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What can you learn from Traveling Solo?

Pretty obvious that you learn a lot right?

Well for one, it took me a while to write this reflection about my trip to Japan. I took this trip to quench my fear about loneliness (I get moody on Sundays). This is pretty ironic if you think about it because we’re never really alone as long as we’re connected. What do I mean? Well at any time your phone or laptop is above 1% battery you can simply just send someone a message. Even during black outs your cell phone would still work. Probably one of the most frustrating things about arriving in Japan is that you lose all service and you're no longer "Mobile" until you're up in running with a new sim card. That is the moment you really have to indulge yourself to the fact you're in a new country and you're going to have to ask others for help. (If you know me then you know I REALLY suck at asking others for help as I tend just to pull myself up by the boot straps) Can you imagine how much more patient people were when electricity wasn't even invented yet?

My trip was a whole different culture of sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, and experiences compressed in two weeks. I met a lot of people, said good bye to a lot of people but the world never changes; only you change. The way you look at the world, your problems, and your current situation in life; for me it’s a lot different now. Even my career plans have changed. You read about all these different things in Japan; but it’s a total different experience when you're there and it makes you wonder a lot. It also makes you learn a lot both about the world and yourself.

I NO LONGER GET FOMO

Millennials - We all get intense FOMO (Fear of missing out) and it’s not our fault. We see filtered lives of everybody through online feeds and we consciously and subconsciously compare it to our own. I wrote about this before and it's still the same. We're afraid to ever commit to anything because there's an opportunity of something better. We're taught to not settle, but what does that even mean? Are we putting a value on present happiness for future happiness? We are afraid to do and say things because there might be something better. It's so hard not to write so cliché here but it is really true. I'm sure a few people would trade experiences with me; so what's holding them back? Just do it.

I DON’T FEEL LIKE LIFE IS A RACE

I constantly feel like I'm losing time. I'm getting older, what have I done with my life. Always hustling and rushing to get to the top. But In Kyoto, I spent hours exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine; strolling through each individual path to each individual shrine all the way up to the top. Unique statues of animals; alleyways with water fall shower areas, and along the streams that irrigated down to temple at the very bottom. It was an amazing feeling that I experienced just taking my time, observing this gorgeous place. I wasn't constrained to any commitments. No work, didn't have to catch the next train, or what to eat that night. I simply gazed at everything in amazement with this dumb smile I have on my face. I even met this wood carver that studied in San Francisco and now his life's mission is to bring back the Uji Tea Ceremony and Dolls. I came back with new goals.

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YOU WILL BE OKAY

You're 24 and you're still wondering what you're doing with life. Life is a journey and my trip to Japan is just a smaller journey. Sometimes you get lost but that's okay. We often stress about making mistakes without realizing that we're learning from them. The very first day in Japan, I literally took a random train to get to the fish market. I panicked and got off the wrong train station. Arrived at some station and saw a TON of students in their uniforms. Okay, definitely not heading the right way now so I had to ask a random old fellow on how to get to Tsukiji. He directed me to take the next train and stop at Tsukiji. No matter where you are in life, you'll be fine. If you're a little lost, ask for help. People are a lot more forgiving then you set them out to be. Yeah you might be late to get to where you want, but you'll end up there just like I ended up getting sushi at Tsukiji the next week once I familiarized myself with the subway system there. So it's okay to be lost. Stay calm, and carry on.

THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL, AND I WANT TO SHARE IT

When I was younger, I didn't really care about traveling. In fact, this is the first year I have been on a plane since coming to America. Nowadays you can view images that have been altered or captured in a way that it's better than how your own two eyes can see. But in reality, it still cannot capture the experience of seeing something live. Virtual reality is getting pretty close but it will never capture the aura you get from traveling somewhere and experiencing it with all your senses from touch to sight and taste. The food was amazing, the people were nice, there are endless things I could talk about and this all happened in two weeks. Life is amazing and I want everyone to experience it.

The world is like a book, and not traveling is like just reading the first page.

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LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR HATRED; THERE IS ONLY TIME FOR LOVE

I never understood why people hurt each other. Like why? Carrying ill will or bad emotions literally brings nothing of value into your life. All the negativity I had about people literally disappeared while I indulge myself into new experiences. All my experiences in Japan were positive, like even the Yakuza (Mafia) members didn't carry guns. It was my little adventure before going back to the states and doing whatever necessary to move forward.

