Flights were an absolute luxury back in the 70s, and I didn't travel outside New Zealand till I was 18. My first trip overseas was to Japan for a month in the 1980s. I spoke very little Japanese, I had just $1000, a rail pass, a youth hostel pass and no real plans. Back in those days, hostels were run by families and the rule was you could only stay for two nights. I remember being with one family in the south, in Kyushu and they'd invite all their family over for these big meals. I'd been there five days

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