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I’m back! 4 personal learnings from my break

October 21, 2018
4 personal learnings from my trip to Japan

Hello Sizzlers!  I’m back from my 3 week break and time certainly flies.  As you know, Mike and I flew to Tokyo where we boarded the Diamond Princess for a 14 day cruise of Japan and one port, Busan in South Korea.

Before I left I wrote about Why taking a break is just what the Doctor ordered  and it certainly was. Sometimes we can get so caught up in day-to-day life that we don’t realise the benefits of taking a short break.

During our cruise we met some very interesting people and it is always great to connect with people from all over the world.

Our cruise started in Yokohama, and was originally on course to visit Busan, in South Korea.  However, a pesky typhoon in the region, meant the Captain had to turn back to avoid the dangerous conditions and change our itinerary, visiting Kobe in Japan instead. 

We also visited Yokkaichi, Toba (A delightful place and home to Mikimoto Pearls), Osaka, Iwakuni, cruised through the Kanmon Straits, Hakata, Busan, Nagoya before cruising back to our starting point in Yokohama just south of Tokyo.

Scenes of Tokyo

5 personal learnings from my break

1. The world won’t end if I don’t blog or use social media

As someone who is probably addicted to social media and blogging, I took my own advice and surrended my internet connection, apart from the odd photo on Instagram. 

How liberating! 

Although I missed my connection with my virtual friends through my blog and SM, I certainly didn’t miss the self-imposed pressure that I place on myself to post and be connected.

And guess what?

The world didn’t end and I appreciated the welcome back messages that some of you kindly sent me over the last few days.

2. Time out from day-to-day living can help you to think clearly

During my ‘sea days’, I not only enjoyed the facilities on the ship especially the nightly shows which are world standard, but I actually just sat on the balcony and let my mind drift and relax.  It gave me time to pause, consider what I want from life and start putting some ideas into place for the future.

3. Living in the moment

Being away from my normal life, I could actually just live in the moment I was experiencing without interruption from my daily responsibilities.  I met new people, experienced new cultures and ideas and even tasted new food. 

4. I rediscovered my relationship

Being with Mike and sharing new experiences certainly brought the quality back to our relationship.  With no outside influences that we are usually responsible for, we could take the time to enjoy each others’ company.

So I’m back and it is great to be home.  It was so lovely to catch up with my family and Ethan told me he ‘really missed his Nan’.

Life doesn’t always go to plan

Sometimes life doesn’t always go to plan and we can be disappointed.  However, on a number of occasions I found that disappointment could mean opportunity.  For example, changing course because of the typhoon was disappointing but we discovered a new port which we otherwise wouldn’t have visited.

Busan, South Korea

What’s next?

I will be making some positive changes in my life, which is always a work in progress and I will keep you updated.  The most important change is to take my own advice by removing the self-imposed pressure and enjoy life now!

What have you learned from taking a break from day-to-day life? I’d love to hear about our experiences.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

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85 Comments

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 21, 2018 at 22:20

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time away Sue – the perfect balance of time together, time alone, and discovering new things. It’s interesting that it’s led you to thinking about what you want to focus on next because I’ve been having similar thoughts (but did them at home rather than in Japan!) I think we’re both at a similar point in life and blogging and it will be fun to see where we each go in the months ahead. Welcome back my friend – I missed you xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:41

      It was a good balance Leanne, and we discovered ‘Nojitos’ which is a non-alcoholic version of the ‘Mojito’. You and I always seem to be on the same page so it is lovely to have someone else who is thinking and feeling as I do. You don’t have to travel to rethink life but it was good to get away from the responsibilities of life for a while. I missed you too and met several people from Perth on the Cruise. I look forward to continuing our chats and ‘cheer leading’ of each other. Have a beautiful week, my friend. xx

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 24, 2018 at 12:09

        Love the Nojitos Sue – a big improvement on “Claytons” – the drink you’re having when you’re not having a drink! Yes, we’ll keep on cheerleading and judging from all the comments, I’m not the only one who’s glad to see you back 🙂
        Off to another great start for MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM 🙂

        • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:31

          Yes it is quite a refreshing drink Leanne. I was actually surprised that there were very few people drinking alcohol on the ship. Maybe a new trend is starting??? I’ve had some lovely welcome home messages and it is nice to be missed. I just hope I can keep the blogging and SM in the new perspective that I found on the cruise. We have some good posts this week on MLSTL and a great group. Have a beautiful week, my friend. xx

  • Reply Leslie Clingan October 22, 2018 at 03:30

    Such a valuable vacation!! You learned so much and took more away from your vacation than just the memories of your travels. Glad you and Mike had this time together. We need a similar vacation that is a real vacation. Not about visiting folks or playing baseball. But about enjoying ourselves, each other and life. Welcome home.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:38

      It certainly was valuable Leslie. Having time with Mike was the best as this year has been difficult at times. I agree that enjoying time and new experiences, on our own together away from family and other commitments was certainly needed and we both feel so much more positive about life. I’m holding on to that for as long as I can. x

  • Reply Trisha Faye October 22, 2018 at 04:09

    Welcome back! What a wonderful three weeks you had. Seeing new sights, meeting new people, having special time with hubby and recharging. And learning lessons too, which is always invigorating. I’m so glad you had this opportunity.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:37

      Hi Trisha, yes it was certainly what I needed and I do feel much more relaxed and positive on my return. Life can drag you down and a break from everything just clears the air for a while. Have a beautiful week and thank you for your welcome back message. xx

  • Reply Dee | Grammy's Grid October 22, 2018 at 04:10

    Everyone needs to take a break from time to time and just get away. Looks like you all had a nice trip.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:36

      Hi Dee, I’m certainly feeling relaxed and the trip was wonderful. Just what my doctor ordered! Have a beautiful week and hope you are well. xx

  • Reply Jan Wild October 22, 2018 at 05:20

    So glad you truly took a break because it always looks to me that you have a lot on your plate. Welcome back and hold on to that vibe as hard as you can x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:35

      You are so right Jan. I do put too much pressure on myself and my life is generally busy. Mike and I had a wonderful time away and yes, I’m holding onto that vibe for as long as I can. Have a beautiful week my friend. x

  • Reply Toni Pike October 22, 2018 at 05:49

    So pleased that you had a wonderful holiday, Sue. I agree with you, the world doesn’t end if we are disconnected for a while and it is so beneficial to take a break, see new places and have some time to think.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:33

      Thanks Toni, it was good to get away from everything and I’ve come back feeling much more relaxed and positive about everything including blogging. Have a lovely week and thank you for your friendship and support. xx

  • Reply Natalie October 22, 2018 at 05:49

    Welcome back, Sue! I’m glad you had what looks like a wonderful cruise, and are now ready to make some positive changes in your life. Thanks again for featuring me as one of your guest writers earlier this week. I look forward to your updates.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:32

      Thank you Natalie and I also wanted to thank you for being my guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series. You have certainly had some positive feedback and comments. Have a beautiful week and it is good to reconnect again. xx

      • Reply Natalie October 24, 2018 at 09:23

        It’s wonderful to reconnect with you again, Sue. I hope your week is going well. Enjoy Spring and the warmer temps in your location. #MLSTL

        • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:33

          Thank you Natalie, the weather is certainly warm and Summer has arrived early!

  • Reply Donna October 22, 2018 at 06:20

    Hi, Sue – Welcome home! It is so wonderful to connect with you again. I’ve missed you!
    Your trip sounds and looks like it was amazing. Your insights into ‘taking a break’ greatly resonated with me. I strongly agree with Stephen Covey’s principle in ‘sharpening the saw,’ thus allowing ourselves to focus on balance, relaxation, and renewal. I also agree that such breaks can help us to change habits that are no longer serve us and to reevaluate our ‘self-imposed rules.’
    I am currently working actively with WordPress/Jetpack/Askimet to address the commenting frustrations that you have been experiencing on my site. If any of these errors pop up for you again, can you please take screenshots so that I can share them with Askimet, et al? I appreciate this greatly.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:31

      Hi Donna, I’ve missed you! The trip was great and just what I needed to spend some quality time with Mike with no pressure. I actually took a leaf out of your book when you took your break and it really does work. I would recommend it to anyone. I saw your email re Askimet so will contact them this week. Hope you sort it out soon. xx

  • Reply Gilda Baxter October 22, 2018 at 06:36

    I regularly take breaks from social media, it is so important to disconnect from the virtual life and take time to enjoy real life. Japan must have been amazing? It is on my wish list ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:29

      Hi Gilda, I’ve never gone this long with a break from SM or blogging but it was quite liberating really. My readers are still here and I feel rested and relaxed. Japan was great, although many parts now have become quite Westernized so the culture is not so obvious. I’m sure you would enjoy it.

