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Asia’s in Backpacking Destinations

Southeast Asia’s lush tropical landscape and patchwork of ancient civilizations, combined with relatively low prices for western travelers, has drawn a steady stream of backpackers since the counter-cultural movement of the sixties. The current flows as strongly today as ever before and, as this list of the region’s gems attest, it’s easy to understand why. Climbing limestone cliffs from the soft sand of pristine beaches, diving into emerald waters to explore submarine worlds of colorful coral, and weaving handicrafts with a cosmopolitan population of ragged travelers are among the experiences these ten destinations have to offer.

    Climb or recline on West Railay Beach, Thailand

Located on the tropical shores of the Railay peninsula, this stunning setting is among Thailand’s most picturesque white sand beaches, lapped by emerald tides and enclosed by towering limestone cliffs. These cliffs cut the peninsula off from the mainland, so it can only be reached by boat, which enhances its atmosphere of isle-like seclusion. Rock climbing up these jagged sentinels above the soft-sanded beach draws enthusiasts from around the world. And there are also plenty of bars and restaurants, at astonishingly low prices, for the more indolent to indulge in their own brand of pleasure. The accommodation is cheap too, and ranges from bamboo bungalows on the adjacent East Railay Beach, to the affordable and secluded Tonsai Bay Resort on neighboring Tonsai Beach.

   Experience the ancient Buddhist culture of Luang Prabang, Laos

A small town in northern Laos, Luang Prabang weaves together natural and man-made beauty. It sits at the confluence of two rivers which girdle the town, beneath forest-swathed hills rising to rugged mountains. The town’s skyline is dominated by one steep hill topped with the gleaming spires of Wat Chom Si, one of many gold-hued wats sprinkled through the town, decorated with intricate mosaics depicting the life of Buddha. Each morning brings the sight of hundreds of monks wandering the town’s streets collecting alms. The town also has a long tradition of handicrafts, sold at the night market which runs until 10 at night.

   Lose yourself in Bangkok, Thailand

A global backpacker Mecca, Bangkok’s budget travelers orbit around the hippie haven of Khao San Road, designated by one writer as “the place to disappear”. Handicrafts, food and fruit, pirated CDs and DVDs, and regional barbequed snacks join the jumble of bars and clubs that are filled with lounging travelers at any time of the day or night. Elsewhere in this buzzing, relentlessly eventful metropolis, travelers can step into relative peace in Buddhist temples such as Wat Pho, with its huge golden statue of a reclining Buddha, or explore the vast and labyrinthine Chatuchak Weekend Market.

   Hit the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville’s latest incarnation as a budget traveler hub marks a fresh twist in its tragically eventful history. It is named after Norodom Sihanouk, a former King of Cambodia, under whom the town became a booming and glamorous port in the 1950s. But after the Khmer Rouge seized power the city was symbolically desecrated; the walls of its luxury Independence Hotel peppered with bullets. Through the past few decades, the town has been traveling the slow road to regeneration, helped in large part by intrepid backpackers who braved the journey’s dangerous reputation and brought back word of the area’s sublime beaches, such as the stunning 4km stretch of white sand, Otres Beach. The town is now the hub of Cambodia’s most vibrant backpacker scene, a chilled-out stretch of bars, restaurants, cheap lodging and tropical coastline, lively but relatively unswamped with travelers.

   Get yourself along to the classic hippy hangout of Goa, India

There’s no denying that Goa’s soul has changed since it was first chosen by the hippies of the sixties as an exotic backdrop for exploration of self and consciousness, distanced from the psychic chains of western civilization and conveniently situated in lush tropical surroundings. There are still strong hippy communities in the area, and ragged westerners travel here to make and sell handicrafts. But these days they share the tourist space – including iconic beaches such as Calangute and Baga – with charter holidaymakers, a creeping quantity of upscale resorts, and Catholic and Hindu pilgrims. But a great backpacker scene cuts through all this, feasting on the fantastic cheap food and cavorting in the bars and on the beaches, and in many ways the area’s increasing diversity makes it all the more interesting to visit. Many budget airlines fly direct to Goa’s airport.

