while we were travelling. We both love meeting other people and would sometimes spend every night with groups of people. Occasionally we would just pull each other aside and say, hey lets just have dinner by ourselves tonight. Looking after each other is also one of our key motto’s. He’s great at helping me with my bag, carrying some of my heavier things while I like getting up and making or buying him breakfast because he’s a later sleeper than me. Travelling together made our trip so nice because we always had each other to talk to and help with everything. I wouldn’t give up our travel adventures for anything!!

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Totally agree with you on all your points Trudy and we are the same! It’s funny the roles that you assume on the road just to help each other out a little bit 🙂 It’s amazing how much we rely on each other all the time actually!

  3. D.J. - The World of Deej

    February 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Great tips you guys…We learned many of these the hard way, but tend to stick to most of what you’ve listed. Our biggest is the alone or quiet time…It’s good for us to venture apart for a few hours and recharge the batteries…

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Totally need that space D.J! Admittedly we are still learning as we travel but I am sure no couple is perfect 😉

  4. Sam

    February 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Nice article. Good ideas. Relationships do need work and travel can create some pretty big ups and downs. Knowing there will be times when your relationship isn’t the happiest can certainly help you move past it faster and reduce the frequency and severity of the downers.

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Thanks Sam. It is good when travelling as a couple because when the going gets tough you can learn on your other half.

  5. Andrew

    February 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Are you eating the ears first? So they can’t hear the rest?

    We have done some travel together. Actually a lot of our time together has been in travel mode for one or the other of us. We are learning alot about each other doing it. We push each other and support each other. We are also learning that we travel much better together than apart.

    I like the list. Especially the part about spending time alone as well as with other people and not just the 2 of you 100% of the time.

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Hahahaha definitely ate the ears first for that reason. It was too cruel otherwise! Love that you guys travel better together rather than apart.

  6. Jade - Ouroyster.com

    February 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Great article! I think james and I need to try to “date night” idea 😀

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Just a little bit of time out on a “date night” works wonders Jade 🙂

  7. Nomadic Samuel

    February 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Nice tips for couples. As a solo backpacker I can barely take care of myself 😛

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Haha yea I struggle with most things while Adela goes around behind me sorting it out 🙂

  8. Steph

    February 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I definitely agree with these! Taking some alone time is always really important for me. I’m a pretty independent, solitary person so it can be rough for me to spend 24 hours a day with someone else. It helps sometimes just to go out for a walk alone or spend some time reading.

    Another one we’ve learned? Never fight on an empty stomach!

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Hahaha I am terrible at being hangry! Hungry and Angry if that didn’t make sense haha 🙂

  9. thetravelchica

    February 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I’ve never traveled with a significant other, but I’ll keep these tips in mind when I do.

    • Cole

      February 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Thanks Stephanie!

  10. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    February 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Great tips even if you aren’t on the road!

    • Cole

      February 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Thanks Andi 🙂

  11. sharon

    February 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Hi there. I read your blog / adventures with interest. You are quite the duo 🙂

    I decided to nominate you for the versatile blogger award today. Here is the link
    http://abumptothehead.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/920/

    Cheers

    • Cole

      February 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Wow thanks Sharon! Will get on to that 🙂

  12. nomadwayoflife

    February 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Oh, puppy love. It warms my heart and gives me warm fuzzies inside. Well, you two certainly seem to have it all worked out (love the part about being one of the locals). Congrats. If only I wasn’t stuck on the lone ranger bit I would definitely follow the same path. My story is a little different. James Bond. I ride alone 😉

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Hahaha well Bond does get quite a few chicks!

  13. cheryl

    February 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Great tips! And glad to see you two manage to keep your romance alive. 🙂

    • Cole

      February 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Cheers Cheryl we try our best. Definitely not always the role model couple though 😉

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  15. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Great tips! I’ve been traveling as a couple now for a year and eight months. Funny thing is-we’ve been a couple for that long haha. You really do get to know a person when traveling with him or her, but a significant other even more. It’s amazing having someone to share your adventures with, but it’s important to remember that not every day will be perfect. Hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day!

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Thanks Bobbi. We are not too big on Valentines Day and our anniversary is the week before (lucky for me, not so lucky for Adela haha). Glad you are enjoying couples travel!

