Yesterday evening/this night was a great night! I did something amazing! The first step into a bigger plan I have been thinking about since April!
Last night, I was browsing through skyscanner and I came across cheap flights to Tokyo! Then, on Airfrance, I found an amazing flight, from Frankfurt to Tokyo! For 527 € two ways! This was like a sign sent from heaven (okay, I’m exaggerrating! :’D) But this was the first time that I found a flight from a good airline, with the perfect flying times, short layover that also had a great price! I couldn’t believe it! Usually, I was seeing flights for around 700€. There were also cheaper ones for around 400 with AirChina, Aeroflot and Allitalia and I have heard not so good things about them, or not many reviews.
So last night, I was surprised to see that perfect flight from Airfrance, with only a 1.30h layover in Paris <3
I knew I had to book it! I KNEW IT! Everything was going perfectly! I was even able to pay with paypal! Everything happened so smoothly that I soon found myself clicking on the ‘pay’ button and there it was: “Airfrance wishes you a pleasant flight!” And on the right side there was my booking code staring at me! And my itinerary sent to my e-mail!
It’s official now:
I AM FLYING TO TOKYO!!!!
On December 7th, at 10:25 am I will be boarding my plane from Frankfurt to Paris! And then, at 1.55 pm I will be boarding my plane from Paris to Tokyo! I can’t believe it! I will be landing in Tokyo at a perfect time! 9.30 am! My plan is to sleep well so that I can explore the city a little bit when I arrive! Even if I don’t sleep, I think I will be too pumped to not go out exploring!
I am soooo excited already, that I still can’t believe what I did! My heart beats up to my throat when I think about it!
And again, this is proof that nothing is impossible! You JUST have to DO IT! Like our dear Shia taught us! :D
Of course, there is still quite a long way for me to get my work and travel visa. Here are the things I need to hand in:
√ Have a valid passport
Ο A fully filled out application form (found on the website of the designated embassy)
√ ID Photo not older than 6 months
√ Flight tickets (two ways)
Ο Financial Verification of at least 2000€
Ο Travel insurance
√ Travel plan (layout found on the website of the embassy)
√ Motivational letter
= 6/9 done!
Filling out the form is actually the easiest step in the list, but strangely, I haven’t done it yet :D The next thing I will do is getting the travel insurance together with my father since he has a membership at a company and he gets a huge discount there.
Saving up the 2000€ will be the hardest part I guess, but I am positive that at the end of October, I should have the money together!
There are 3 more things that I have to do which are not asked for the visa but things that I have to do to survive in Japan:
- Find an accomodation
- Register in Tokyo as a citizen (including opening a bank account and getting a SIM card)
- Find a job!
Of course, I will have to organize the accomodation in advance which I will do tomorrow and I am intending to finish as well!
The following two points are mostly just possbile as soon as I get there.
Also, at the weekend, my friend will bring back my japanese textbook, so my future weekends will be all about studying :D I’m kind of looking forward to that :)
I hope I didn’t bore you with this blog post! For me, it’s just super exciting, I had to share it here! Even if it’s only for me to track my achievements :)
I hope you enjoyed this!
If you have any recommendations about work and travel (a.k.a. working holiday) or Tokyo or both, please let me know in the comments :)
Thanks for reading!