   Encounter the flora and fauna of Cat Ba Island in Vietnam

The jagged archipelago of limestone islands that compose Halong Bay off Vietnam’s north coast have long been one of the country’s top backpacker attractions. As well as the ocean and beaches, there are mangrove forests, craggy peaks and enchanting caverns such as Song Sôt for tourists to explore. This environment is home to a unique world of flora and fauna, including some of the world’s rarest flowers as well as the golden Cat Ba langur. This endangered creature inhabits Cat Ba Island, one of the archipelago’s best stop-offs, an island of breathtaking beauty which packs the best of Halong Bay into one place and is a great base for kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and water sports.

   Spend time on the island of Bali, Indonesia

Bali’s volcanic landscape, fringed with world famous beaches and alternating barren and forest covered hillsides, attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, traveling on the whole spectrum of budgets. Famous backpacker sites such as Kuta Beach have now been infiltrated with wealthy resorts, top-end restaurants, and private developers who have chomped chunks of the white sand beach. But there is still a terrific budget scene and plenty of cheap and laid-back bars and cafes in which to meet locals and travelers alike. And you can meditate on the island’s spirituality at Tanah Lot Temple, spectacularly situated on a headland jutting out into the ocean.

   Drift among the beautiful Gili Islands, Indonesia

The Gili Islands make up a small archipelago just north of Lombok in Indonesia. They became popular with backpackers in the ‘80s, looking for a remote experience of the Pacific isles that didn’t require a super-expensive flight to reach. Even two decades after the first intrepid budget travelers set foot on the island’s powdery sand, it remains relatively undeveloped – there’s no automated traffic, and people travel primarily by horse and cart. But there are a few indulgences to choose between, including a Japanese restaurant, good backpacker accommodation, and, inevitably, a lively Irish bar. The island is also famous for its hatching sea turtles, and there is a sanctuary which buys the eggs from the local population to prevent them being sold in the market. And there are some world-class, uncrowded dive sites, such as the ominously named Shark Point.

   See a different side of China in Yangshuo

Backpackers first flocked to Yangshuo in the ‘80s, set on the trail by a gushing recommendation in Lonely Planet. They discovered an entirely different China to the rapidly industrializing country depicted in the western press, a quiet, picturesque region spread from the banks of two great rivers, Li and Yulong. Strung between these rivers is a rolling landscape of bare karst peaks, green hills, deep sharp-sided caves and unique sights such as Yangshuo Moon Hill, a limestone pinnacle with a moon-shaped hole reached by over 800 marble stairs.

   Escape the traveler crowds in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand’s rural north is far less infested with hordes of tourists than the resort-ridden south, and it makes a great escape from the crazy crowds that swarm Bangkok and Phuket during peak season. Chiang Mai is the region’s hub – founded in 1296, it was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and designed as the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. This ancient heritage can be experienced at sites such as Wat Chedi Luang, a towering ruined temple in the center of the city, and the Bhubing Palace, surrounded by colorful gardens a few kilometers out of town. And the city’s cosmopolitan ex-pat population has given rise to a vibrant scene of restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Two Weeks in Australia

Australia’s vast wilderness, relieved by a handful of vibrant modern metropolises, is one of the world’s great travel destinations, containing an immense diversity of cultures and climates, tastes and terrain for wanderers to explore. This two-week itinerary winds its way up the country’s east coast, taking in cities such as Sydney and Brisbane, sojourning in the sun-drenched Whitsunday Islands, and finishing in the great wild worlds of reef and rainforest that surround and enclose the city of Cairns. This is an unforgettable trip, encompassing almost 3000 km and some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

Begin in the southern hemisphere’s greatest colonial metropolis, Sydney

First stop, follow the example of the early colonists and drop into Sydney, built on the site of the first British settlement in Australia. It was originally established as a penal colony, but is situated in an ideal location for a city – on the hills surrounding one of the world’s largest natural harbours. This harbour is now an icon itself, framing a skyline composed of iconic structures including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The shoreline where the city meets the sea is defined by a string of famous beaches, such as Manly Beach, which is one of the world’s great casual surfing destinations. Younger travelers are likely to adore the Sydney SEALIFE Aquarium, with 12,000 animal inhabitants and exhibitions on the marine life in Sydney Harbour, in other areas around Australia’s coast, and across the southern oceans.

