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1. Posted by livhesterx (Budding Member 22 posts) 39w

Hi, I am looking to go travelling to Asia either in between Christmas and new year or Feb 2017, depending on whether I can find a someone to with? I will go by myself if need be but if I can find someone to go with id be happier!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 39w

Hi.

The weeks before Christmas and just after New Years Day holidays could be the most expensive time of the year for hotel prices and full occupancy. The price of your plane tickets may cost more too. (High season prices during this time of the year.)

How many days in total? Which countries? Not all Asian countries are the same for hotel prices and day to day expenses. Singapore for example is the most expensive Asian city in this area.

With UK passport you can enter Thailand with a free Visa Exemption stamp in your passport good for 30 days. You get this visa at the airport. Some countries may require you buy a visa. So do some research and narrow down visa requirements. From Thailand you can easily visit Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia and fly to Vietnam. Some countries (like Thailand) may require that you have a round trip plane ticket or proof of onward travel. (Plane ticket to a second country before 30 days is up.) This could prevent you from flying out of your first airport back home.

You will need to plan a budget out and know how much per day you have for hotels each night and for day to day expenses. Different countries - different currencies! Some countries may use US dollars for a de facto currency. (Research!) For most countries you get a better rate of exchange in the country you visit. UK pounds no problem to change overseas. If you plan on using a debit or credit card you must first notify your bank that you will be traveling to Asia. DO NOT rely on a single card for your expenses. Someone may steal it from you or you could lose or damage the card.

Take the time to read some of the posts for "single woman tourist" or "woman traveling alone" or similar type phrase. There are many posts for female tourists in Asia traveling alone. Be aware some men will respond that they want to travel with you, etc. Some cultures see a woman traveling without a man as an invitation for "male companionship!" Be careful handing out your real name and hotel room numbers to total strangers. Meet them at a neutral location for a screening.

When I hear or read about women having safety issues it is usually after drinking too much alcohol!

You do not need anyone to accompany you on your trip, you can have a nice time yourself. However, in most of these countries you can sign on to shared tours in person through hotel tour desks or local travel agencies. You do meet people on tours, in pubs, in hotel lobbies, etc. Sometimes just walking around with one of my hats with my favorite home team logos on it I meet people from my country.

Read some of the many posts for travel to the countries you have an interest in. If you need hotel help include where in the particular city and how much per night you want to spend on a room. Terms like cheap, budget, middle priced are meaningless. Use the currency of the country you are interested in or at least a popular currency like UK pounds or USD.

Look up TravBuddy Travel Forum for possible buddies.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Mar-2016, at 14:11 by karazyal ]

3. Posted by mini-herman (Budding Member 2 posts) 39w

Hello!

I'm planning a great trip to Asia (mainly east-Asia, but I'm open for changes) in 2016/17. Currently I'm saving up money, and planning the trip, but it's definitely happening :) But as all of my friends are starting on a higher education, I'm finding myself alone for the trip. Please PM me if you would like to discuss it further (to at least se if our plans correspond?) :)

Regards
Herman

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5. Posted by drhbeng (First Time Poster 1 posts) 38w

Dear friends
I am looking for budy in ukraine vist from 7th to 13th april 2016. Can i find a someone to with? Interested my contact me
Regards
H b patel

6. Posted by mjohns0812 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 36w

Hi, I'm planning a SEA trip for January and February 2017. What part of Asia are you planning to travel to?