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com October 22, 2018 at 06:44

    Hi Sue! Welcome home! I actually felt connected to you and your travels through facebooks so I didn’t miss you quite as much as others. I too love to post photos of my travels so I don’t consider that “work” either. But what you probably enjoyed the most was a break from blogging because most people don’t realize how very much work that takes each and every week. I’m so glad to hear that you were able to relax and enjoy AND take some time to figure out where you want to go from here. I think that important to us all (especially us bloggers!) I’ll look forward to seeing where you go from here. ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 08:27

      Thanks, Kathy! Taking a break and enjoying a change of scenery and culture certainly helps to put things back into prospective. I think my main learning was not to put so much pressure on myself regarding the blog and social media. I’ve had lovely messages from readers on my return. Blogging can drain you but a change of attitude and new ideas will hopefully prevent that from happening. Have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb October 22, 2018 at 08:53

    So glad you enjoyed your vacation – I also followed posts on Facebook. I’ve only passed through Japan’s airport so I appreciated your photos of the sites you visited. Looking forward to returning to your posts.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:45

      Hi Janet, I did enjoy my time away and only popped a couple of photos on Facebook for which I was proud of myself. In the past I would have tried to be posting all the time and stressing if I couldn’t. It is lovely to reconnect with everyone and I look forward to catching up with you all. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 22, 2018 at 09:55

    So glad you had a great trip. I’m putting together a “this is your life” album for my father’s 80th this weekend & going through his old slides. As I was seeing your Yokahama pics, I also was seeing his – from 1964. Priceless.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:44

      What a lovely idea for your Dad’s 80th Jo. I’m sure he will love it! xx

  • Reply deedee October 22, 2018 at 11:07

    The world did not come to an end, but that did not mean you were not missed? Welcome back?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:43

      How lovely of you to say I was missed DeeDee. It is wonderful having a blogging community that I’m part of.We are all so caring of each other. Looking forward to reconnecting with everyone again. x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit October 22, 2018 at 12:18

    Hahaha, The world won’t end. Are you sure? I’m not so sure … are you sure you’re sure? I’m afraid to give it a go.
    My parents are in Japan right now. Must be the place to go this year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:42

      I hope you parents enjoy their trip Leanne it seems popular at the moment. Give it a go I’m sure a break would do you the world of good as you have been pretty busy this year. x

  • Reply Janis October 22, 2018 at 13:34

    Welcome back! I loved reading about your trip and I also appreciated the take-always you learned from your blogging break. I especially appreciated that the world didn’t end. We missed you but the fact that you were able to let go, refresh, and gain perspective means that you will be able to re-enter “real life” with new-found vigor and clarity.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:41

      Thanks Janis! The trip was great with a little of everything – sightseeing plus relaxing on the ‘at sea’ days. Thank you for telling me I was missed, that is lovely to hear but yes I’m so pleased I took a complete break and feel rejuvenated to reconnect with all of my blogging friends. Have a beautiful week! BTW I have some door photos that I must share with you. x

  • Reply Michele October 22, 2018 at 14:07

    I’m glad you had a good trip. We all need to unwind and relax and see something new from time to time. you are right, the world won’t stop if you don’t blog or visit your social media channels daily. I am headed to Germany on Friday and then California immediately following that. Then I am home for two weeks and head to Mexico for my daughters wedding. There is no way I can keep up with my blog and social media so I will just let it go.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:39

      Thank you Michele but you sound like you have a very hectic time coming up! Take care and don’t overdo it. Enjoy your daughter’s wedding – such an exciting time for you all. xx

