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Trip Planning: Japan and the Cats

So what happens with Merry and Pippin while I go off on holiday?

They get spoilt rotten I bet!

The terrors as I affectionately call them to their faces are very lucky that at the moment they get to stay at home in their own space while I go off adventuring. I have a friend who comes to stay to enjoy some solitude and fun away from normal life for a bit. While they stay they feed, play with, and look after the cats. I’m sure this is much better for them than moving them about, but also financially for me this works out really well. I’ll be coming back in a couple of days and I’m sure they will have learnt some new trips and have a slightly different routine that they will try and train me to keep up (they wish!) and will ignore me for a few days before they work out they’re stuck with me again. I’m sure they love me, but at the same time I’m sure they enjoy be spoilt everyday too!

I think I’ll be okay to keep this arrangement for the next year or so, but them will likely have to look for a cattery to house them in for the longer trips or if I go away over Christmas. I like them to have contact with people more than just someone popping into feed them, but I don’t know anyone else who would move in for a couple of weeks and who I trust, which is greatly important.

I always miss them when I’m away, but I am not looking forward to recovering from jet-lag this weekend with two demanding terrors running around the house!

Trip Packing: Japan Edition


I’m off to Japan tomorrow and I am so excited! This trip has been planned for over a year, which also means I’ve been in my current job a year, so I can’t keep calling it my new job! This past weekend I started packing and only now have my everyday things to pack tomorrow morning. My cat sitter is all set up and they will be spoilt while I’m away I’m sure.

I decided to go for the autumn ancient and modern Japan trip with Exodus because I thought it would be cooler, but I juts looked at the weather and it’s hot!

What is this???

I’ve had to rethink everything I was planning to take as jeans and t-shirts and jackets are not going to work. I’ve had to find some last minute summer clothes in the sale, which was super lucky as everywhere now has winter stuff only!

So what I am taking for a 16 day trip to Japan?


  • Linen trousers
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight cardigans
  • Smart top
  • Long sleeve tops
  • Hoodie (wearing)
  • Underwears (bras/socks/knickers)
  • Pyjamas
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Swimsuit
  • Walking Trainers (wearing)
  • Lounge pants (wearing)
  • Lightwight trainers
  • Slip on trainers
  • Ankle supports


  • Deodarant
  • Shampoo/Condition
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Makeup (minimal)
  • Hairspray
  • Facewash
  • Moisturiser
  • Suncream
  • Face cloth
  • First aid kit essentials
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hairbrush
  • Makeup sponges & cleaner
  • Pain tablets & gel

Other Stuff:

  • Passport
  • Insurance
  • Wallet – cash/cards
  • iPhone, headphones & charger
  • Kindle & cable
  • Camera, lens & charger
  • Notebook & pens
  • Guidebook
  • Lightweight handbag
  • Backpack
  • Suitcase
  • Golf ball (for heel pain)
  • Waterproof inner bag

I’ve pretty much packed everything and I am surprised at how light my suitcase is. I’ve put some clothes in my hand luggage in case my suitcase goes missing. I still have plenty of room for souvenirs and I already have a few ideas of what I want to look out for.

I’m having a travel idea…

I am having a severe case of wanderlust at the moment!

I am really looking forward to my big trip to Japan later this year, but I want to be planning more trips and exploring more places as life is short and I want to see travel the world!

(while having a great job and a lovely home base to come back to each time – plus enough money to be able to afford to travel!)

So I’ve had an idea…

12 weekend trips in 12 months!

There are so many places I want to visit I think this could be a great way to  shake things up in my life. There are weekends I sit down and think I could have done so much, but get caught up in the day to day cycle of life. This idea is extreme for me, but I like the idea of being busy and always having a trip to plan and look forward to. At the moment it’s an idea. I’m not 100% sure, but then think why do I need to be 100% sure, I can just go with it and see how it goes!

I have already listed where I think I want to go:

  1. Paris
  2. Athens
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Madrid
  5. Florence
  6. Budapest
  7. Vienna
  8. Saltzburg
  9. Copenhagen
  10. Stockholm
  11. Berlin
  12. Oslo

There are so many more places, but many of these have been near the top of list for a while so it makes sense to focus on those and add a few different ones in too.

This feel exciting!

I want to start planning already. I’ll need to look at flights, accommodation, sights to see, food and drink to try and find out about the history of each place. I’ll also need to see when is best to visit each place and if there are any events I should look to feature or look to avoid.

I plan on doing most trips on my own, but would be totally on board if any of my friends want to join me. I am going to be selfish though and make sure I am doing what I want to do, but I’m open to having company.

The main thing I need consider is my finances as I would like to have a bit more savings behind as an emergency fund before I start extreme trip planning. But then I think to my self LIFE IS SHORT, so why not enjoy it and live everyday like I want to (while being within my means).

I’m in the in between stage. It’s an idea that is both exciting and terrifying. I’ve got a bit more thinking to do I think…

Wandering around London

Where has May gone? Honestly I feel like it should be 10th, not the 27th! It has been a busy, but great month. I feel like I have been making the most of each moment and taking time where I need it to check in with myself. I’ve also been more social that I have been for a long time and it’s been fun. I do need to find my balance and make sure I do say no when I need to. It’s all feels good though.

Last week I got to go to London for work and as I was on my own I made the most of my trip by staying overnight and doing some exploring that evening. I also got to practice some of my photography skills. I wandered from Victoria area over to Buckingham Palace and St James Park. There were lots of people around and I realised after it was the Queen’s Annual Garden Party. It was fun to stop and people watch for a while. Lots of uniforms and fancy outfits wandering around. Also watching the British tradition of queuing in formal wear. I was entertained for free and it was fun.  it was a grey evening, but lovely and warm so walking around was a pleasure and it was nice to slow down and observe the business of London and take the photographs below.

St James Park
Buckingham Palace Gates
Lion man
Outside Buckingham Palace
Top hat man
Keeping Watch
View from St James Park

I’m lucky that I get to to some lovely places with my job and that my work encourages taking time when visiting a place to properly visit, learn and appreciate what it means to be there. I’ve a few trips coming over over the next year where I am making the most of the opportunity to explore and fulfill my wanderlust in more ways.

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