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“A Blogger’s Guide To Japan” (Kindle Edition) Giveaway Is Under Way

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For a limited time, I am hosting a giveaway on Amazon.com for two free copies of “A Blogger’s Guide To Japan” (Kindle Edition).  No purchase necessary to enter, simply follow the link: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/5ce2498609dcd745

Remember, you can download the Kindle App for free and read the book on any device including your phone, tablet, etc.

Good Luck!

“A Blogger’s Guide To Japan” (Kindle Edition)

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I am excited to announce that my travel guide is now available in the Kindle Edition! The application is tailored for your Kindle device, tablet or phone.

Please visit one of the links below and order your copy today!

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End of Year Book Giveaway!

As the year draws to an end, I want to end things on a good note and offer my followers one last chance to win a copy of my new book, A Blogger’s Guide To Japan.

Enter to win here (Contest ends in 7 days):

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/5eea692de107900b#ln-fo

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JAPAN: The Capsule Hotel (カプセルホテル)

With the astronomical prices associated with lodging in many cities across the globe, Japan came up with a unique alternative that is slowly catching on in other cities outside of Japan in such countries as China, Belgium and the U.S.  What I am referring to is the capsule hotel (カプセルホテル) which originated in Osaka (Capsule Inn Osaka) in 1979 and has gained popularity all over Japan.

The standard capsule hotel features a collection of extremely small rooms or capsules (anywhere from 50 to 700 units) comprised of plastic or fiberglass and measuring roughly 6 feet 7 inches x 3 feet 3 inches x 4 feet 1 inch each. These hotels primarily cater to business men who require cheap overnight accommodation without the additional services offered by conventional hotels. They can be found near major train stations in large cities and usually charge ¥2,000 to ¥4,000 per night.  However, these days the demographics are changing. More and more capsule hotels now welcome female guests and offer gender segregated floors or buildings.  The hotels are also becoming popular among foreign travelers and a few “premium” or “themed” capsule hotels have emerged in such places as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka which charge a slightly higher rate.

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The capsules are typically stacked two units high and are lined up side by side in a corridor.  In addition to the bedding, they are equipped with a light, alarm clock, TV and radio. Some even offer free Wi-Fi service.  There is a pull down shade or a door at the entrance of each capsule for privacy.  The hotels typically offer communal bathrooms and showers and more and more hotels are now adding such services as vending machines, laundry facilities, entertainment rooms, manga libraries, restaurants and lounges. The guests’ luggage and other personal belongings must be stored in an assigned locker and smoking and eating inside of the capsule is not permitted. Oftentimes, guests are provided with a yukata (cotton kimono) and slippers in exchange for their street clothes and shoes while they are staying at the capsule hotel.

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The first capsule hotel opened in Xi’an China in 2012 followed by the first capsule hotel in Europe opening up in Belgium in 2014. On June 13, 2011, a capsule hotel called YOTEL officially opened in New York City Times Square.

In America where size does matter, Yotel offers what they call “cabin” rooms which measure approximately 129 square feet, significantly larger than their Japanese counterparts. There are 669 units packed into a futuristic tower in Times Square with each unit offering its own bathroom, shower, a tiny desk and a flat panel screen TV.  The beds are queen-sized and they sit up against the wall like a sofa during the day. These cabins go for anywhere between $195-$230 and VIP Suites boasting a fireplace, hot tub and terrace are available for $1,500!

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Wherever your travels may take you, today you have the option of experiencing an authentic Japanese capsule hotel or upgrading to a more luxurious facility which employs the capsule hotel concept. There is something to satisfy every taste and budget!

Yotel Web Page:                            http://www.yotel.com/en

Capsule Hotels In Japan:             http://bit.ly/1pVBEsN

(TripAdvisor)

 

 

Tips for Today’s Travelers

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or just setting out on exploring the world, valuable travel tips can add to the ease and enjoyment of your vacation.  Below, is a guest article associated with Experience Destinations, headquartered in Miami, FL. offering just that! 

-Wishing you safe and happy travels!

looking like tourists reading mapsTraveling today is much different than it was several years ago.  Today’s travelers rely on technologically advanced tourist information to get them where they want to go.  This makes traveling much easier and more enjoyable.  It also allows travelers to more fully reap the benefits of their vacation.  If you have an upcoming trip, learn how you can benefit from the following traveling tips to help you have the best time.

Fly With Wifi

First, whenever you are traveling, try to book a flight with an airline that provides wifi.  Your flight is going to feel like an eternity if you do not have access to your computer or smart phone.  Fortunately, most airlines provide this technology.  Usually, it comes with a small fee.  However, it is worth the cost if you want to be able to entertain yourself during a long flight.  This will allow you to stream videos, work, or catch up with friends.

Review the Area Online

Before you arrive, it is a good idea to review the area you are visiting.  You can browse tourism websites or read reviews about places nearby.  This will help you determine what you want to see when you arrive.  You can also plan restaurants to eat at in the area.  When you research beforehand, you eliminate a lot of stress during your vacation.  Much time is wasted trying to figure out what to do and where to go.  Also, you might discover something to do that you had not considered before you planned the trip.

Understand the Transportation

Next, make sure you understand the transportation system of the area you are visiting.  Obviously, you can always use the GPS system on your phone to navigate the surrounding areas.  However, some places get around differently than others.  For example, you might need to take taxis or buses to get from place to place.  In other areas, a car rental may be necessary.  Sometimes, you might rely on the metro or subway system.  Make sure you know what is the most practical for you as a tourist.  Then, make any necessary arrangements so that you can get around with ease once you arrive.

Download Helpful Apps

Furthermore, it might be beneficial for you to download helpful apps to help you best understand the area you are visiting.  It is common for cities to have an app with helpful information for tourists.  In addition, there are usually apps for public transportation systems.  These apps are convenient and will help you to feel comfortable in a foreign area.

Let Your Hotel Help You

Whenever you are traveling and away from home, you should stay at a good hotel that you can count on to help you with your needs.  This is what a hotel is for.  They can help you with a wide variety of services including bringing food to your room, providing you with extra bedding, offering access to the Internet, and giving traveling suggestions.  Too often, travelers fail to use their hotel as a resource for traveling advice.  When they do this, they miss out on their expertise.  A good hotel can recommend delicious dining options and enjoyable activities.  Even better, they might even have discounts for some of the events you are planning to participate in.

Find Time to Relax

Finally, many people come home from vacations overly tired.  They spend the entire week trying to fit every activity in and forget to relax.  Although events are part of the fun of vacationing, so is relaxing.  Therefore, make sure you take the time to relax.  Spend a morning sleeping in, stream a movie on your computer, or enjoy a night by the hotel pool.  It will allow you to distress and have a good time.

Hopefully these helpful tips will help you make the most of your next vacation.  Need some more inspiration? Check out this guide to vacationing in the Caribbean.

A Guide To Caribbean Attractions
Presented By Experience Destinations

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