Travel Asia, a continent full adventure and spirituality and home to some of the world’s oldest cultures, beautiful landscapes and friendly locals. There is no doubt why it is such an attractive destination.
Why Visit Asia
Asia is very affordable overall. You could have a pretty comfortable stay with a budget of $30/day. Of course, some places are more expensive than others (like Japan) but this is an average.
People in Asia tend to be extremely hospitable, kind and friendly. They are always willing to help. Asia comprises 60% of the world’s population.
LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURE
Asia offers a variety of magnificent landscapes (beaches, jungles, mountains) as well as some of the most modern – impressive structures the man has made.
Asia, the biggest continent, offers a bundle of different experiences you wouldn’t find anywhere else. All different and equally amazing. Spend a day on a buddhist temple in India, party hard in Thailand, meet an elephant in Cambodia, or just relax in Sri Lanka.
In Asia you can find whatever you are looking for. From sophisticated pubs and clubs to moon parties and vibey beach bars, and let’s not forget about crazy Bangkok.
CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Among the more traditional elements of Asian culture, religion, spirituality, and faith have always been important. Asia offers a massive amount of temples, cultures and religions to visit and learn from.
What to expect in Asia
There is a wide variety of languages spoken throughout Asia, but english is widely spoken all over the continent, being the official language of some countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Singapore.
The majority of countries in the world use a 220/240-volt electrical infrastructure, twice the voltage coming from outlets in the United States. With the exceptions of Japan and Taiwan, every country in Asia uses a 230-240V system. You will need a voltage convertor and a plug adapter to connect your devices. Many hotels are installing universal sockets so that guests from all countries can connect to power. but just because your plug fits into the outlet, you cannot assume the voltage is safe for your device.
Asia uses a variety of country-specific currencies. You can exchange the currency on the exchange houses at the airports or directly withdrawing from the ATM (you should have contacted your bank before hand)
The large majority of Asian countries are safe, and travelers return home from travel in Asia without encountering any serious issues, but just like anywhere else you need to be alert and use your common sense, mostly in the main cities and crowded places. They are a few countries in war-ridden ridden regions that I would avoid for now such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and some parts of Thailand.
Asia comprises countries that are both above and below the Equator line, meaning they seasons are inverted. The best time to visit depends on which country you are planning to visit. Some of them have a tropical weather the majority of the year, while others are extremely seasonal. Plan your trip and check the weather after you have chosen your destination!
Remember that the majority of countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months when you travel Asia (some just three months) after your arrival date before they’ll grant entry to their country. Some of them also require a VISA to enter the country depending on your nationality. Plan in advance and make sure you have everything in order.
How to get around
Scoot, Jetstar, AirAsia) that can give you a good deal, especially if you book in advance. Train is also a good option to travel inside the countries, but there aren’t many lines to travel in between them.
Money Saving Tips
-Eat street food: Street food is the best way to really taste the flavors or the countries, and it is also the cheapest. Some of the freshest and cheapest dishes can be found on the streets. Go for the place where the locals are!
-Hostels or Camping: The difference in pricing between a hotel and a hostel is huge, and there are plenty of cute and cozy hostels to choose from. There is also a new trendy camping service called Campspace, which allows you to pitch a tent in someone’s backyard for free or a nominal fee.
-Take the bus: Specially overnight buses. Bus is the cheapest way to get around, and overnight tickets tend to be even cheaper when traveling in Asia.
-Avoid group tours: If you are not in a rush and have enough time to enjoy the country, try to organize the tour yourself. Agencies charge a lot of unnecessary fees for transportation and guides.
-Plan in advance: Planning with time could save you hundreds or even thousand when it comes to flights, trains and accommodations.
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