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Phone Free in Tokyo

image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/15021818/115661bd-2867-4b25-b012-2b0844fc2b94.pngWhat was once usual, and before that unavoidable, smart-phone-free travel is now counterintuitive to the prevailing conventions of travel. But even in a city like Tokyo, famous for its illogical street map, can be navigated by noggin alone. This isn’t a challenge (you’re already reading guides and contemplating locale in preparation anyway; remember districts; take notes). This is a call to look around instead of down, to connect with the locals, and actually minimize frustration.

 

Read complete story (and other mini city guides) in Afar's March/April 2015 issue, or at Afar.com: Our Favorite City to Wander without a Phone

 

One more tip: Make Use of Your Manners

You don’t need a full bow to get someone’s attention or assistance - a nod of the head will do, following a sumimasen (excuse me), and after every encounter - but employing local manners will be reciprocated multifold.

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