Top Tips For Traveling To Japan

If there’s one piece of advice that you should know before traveling to Thailand, it’s that preparation is essential. Japan is not a country that you can travel to and expect to do fine in without any problems.

Not only is the language barrier going to be an obvious issue, but you will quickly find that Japan is very much different from the United States in terms of how things are run.

Here are the top tips for traveling to Japan:

Learning The Japanese Language

Or at least learn the basics of it so you can be conversational. Japanese is a Category 5 language, which means it is among the most difficult to learn. It will requires several thousand hours of dedicated and committed study. Fortunately, traveling to Japan and immersing yourself in the culture and the language can be one of the very best things you can do to become a more fluent and confident Japanese speaker.

Travel Via Bus

In Japan, it will be much more economic for you to travel via bus then by train. It will take longer to travel by bus, but you’ll save a lot of money too.

Purchase A JR Pass

Do you think you will leave Tokyo? If so then you are going to need a JR (Japan Rail) pass. This pass is made for foreigners that will allow them to access any JR line across the country for seven days. You’ll get access to high-speed trains so you can criss cross the country quickly, and the pass is available for a very reasonable two hundred and fifty dollars.

Bring Lots of Cash

A major difference between Japan and the United States is the way commerce is conducted. Whereas people tend to buy things in the United States using debit or credit cards the most often, people in Japan buy most things using cash.

What this means is that most convenience stores and restaurants in Japan are unlikely to have a credit card machine. Instead, you’re going to need to make sure you have access to ATM’s so you can withdraw Japanese currency (these are usually available within walking distances of airpots or at a post office).

If you do bring a credit card, makes sure it’s one with a low foreign transaction fee (Capital One is a good example).

Bring A Plastic Bag With You

Another key difference between life in Japan and America is how trash is disposed. Trash bins and garbage containers are a common thing in public locations in America, but the same is not true in Japan. This is why you need to bring a small to medium sized plastic bag with to hold you trash (you can then dispose of the plastic bag containing your trash when you do find a garbage bin).

The most common places in Japan to find a trash bin will be bathrooms and convenience stores.

Traveling To Japan

Traveling to Japan can be a very fun and enlightening experience, and these will be the top tips to help you prepare for it.

Checking The Status of EVUS Visa

EVUS is a new online visa update system created by the U.S. Custom and Border Protection that entered into force November 2016 for checking the admissibility to the United States for citizens of the People’s Republic of China, holding a  10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visa. This also includes anyone from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan traveling on People’s Republic of China passport. All holders of these Visa categories are required to complete the online EVUS visa application and update their basic biographical information before traveling to the United States for temporary business plans or tourism.

EVUS enrollment is valid for two consecutive years of which a traveller may have multiple trips to the United States until the expiry of the visa or passport whichever comes first.

EVUS Data that Requires Update

To Check the status of EVUS Visa, the prospected traveller must have an enrollment number. This is a unique number that is generated by a successful EVUS enrollment process. In case an applicants’ lose their enrollment number, this may be retrieved through the provision of personal information; full names, passport, and visa numbers.

The EVUS enrollment online system allows updates of the following data elements without re-enrollment; primary and secondary email addresses, home, cell and work place phone numbers, home address, U.S. point of contact, emergency contacts, the current employer’s contacts and address while in the U.S.

Validity of an EVUS enrollment

The following information should be provided to check the validity of an EVUS enrollment;

  •    Surname and Family Names
  •    Enrollment number
  •    Passport number
  •    B1, B2or B1/B2 Visa number

Some situations may call for a re-enrollment if the following incidences occur while the EVUS visa is still valid;

  •    When the traveller obtains a new passport
  •    If the applicant gets a new 10-year B1 or B2 visa
  •    When there are significant changes in candidates name(s), gender, country of citizenship, nationality including dual nationality status
  •    If the circumstances underlying the previous responses to admissibility questions have changed that may include; visa denial, conviction of a criminal offense, unlawful presence in the U.S. or immigration-related misrepresentation

The CPB may annul the enrollment upon discovering “diametrically oppose errors” in the applicant’s enrollment or for other unspecified reasons upon which the visa will stand “provisionally revoked.”

The EVUS website is bilingual, available both in English and Chinese. However, EVUS questions must be answered in English only except on some special occasions which are expressly required to be submitted in applicant’s native language.

How CBP uses EVUS Data

Any information and data provided through EVUS enrollment, re-enrollment or updating is vetted by the CBP against selected security and law enforcement databases. This EVUS data is also counter- checked against lost, stolen passport records through Interpol and reviewed by CBP officers at the designated ports of entry upon arrival as a safety measures.

The Essential Guide to Choosing the Best Backpack

Anyone who travels a lot for business or leisure knows why you need to invest in a good and reliable backpack. All your belongings are inside and they need to be kept safe, dry, and free from any other potential mishaps. You need to be able to carry it comfortably and ideally, it can fit in the overhead compartments on the plane and be safe on public transport. Several travellers find that a low-quality backpack just brings with it endless stress and problems when they’re on the road. This article describes everything you need to know about buying an awesome and reliable backpack.

What are the Key Features of a Good Backpack?

The most important feature of any backpack is that it’s strong and reliable. If you’re going to be carrying it on your back, the last thing you want is for the strap to break. Or even worse, for the material to seemingly disintegrate, which happens more than you may think with the cheaper bags.

The next essential characteristic of a good backpack is that it’s waterproof. Most places around the world get heavy downpours and you really don’t want to get all your clothes soaking wet as you’re walking down the street. And on top of that, business travellers tend to come with their laptops and other important documents in hard copy. It can be a disaster if they happen to get wet en route to your meeting!

What Makes the Travel Backpack Awesome?

I discovered the best backpack to suit my needs as a business traveller as well as someone with a passion for being on the road. And that’s the travel backpack. This bag is very nifty and you can use it for pretty much anything. For example, it works great as a professional looking bag for business travellers who want to attend a meeting and give off a good impression. It also looks great on the back of long term backpackers traipsing through India.

At the same time, it’s extremely comfortable to wear and spacious. The bag is highly water resistant and will keep everything inside dry even with the worst the weather can throw at you. This backpack is one of the most secure that you can use to travel. You can keep it near your feet on the train so that you don’t need to let it out of your sight on the luggage rack. And it always fits in the overhead compartment on a flight, which is a major convenience.

My favourite feature is that the bag is very reliable. When you buy, you’re certain to be able to use it for any purpose for at least a few years. This makes the initial investment worthwhile for a durable and multifunctional backpack.

The Bottom Line:

The bottom line is that the travel backpack is one of the most superior bags available on the market. It’s perfect for people who travel for business and leisure whilst being versatile for any situation. Any traveller will benefit from investing in this strong and reliable bag.