Taking a Family of Four to Japan

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With all our crazy travels and still having the ability to nonrev, one of our friends asked us if we planned on going to Japan anytime soon.

I told him probably not. There were other places we wanted to go to first, plus with the length of the flights I thought our youngest may not be up for flying that far yet, and, to be honest, it’s always intimidated me a bit, especially taking the first trip there with the kids.

Then we started discussing the cruise “deal” to the Caribbean that was going to cost us $2500 for a week and asking how much a vacation is worth to us.

We realized the $2500 a week price tag wasn’t the problem. We’ve traveled to Europe before for $3,000 a week.

It was the $2500 for something we’ve already done that was the problem.

When we work through a problem we usually have to start working backwards. We have to rule out what we don’t want to do before we figure out what we do want to do (this works for deciding where we want to eat dinner as well). After several days and more searching my husband finally asks, “Why don’t we go to Japan?”

After some lengthy discussion about what commitments we can adjust or move and which ones we can’t I think we’re really going to do it. We’re going to go to Japan next month.

In my usual form I went to our library and checked out every travel guide I could find on Japan

japan travel guides

But I also want to ask other people, what should we see while we’re there?

We’ll have a little less than two weeks when I account for travel time, I already know there’s no way we can see half of what we’d want to. Accounting for the weather (November) and that we’ll have our kids with us, what are the things we absolutely should not miss while we’re there?


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Tiff's first big vacation was a Caribbean cruise when she was six. She first started getting interested in deals when her husband showed her the tricks to getting bought off your flights back in the late 90s. She started flying nonrev when they got married; the first unusual nonrev she did was in '05 when her family flew through San Juan to get to Dallas from Philly. They have two boys, ages 11 and 7, who she usually drags along on their travels and hopes they will grow up to love traveling as much as she does.


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