For reasons I can’t quite explain (and not being willing to admit to simple procrastination), we put of actually booking our trip to Japan to less than six weeks before we were planning to leave in mid-June. Simply put: big mistake. The number of flights that were available were limited, the ticket prices where sky-high and the remaining seats were in that center row purgatory created by twin aisle jets. The thought of flying across the Pacific without a window was maddening.
As I wrote about my travels in the past, brevity was never one of the first things on my mind. In fact, being free of the usual 300, 800, 1200, and 1600 word targets of my magazine articles, I rejoiced in the freedom of writing without out boundaries.