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1. Posted by htdg (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Hi! I am a Male, 20 years old from Sweden that have decided to go on a trip. Here is some background information...

I have struggled for about all my life with social issues, i've felt uncomfortable in social situations etc. I've gone to see a psychologist for a few years and lately i've begin to show improvements. A huge part of my treatment has been cognitive behavioural therapy where you choose something that you feel uncomfortable with and deliberately expose yourself to that situation. Thanks to this i have gotten back in touch with my older friends from school, i've gotten a job and i am no longer nervous all the time while out of my house. Now i need a new challenge. I think travelling would be a great way of improving my ability to interact with people. It will also give me time to reflect on my life and get to know myself a little bit better. Maby i could get better self-esteem too, after all, if i manage to travel the world alone i think i could do just about anything. I've always wanted to go to asia so i have made up a plan...

The plan is to fly to Japan and from there travel over to Korea and then south through asia and then over to India. Since i've never been out on a longer trip before and never travelled alone either i need some tips and answers to a few questions...

How much money will i need? How do i make contact with fellow travelers? How easy is it to talk to the inhabitants of, say, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand etc.? What should i pack? Perhaps all of this is a terrible idea?

I would really appreciate every little tip and word of visdom to make my trip as enjoyable as possible.

Thanks in advance.
/Martin

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello Htdg:)

It is not a terrible idea at all. Go and do it.

Money u will need for a backpackers budget
India - Around 15 to 20 Euros per day (not including visa)
Thailand - 10 to 15 Euros per day
I have not been to the other countries on your list so dont know.

U will meet people in the backpackers hangouts. For example on the Khao San Road in Bangkok, on the various Thai islands, in gueshouse cafes....... In Mumbai India the backpackers hang around Colaba, and there is Goa........
U could also try to get a travelling companion on this forum. http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?ForumID=3

I suggest u invest in the relevant Lonely Planet guides for the Countries u want to visit. There is one that covers all the countries in SE Asia. U probably need separate ones for Japan, Korea and India. They cost around 28 Euros but are invaluable for the information they give about accomodation, transport, money, safety, health.......

Mel

3. Posted by htdg (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

I've been doing some math and i will probably have around 10 000 Euros in september, i guess that would be enough for a couple of months around SEA.

I was actually planning on buying a few lonely planet guidebooks tomorrow to start planning my trip further. Are they written with backpackers in mind or are they more of a "general guide" to the countries in question? Would i find theese "backpacker hangouts" in the books?

I have another question too. The other day i stumbled across a site about "couch surfing" is it a good way to travel? Does anyone have any experieces with this kind of travelling?

4. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 8y

I have spent a lot of time in North East Asia. Japan is more expensive then Sweden and Korea is a little cheaper then America. Your money will not go very far in those two countries. I would say for a good first country Thailand is a good choice. Lots of English speakers and plenty of access to the comforts of home when needed. Also thailand is a good jumping point to other countries in the area. And if you feel like going to some really remote places Bangkok can get you there easily.

Before going and buying a bunch a books have a look at the wiki guide on this sight. It is still not very completely but the thailand section is getting pretty good. And india is ok.

The other question you need to ask is what do you like to do? Do you like to go to giant parties and get drunk? Do you like to enjoy natural beauty? Do you like to see temples? Do you like to go shopping? Do you like to eat different foods? Do you want to see as many world heritage sites as possible? Then after thinking those issues over then try to decide on a location.

Mike

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting htdg

I've been doing some math and i will probably have around 10 000 Euros in september, i guess that would be enough for a couple of months around SEA.

With hostels offerring room at the rate of 10 Euros or less per day, 10000 Euros could easily last you a year in Southeast Asia. Most people in Southeast Asia don't even earn half of that amount in a year.

As for the wiki guide Mike (lavafalls) mentioned in his post, you can find it on the Travel Guide section of this site. The articles are all contributed by members of this site. This guide is only less than a year old. Members are still contributing towards the guide and some articles may not be complete. If you need more information that's not on the guide, there's always this forum for you to ask. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 17, 2008, at 2:22 PM by Hien ]

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7. Posted by htdg (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the tips i've been spending some time on the travel guide and it has lots of useful information. My trip is planned to begin in September so i have a lot of time to plan the trip.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting htdg

I've been doing some math and i will probably have around 10 000 Euros in september, i guess that would be enough for a couple of months around SEA.

I was actually planning on buying a few lonely planet guidebooks tomorrow to start planning my trip further. Are they written with backpackers in mind or are they more of a "general guide" to the countries in question? Would i find theese "backpacker hangouts" in the books?

I have another question too. The other day i stumbled across a site about "couch surfing" is it a good way to travel? Does anyone have any experieces with this kind of travelling?

That would be enough for way more than a couple of months in SE Asia. Or is it a typing error. U really have 10,000 Euros? Think 20 Euros per day on average as your SE Asia and India budget. I have never been to Japan or Korea but I would guess at 60 Euros per day for Japan. I dont know anything about Korea.

Yeah, the Lonely Planet books are written with backpackers in mind mostly. They cater a little for people with higher budgets but it is mostly a backpackers guide. Yes, u would find the backpackers hangouts in the books. Make sure u get the one that covers all of SE Asia in one book to save on money and the weight u will have to carry around.

Couch surfing is a good way to travel in some coutries such as the ones in Europe because accomodation here is relatively expensive. In for example Thailand I would stay in Guesthouses. U can get a room for less than 5 Euros per night and u can hang out in the Guesthouse cafe where there will usually be other backpackers.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2008, at 3:28 AM by Mel. ]

9. Posted by htdg (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Quoting Mel.

That would be enough for way more than a couple of months in SE Asia. Or is it a typing error. U really have 10,000 Euros? Think 20 Euros per day on average as your SE Asia and India budget. I have never been to Japan or Korea but I would guess at 60 Euros per day for Japan. I dont know anything about Korea.

Yeah, the Lonely Planet books are written with backpackers in mind mostly. They cater a little for people with higher budgets but it is mostly a backpackers guide. Yes, u would find the backpackers hangouts in the books. Make sure u get the one that covers all of SE Asia in one book to save on money and the weight u will have to carry around.

Couch surfing is a good way to travel in some coutries such as the ones in Europe because accomodation here is relatively expensive. In for example Thailand I would stay in Guesthouses. U can get a room for less than 5 Euros per night and u can hang out in the Guesthouse cafe where there will usually be other backpackers.

Mel

It wasn't a typing error, when september comes i will have saved up for about a year and i still live with my parents so i don't have that much expences. I need to pay train tickets and gear and all those things with those money though so i won't have 10 000 when i arrive there though.

I was thinking of couch surfing in the more expensive countries like Japan and Korea and stay at hostels in the cheaper countries.

I bought the Lonely Planet guide to Japan the other day and there's a lot of information in there. Will i be able to buy the guides when out travelling or are they only available in the western countries? The best thing would be to buy a book when i arrive at a country and then toss it away when i leave it, that way i wouldn't have to carry that much weight.

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