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Winter Travel Plans

I’m quite lucky in that my job (university lecturer) affords me a great deal of free time to travel. Every year I get between 3-4 months free to go out and explore this big world. In the past year I’ve been to 12 countries:

  • China
  • Scotland
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia

That’s not bad for one calendar year!

In January, I will fly from Shanghai to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. I’ve wanted to visit Sri Lanka for a long time, but always put it off because I thought I would best combine it with a visit to India. However, this winter I don’t have as much time as usual, and flights during my free time are a bit more expensive. Searching Skyscanner, I saw that the cheapest flights from Shanghai on my desired dates went to Colombo.

“I’ve never been to Sri Lanka before,” I thought. And that was reason enough to go.

Alas, I have been too busy even to plan this trip. I have very little idea where in Sri Lanka I will go and what I will do, except for a few things I saw at the top of most travelers’ lists:

  • Yala National Park
  • Whale watching
  • Scuba diving
  • Hikkaduwa Beach
  • World’s End

…and apart from that I’m quite ignorant. I’ll need to squeeze in some research between classes and exams and essay marking and work on Beatdom

If you have any suggestions, please do leave them in the comment section below. I’d appreciate any advice. Otherwise I’ll just fly into Colombo, find a hostel, and see what happens from there.

After two weeks in Sri Lanka, I will fly back to Shanghai, spend one day there, and then head over to Osaka, Japan. I’ll do one week in Japan, but again I have very few plans. I have tickets for the Guns n Roses concert at Saitama, Tokyo, and a few friends to meet with. I’d also like to see Mt Fuji, even though I know it’s not the best time of year to do so.

At the end of January I will fly out from Nagoya.

If you have any advice for must-see attractions between Osaka and Tokyo, post them below in the comment section.



I'm the editor of Beatdom magazine and author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult'.

4 thoughts on “Winter Travel Plans

  1. That’s a good record this year – 12. We clocked only 8! Sigh…unforunately nothing we can offer in way of advise. But actually winter is not a bad time to see Fuji. We were in Kawaguchi-ko this Feb and had great views every day!

  2. There are so many things to do and see in Sri Lanka.. I’ll just list a few that are not on your list..
    You definitely should visit Kandy (temple of the tooth relic, Kandy lake, Botanic gardens), Sigiriya( an ancient rock fortress, if i’m not wrong the entry fee is 30 USD and because of this some opt to climb the Pidurangala rock which is nearby, it also gives you a similar view of the area minus the fortress- I recommend climbing Sigiriya because you get to see the frescoes and the ruins of the palace) Dumbulla cave temples and If you love history you should go to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to see ancient temples and ruins. If you like hikes should do the Ella hike and climb up Adams’ peak. There are a few great beaches along the coast line like Hikkaduwa, Nilaweli, Arugambay..
    There are so many more places but it depends on the kind of activity you like and how long you will be in the country… Hope this helps you at-least a bit to plan your trip..
    Cant wait to read about your time in Sri Lanka.. 🙂 🙂

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