I’m a silver linings person. I always have been. I don’t know why I’m wired that way, but I think it just makes it easier to live with all the crappy situations we have to face through life. But, even I of the “glass is half full” school of thought had to work hard to see the upside of what went down today.
Aside from accommodations, the other big-ticket thing you’ll have to pay for when going on a trip – long-term or otherwise – is your transportation. It’s not cheap. And, even after having booked dozens of plane tickets online in my life, clicking “confirm” on the purchase screen still leaves a lump in my throat and my fingers trembling. Booking a flight makes a trip more real.
I don’t profess to be the most cost-savvy flyer in the sky (there are some people for whom it’s a game), but over the last few years I’ve developed some habits and have acquired some tips and tricks for chipping away the the expense of flying. Here is what I’ve learned.
There is a generally accepted myth that visiting Japan – especially for round-the-world travellers – is a budget-breaking experience. And while it is true that Tokyo and other cities offer many temptations which can suck your bank account dry, the reality is if you are smart about certain expenses, you can afford to splurge a bit while in Japan.
Here are some ways I’ve managed to make my visits to Japan affordable.