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    What is the maximum time I could go backpacking around the world for

    Well, you can go for years but I'm not sure I'd recommend it. I left the UK 25 years ago and spent the next 5 traveling widely ... However not in one block. Lived in Australia for a year and in Japan for a year. Blocks of travel longest being 13 months. But The problem I have with long non-stop travel is that you eventually lose the wonder. After a year in some amazing places, the next place that should and would be amazing if you dropped in there from the UK just becomes ho-hum and commonplace. Which is the reason I stopped after 13 months on the go - I was in Borneo and then HK and China and it became just another destination. So I'd suggest the best thing you think about doing is just going. See where it takes you and how far. Maybe you'll hate it, who knows. But trying to plan years ahead is nigh impossible anyway, so live for each day and reflect as you go. Even when you eventually stop, it'll not be forever. All in your atitude. Good luck and enjoy. almost 6 years ago

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    We Are thinking about travelling to Laos, is it necessari to travel in group tour or can it be done on your own?

    Laos can absolutely be done on your own; we just had a week there as a family, no trouble at all. Just get prepared for visas and beaurocracy which are never that straightforward with old fashioned communist states, but the people are lovely, the food is delicious, and the country amazing (just avoid backpacker holes like vang vieng. Shudder.) almost 6 years ago

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    Visiting imperial palace.

    Um, nope. Many other interesting sights in Tokyo would rank above that, and if it's palaces or temples you are after, head to Kyoto. almost 6 years ago

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    in Japan for 1 week. I plan to spend 2 days in Kyoto and Tokyo. For the other days is it better to see Hakone or Takayama.

    Onsen is a fantastic experience everyone should head for. Hakone or Izu would get my vote. I could also suggest: - miyajima island just off the coast of Hiroshima - Kanazawa on the inland sea side - matsuyama on Shikoku See my flickr stream for some ideas almost 6 years ago

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    What advice do you have for a first-time japan visitor?

    If you intend to explore japan at all, buy a Japan Rail Pass BEFORE you get there. It'll save you $$$$$ on getting around. We often stay in business hotels near train stations - the Japanese seem to have these down to a fine art, and can represent amazing value (like $80 per night per room including free wifi and onsen spa and breakfast.) Have you got any idea where in Japan you are going to go and when? almost 6 years ago

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    I'm holidaying for two weeks in Thailand

    North ... or East. Having been to Thailand rather a few times, we recently headed out to the Khymer temples In the east and thought it was fascinating. Very few people head out that way. almost 6 years ago

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    Two weeks in New York

    Have a look at http://www.peek.com Personally I lived the Isamu Noguchi sculpture park, but it's quite a hike and not to everyone's taste. almost 6 years ago