Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Oops! Customs and cultural awareness

Diff'rent folks, diff'rent customs

The world is a very diverse place, with many different customs. That is slowly changing with globalization, but we are a long way from everywhere being like everywhere else. It will probably happen one day, but long after we are gone. The image of the boorish tourist taking no notice of his surroundings has become…

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Japan – land of the rising tourist

Mount Fuji

Three times in the last two weeks I have had friends ask me for tips on visiting Japan. I’ve been going there for 30 years, for business and pleasure, and I love the place. But now I’m worried too many people are going there, and it will be spoilt. The numbers are astonishing. I looked…

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Release of Third Age Travel Country Rating

A map of the world with countries color coded by their ranking in the index

New rating and ranking system of 100 countries to visit, evaluating them by eight criteria. Third Age Travel has released the Third Age Travel Country Rating 2018, its inaugural ranking of 100 countries by their desirability and ease of traveling. The report is available as a free download. As the Baby Boomers retire, more and…

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Twelve key lessons from 40 years of travel

I am 64 years old. I have been traveling internationally, for business and pleasure, for 40 years. It is one thing I never tire of, and it has become my life. I have traveled in luxury (usually at others’ expense on business trips) and I have backpacked on a shoestring. I have begged on the…

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There is no such place as Asia

There is no such place as Asia. Or rather, there are a dozen different Asias. Asia is much more diverse than Europe, which is by comparison relatively homogeneous. The very concept of Asia is an invention of European cartographers. Even today, Europe is regarded as a separate continent when it is in fact nothing more…

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