Party or stretch out in Australia’s east coast chill city, the Gold Coast

From Sydney, wind your way north up Australia’s east coast and – a short 900km later – you’ll reach the sun-dazzled city of the Gold Coast. This is one of Australia’s most alive cities, balancing the fast-paced nightlife and sky-scraping skyline, with a shoreline of white-sand beaches and a hinterland of dense and wild rainforest. Experience the town’s coastal life at Burleigh Heads, a sheltered and secluded beach with protected waters perfect for swimming, and a more turbulent headland area swarming with surfers. Inland of the Gold Coast lies a vast terrain of rolling forest-covered hills. This can be explored in Springbrook National Park, an ancient land of crashing waterfalls, huge trees, and verdant rainforest which is home to a fantastically diverse ecosystem of plants and animals.

Get to know warm, trendy, and up-and-coming Brisbane before the hipsters take over

Drive a couple more hours north of the Gold Coast and you’ll reach Brisbane, which is rapidly becoming one of Australia’s hippest and most desirable cities. It has a chilled-out, tolerant vibe and a gorgeous subtropical climate, which translates into a great café culture and a friendly, open attitude which sees life unfold on the streets instead of behind closed doors. A birdseye perspective on Australia’s up-and-coming mid-coast capital can be gained from The Wheel of Brisbane, with particularly memorable views at night. Get to know some of Australia’s unique local fauna – koalas, platypuses, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils, that kind of thing – at the fabulous Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, one of the country’s best zoos. And drink down the open-armed ambience of this warm and cultured city in the South Bank Parklands, a precinct that encompasses much that is great about Brisbane: the outdoor gardens and beaches of the Parklands; the cosmopolitan bars and restaurants of Little Stanley; and the galleries and music venues that speckle neighboring Grey Street.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Fraser Island

Fraser Island, a few hours north of Brisbane, is the world’s largest sand island and a place of phenomenal natural beauty. A shoreline of soft sand beaches flanks an interior of winding creeks, freshwater lakes and rainforest growing out of island’s sandy floor. All this is guarded by stunning colored cliffs, which rise bright and jagged above the glimmering green-blue Pacific. The entire island is contained in Great Sandy National Park, and one of its most unique and representative features is Lake McKenzie, a sapphire blue lake raised above the regional water table and filled with water so pure it is unsuitable for many species. Six kilometers from Lake McKenzie is Kingfisher Bay Resort, the island’s biggest provider of accommodation which has, thankfully, been built to blend with rather than dominate the surrounding natural world. Knowledgeable tours to Fraser Island’s remoter reaches are offered by Tasman Ventures.

Drift round the pristine Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsundays are an archipelago of 74 islands off Australia’s east coast, a collection of sand-ringed green gems dotting the sun-glazed surface of the Pacific Ocean. The launching point into this pristine natural world is the small town of Airlie Beach, perched on the mainland, a fun and convenient place to base yourself for a few days exploration of the islands themselves. Among the most memorable sights in the Whitsundays is Whitehaven Beach, the quintessential Australian beach which borders a green jungle interior with vivid white silica sand that runs and curves alongside crystal-blue seawater. If you have your own boat, you can base it at Abel Point Marina and explore the rest of the islands from there; or there are plenty of charter and boat tour companies with which to roam the pristine network of islands, and discover your own hidden coves and tranquil spaces.