  16. Asia

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Love this article- thanks a ton you two!! My husband and I have been country-hopping since November and so far we’ve been in the craziest situations that have not only tested our comfort levels to some pretty high points, but also our marriage in ways we never could’ve imagined! It’s a crazy, fun, scary, insane game- taking your relationship on a ride like this. But like Laurence said, and we totally agree, if our relationship can survive this…then bring it on!!

    Great post and happy travels!

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      No problem! Travel is the hardest thing for a relationship in our opinion. Super hard but it is all worth it 🙂

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  19. Megan Jones

    August 7, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    What great advice. I think that you could take all the advice out of the context of travelling and it would be just good relationship advice! I particularly liked your advice about not sweating the small stuff. I think we often get caught up in minutiae and lose perspective. Just take a step back and take a breath and I bet the fight will melt away!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Totally agree with you Megan. A little bit of space works wonders for us. The only problem is in the heat of the moment you often forget that!

  20. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    February 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Agree on all points!

  21. Jewel

    December 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Two Jandals missing from the bikini shot buddy!!

  22. Adam Burton

    December 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Love all these tips. I have learned a lot on this post, will apply these on our next romantic trip next year.

  23. Jeff

    December 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Great tips man. I do agree with you a little space works wonders. It has been working to us very well. It gives us the opportunity to reflect back and to face the situation squarely.

  24. Hannah

    December 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Awesome tips while traveling. Especially now that I have been traveling with my husband for almost half a year already.

  25. Ivana

    December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Lovely… Time spent alone helps, indeed.
    We just started our journey, so most probably we will need some tips 🙂

  26. Carlene Lowe

    December 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Haha! I can really relate to this. My husband and I been traveling since 2010 and I couldn’t count the argument, debate and cold war but it ended up to a deeper bond and love. Such a great site you have! Keep the love burning.

  27. Renuka

    December 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Great tips! Yes, travel in itself is romantic. 🙂

  28. Jade Adele

    December 11, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Great tips 🙂

    It definitely isn’t always easy to stay cool and collected, but remembering that you guys are made for each other always helps!!

    Looks like you guys are doing a good job of it too 🙂

    Yeay for happy couples!

  29. Doula Training by Doula

    December 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Thanks for all this lovely tips. They are so sweet. 🙂 Keep posting.

  30. Rashad Pharaon

    December 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Love these tips and think a lot of them apply to solo travelers too! Being willing to slow down, take in a new place like a local, talk and interact with other travelers and locals, and be willing to push yourself outside your comfort zone – everyone can benefit from these tips for couples.

  31. Ashley Johnson

    December 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Superb Tips!.I use to travel a lot with my wife and we always enjoy our trip where ever we go.Keep on posting such a lovely tips.

  32. Zara @ Backpack ME

    December 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Traveling as a couple is “the ultimate test of true love”. After traveling full-time long term with my partner I knew this is the man I would marry and have a family with! I can’t recommend it enough for couples.. even if it is to travel for a shorter period of time, you learn SO MUCH of one another!

  33. Susan

    December 28, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Hi Cole,
    Can’t agree more..This is basically a summary of the life of an ideal couple..Great read and worth sharing.

    Thanks
    Susan

  34. Adam

    December 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    We personally love to travel but we never considered most of these things, and they are all great advice so they will help make our trips much better.Thanks For sharing good Points

  35. Julio Moreno

    December 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Oh date night… truer words were never spoken. Great tips!

  36. ethanbrown

    December 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Really great post…Thanks to share your great advice and experience..

  37. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    December 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    As someone that has been there/done that and has the scars to prove it, I think this very good advice. Especially the not sweating the small stuff. Good advice for life too!

  38. Adrian Tanase

    January 11, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Lack of sleep always makes you nervous, so sleep more.

  39. Katie

    January 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Giving each other space is vital, as most people don’t spend time in each other’s company 24/7 all the time … we all need our alone time!

  40. The Runaway Guide

    January 27, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Silently driving across the US sounds familiar haha.
    I would definitely say laughing is key. If you can laugh about anything and everything you’ll be in good shape. Nice tips Cole.

  41. Melisa Lissa

    February 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I’m not sure about the Martin Luther’s quote, or how relevant it is in our modern society; But I love likening marriage to a garden. Sometime you just can’t sum up the energy or enthusiasm, but when you do…. it is well worth the effort

  42. Julie Danes

    February 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Honestly, I think that a beautiful holiday, even on the lowest budget, can help any relationship. We all need that “alone time” in two. 🙂

  43. Tom

    July 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Trust and space, both are the most important components that help to keep any relation alive. If you cant trust your mate, you will always find yourself alone.

