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Thu, 16/06/2011 - 08:10

Asia Travel

Backpacker or all-expenses-paid tourist; no matter who you are, you have surely thought about travelling to or through Asia. Patchwork quilt of cultures so alien to one’s own, it has a charm and attraction entirely its own, and many people find themselves in the grip of its allure. But what can you expect if you decide to take the plunge and travel to Asia?

 

A common misconception is that Asia is a homogeneous area. Nothing could be further from the truth. Both the largest and the most populated continent, it contains 60% of the world’s current human population, spread over 48 countries from Afghanistan to Yemen. It has been host to, or part of, numerous world-wide conflicts.

 

But in terms of cultures, cuisines, and geographies Asia is the setting for a huge selection of diverse and wonderful examples of what humanity is capable of. The birthplace of all major world religions, it is the origin of many aspects of humanity due in part to the technological advantages certain Asian countries held over other parts of the world, including Europe.

 

To travel across Asia, you have to make sure you have your visas worked out in advance. Working with embassies in your home country, you should start applying for tourist visas well in advance of your planned excursion. this takes months, if not a full year; some Asian countries have stringent requirements for visas, and you want to be at least aware of these so you can start working on meeting them.

 

Be sure to bring a camera with plenty of memory or film, so you can document your trip through Asia appropriately. You may find it difficult to convey its wonders fully to your friends and family back home, as Asia is so different from what they are used to.

 

One option for travelling to Asia is a charity walk. You can walk across the Himalayas or other areas for charity. You will find it easy as your trip will be planned out for you, and you won’t need to worry quite as much about the organisation. That said – there will be a lot of walking, and every day will adhere to a strict schedule, leaving little or no room for your own exploration.

 

The climate across Asia varies, predictably enough. As Asia takes up such a large part of the world, you will see different climates from the Siberian cold to the Indian heat. If you plan to visit a multitude of countries, it is a good idea to look into the climate of each country on its own so you can plan your wardrobe and gear accordingly.

 

Another consideration is your health. Inoculations may be a good idea, as may preventative treatments for malaria. Your doctor will be able to inform you as to what you will need in order to keep yourself safe. Sunscreen with a high SPF and insect repellent will be absolute necessities to make sure your trip doesn’t devolve into a frenzy of peeling and itching. Stock up and make sure you purchase a few smaller bottles of each so you can carry them along wherever you go without sacrificing too much space in your bag.

 

All these complications may sound like a good reason not to go to Asia, but if you have ever been tempted by the exotic cultures and excellent cuisines, you should not hesitate. It will be a life-changing holiday you’ll remember for the rest of your life.