Explore a wild world of reef and rainforest from the northern city of Cairns

Continue up the coast for another 600 km to reach Cairns, a small city in the far north of Queensland, around 2700 km from this itinerary’s starting point in Sydney. Cairns is a friendly and relaxed city surrounded by a fabulous wild world, both on land and in water. The city is the best gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for 2000 km along Australia’s northern coast. Kaleidoscopic coral, visible from space, is home to an immense diversity of marine life – fish, molluscs, birds, sea snakes, turtles, whales, dolphins, sharks, rays – and an entire underwater topography of seagrass, mangrove, canyons, plateaus and deep oceanic gulfs. This can be explored by boat or with flippers, a wet suit and SCUBA kit. Back on land, just north of Cairns is another fantastical stretch of uninhibited biodiversity – the Daintree Rainforest. Daintree takes up only 0.2% of the landmass of Australia but contains 30% of the country’s frog, marsupial and reptile species, as well as 20% of the country’s bird species. The reef and rainforest around Cairns, thriving with the life that makes Australia so unique, is the ideal place to take one last deep draught of this unforgettable natural world.

Travel to Miami

Turn Up The Heat

The sky seems larger and colors seem to glow brighter in Miami’s sub-tropical paradise. Near the southernmost point of the peninsula of Florida and the United States, Miami stays warm, even through the winter months when other cities are feeling the chill. A sweater is rarely necessary with average winter temperatures at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius.

A long-time vacation spot and nightlife mecca, Miami and its beaches cater to the glamorous and fashionable. The young and the beautiful flock to Miami because at its heart the city has a soul unlike the rest of America. Its Afro-Cuban and Latin roots give Miami an “island” feel that is more like the Caribbean than the rest of the U.S.

Dance The Night Away

The skin glistens in Miami’s humidity, making the body relax to the city’s internal rhythm. Any trip to Miami should be filled with late-night dancing to addictive beats.

New to the South Beach scene is High Club, which opened November 2011, on Ocean Drive, from the Parisian nightlife impresario, Gil Thevenet. Inspired by the tone of a turn-of-the-century French boudoir, the club features Victorian-styled VIP seating, black leather-buttoned walls and a white lacquer Bar. The original High Club is in Nice, which is Miami Beach’s sister city.

Models and Hollywood stars flock to The Bank, located in the historic Meyer-Kiser Bank Building in downtown Miami, which is registered with the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places. With a modern speakeasy feel of the 1920s and a lush interior, The Bank is determined to bring glamour to Miami’s party scene.

The art crowd moves to the beat at The Electric Pickle Company, located among the art galleries in Midtown’s Wynwood Arts District. Two-floors of music, dance and drinking, the venue holds special events from international DJs and artists. Try one of their signature drinks, the Dirty Pickle Martini or the Scorpion Bowl for two.

Shelter From The Heat In A Cool Hotel

After night-to-dawn dancing, tired toes need rest. Choose one of Miami Beach’s wide selection of trendy hotels. Boutique chains, such as The Standard have outposts here.

The Standard Miami Beach is located away from the rest of the crowds on South Beach. Overlooking the beautiful and historic Venetian Causeway and Biscayne Bay, the focus here is on well-being and spa treatments. Every day, the hotel offers yoga, meditation and movement classes, and the restaurant serves meals based on a Mediterranean diet food pyramid, with little red meat and lots of antioxidant-rich vegetables.

Designed by renowned architect Morris Lapidus in 1954, The Fontainebleau (formerly The Fontainebleau Hilton) is the old-school hotel choice, where legendary stars like Frank Sinatra and The Beatles played and stayed. A true architectural icon, the hotel was built to inspire, with a 17,000-square foot lobby and 250 cabanas surrounding the raised 6,500-square foot pool, which features waterfalls and hidden grottos. The Bond movie “Goldfinger” was shot there and it was once home to the Miss Universe pageant.

After its $1 billion renovation, The Fontainebleau is once again is the shining star of Miami Beach, just north of South Beach – and with a wonderful oceanside boardwalk that offers a refreshing stroll or jog at any time of day or night.

