Hisashiburi desu! Where have I been?! lol. To be completely honest, the answer is nowhere. I haven’t done a darn thing in the past couple months. The Australia/ New Zealand trip that I alluded to in my last post never happened (on account of me and my often complicated personal life 😶). Even though I haven’t had the opportunity to get out and around much, that doesn’t mean that I’ve put a stop to my daydreams. I’ve been determined for the past year on getting to Japan, and I mean business.
So, I’ve been busy mentally outlining an itinerary for my Japan travels for the past month or so, and, as of this weekend, I’ve finalized a generalized plan of when/how I’d like the trip to go. My boyfriend will be tagging along, so I consulted with him about a few things to make sure that everything jives for both of us, and now I’m off! First step was making sure that I had the free time to go abroad. I’ve pretty much always known that I wanted to go to Japan in the springtime so as to revel in the beauty of the blossoming sakura 🌸. So with my ideal dates in mind, I marched into my supervisor’s office on Monday morning and demanded the time off. Ok, so that is not the way it happened at all lol. I fearfully walked in with a look of guilt on my face, readying myself for a negative response. (January-June is a very busy time for my department, and it’s pretty taboo for someone to take time off during those months. Once July rolls around, you quickly see everyone scurrying off to week-long vacations to recuperate from the stress of the previous six months). I made my case, assuring my supervisor that the week I was requesting off is in the small window of “down time” that we get between projects, and that I’ve kept my workload pretty reasonable by managing my tasks appropriately. I wanted him to know that my being gone for a period of time will not result in chaos *fingers crossed*. Surprisingly, he approved my request and wished me luck in my travels. Phew…that took about 10 lbs. of weight off my shoulders. Now I just have to worry about the other 90 lbs. that comes with planning my first ever international trip! 😨
So, I now had my dates planned out and my schedule cleared. But things didn’t get real until last night. Last night…I put on my big girl panties…and made moves. Last night…I was determined to put my fears behind me and take a leap forward. Last night…I booked our flight. Soooo scary thinking about it. I woke up with a knot in my stomach just thinking about what I’d done. Did I make the right move? Should I really take this trip? Did I pick the best dates? All these thoughts came rushing in. I have only 24 hours to reconsider things. After that, these tickets become nonrefundable and it’s a done deal. As I type this post, I have one hour left to decide before my purchase becomes completely final. I had to take a deep breath after that last sentence. My boyfriend has been reassuring me all day that I made the right decision in making the moves toward making this trip a reality. His words helped significantly in allowing me to feel at peace with my decision. So, with one hour left to take back what I’ve done, I can say that I’m feeling pretty confident in going forward with everything. Step 2, booking flights ✔️.
Now I’ve just got to get down to business planning out our time there. Hotels, activities, cities to visit, landmarks to see 🗼🗻🏯⛩. I’ve got to get all of these things planned out. I’m slowly making progress with these as well. I am planning our trip around visiting the prefectures of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Today, I booked where we will be staying in Osaka via Airbnb. So there’s another thing checked off the list. Even though we have 5 months until departure, I’ve got to get the ball rolling on reservations. Because of the time of year that we are going, things are getting booked up fast. Spring is a VERY popular time for tourists and nationals alike due to the hype of getting a chance to witness the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. The pressure is definitely on 🔥.
I’ll do my best to give updates leading up to our departure from the States. In the meantime, wish me luck with all these planning shenanigans. Japan, here I come!✈️🗾🇯🇵