|Osaka, Japan on the left and St. Petersburg, Russia on the right|
Well 2012 hasn't even started yet and I am already excited about my travel for the next year. Living in Germany, I get five weeks of vacation, this is perfect because it allows me to cultivate my healthy travel habit.
If you follow me on twitter you know that I am heading to Japan for two weeks in late February/early March. I found an amazing deal via Aeroflot for 477 Euro round trip. While in Japan I will visit Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, traveling within the country by train. If you want to know more about Japan, everyday on twitter I will be posting interesting facts like these:
- Slurping your food is encouraged, it is a sign that you enjoyed your meal. If you don't slurp your host might be offended.
- People greet each other with bows, ranging from a nod of the head to a full 90 degree bow. Deeper bows are for formal situations, showing respect, the nod is often shared amongst friends.
- Cab doors in Japan are automatic, do not touch doors with your hands, the driver presses a button from inside the car that open and closes the door.
- Speaking of cabs, the drivers wear white gloves and sometimes surgical mask.
- There are vending machines on almost every corner that sell anything from hot food, panties and vacation packages.
I just booked another trip seconds ago. Airberlin is having a Christmas sale to multiple destinations (it ends Dec 15th). I am going to St. Petersburg, Russia for a long weekend in early June. The ticket was 114 Euro round trip!!! I will have additional cost because I need a visa AND an invitation letter. Russia is tricky to get into, depending on your country of citizenship, so I will be sharing tons of tips for Americans while I prepare. I have mentioned before that visiting Russia alone intimidates me but the Panda might come along.
My early June trip will coincide with White Nights, the period of 80 days during the summer when the sun barely sets in St. Petersburg. Due to the long summer nights with pleasant weather there are tons of festivals and parties throughout the street. Many travelers deem this the best time of year to visit St. Petersburg.
I am so friggin excited.
So that's it for now. Stay tuned!!! I have my sights set on Kenya for later in the year!