Even though we know traveling to Japan is not the same as to India, China or Thailand, some recommendations are equally valid when traveling to most Asiatic destinations, particularly those regarding how we travel and how live the destination, very often more important than the journey itself.
This is why we’re offering you 10 recommendations for traveling through Asia, which we think will help you enjoy your trip to the utmost.
- Never travel with closed or pre-established itinerary
One of the most important things when traveling to Asia is never to have a closed itinerary or very established plan, so improvisation can be part of the journey. You don’t believe it? Imaging enjoying yourself on a postcard beach where you only booked a 2 night stay. If your journey isn’t very programmed, you can afford to extend your stay a few days and enjoying your stay in this place of your dreams to the utmost.
Check your documents before leaving home
It might sound obvious but there’s nothing worse than reaching the airport and realizing your passport’s expired. To make sure that doesn’t happen, the best thing is to check your documents thoroughly a few weeks before the trip and where possible, keep a copy of all your important documents on the cloud, which you can consult offline.
This way you can travel relaxed, and above all with the surety no document can ruin your trip even slightly.
3. Animals always in their natural habitat
Unfortunately in some Asiatic countries there are places where animals are not in their natural habitat. Before taking part in certain activities or excursions, we suggest you consider whether you really want to see an elephant in a cage, approach a tiger until you can touch it while looking at its eyes, which funnily enough have an empty look about them, etc.…
Before visiting any of these places, ask yourself a simple question: Is this, its natural habitat? If the answer is no, then think twice before going ahead with the activity.
4. Only pack what you really need in your rucksack
You only have to remember most Asiatic countries are hot and that there’s no great difference between seasons unlike our winter and summer.
Once you’ve checked the temperatures, we guarantee you’ll only take a couple of T-shirts, some trousers, the odd dress and a swimsuit. And you need little more; however, should the need arise you can always buy it at your destination.
By the way, don’t forget to take a comfortable pair of shoes, we’re sure your feet’ll be more than grateful. In this sense, El Naturalista has the perfect footwear line, which will let you enjoy every step you take in Asia.
5.Enjoy local gastronomy
If there’s something you mustn’t forget on a trip to Asia, it’s the gastronomy, yet another great reason for traveling to this corner of the world.
Here, you don’t so much taste the food as live it, because every bite is an explosion of flavors, colors and aromas. Plus, you needn’t worry if the place doesn’t have a menu in English, all you have to do is point to the dish you like on the table nearest you or ask to see the kitchen to find out what’s being cooked up on the hobs. No doubt you’ll be welcomed with a smile and they’ll be delighted to help you choose a dish to your liking.
6. Haggle, but good-naturedly and with respect
Haggling is done a lot and virtually throughout Asia, not to mention it’s also considered an obligation. So if you see something you fancy, be prepared to take it easy and after a long conversation where you’ve probably talked about everything under the sun except the purchase, the incredible art of haggling will begin.
Even though your aim is to get the object as cheap as possible, before lowering the price to the limit, just think for a moment what these coins of difference mean to you and how much they may mean for the seller. Try to be as fair as possible and not make the seller lose money with the sale just so you can take home a souvenir for a few euros less.
7. Learn the culture and try to be polite and respectful towards it
We must take into account the cultural differences with Asia, which are probably more obvious than elsewhere in the world. We ought to learn a little about the culture and customs of the country we’re traveling to, so we can enjoy it as much as possible.
Although logical, you certainly won’t be able to learn all the ins and outs of the country, so if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t how to behave, use the quintessential traveler’s maxim: When in Rome do as the Romans. If you do, we’re sure you’ll fit into the country quicker than you imagined.
8. Use local transport, you’ll save money and meet loads of people
Apart from being the cheapest form of travel, using local transport to move around is one of the best ways to get to know a country and its people. Moreover, there’s no better moment for striking up a conversation after 4 hours on a bus when you know there’s still another 5 hours to go surrounded by the same landscapes.
- Find out about the weather before leaving home
While it’s by no means an exact science, it doesn’t hurt to find out the weather forecasts before traveling. That way you’ll be more prepared, in addition to having a back-up plan should the weather not be in your favor on any day.
Despite this, we can assure you that in Asia, the rain frequently doesn’t last long and afterwards the sun always comes out again.
10. Enjoy! Asia is out of this world!
And last, but by no means least, simply enjoy yourself. That’s the real essence of any trip