Definitely not Lost In Translation: How I Travel Plan and Prepared for Japan!


My two week trip to Japan was jam packed with sightseeing, adventure, luxuriating, and amazing food. We covered Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and an impromptu ski trip to Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort (more on that drama later!).

When I plan a trip, I start with tons of research, I'm talking over 100 hours to curate and find the best places to stay, eat, and see. I love the planning process but do enjoy leaving some room for spontaneity and discovering places once I am there. I use all different sources to gather my info from Instagram, random blogs, NYMag, and T+L. I also reach out to friends for advice or stalk their past trips on social media. Once I've gathered a list of everything I want to do, I start using googlemaps to map out and save locations with what I call "the star" function. I like seeing where all my stars are on the map as the visual representation helps me get a lay of the land and also plan how much I can accomplish in one day.

When I'm on vacation and away from my usual exercise routine, I try to incorporate as much walking as possible so I can feel good about splurging on delicious local foods. Because, as we all know, wellness is all about balance. It may feel daunting to walk even 30 or 40 minutes from one destination to another, so I break it up into smaller chunks of 15-20 minutes and plan to stop somewhere fun in between for a coffee or shopping. Of course, I still used Japan's intricate train system for longer jaunts and figuring out how to get around the city was part of the fun. Taxis/Ubers were quite expensive so I avoided those as much as possible. At the end of the day I frequently hit over 20,000 steps or 10 miles and felt great about how active I was able to stay without "working out."

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