I used to not like traveling.
Okay, before you close this browser, hear me out ;)
I felt that it was such a chore to pack your bags (only to forget something crucial), plan an itinerary (only to completely not follow it), budget your money (and fail miserably) and still try to have a great time. It's hard to come up with a plan that makes every one happy - we all have different interest and places we want to visit.
Honestly, at that time, I'd rather just stay home and do crafty things.
Wandering around the internet, I stumbled upon the concept of traveling alone. I was actually surprised that my first thought was - I want to try that! - instead of feeling scared of the idea of being alone in a different country.
Hmmm... interesting concept. So I explored the idea ;)
When I went to Japan last March for a study tour, I had time to wander around Tsukuba by myself - something that I couldn't do when traveling with family. What an incredible feeling. To just walk comfortably, following where your feet take you, going into streets that pique your interest and just absorbing the wonder of it all.
After that trip, I made up my mind. I have to travel alone. I need to.
If you've been reading my blog for quite some time now, it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that my first destination of choice is Japan.
The country is just beautiful. Extremely picturesque and full of stories.
I've been designing this trip in my head, on several post-its, in my notebook and in my planner for a long time now. Now, I challenged myself to actually design this trip. So, I made a short mini-book daring myself to try out new scrapbooking styles and techniques and at the same time, travel (theoretically).
Consider this as my travel guide to the places I've never been to in Tokyo!
Well, before I can go on hopping from one shrine to another and stuff my cheeks with sushi and ramen, I actually have to fly to Japan. I can get to Japan fairly easily via AirAsia - just book a flight from Clark International Aiport to Osaka International Airport ;)
(I totally made up that booking ticket. The wonders of Photoshop.)
Although my plans were to go around Tokyo, Osaka is a wonderful place (with wonderful food!) so I don't mind spending a day or two there.
There are so many places I want to visit in Tokyo. So freakin' many.
I'm planning on checking off every single item on that list! (And maybe adding a few more. Or a lot more.)
Usually, I prefer going to historical destinations like museums, castles, parks and buildings. I'm a huge geek when it comes to history, especially Japanese history.
I've already picked the "house" I'll be staying at when I go to Tokyo. Instead of booking a hotel, I want to try renting an Airbnb house. I have a lot on my wishlist but If I had to narrow it down, I'm picking a modern apartment + a traditional Japanese room.
One of the things that makes any trip to Japan amazing is their food. I love Japanese cuisine. I'm a latecomer to the sushi party, though. My favorite dishes are actually ramen and curry. Japanese desserts are on a different level when it comes to presentation so I love looking at those too!
Yes, those are actual Japanese coins from my last trip.
Some things/places/brands on my shopping list:
- Akihabara + Nakano Broadway to complete my Rurouni Kenshin Japanese manga collection plus all other anime/manga things,
- EMODA, MURUA and some more big-name fashion brands and,
- LOFT and Tokyu Hands for washi tape, post-its and everything craft.
I made this entire mini-album in one sitting and tried to use as much of my stash of paper + embellishments that I usually shy away from. Case in point - doilies. I've never used a doily on a layout before! (Still not my favorite but let's just say I'm holding on to my silver doilies for now.)
I also tried some new techniques - confetti pockets, printing on vellum (yum!) and transparencies. Also, I tried a hybrid approach; I printed most of my "journaling" using a font that mimics typewriters ;)
Yay for creative exploration!
This is a contest entry to AirAsia x DesignHerStory collaboration. You can find AirAsia here in Facebook and Twitter. While this is a contest entry, I still made sure that there's a value in you reading it. I hope this post helped you plan and design your dream trip to Japan!