asia

All Asia-bound travelers need some guidance before tackling the largest and most populous continent on Earth.

  • Chloe Gilholy
    Published 5 months ago
    Cruising Round Japan Was Worth It!

    Cruising Round Japan Was Worth It!

    After a long flight and a few nights in Tokyo, I took my first steps onto Diamond Princess, a spectacular boat catering to 3,000 guests of 40 nationalities. To be one of them was a privilege I’ll never forget. I’ve been on two cruises with P&O and this was my first Princess cruise, and whilst it’s still a bit hard to say which cruise company I prefer, I would say this cruise has been my favourite so far because of the ports and how they appealed to me.
  • Cil Borlaza
    Published 5 months ago
    Ten Tourist Destinations Outside of Seoul

    Ten Tourist Destinations Outside of Seoul

    With the perfect blend of modern and traditional culture, Seoul has been one of the must-see tourist destinations in the world. But there’s a lot more to see in the land of the morning calm, here’s a worth-the-trip list of tourist destinations outside of Seoul.
  • Rachel Hicks
    Published 5 months ago
    Discoveries in Kuala Lumpur

    Discoveries in Kuala Lumpur

    Since being in Cambodia in September, I was beyond excited to explore new spots with a group of friends. We talked of Thailand and Vietnam before finally making the decision to head to Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur (KL) to be precise.
  • Tayla Roy
    Published 5 months ago
    Traveling to China

    Traveling to China

    It all started with my grandmother, she loves travelling and has done so for good majority of her life with my grandfather. This year she wanted to do something a little different, she wanted us, her grandkids to spark our love for travelling as well. We haven't travelled since we were young because life caught up with my family. So my second eldest brother, my partner and my self, with of course my grandparents booked a spontaneous holiday to China. Don't know why China, don't know why that time, just had to. It was a very last minute decision but we do not regret.
  • Jenny Beck
    Published 6 months ago
    Welcome to Saigon

    Welcome to Saigon

    The warm night air covered me like a blanket. People around me were chatting happily while neon lights advertised the stores lining the street. It was late at night but the city was bustling and scooters crowded the streets. It was a stark contrast to the cold and sterile Immigration and Customs room that I had just been in at the airport, staffed with dour immigration officials who spoke in curt sentences and barely looked at you.
  • Trish Gilmore
    Published 6 months ago
    10 Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Asia

    10 Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Asia

    I didn't have my first passport until I was nearly 22; this isn't terribly old, but I grew up in an area where most of my peers had passports by age 10 and airily talked about all the exciting vacations they were going on with family. Back then, I didn't feel at all jealous, since I honestly didn't have much interest in traveling.
  • Pam Gingerich
    Published 6 months ago
    More Than a Destination