  44. Tom Miller

    June 15, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Hey,

    Thanks for this, I’ll definitely use this in my next Dubai Tour with my wife.

  45. Robert SSteven

    July 2, 2016 at 7:57 AM

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  46. Kelvin Gary

    September 29, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    A great read. Every couple can relate to this.

  47. Smith Johnson Singapore

    October 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Aww. Such a romantic experience. Where is my boyfriend? ehe should see where we are headed next…haha

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Why Traveling Alone Can Be The Best Experience

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When you think of traveling, you might think of a big family vacation, a group of friends setting off to see the world, or perhaps a couple’s romantic getaway. What you might not think of is traveling by yourself. However, solo traveling can be an amazing experience, and there are so many benefits that if you’ve been tempted to visit a far-flung destination but didn’t have anyone to go with, you really should just book your tickets and head off to explore! Read on for more details, and you’re sure to understand what we mean.

It’s All Down To You

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

One of the most significant benefits of traveling alone is that every decision you make is yours entirely. You get to choose where you go, to begin with, without having to compromise because other people you are traveling with want to go somewhere else. You can pick the hotel that you like the look of best, or choose to stay in a hostel or camp out if you prefer. You can go out on day trips or spend a relaxing day by the pool playing games on Unibet. You can make your own itinerary and not have to work on someone else’s time frame. If you decide you don’t like a place, you can move on somewhere else without having to persuade anyone else to. It’s an amazingly freeing feeling.

You Can Meet New People

“Wherever we travel to, the wonderful people we meet become our family.” –

Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Meeting new people is one of the joys of traveling, and according to Psychology Today making friends is essential, but it can be hard to do when you’re in a group or traveling as part of a couple. First, it can mean that you tend to stick with the people you already know because there is no real need to look outward to other travelers or even the locals around you.

Secondly, even if you did want to make new friends, those around you who might have struck up a conversation if you had been on your own could choose instead to stay away because they feel you are already with your friends and aren’t looking to meet anyone new.

Either way, you can miss out on some fantastic, life-long friendships in this way and that can be a big regret which Pocketmindfulness.com explains is not a healthy way to live.

You Can Find Yourself

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

It may sound strange to say that you can find yourself when you travel alone, and it might not initially be something you think you want to do. However, if you can start to understand what it is that makes you happy, what fills you with joy, what you want from life and even how you intend to get it. When you return home, you will be more powerful and better able to do whatever it is you want, without compromise, and without damaging your mental health or your personality.

Understanding more about yourself is fundamental to living the best life you can, and when you are traveling alone this is a much easier thing to do!

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A Vape Guide to Travelling Across the Globe

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Not only is vaping becoming increasingly popular across the globe, but it’s contributing to a decline in the number of active smokers. To illustrate this, the number of vapers rose from 7 million in 2011 to 35 million just five years later, while research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape will reach 55 million by 2021.

At the same time, the number of smokers has continued to decline falling from 1.14 billion to 1.1 billion since the turn of the century. In the domestic market, there’s no doubt that firms like VIP  Premium Vaping and E-Liquids have played a key in driving this trend, with a robust regulatory framework has also proved beneficial.

While vaping is legal and practiced widely in the UK, however, the same cannot be said for other jurisdictions in the world. With this in mind, here’s brief guide for travelling vapers and what they can expect when visiting various locations across the globe.

Europe

If you’re travelling inside the EU, the chances are that you’ll benefit from relatively vape-friendly regulations that enable you to indulge this popular pastime.

The regulatory framework in this jurisdiction is governed by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2), which provides clear guidelines for the quality of products. Back in November, there was a further exchange of vaping regulations within the UK, as MEPs looked to maintain a framework that drives innovation while also protecting the interests on single market customers.

Still, the attitude to vaping varies from one member state to another, and as while the EU provides a basic framework each country is free to impose its own laws.

So, you’ll need to review the guidelines associated with your chosen destination when heading to the EU to ensure that you can comply fully.

Asia

As you may expect, regulators and lawmakers in Asia take an entirely different approach to vaping.

In fact, this practice is probibited in some jurisdictions, where those who are found vaping or in possession of certain materials could face considerable sanctions.

This is particularly true in Thailand, where individuals caught vaping could face a prison sentence of between five and 10 years. In Singapore, individuals found guilty of vaping could face a fine of up to $5,000, so anyone visiting here is advised to leave their vape kit at home.