  • Reply Vanessa October 22, 2018 at 14:43

    Speaking as someone desperately overdue for a break and literally counting down the days – I have no advice haha. Other than to remember to take breaks. Which I guess actually is significant advice and something that I need to work on.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:39

      We are usually better at giving others advice than ourselves Vanessa. Hopefully you can take a break soon because it did me the world of good. x

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle October 22, 2018 at 15:01

    Fabulous photos Sue. I’m so glad you enjoyed the holiday! Good to hear you’re going to loosen the reins on the self imposed pressure you put on yourself. I do it to myself too and it can exhaust me! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:38

      It is exhausting Min! I always set the bar too high for myself and I’m sure I’m not alone in doing this. This is the first time I’ve left the blog and SM and not felt pressured into keeping in touch. It was liberating and all my friends in the blogging world were still here when I returned. Lesson learned 🙂

  • Reply Debbie October 22, 2018 at 17:05

    Hi Sue and welcome back, we’ve missed you around here!! Your trip sounds like it did you the world of good and I love your lessons. Good on you for clarifying your thoughts and I hope you can keep that feeling going without being too overwhelmed. Take care and stay relaxed 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:36

      Thanks Deb, it is lovely to hear I was missed and I missed everyone too! Now the trick is to keep that relaxed feeling going! Have a great week. xx

      • Reply Debbie October 24, 2018 at 13:17

        I especially love your first lesson here Sue, we could all note of that one!! Have shared for #mlstl

        • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:27

          Thank you my friend, and I think #1 is difficult for many of us who blog and are connected on social media. However, I think I now finally understand the balance I need to keep connected but also have a life. Have a beautiful week, Deb. xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl October 22, 2018 at 17:45

    What lovely photos from your trip and also the fact that you not only explored a new country but also learned about yourself and life in the process.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 22, 2018 at 17:47

      It was the first time I could really let go SSG and it was so liberating. I’ve received lovely messages since my return and that has proven that we can all take a break and our friends will still be here when we return. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Lorraine October 22, 2018 at 19:36

    Hi Sue, welcome home, you certainly were missed by one and all. Thank you for the beautiful photos of Japan. I hope one day to travel as you and mike did. I just cannot find a work,life,balance. All I do is work even when I should resting I still work. I know nI should be more positive but at the moment it is all negative.
    Take care and have a lovely week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 24, 2018 at 09:05

      Thank you Lorraine but I’m sorry you aren’t feeling in a positive place at the moment. Take some time to do something just for you that will bring some joy in the moment. xx

  • Reply Janet Camilleri October 23, 2018 at 10:14

    What a wonderful holiday you’ve had … would love to do this cruise too! And you’ve reminded me of all the reasons I need to make sure there is another holiday/trip in the not so distant future for the hubster and I.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 24, 2018 at 09:06

      Hi Janet, it is so easy to say ‘one day’ rather than just doing it and taking a break. I’m feeling so much more relaxed after taking a break from blogging and SM that is for sure.

  • Reply Donna October 24, 2018 at 07:32

    Shared on my Social Media.
    #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 24, 2018 at 09:10

      Thank you Donna! BTW your comment went into SPAM this time 🙁

  • Reply Kristin Alicia October 24, 2018 at 08:18

    What a wonderful trip. I enjoyed following along through your photos. And I agree with how liberating it can be to leave your routine and immerse yourself in another place and culture. It’s so invigorating and oddly freeing. I’ve never been to Japan but would so love to visit one day. I’m glad it was just what the doctor ordered.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 24, 2018 at 09:07

      Thanks Kristin, it was great to get away, see something different and also spend quality time with my husband. I’m back and feeling great! xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones October 24, 2018 at 08:38

    Yourtrip sounds wonderful Sue. I’ve never been to Japan but I feel like I know it well as my daughter was an exchange student there for a year when she was 15. Looking forward to hearing what’s next for you. Shared on SM

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 24, 2018 at 09:08

      Hi Jen, it was so good to get away and I’m going to take it slowly for the rest of the year while I work out where I want to go in life in 2019. Watch this space! xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes October 24, 2018 at 10:31

    What a great opportunity you had Sue! These are all important benefits of taking a break and particularly traveling to a new location. I’ll be watching to see where your journey takes you. XO

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:34

      It was a very enjoyable time Christie and yes I’m working on my future but not at the usual high speed that I do things. I’m taking it easy and just letting things evolve. xx

  • Reply Patrick Weseman October 24, 2018 at 11:17

    What a wonderful vacation you had. I am so glad that you got to visit Japan. That is a place that I would love to go. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:31

      Thank you Patrick. Japan was certainly an interesting place to visit so I hope you get the opportunity one day.

