30 by 30: Travelling Internationally Myself

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When I decided in 2015 to check more things on my 30 list, I wanted to travel internationally by myself. Back in 2014, I spent 2 weeks, mostly by myself, traveling to the East Coast. It was an amazing experience – very freeing. I could do what I wanted to, eat when and where I wanted, and saw whomever I wanted to. I wanted that experience, but in a different country this time.

When I was actually planning my yearly summer vacation, I was actually hoping to go to the Philippines with some friends, but my mom thought it would be too dangerous. I thought it would be better to travel somewhere safer – Japan.

I actually have documented what I did day by day, but I’ll spare everyone the details about what I did everyday.  It was just an amazing experience travelling myself. It was a lot of freedom to travel by myself since there was really no one’s feelings to consider when I made decisions, but it was also lonely.  I didn’t have friends to hang out with along my journey, but I was able to make some new ones and see one friend for a weekend in Gifu.  I suggest everyone to do some traveling themselves, even if it’s to gain a new perspective on the world.

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Collage above was a few of the things I saw during my trip. It was an amazing experience overall. There is just so much history behind everything so it was amazing to see.  I really tried to do and see as much as I could in 2 weeks. Definitely I ate some really fresh sushi, kobe beef, and even a Michelin starred restaurant.

The modern and historical sites in Japan were really something. The picture below actually a great juxtaposition of an old temple and the new Tokyo Tower, one of the tallest structure in Japan.  This is actually quite typical in Tokyo and Japan.

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Overall, it was such a great experience in both travelling by myself to gain some perspective on my life and going to Japan to see the beautiful country.

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