Japan

How would you like to go to Japan for free? Photo by Marc Veraart.

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. Always wanted to go to Japan? Now’s your chance – the country is offering 10,000 free flights to foreigners for travel to Japan next year. The Japan Tourism Agency hopes the plan will reverse the decline in tourism that’s taken place since the devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis earlier in the year. The Japanese Government will only be footing the bill for the airfare, with travelers expected to cover their own food, accommodation and sightseeing costs… but every little bit helps right? Online applications for the flights won’t open until April, so watch this space.

2. I think beach vacations and seafood really go hand in hand, and this next story couldn’t be a cooler example of that. This video features a traveler joining in as locals cook mussels in the volcanic sand on the beaches of Ischia, an island of the coast of Naples, Italy. So. Fun.

3. Travelers with disabilities rarely get much consideration in travel guides, but tourism operators are finally starting to cater this market. This article has some great suggestions on destinations that provide special services. Whether it’s scuba diving for the blind, bungee jumping for people in wheelchairs (amazing!) or simply finding an accessible hotel, it’s a great place to start your research.

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