Sayonara Japan

When I first started this blog, way back when in 2013, I had just handed my notice in at work and was preparing for the biggest move of our lives to Japan. I wanted a way to document our journey and there was born… The Travelling Holts. That was nearly 7 years ago and it…

Teaching in Japan- Everything you need to know.

So you’re thinking about accepting a teaching job in Japan but you’re not sure if it is for you? Well here are somethings I think you should be aware of after teaching in Japan for 6 years. So what do you need to know? Be prepared for fewer holidays. If you work for a Japanese…

2 Gluten Free Days in Hiroshima

Before I start, I just want to point out that I am not celiac. This is a recount of where we ate to cater for my Mother in Law (who is celiac) during our three day visit to Hiroshima. The good, the bad and the ugly. It is also important to note that because Japan…

Rikugien Gardens

Japan is a country of four distinct seasons. Winter is all about skiing and hot pot (Shabu Shabu), Spring is all about the famous Cherry Blossoms and Sakura flavoured food. Summer is the season of Matsuris and firework displays, which brings me to my favourite season… Autumn. Around late October to early December the changing…

Typhoons and Earthquakes

When we first decided to move to Japan the language was the only thing we really worried about. We knew it would be a huge cultural change and there were going to be difficulties with communication but we never once considered the number of natural events that happen here compared to the UK and how…

That’s My Type of Travel

Over a year ago I wrote a post titled ‘A Time to Travel’ (Read here) which was basically a manifesto of what I wanted to achieve when travelling South East Asia later that year. I compared our travelling experiences so far to a type of window shopping where we would stick to easy to reach…

Langkawi

Langkawi was the first stop on our trip and we picked to stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort for three main reasons. Location Complimentary round trip airport transfers The price When researching Langkawi, we have always found it to be one of the more expensive destinations in Asia with the number of luxury resorts in…

3 Nights in Kuala Lumpur

OUR 3 NIGHT STAY AT KL JOURNAL HOTEL After our trip to Langkawi we decided to have a 3 night stop over in Kuala Lumpur. I chose to stay in the reasonably priced boutique hotel The KL Journal Hotel which is centrally based in the Bukit Bintang area. The rooms are all spacious and decorated…