Sizzling Kitchens

The Miami sun works up an appetite and one of the hottest restaurants, which opened November 2011, is the W Hotel’s The Dutch. The eatery is Chef Andrew Carmellini’s take on seaside cafes, country taverns and American oyster shacks. Driftwood beams and white-painted brick walls create a comfortable elegance that is perfect for Miami Beach. The American menu focuses on fresh, local seafood and choice meats, for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and, as always, the W itself is a hip place to stay or hang out.

All Miami visitors should try the local Latin and Caribbean restaurants that dot the landscape – and are an intrinsic part of Miami’s history since the Cuban Revolution and before. South Beach’s Puerto Sagua, on the corner on Collins Avenue and 7th Street, has been serving up “ropa vieja” (shredded flank steak in a tomato sauce base) and other classic Cuban dishes since 1966. Well-priced meals here are large and satisfying.

Try the fruit shakes and the perfectly sweetened Café con Leche. (Cuban coffee is an experience in itself, to be enjoyed at every opportunity in Miami.) Hot milk arrives at your table, and you pour in your own Cuban espresso. The “medianoche” is the ideal hangover sandwich – with turkey, ham and cheese heated and pressed flat to about 2-inches thick.

Head over to Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill in Midtown Miami. Chef Timon Ballo mixes together South American flavors with his raw bar concept. A semi-finalist for the James Beard Award in 2011, the restaurant is a true fusion of Miami’s multicultural mix. The steamed pork buns, with apple kimchi and cilantro, soothe the soul when dining either on the lush patio or inside the warm modern tropical interior. Groups can order large pitchers of white sangria or caipirinha.

Drag Brunch at The Palace is a Miami Beach institution. Located at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, the restaurant and bar offer a prix-fixed menu with bottomless mimosas. However, the food is not the main attraction. Rain or shine, the drag queens put on an astonishing show with high kicks and fierce dancing set to favorite disco and club hits.

Coffee addicts looking for rare beans from small farms around the world need to head over to Panther Coffee, in the Wynwood district. Owners Joel and Leticia Pollock have been roasting coffee for the art crowd since 2010, during the Art Basel Art Fair. The couple also host special coffee tastings from organic farms at their location, with a striking exterior by west coast artist Barry McGee.

Sea, Sex and Sun

Anything below 21st Street on Miami Beach is considered part of the legendary South Beach. With such large numbers of European and South American visitors, it is unofficially a topless beach. Lifeguards allow women to enjoy the sun sans their bikini top, along the ultra-wide sandy shore. Here the water is as blue and clear as any beach in the Caribbean, often at bathtub temperatures.

If you forget anything, don’t worry. Beach chairs are available for rent on the sand and drinks are close at hand (it is possible to wander around South Beach with an alcoholic drink in hand, if you’re reasonably discreet about it). During the busy weekends, vendors sell their wares to visitors who are happily soaking in the sun.

A young couple playing in the surf on Miami Beach.

Before or after your beach day, stroll along Ocean Drive, which is the last street before the boardwalk and sand. Shops, restaurants and clubs, located in restored, historical Art Deco buildings, line SoBe’s main drag, and at night the neon from them offers an alluring and unforgettable skyline.

Be careful, if you’re driving, not to circle the area repeatedly – there are “no cruising” laws in effect. Also be aware that the parking meters on Ocean Drive and many other places on Miami Beach require payment up to midnight and sometimes beyond.

North of 21st Street is good for quieter enjoyment of the beach, without the thongs, throngs and madness. If you do want some action, hop from hotel beach bar to the next, starting at the legendary Delano Hotel and The Raleigh Hotel. Both were pioneer hotels that reopened, newly restored, in the early 1990s, as Miami Beach was losing its retirement community image and gaining a reputation as an international playground for the young and hip. The Raleigh features a stunning, original pool, with a curved shape, that harks back to the glamour of Miami Beach in the 1920s.