  • Reply christine October 24, 2018 at 12:15

    Yes, five excellent points. It’s good to take a step back sometimes and have some cyber-free time. Very guilty of letting that consume me. I went on the Diamond Princess several years ago – lovely!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:29

      I’m so guilty of being addicted to blogging and social media, Christine. However, the trip taught me to put it all in perspective and I’m hoping I can carry that on in my daily life. This is the second time we have travelled on the Diamond Princess the first time we travelled from Thailand to China via Singapor, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Nagasaki, Shanghai and South Korea. We finished in Beijing and spent a week exploring. It was a great trip!

  • Reply Johanna Castro October 24, 2018 at 15:20

    So glad you had a great cruise. I so agree about the self imposed pressure and so glad that the sky didn’t fall down without you on social media and the blog! I was watching it carefully!! We do impose impossible deadlines and strictures don’t we – is that the addictive nature of it all I wonder? Here’s to taking our foot off the accelerator a little and living for the moment more.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:26

      Thanks for watching that the sky didn’t fall, Jo, you had my back there LOL:) I think I do have an addictive nature so it can be hard for me to know when I’ve given enough and not to go overboard. I like your comment about taking the foot off the accelerator and the cruise certainly did that. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 24, 2018 at 16:44

    Life lessons. You were ready for these. If you had not felt some of the pressures that I sensed before you went away you may not have had these lessons to learn.
    Your words are music to my ears too.
    I did not have to go on a trip to discover them of course, but I have learned that even self-imposed pressures do not work well over time,
    I too am making some small changes and already thinking about them is fun.
    Wonderful to read the last update: re-connecting in your relationship means everything really doesn’t it?

    Thank you for joining #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is “I Want This”. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:25

      You don’t need a trip necessarily, Denyse but for me it was good to be away from everything to do with my ‘normal’ life. We’ve had a tough year which I don’t really write about so it was lovely for Mike and I to spend some quality time away, meet new people and have some fun. xx

  • Reply Jennifer October 24, 2018 at 22:47

    Yes. Those lessons are so important. And disconnecting from social media is the first step. Chris and I shared this same experience when we cruised to Cuba. We didn’t buy an international plan not only because of the money involved but because it would have taken us out of the experience. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:23

      Hi Jennifer! I was surprised at how easy it was for me to drop out, probably because I was in a different country. If I was at home, I would have found it much harder not to check emails, SM etc so the break certainly was good for my soul. It also meant that we could enjoy the experience and not worry about posting to SM or keeping in contact. So liberating!

  • Reply Leah October 25, 2018 at 06:03

    It sounds like this trip was just what you needed. Funny how we often need to step outside our day to day lives to see things more clearly. And the trip sounds amazing. What a wonderful opportunity to see so many great places.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:21

      It was just what I needed Leah! I believe we need to get away completely to really recharge and get out of the daily habits we form. I certainly felt refreshed and ‘free’ whilst away and both my husband and I enjoyed meeting new people and experiencing a different culture. x

  • Reply Candi Randolph October 26, 2018 at 02:36

    Hi Sue, I so agree with your comments and feel like I put unnecessary pressure on myself to always ‘be there’ with my blog and social media. And it was great to read about your precious time spent with your man…that was priceless and I’m sure many happy memories were made! Welcome back, we missed you. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2018 at 05:11

      Hi Candi, I’ve missed your Coffee Catchups each week but I can’t say enough how much benefit I had from stepping away for a couple of weeks. Mike has had a pretty tough year with his PTSD which I don’t like to really discuss publicly so it was wonderful to have some quality time away together. I’ve come to recognise that my self-imposed pressure does more harm to me than good so I’m hoping to keep this feeling of relaxation and vigour going into the future. Otherwise I might need to book another holiday LOL:) xx

