I am heading to Tokyo for my second time tomorrow. Many people have asked me how to plan a trip in a short time (or within hours). I decided to draft a list of what I’ve done from booking tickets to packing. I hope you will find the list helpful.
1. Book a flightHK Express $22 Ticket
I always tell people to pick their favourite ticket if you just need to pay a bit more. But not this time! With the irresistible HK$22 promotion, I have decided to give HK express a try. And it’s just 4-hour. Why not?
Here’s why I prefer Airbnb than Hotels:
1. Much cheaper than Hotels (HK$450/night vs $1000+/night)
2. Private Kitchen (I choose ‘Entire Home’ when booking)
3. Feel like Home
4. Expect the unexpected
5. Unique Experience
3. Buy travel insuranceContact my agent
I’m sure you can buy travel insurance online. In most cases, it’s part of the booking process for flights and accommodations. For me, I prefer contacting my own agent and buy the plans that I am familiar about. It takes some time to compare offers from different companies at first, but it worths it. Trust me!
4. Exchange Local Currency& Activate Overseas ATM cash withdrawal service
Just go to the bank and exchange for $100,000 yen (Should be more than enough) & activate “Overseas withdrawal service” for my ATM card.
5. Drop my DSLRs. Take my iPhone 6sTravel Light
I always carry my Canon 6D + 2 lenses when I travel. Maybe it’s time to change.
As this is my second time to Tokyo and I am taking a budget airline. I want to travel light.
Meanwhile, I want to test how far can I go with my iPhone 6s. Is it good enough for travelling? I’ll find out in this trip.
I have heard a lot of travel tips these years and I follow most of them.
I roll to save space. I put Emergency Cash in different pockets. I carry light.
My favourite brand is UNIQLO (Not an affiliate here). It’s ultra light and most importantly, functional. The AIRISM and HEATTECH series are my secret to travel light.
7. Draft a Shopping ListBuy what I need in 5 days
As I plan to shoot with my iPhone (left my DSLR at home), I am going to buy some accessories for it.
Here’s my list:
– Olloclip Active Lens (Wide Angle + Tele Lenses – to replace my Canon Lenses)
– 16000mAh Powerbank by XiaoMi (Big enough to charge all my digital devices)
I was trying to download offline map using Google Map but it doesn’t support offline maps in Japan. Then I use Tripadvisor App. I successfully downloaded Tokyo Map to my iPad and iPhone such that I can access maps even I don’t have Internet access.
I also open a “Tokyo 2015 folder” to save all my research in Google Drive. By clicking the “Keep Offline” button, the document is saved to my device and I can have offline access and read them during the flight.
Here’s how I plan for my trip to Tokyo and I hope it gives you some insights. As you can see, I don’t really spend time on planning the itinerary, because this is Japan – I know I will figure it out when I get there. (or just go to the tourism office)
P.S. If you are going to a country that you haven’t been to, make sure you have the visa to get in.