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1. Posted by JamieSmith (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

This is my first ever trip and hoped the easiest way to get over my immense fear (this website really helps as well) would be to get my route sorted.

I'm planning on getting the STA Travel 6 stops ticket with Australia being the main place to go. I'm planning on leaving Oct 07.

I'll be flying out from Manchester, but unsure of which way to go i.e. via US or Asia. Like I said, I've never done this before and will be on my own, so thought it might be easier to get to Aus as soon as possible where I can atleast start to get used to it all. Then I can go to Fiji and NZ from there and then work my way back through Thailand etc on the way home.

So I could either stop in Singapore for a couple of days recovery then head to Sydney where I could visit Fiji & NZ, come back and see more of Aus then fly to Singapore, stay there for longer and visit Thailand


go to Manc, San Fransico , Fiji, NZ, Aus, Manchester.

As you can probably tell, I could do with some advice

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

If this is you're first time travelling and you're a bit nervous - I'd suggest delaying spending time in Asia until after you have done a stint in a more westernised country - less culture shock that way...

And as for your immense fear... CONGRATULATIONS on facing that fear and going travelling anyway!!!! You certainly won't regret it.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

From the little I know about Asia, I second Koala's advice. I did a fair bit of travelling around Europe and SA, and it still took me some time to get used to Indonesia, which is said to be one of the 'easier' Asian destinations...

4. Posted by jodes82 (Inactive 11 posts) 9y

Hi there,

It really depends on what kind of holiday you're looking for. South East Asia is an amazing place to visit, and coming from the UK does take quite a while, so you might as well visit while you're out there!
It can be a bit of a culture shock for the new traveller, but if you go to Singapore first it won't be to bad. Singapore is a big modern city, so you won't find it that much different to home. Then after you've travelled around Oz, you'll be confident enough to tackle asia on the way home. And you'll probably meet lots of ppl in Oz who you can meet up with in Asia, so you won't be on your own.
A good tip though is to organise your first night or two of accommodation, and arrival transfers before you go. That way, you won't feel completely lost when you arrive somewhere!

Good luck, and happy travels.

5. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

I reckon jump in the deep and go to Asia first!!
My first (and best) travel experience was landing at Istanbul airport where EVERYTHING was completely different to what I was used to, the money, the smells, the food, the language, the people, etc, etc.
Now it seems like I travel to find that amazing feeling again but it's never quite the same as the first.

6. Posted by mikeandave (Full Member 84 posts) 9y

Do you think hong kong from the uk would be a huge culture shock?

7. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Quoting mjpittuk

Do you think hong kong from the uk would be a huge culture shock?

...nah, shouldn't be too much of a culture shock. It'll definatley be different, but it's still a large city and frequented by many tourists and business travellers. You should be fine. Just embrace the differences!