Advice on travelling to Asia / Australia
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 11:46 PM Last Post By: lucapal
Dec 6, 2012 5:25 AM
I'd really appreciate some advice on travelling - I'm a complete novice and quite apprehensive in some ways about these plans, but also really keen on going ahead with this.
I'm planning around September 2013 travelling to Thailand, October to see some of China (most likely Shanghai and Beijing), before moving on to Australia (perhaps Melbourne) around November, possibly stopping off somewhere else in Asia before I get there. I'm mid-20s, never travelled to Asia before, but think this is possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I may never get again. I've travelled to Europe solo before (only Madrid for a few days mind!), but really enjoyed it and want to explore more. I'm really into sport (well, spectating!) and plan on seeing some tennis and cricket along the way on my travels. So, what I'm thinking is to be in Shanghai around early October, Melbourne at the end of the year, Sydney over New Year and Melbourne again at the end of January (2014!).
I have to say, I'm not overly keen on the idea of staying in hostels. I think it would be great to see places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines etc., but I'm also apprehensive about the standard of healthcare and around personal safety. Whereas I think Thailand and China would be okay on this front? However, I'm concerned that China may not be very western-tourist friendly, so perhaps joining a tour group here may be advisable? Any advice on what other areas of Asia would be good to visit (and fits my safety/healthcare concerns!). I'm thinking Hong Kong and Indonesia would be good too.
In Melbourne, I'd like to get an apartment for a few months, maybe through to April/May-time and see about getting some work experience out there too.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm having a bad time at work and thinking of quitting my job soon, so hoping to make the most of it. I think I can save up to around £15k for the trip.
Sorry for all the questions - I feel like I need a bit of hand-holding for this, haha!
Dec 6, 2012 10:13 AM
1Asia as a whole is as safe as any parts of the world. Crimes happen anywhere. Mugging, scams etc. However all these can be prevented with some common sense. Don't worry too much about it, else you won't enjoy the trip at all. Just be street smart.
You'll be surprised how "Western" Asia is LOL. My advise is stay away from all things Western... else what's the point in traveling to Asia if you dine in TGIF and not the local street stalls (just an analogy).
Dec 6, 2012 2:54 PM
2You make a very good point. Thanks for your advice. Haha, no way I'm intending on TGIF! This trip will take me completely out of my comfort zone, but I think it will be well worth doing. Any thoughts on must-see places in Asia?
Also, I only eat vegetarian or halal food. Am I going to have a big problem in some countries...? I would have thought that there are Buddhist populations, so shouldn't be too much of a problem?
Also, I was wondering about flights. Would it probably be better to book single flights from place to place? I'm thinking RTW flights become quite expensive with taxes and are also a bit restricted.
I'll probably have lots of other questions, sorry! Even though I'm clueless I'm hoping that because I'm not planning on going until September, that'll give me a fair bit of time to prepare!
Dec 6, 2012 7:43 PM
3Your trip sounds all of the place and abit silly i think you need to do some research, buy a guide book of se asia or look up wikitravel or travelfish. You will answer alot of your own questions and get a better idea of the region, what interests you as must see's and maybe a better route on the countries you want to see.
Dec 6, 2012 11:40 PM
Dec 6, 2012 11:43 PM
5There are so many possibilities in Asia...but you can't see them all on one trip.And certainly not on your (limited) budget and timeframe ;-)
Don't worry too much about health or safety.
Insurance will take care of the first and your behaviour and attitude will take care of the second,as far as it is possible.Of course things can happen while travelling (also in your own country) but if you are sensible and take precautions you should have no problems.
Dec 6, 2012 11:46 PM
6BTW there is no reason why this should be 'once in a lifetime'...these place will still be there 10 or 50 years from now,and hopefully you will be too!
Don't feel you have to see everything.Read up on the various possibilities and pick some places that you really want to visit.Then post a rough 'route' on here,with realistic timings (not too fast).
Then we can give you more suggestions on flights etc.
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