The landscape in India is a little more confusing, as this nation is home to 108 million smokers and its population have fully embraced vaping in recent times. Despite this and the fact that vaping is not officially illegal in India, there have been instances of people being sentenced to prison for selling kits and cartridges to customers.

The Middle East and Other Jurisdictions Outside the EU

Elsewhere, there’s a wide range of regulatory approaches that need to be considered by travelling vapers.

This is particularly true outside of the EU, while it’s also important to note that many of these jurisdictions have little or no safety rules with regards to e-liquids.

This means that you should avoid buying e-liquids abroad in most instances, unless you have knowledge of the market and its safety standards.

You’ll also need to pack your vape kit sensibly when travelling, as you look to remove all batteries, put your vape kit in a case and limit your e-liquid carry-on to just 100ml. The failure to do this could prove highly detrimental, with many vapers travelling to Dubai having had their kits confiscated on arrival.  

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Why 2019 Is the Best Time to Visit Japan

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It would be easy to argue that there is no bad time to visit Japan. With a centuries-old culture, some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and stunning natural beauty, there is a reason that “travel to Japan” appears on so many bucket lists.

That being said, there are several reasons why 2019 is shaping up to be the best time to finally book that vacation to the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact, Japan itself is working hard to attract more tourists, with a stated goal of bringing 40 million people to visit the country by 2020. So, grab your passport and pack your bags, because now is the time to go.

1. Beat the Olympic Crowds

Tokyo won the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, meaning that hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators will be descending upon the tiny island nation during July and August of 2020 — and beyond. Hotels are already filling up for dates around the Games, making 2019 the ideal time to travel to Japan if you want to avoid crowds. Construction of some Olympic venues is still ongoing, but the country has already invested in infrastructure, entertainment and more to attract tourists. This year will be your chance to see Japan at its finest without the huge crowds and high prices that the Olympics will undoubtedly bring.

2. New and Exciting Accommodations

When Tokyo won the Olympic bid, it did so despite a projected shortage of 41,000 hotel rooms throughout the country. As a result, since 2013, there has been significant investment in hotels and other accommodations, to the tune of approximately $4.9 billion. This investment includes constructing new hotels, as well as expanding and upgrading existing facilities. Travelers have more options than ever before when it comes to finding a place to stay, with options ranging from familiar Western-style hotels to Japanese inns and beds and breakfasts that offer a glimpse into Japanese culture along with a place to stay.

3. Improved Attractions

Japan has no shortage of attractions for tourists, but with the renewed focus on attracting visitors from outside Asia, the government has made some significant changes to major attractions to make them friendlier to visitors. For instance, in 2016, the Japanese government opened the Akasaka Palace in the heart of Tokyo to the public for the first time ever. Built as an Imperial Palace for the Crown Prince in 909, since the mid-1970s this European Baroque-style palace has been used as a guest house for visiting dignitaries. A similar palace can be found in Kyoto and was also opened to the public in 2016.

Japan’s leaders have also taken steps to make the country’s national parks more appealing to foreign visitors. During the multi-year initiative, the Ministry of the Environment has taken steps to more effectively market the parks to foreign visitors and made improvements within the parks themselves, such as adding new signage and information in multiple languages and making it easier to access especially scenic areas. With all of these preparations expected to be in place by the beginning of 2020, 2019 is a great time to enjoy them without major crowds.

4. Eased Travel Restrictions

Currently, travelers coming from 66 countries worldwide — including the U.S. — can enter Japan without a visa. In fact, Japan has recently eased visa restrictions for multiple Asian countries, including China, Thailand and Malaysia, as well as India, and seen a significant increase in tourism as a result. Americans wishing to visit Japan can do so with a valid passport and return ticket and stay up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for the entire length of your stay in Japan, and you should expect to be photographed and fingerprinted when you enter the country. Otherwise, there aren’t any visa requirements for U.S. tourists.

In 2016, Japan also changed the rules regarding tax-free shopping for tourists. Generally speaking, items purchased by tourists to take home are tax free, provided that you meet certain restrictions. Shopping tax-free also requires carrying your passport with you while you shop, but it can save you a significant amount of money. Shopkeepers are familiar with the rules and can help you.

Japan is going to great lengths to attract new visitors in the coming years. With all of these tourist-friendly changes taking place, it’s easy to see why 2019 is the best time to visit Japan.

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