    More Than a Destination

    On my most recent trip to India, I visited many places, from the south and north up the coast, to Delhi and Punjab. But my favorite place to visit is the state of Kerala in southern India. From the shores of the Arabian Sea to the green, lush Ghats mountain range, it’s like paradise! Everyone there is welcoming and friendly, and many speak English. From the moment I arrived there, I was asked if I needed anything, how my trip was going, and to let them know if I needed anything. My first day I arrived in Kochi, I took a taxi to my hotel. As I rode to my hotel, many of the sites along the way were familiar and comforting. The driver was an older gentleman that only spoke a little English, but was a pleasure to talk to. As we drove along the road I looked ahead and was surprised to see an elephant (called “Ana” in Malayalam, which is the language in Kerala) in the back of a large truck. The driver slowed down as we came alongside the truck so I could click some pictures. Only in India, more so in Kerala, would you see an elephant in the back of a truck. I arrived at my hotel, which was amazing, and was graciously welcomed. There, along the shores, you will see Chinese fishing nets that are still in use today. There are many historical sites there to visit like Fort Kochi, Cochin Shipyards, and The Hill Palace. Down along the waterfront, you can see how the Chinese fishing nets are used. The Hill Palace has a beautiful garden with many tropical flowers. The next morning, I climbed aboard a bus headed to my next destination, Calicut. Along the way, I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with a gentleman from the area. I mentioned to him that I sing Hindi, and he asked if I could sing for him. I started playing one of my favorite songs from my iPod. The young man across from me started singing, so I sang a duet with him. After another song, the gentleman told the passengers in the back of the bus that I was an American singing Hindi. I turned and looked. Everyone had been listening to me sing. After reaching Calicut, one of my friends picked me up and we visited his family. There I was fed a traditional meal with fish as the main dish with rice and other local favorites. I checked into my hotel where the staff was very helpful. They made sure I had everything I needed. While I was in Kerala, I spoke at schools, talked about learning English and American culture, and I song Hindi and English songs. I spoke at two English training centers, a private school and a government school. I think the school I loved speaking at the most was the government school. All 1,000 students and staff were outside to greet me. It’s an amazing sight to look up and see that many faces looking at you with big smiles on there faces. Many of them had never met a foreigner. After six days, I took a flight to Bangalore, where my friend picked me up. We did sightseeing in and around the city. From there I flew to Delhi and met some more of my friends. I had the chance to meet one friend, and we sang Hindi and English songs together. My other friend was recording and as I started my next Hindi song, he looked at me with amazement. I asked him if everything was ok. He said yes, but that he thought I only knew one Hindi song. I surprised him by knowing many Hindi songs. I spent six days in Delhi seeing many historical sites. The Lotus Temple, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and the India Gate to name a few. From Delhi, I took a bus to Chandigarh Punjab where I stayed with a friend and his family for a few days. The highlight of my time in Punjab was in Amritsar. The Golden Temple is a very peaceful and tranquil place to visit. Definitely one of the places I would highly recommend visiting when you are in India. Although the weather was on the cool side, it was still an enjoyable time in Punjab. From there, I took a sleeper bus back to Delhi, a little tight for accommodations, but a nice restful trip overnight. I met up with a friend and had dinner and sang songs into the night. Then it was a flight back to Kerala. I had been asked to speak at another English training center there. During that time, I was able to stay in the same hotel I had originally stayed at. I had tried to book it, but the app said it was full. I had messaged Salam, the manager, about a room, he said he would make my arrangements. All the staff were very happy to see me again, as I was happy to see them also. There are so many wonderful memories from this trip, that it’s hard to put it all down in words. I am very fortunate to have wonderful friends that are native to the area and shared their home with me. At one friend's home, all the neighborhood kids came to visit. They taught me how to play carom, a type of board game. They were very good teachers, but I was not a fast learner. I also stayed at a hotel where the staff was very helpful, and I look forward to seeing them all again on my next visit! Flying back to Delhi for my flight home was a little sad. I had visited with friends, made new friends, and grew more personally as an individual. Although all of India is amazing and each area has its own history, Kerala is not just a destination, it’s like home away from home!
  • Jenny Beck
    Published 8 months ago
    Volcanic Craters and Tea Fields

    Volcanic Craters and Tea Fields

    I stared at the hissing lake, a gray greenish color, spewing blasts of sulfur into the sky. It smelled distinctly like rotten eggs. The crater lake bubbled and roared. It was a scene straight out of Mordor in Lord of the Rings. However, instead of evil rings and dark wraiths, this Mordor was filled with tourists and small buses. People chatted happily as they began the trek around the lake. Nema and I opted to take the quieter path that led around the side of the volcano. As we moved away from the crater, the greenery enveloped us, a direct contrast to the bare mountain and seething lake.
  • Jenny Beck
    Published 8 months ago
    Sultans, Temples, and Coconut Rice

    Sultans, Temples, and Coconut Rice

    I stood in the pre-dawn darkness outside of the Losman (Indonesian hostel) and waited for the bus. When I entered the bus, I was pleasantly surprised to meet two young European women about my age. They were both from the Netherlands and we chatted as the bus wound its way through the Indonesian countryside. The sky lightened and we could see the rice fields and terraces in the mountainside where the tea fields were. The sun rose above the horizon and the sky filled with color. I looked at Mt. Merape in the distance, Yogyakarta's famous active volcano, to see the sun hovering above its peak, illuminating the mountain and the countryside below. I gazed at the stunning beauty before me, imprinting the image in my memory. After about an hour of scenic beauty, the bus arrived at Borodobur, the ancient Buddhist temple site.
  • Jenni Pearson
    Published 8 months ago
    How Anime Is Influencing Japanese Tourism

    How Anime Is Influencing Japanese Tourism

    Japan has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia because of its ancient temples, breathtaking skyscrapers, and historic sites. But today, one of the highest drivers of tourism in the country is Japan’s pop culture. Polygon reports that Japanese animated movies like Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) brought fans to local destinations that wouldn’t have otherwise become tourist spots. Fans often flock to these real-life settings as pilgrims, following what the Japanese call seichijunrei, which literally translates to "holy land pilgrimage," though in this context it translates to "anime pilgrimage."
  • Drunk On
    Published 9 months ago
    Cheap Hotels in Bali

    Cheap Hotels in Bali

    I am an avid backpacker, and like many people I prefer to spend less money on fancy hotels, and more money experiencing the beautiful country I am visiting at the time. I do, however, still like some comforts and it is always nice to find fantastic hotels at affordable prices!
  • Emily Wilson
    Published 9 months ago
    Japan: The Magical Snow Country

    Japan: The Magical Snow Country

    Japan has long been a coveted destination for many people: The bright lights of the metropolis of Tokyo, the unique and delicious cuisine, the incredible level of technology; however, there is so much more to Japan than its urban landscape.