  • Reply Molly October 26, 2018 at 10:41

    Fabulous insights, Sue! I wonder why we have to leave home to realize these truths (or maybe it’s just me?)
    I need to self-impose a media fast. I think the benefits would be far-reaching.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2018 at 05:14

      Thank you Molly I found the whole experience liberating once I got on the plane! Sometimes you do need to get away to a completely different environment and away from your normal influences to really ‘see’. I certainly missed my blogging friends, but the break proved to me that blogging isn’t my whole world and my blogging friends are still here and made me feel special on my return. Have a beautiful week and I’m sure you are looking forward to Italy which might be a good time to take a break from SM. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt October 27, 2018 at 03:11

    Hi Sue, I’m excited to read about your adventures and glad you are back! I wondered if the typhoon would affect your travel, and it did in a positive way, another good lesson in going with the flow. I’ve yet to take a cruise, but it sounds wonderful! Love your photos and I’m sure you got refreshed from your travel and media break. I’ve been busy teaching this semester and rarely get on SM Monday-Wednesdays except to share Sunday Stills link-up posts, as those are my focused workdays. I’ve learned that posting once a week on my blog when I am busy is still a good way to function for me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2018 at 05:17

      Hello Terri and yes I had a great time with lots of unexpected learnings. I worried about the typhoons which were happening before we left, however, the cruise wasn’t really affected and from every disappointment something good can happen. I’m thinking of cutting back on my posting to once a week myself in the coming months and taking another two weeks off during the holiday period over Christmas/New Year. The break has certainly been very educational for me in so many ways. Have a beautiful weekend and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Lea October 28, 2018 at 20:30

    Sue, there is nothing like a cruise to let go of everything, especially social media. The only time my husband relaxes is on a ship.
    Your trip sounds amazing! Maybe I’ll get to Asia one day, it’s so far from here…
    I’m still battling jet lag but confident I’ll win in the end lol
    My mother-in-law passed away when I was halfway in my trip and it was a difficult decision to stay and complete the voyage but I was encouraged to do so by my in-laws. At the same time I was informed that 2 of my husband’s sisters had been been diagnosed with cancer, one a recurrence… a difficult last week away. I believe all that made me more tired on my return. But… still nice to experience new things. Good day to you. ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2018 at 07:11

      Hi Lea, you have certainly had more than your fair share of sadness over the last few weeks. I’ve sent you a private message through messenger. Please take care of yourself and I’m sending you a big hug from Australia. xx

  • Reply Daphne October 28, 2018 at 23:56

    Good Afternoon Sue, What a wonderful trip. We have travelled to many places, but never managed to visit Japan, even though our daughter lived there for 6 months.
    I think time a way together is a really good thing because we can become so busy with ‘life’ that as a couple we can sometimes get out of step with each other. A holiday away is a good way of reconnecting with each other.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Have a wonderful day.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

  • Reply Roseann Hampton October 31, 2018 at 11:24

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! And it is amazing what a break from social media can do! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 31, 2018 at 16:47

      It was wonderful in so many ways Roseann and I truly felt liberated from social media – I would recommend it to anyone. xx

  • Reply Linda Curry November 4, 2018 at 19:09

    We have booked a holiday in Japan next May so I was interested to see you had just been there. We won’t be cruising although I do love to take a cruise to somewhere interesting. It is a three week self guided tour so we will be finding our way around on our own with copious instructions. Wish us luck as we catch fast trains around the country, go trekking along the pilgrim’s walk and bike ride in the mountains. My husband’s one wish was to visit the Toyota factory so that is included. I’m hoping we both have the stamina to survive but at least because we are not in a group we can take it easy if needs be.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2018 at 06:28

      Hi Linda! We enjoyed our cruise but I wouldn’t recommend it for Japan. The way your are planning your trip will be much better and if I went again I would do a land tour. Self guided touring is good because you can take your time. Did you know you have to book ahead to see the Toyota factory? You probably know but just in case I thought I would mention it as you just can’t turn up and it would be a shame if your husband missed it. Have a great week!

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