Eleanor caught the travel bug after five months of volunteering and exploration in east Africa. Since then, she hasn’t looked back, making regular trips abroad to some of the world’s most far-flung destinations. Early experiences included a year of teaching in a small city in China, before strapping on the backpack to travel the country in detail, even pausing to live in Xian for a few extraordinary months. In fact, it was this trip that ignited Eleanor's passion for Asia, a love affair which later saw her walk the Great Wall, delve into the ancient traditions of Japan in Kyoto and go hot air ballooning over Bagan in Myanmar. Then, having already turned her new-found Asia expertise into a career in travel, she jetted off again, this time to Australia. Here, a working holiday visa gave her the chance to explore the length and breadth of the country, before she hopped across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand where, among other highlights, she cycled the Otago Rail Trail, flew a plane over whale-dotted seas in Kaikoura and learned the art of curling at the only indoor rink in the Southern Hemisphere. And, that’s not all, as Ellie’s most recent adventures have taken her to Canada and on a four-month jaunt around Latin America.

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Be open-minded about Asian cuisine... scorpion is actually very tasty!

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  • My favourite temple in Angkor Wat
  • Cycling along the city wall in Xi'an
  • Driving the Great Ocean Road
  • Kayaking with seals in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Cruising through Halong Bay on a luxury junk ship

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Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji, Hakone

Japan in 2020: A Year to Remember

Discover why it's never been a better time to visit Japan, with The Luxury Holiday Company's Eleanor Kania reporting back from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Roof of Sensoji temple, Asakusa, Tokyo

What to know before you travel to Japan

Far East destination specialist Gary shares his expert tips on holidaying in Japan, from how to enjoy tax-free shopping to the best app for rail travellers.