If a picture tells a 1000 stories, then the next couple of weeks I'm going to post a 1000 pictures to tell 10,000 stories.

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Japan Day 1 - Part 1

There's so much to talk about.

So I don't really know where to start.

Asian Airlines and American Airlines are day and night apart, the service you get from Asian Airlines is off the chart! P.S. Made friends with the person I sat next to, she went to America for a week since she's a news reporter.

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The Flight Attendants are also Cute!

Let's start with a list of things you need to do after you land.

I took a no stop - 18 hour flight (averaging 550 MPH) to Haneda Airport (30 Minutes from Tokyo) I couldn't sleep so I pretty much spent 96 hours without sleep.

Can you imagine that with our current development we're able to move 550 MPH?!

So First Things First.
1. You have to go through immigration.
2. The Airport is the best place to exchange currency; just not Travelex. The going Rate was 123 and I got 122 yen per 1 USD,
3. Get your Tokyo Subway Passes Here! The work on 80 percent of the subways! and It's much cheaper. So a day pass at any subway station is 1000 Yen, and you can only get a day pass. At the Airport however you can get a Day pass for 800 or a 3 day for like 1500 Yen. WORTH IT since every Trip on the station is 170 yen to 310! You will easily go on it 4-5+ times a day as a tourist.

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I couldn't sleep on the flight so when I arrived at the airport had I exchange 2,000 dollars into 240,000 yen and proceeded to take the train to Tsukiji Fish Market. T-Mobile was suppose to work but it look like 2-3 days before it finally started to work. So later in the day I purchased 2gb of data for 34 USD at a 7-11. (Cheaper than anything else you can purchase since they charge you by the day there 7 Dollars a day for 200 mb)

I ended up using all 2gb on the last day. Mind you this was with unlimited SnapChats!

On the way to the fish market, I got nervous and exited early, took a some wrong trains but asked a old guy for directions and he was taking the same subway. Shout out to Jerry Wu for giving me an all day pass for Tokyo.

I arrive and walked around and asked another tourist who looked like she spoke English where Sushi Dai was. She pointed, I head over and this was the line!

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So this line was about a 3 hour wait. I just started talking to the last people in line and ended up going clubbing with them that night.

I ended up going to some other place with those guys since they didnt want to wait. Random Sushi Restaurant that was just as good as Daiwa, Ordered Omakase + Uni Paid 4800 Yen post Tax.

Here are some pictures of the Sushi. In retrospect, Daiwa Sushi and Probably Sushi Dai blows this place out of the waters,

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After eating, I paid, parted ways and explored the Fish Market.
This place is HUGE and they have a lot of food and inspection quality assurance guys working.

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Cool Note. THIS IS WHERE THEY FILMED CLEAN BANDIT RATHER BE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-M1AtrxztU

After the fish market I went towards my Hotel and attempted to check in early. Part 2 Tomorrow!

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My Free Flight to Japan and now Taiwan

How I'm traveling to Japan and Taiwan with my airfare paid for!

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Long Story Short I used my mileage points on my Chase United and Chase Sapphire Credit Cards.

I paid for a round trip flight to Japan for 70,000 United Miles and I still have 40,000 miles left that I am going to use 35,000 miles for a one way Ticket to Taiwan. My flight back from Taiwan will be booked from my Chase Sapphire.

So now you're asking how did I accumulate 110k Mileage points?

When I signed up for the United Card, I signed up twice. One was a "Business Type Card" Now you're asking, what business do I have? I don't have one you can use your Social Security Number to sign up. Second card was a normal card. The business card if you spend 2000 Dollars in 3 months you get 50k points and an extra 5k points if you add a user. This bonus applies to both cards.
The regular united card you have to spend 3k for 50k points.
Now you're asking how the hell do you spend 5k in 3 months? I did a cash advance with paypal losing 3% of the money. Which is worth every dime.

My 2015 November Japan Trip Gallery; If you want to wait for a more detailed posting on every picture I will be blogging about the whole trip on a weekly basis.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/gallery/users/ibeyuranh/

You'll probably need a credit score of 725+ to get these cards. Use Credit Karma to see if you qualify.
Chase has a special deal for Sapphire right now. 50k points after spending 4k in 3 months.

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