Asia is a magical place of colors, mysticisms, and scenery. But it can also be a difficult place to travel and navigate if you have never been there. Below are a few important steps to take when planning your visit to Asia.
Do Your Research
Doing your research is the most important step in planning your trip to Asia. Asia is a vast continent with many places and climates you can visit. The first step is deciding what time of year your trip will be.
If you have a particular month you are traveling, make sure the country you are going to will have good weather during that time. Many countries in Asia, such as the Philippines, India, and Indonesia, have monsoon and typhoon seasons. These may be cheaper months to travel, but there is the risk you may run into bad weather. Additionally, northern Asian countries can have harsh winters. Northern Vietnam, for example, is wet and gray during the winter months whereas southern Vietnam is generally warmer.
Besides weather, pay attention to holidays in a country. Like your own country, many countries in Asia have extended holidays that will affect air, bus, and train travel. Many businesses and hotels will be closed during some of these festivals.
Also at this stage, determine whether individual or group travel is best for you. There are many tour companies that offer adventure or small group tours in Asia. However, Asia is an amazing place to travel by yourself as well. Many of these countries have backpacking cultures and have good infrastructure for solo travelers.
Where Are You Going
Once you have decided the time of year to go and type of travel, the next step is deciding which country. Asia is the world’s largest continent and covers 30% of Earth’s land. Asia has something for everyone.
If you are interested in spas then Bali, Fiji, and some Middle Eastern countries are perfect. If you prefer to go hiking then Nepal, China, and Vietnam are a perfect fit. Or if you want to see ancient civilizations then China, India, and Jordan would be ideal. If you want to do all of these things, then there are plenty of countries to choose from.
Budget is another important factor in deciding which country or countries to visit. Many countries in Asia are very friendly on the wallet, but some will require a larger budget. Traveling in Southeast Asia is the best for making your dollar go a mile. But traveling in Singapore, Dubai, or Israel will require a larger budget.
After deciding which country or countries to visit, booking the flights is the next step. Where you are flying out of can determine how long your travel time will be. For example, if you are flying from the east coast of the U.S. the trip may take longer than flying from the west coast and cost more. However, if you are flying over the Pacific be forewarned many of those direct flights will be 11 hours or more.
When flying to Asia from Europe or the Western Hemisphere you will likely be landing at odd times. Because of time zones and flight schedules, many flights into Asian countries arrive early in the morning or late at night. Be prepared to be jetlagged at 5 a.m. and trying to make it to your hotel.
Another consideration when booking flights to Asia is multiple destination flights. Many flights to Asia are not direct, which means you can visit another city for a day or two before traveling on to your final destination. For many people, this is a great opportunity to see more if you may not be getting back to Asia anytime soon.
Where to Stay
Where to stay may be one of the easier options when traveling to Asia. Most Asian countries have bustling hospitality economies and have a wide variety of accommodations. Asia is dotted with all-inclusive resorts or 4-star hotels. Moreover, with Airbnb and other rental organizations, there are plenty of rentals to choose from if you want more immersion into a culture.
Some of the best sites for booking in Asia are Booking.com, Agoda, and Airbnb. Booking provides a variety of places to stay including hotels, apartments, and hostels. Agoda specializes in boutique hotels if you are looking for a more unique hotel experience. Many cities in Asia, such as Chiang Mai and Bangkok, are known for their affordable AirBnb’s to choose from.
Follow these simple steps when planning your next trip to Asia and go enjoy the beauty and wonder this amazing continent has to offer.
Guest Author: Chris Slack
Chris is a travel and lifestyle blogger who left the legal field and office world in 2017 to experience the world around her. Chris has traveled to 25 different countries and is looking to travel to more in the future. Chris’s blog, Wandering Feathers, focuses not only on her travels and experiences but also how these travels have affected her day-to-day life and future. Check out her blog: http://wanderingfeathers.com/