Looking at my pages, you'll see that most of my tips relate to Japan and Russia. This is no coincidence, as I taught in Japan for 4 years, and I graduated from university in NZ with a major in Russian and Slavonic Studies.
In first two stints in Japan, I travelled extensively, and I have also done three trips to Russia.
I moved back to Japan in June 2007, living in Tokyo, and moved back to New Zealand in June 2012.
I'm originally from Upper Hutt, near NZ's capital of Wellington
Our first child, Conor was born on April 10th, 2010, and this may slow down our travel. Then again, it may not.
We've settled back into NZ life well enough, but travel is not high on the list of priorities at the moment beyond getting back to Japan most years. 2015 though my passport looks like it won't get any use at all! Next Japan trip planned for May 2016 and hopefully we can fit a stopover in there somewhere on the way. Unfortunately these days there is not a lot of new stuff for me to post, simply because I haven't been travelling much. Hopefully this changes!
My Upper Hutt Page
My Wellington Page