An unexpected journey: Japan!

It is with great excitement that I am announcing that I will be taking an international trip this holiday season! I’ll be hopping on a plane and travelling about 10,300 km away from the frigid winter scape that is Ottawa. For those of you close to me, you probably already know where I’m going but for those of you who aren’t, I’m heading to Japan to visit my friend and work colleague Shyla!

Photo courtesy of Shyla!

I’ll be leaving on December 13th (arrival on December 14th) and will be returning on January 9th. That’s 27 days in Japan! I will share more details about the trip as I get closer to the date.

I’ll be tracking my adventures through this blog. I’m not a travel blogger so bear with me as I attempt this! If nothing else I see this as a way to document my trip. Think of this as a public travel journal full of wonderful tales, photos, and goofiness. Horrifying? Maybe just a little bit.

Travel gear on a table

Rediscovering my love for writing

That said, I’ve been finding it difficult to be motivated to write. I love writing. So it hurts me to not have the same ambition that I once did. I am looking for motivation to get back into writing and I think this travel blog series might be just what I need. Although this series isn’t a library and information science related post, I hope that you follow along with me as I prepare for this trip.

Minimalist travel

I made a blog post a few years ago titled The mobile blogger. To this day, it is still one of my favourites, so if you haven’t checked it out I recommend it. I’m trying to go as minimalist as possible, meaning I will be only taking a backpack with me. Similarly, this trip will utilize mobile technology. I will not be bringing a laptop with me so everything I post, write and photograph will be done through my mobile device. Leading up to the trip I’ll talk about a few of the tech gadgets I’ve picked up for the trip. Technology has always been a passion of mine so it isn’t completely outside of the original focus of this blog.

So feel free to follow along with me as I prepare for this trip! If you have any suggestions for places to see let me know in the comments here, on Facebook or my other social media channels.

Header Photo by David Edelstein on Unsplash

Passport Photo by Marc-Olivier Paquin on Unsplash

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