Category Archives: Japan

The Travel Wisdom of Bruce Lee

By Carlo Alcos Bruce Lee didn’t just kick ass. He stimulated minds, too. “The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not  to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature … Continue reading

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Answers to Your “What If…?” Travel Fears

By Nicole Farrell, SWAP Intern “Traveling is awesome, but I think I’d miss home too much after a few months.” “Living abroad sounds cool, but it seems like such a crazy idea.  I don’t know anyone who has done it!” … Continue reading

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12 Career Skills That Travel Will Improve

By Mabel Lee With an increasingly globalized world and the rising demands of competitive 21st century skills in the job market, travel is actually one of the best things you can do to boost your career skills and to develop … Continue reading

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Top 5 SWAP Concerns… Solved!

It’s not a matter of wanting to SWAP abroad or not, you’ve always wanted to; but just when you’re about to register … the concerns start flooding in! This happens to most SWAPPERS, often paralyzed by the unknown: what will … Continue reading

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Festivals All Over the World

Australia: The Melbourne Jazz Festival –  You’ll want to make your plans to attend this festival this month, as it runs from June 1 – 10 in – you guessed it – Melbourne. Running for over 10 years now, be … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye View: Japan

So you’re calling Japan your new home and you want to see it from another angle. Here are a few ideas for you. Go for a Glider Experience in Takikawa and feel the freedom of flying without an engine. A … Continue reading

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Superstitions Around the Globe

Happy Friday the 13th! This ancient superstition stems from the combination of the least lucky day of the week and an unlucky number. In honour of this superstitious holiday we’ve found some superstitions from around the world. In many parts … Continue reading

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Etiquette 101: Tipping Guide (for all over the world)

by Tim Murphy So you just had a five-star meal in Qatar. Or went scuba diving in beautiful Bohol in the Philippines. Well, lucky you! But how do you express your appreciation for the service you received? Are you in … Continue reading

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8 incredibly weird theme parks around the world

If roller coasters just don’t seem fun enough, how about something extremely weird and vaguely offensive?

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10 Reasons Why Taking a Working Holiday is a Good Idea

A working holiday is when you spend a significant amount of time in another country and have the working rights to back it up. With this setup, you are able to pick up a job or two (or 6) and … Continue reading

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Cost of living- Japan

Check out an estimate of how much day to day things will cost you in Japan here

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Why I Quit My Job to Travel Around the World

By Jodi Ettenberg More than anything, we want you all to realize that if you want to see the world and break away from the everyday YOU CAN and SHOULD! If you’ve ever daydreamed of extended travel check out the … Continue reading

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How to: Use chopsticks like a pro

Photo:feline_dacat By Greg Banecker The good news: chopsticks are a skill acquired with practice. Soon enough you’ll be grabbing grains of rice and catching flies, but until then, here’s a few easily grasped morsels of advice to get you by. … Continue reading

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SWAP 101: the official video!!

Finally: how SWAP works in video form. We are proud to present the work of our amazing intern, Erin Deli. The actors are pretty great too, eh? Watch it here

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Modern Metro: 14 of the World’s Coolest Subway Stations

Dark, smelly, filthy and crawling with rats – while this may be an accurate description of many subway stations and tunnels around the world, it definitely doesn’t apply to Barcelona’s Drassanes Station, Stockholm’s Tunnelbana, the Munich U-Bahn or 11 other … Continue reading

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Passport Milestones

Article and photos by Steph Warning: These photos will make you want to put more mileage on your Canadian passport. Read more here

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The Best Hangover Food From Around the World

Photo: scaredy_kat By: Eva Sandoval Saturday night: no matter where you live, you’ll run into pressure to make the most of it. So you hit the club. You take in the concert. You do the afterparty. You drink the booze, … Continue reading

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World’s first robot marathon ends with photo finish

The race began two days before its human equivalent, the 2011 Tokyo Marathon. The robots ran 422 laps at an average speed of 0.7 km/h. They went around a 100-metre indoor track without assistance except for pit stops to recharge … Continue reading

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Top 10 Rude Gestures Around the World

A list of cultural mistakes to avoid if you ever want to be welcomed back Here

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Dating in Japan

So you’re looking for love or lust while spending your time in Japan? Here is a great article on tips about what Japanese guys and girls are like and how to attract them! Here… There is also a great article … Continue reading

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