The Countries That Best Demonstrate What Asia Has to Offer Visitors

Rather than sticking to the destinations that you’re already familiar with, why not head further afield? There are so many countries in Asia that can offer you something different and interesting when it comes to tourism. So, which of these Asian countries best demonstrate what the continent has to offer you as a visitor? Keep reading to find out.

Indonesia

If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation in Asia, Indonesia could be the best location for you. It’s a very attractive area with some great locations in which to relax. In particular, you should look at Seminyak. It has some of the best beaches on the continent. But it also has lots of luxury retail outlets nearby too for when you get tired of the beach. It’s a location that is made for people who want to relax and simply have a good time.

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India

India is such a huge and vast country. There are so many different parts of it that you could visit. You probably won’t have time to see everything of that it has to offer. But don’t let the size and scope of the country put you off. You can experience the serenity of the Ganges, or you can see the natural side of the country. For a glimpse into the spiritual aspect of the country, you should go to Char Dham in India. It offers an unforgettable sacred journey.

China

These days, China is a very modern country. And this is something that you can see if you visit any of its major cities. Beijing, China’s capital for more than 800 years, and Shanghai are the two best examples of this. But the history of the country is always combined well with these modern aspects. The Great Wall is always an important visit, but there is much more than that. Ancient temples and buildings are littered throughout the country, and some of them are very impressive indeed.

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Japan

Japan is another country that combines the future and the past very well. You won’t find any metropolis in Asia that’s more impressive than Tokyo. It’s a vast urban jungle that you can explore for weeks. It’s a city that is always at the centre of Asia’s pop culture scene, and this is something you can’t get away from. The food and strong array of restaurants in Tokyo are also very good. You’ll also discover the popularity of karaoke bars if you go out for the night in the city.

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Vietnam

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is like none of the other locations discussed here. It’s a charming and quiet location, but it is also in the process of growing and expanding. This makes now the ideal time to visit the area. You can also discover a lot by visiting the countryside and seeing how life plays out in this fascinating country. The lakes, with the mist hanging low over the water, are incredibly beautiful and definitely shouldn’t be missed. There are plenty of great parks too.

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Escape to the Country On Your Tour of the UK

The British countryside has inspired painters, writers, and many other artists throughout the centuries. Today, escaping to the countryside is the dream of many city dwellers, so in this article we have listed some of the UK’s best-rated (and less crowded) rural destinations. You are guaranteed to find a place that tickles your fancy whether you are coming from the North, the capital, or the West of the country.

Mountain Goat, Cumbria

Cumbria

Tourists flock to Cumbria to explore the Lake District National Park, which is one of the finest examples of natural beauty in the United Kingdom. The attractive towns and villages of the area offer visitors the possibility to stay in charming cottages or in rural retreats.

However, if you want to beat the crowds and enjoy the peacefulness and splendor of the Cumbrian countryside, head to the Pennines, a spectacular mountain rage that rises almost 3,000 feet above sea level. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made up of valleys, moorlands, limestone caves, and a few picturesque villages, like Alston or Garrigill, where visitors can stay overnight.

Bedfordshire

Although the Home Counties might be listed as one of Britain’s top tourist destinations, the area is not short of attractions, especially for lovers of rural life and traditional English heritage. Bedfordshire is home to several outstanding market towns, such as Ampthill, Biggleswade, and Sandy. Bedford itself has been a market town for over eight centuries. Woburn Abbey is also worth stopping by, as this fine estate is surrounded by 30 acres of carefully manicured gardens and by a 3,000-acre forest and deer park.

The Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire is a good base for visitors interested in touring around the Bedfordshire countryside. This 5-star hotel, golf resort, and spa is conveniently located a few miles away from Luton, although its location amidst 1,000 acres of woodlands means that the venue is perfect to escape the pressures of everyday life.

The Black Mountains

Located right at the border between England and Wales, the Black mountains are generally overlooked by tourists. Narrow valleys, ridges, hiking and cycling trails, medieval castles and priories, and delightful villages are some of the area’s attractions. The charming market town of Hay-on-Wye is a pleasant stop for those travelling to or from the Black Mountains. The town (also known as the United Kingdom’s book capital due to its large number of bookstores) offers an interesting range of accommodation options, which includes inns, lodges, hotels, and bed and breakfasts.

Other places worth visiting in the area include the town of Talgarth, where you can go pony trekking and gliding in and above the mountains, and Crickhowell, a quaint market town half way between the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park.

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The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Travelling

Travelling can be so exciting, and full of opportunities. If you want to grow as a person while you experience the word, travelling is the best way to do it. However, people tend to make some pretty big mistakes when they travel. Here are some of the biggest:

Letting Somebody Else Pack Your Bag

Letting somebody else pack your bag could be a mistake that costs you a lot of money. Even if this person is looking out for you, they might forget something important, or worse, pack something that isn’t supposed to be there. Write a list of everything you need and use it to pack your own bag.

Packing Too Much

Again, packing too much is a big mistake. Do you really want to end up with 3 different suitcases, with things you probably won’t use inside? Only take the essentials. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice anything; just be smart about what you take with you. Taking too many ‘just in case’ items will be annoying and possibly even more expensive.

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Failing To Invest In Comfort Items

Investing in comfort items for the flight help you to have a better time. Get a travel pillow, along with an eye mask and ear buds if you want them. It can be difficult to sleep on a flight, so if you want the best shut eye you can get, make sure you treat yourself.

Failing To Plan Enough Time In between Flights

Sometimes, if you have to get connecting flights, you can look online and you’ll be shown your options. However, you need to make absolutely sure you have enough time to get off one flight and onto another. It might seem as if you do, but you’ll need to factor in collecting your things and getting through security. You’ll also need to factor in any delays. Missing connecting flights could be very expensive! Just because it’s shown on a comparison site, doesn’t mean you’ll definitely make it.

Not Having Cash For Your Arrival

You’re going to need some foreign currency for your arrival. Think about it; you’ll likely hop in a taxi, or at least want a snack. You can pick some up at the airport if you didn’t get any before you left your home town.

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Forgetting To Inform Banks

You might want to inform your bank that you’re travelling if you plan on using cards. If they suspect suspicious activity, they could freeze your cards. This could leave you in the lurch!

Not Having The Right Documentation

Having the right documentation is absolutely essential. If you’re travelling to America, for instance, you’ll need to make sure you look at the American ESTA website to ensure you have what you need. There are a number of other documents you may need too, from insurance documents to tickets. Have it all safe in one place.

Packing Your Itinerary Too Much

Make sure you leave yourself some free time so you don’t feel stressed out trying to cram everything in. Having an itinerary can be a great guide, but don’t be rigid with it!

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