The southern tip of South Beach is South Pointe Park, where young surfers determinedly try to catch 2-foot waves. Another pastime for local youth is diving off a fishing dock at the southernmost point of the beach, near Miami’s cruise ship channel. As the vast ships sail slowly by, kids take turns jumping into the deep, dark waters – where, occasionally, a large shark has been beached.

Head over to Key Biscayne for a genuine tropical escape. Situated just south of Miami Beach, Key Biscayne is a true island connected to the mainland only by a road bridge. Roughly a quarter the size of Miami Beach, large sea grapes (a protected Florida native tree) and palm trees shade its white sandy beaches. Locals paddleboard and windsurf on the weekends, and Key Biscayne tends to attract visitors more interested in water sports than bar hopping.

Miami’s geographic location near the southern tip of Florida’s peninsula makes it ideal for boating. Beginners and experienced sailors can rent a sailboat from Aquatic Rental Center in Miami Beach. The closest Caribbean island is Bimini, at 2 ½ to 3 hours away, and is ideal for sport fishing – although a voyage along Florida’s famous “Keys” (a chain of islands linked by road bridges, one of them seven miles long) to its southernmost tip, Key West, is also a wonderful experience.

If you want to relax and let the crew captain the boat, charter a yacht to the Bahamas with Miami Yacht Charters. Act out your favorite rap video yacht fantasy with a group of friends, or cruise around Miami and beyond on a party catamaran. Deep-sea fishing charters include Reel Adventure Charters and Kelley Fleet. Novice and experienced fishermen can tackle large game fish, like Sailfish, Shark and Marlin, while the charter provides bait and tackle.

If you want a real Miami adventure, drive out to “Alligator Alley” on Interstate 75. Check out the swamps and ride on an airboat at Ride-the-Wind. These are modified flat-bottomed boats, with airplane engines on the back. They move like hovercraft, propelled by their back engines over the shallow waters around one of Florida’s greatest treasures, the Everglades National Park. From the safety of the boat, you can feed the local alligators and watch for native birds and mammals.

Events Worth Stopping For

The international art crowd gathers in Miami every December for the Art Basel art fair. Miami has a rich art scene with important resident artists, including Robert Chambers, Dara Friedman and Make Handforth. Centered around the Miami Beach Convention Center, all the local galleries and museums participate in the annual festival. Parties with artists and collectors take over the city, and special events such as video art projections and temporary sculptures are installed around the city.

Near Little Haiti in Midtown Miami, Wynwood is the haven for the art set, with its cutting-edge galleries. If you can’t make it to Art Basel, the Rubell Family Collection, which was the first art institution in Wynwood, is an experience in itself. Open by appointment only, the extensive collection features artwork from the most important contemporary artists from the 1980s onward, such as Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

Followers of electronica and DJ music converge at the Winter Music Conference, every March in Miami Beach. Internationally renowned DJs perform on yachts, pools and at local clubs, while others participate in music industry panels and seminars. The International Record Collector’s Show also takes place during the conference, with renowned dealers of all genres.

Every year, the Winter Music Conference coincides with the Ultra Music Festival, which since 1999 has featured artists like The Chemical Brothers and Underworld, and has headlined cutting edge DJs like Carl Cox and Moby.

Serious Shopping, Serious Fun

Park in the spectacular 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage designed by Herzog & Meuron. Its open floor plan displays the parked cars like artwork. Fabricated from concrete and steel, the vehicles look as if they are floating within the garage. Inside, retail shops intermix with the cars. Babalu, inside the structure, is a high-end gift shop with perfumes, candles, jewelry an books.

Lincoln Road Mall is the one-stop place for shopping, dining and general people-watching. A pedestrian mall, local boutiques cater to any whim or desire. Books and Books, whose main location is in Coral Gables, is a must-stop for well-chosen books and magazines. Local authors and artists frequent the shop for readings and events.

The Village of Merrick Place feature upscale shopping in the Coral Gables area, which is Miami’s version of Beverly Hills. Store like Hugo Boss mix with Anthropologie. Satisfy your designer fix with the Bal Harbour Shops, north of Miami Beach. All the major international design houses are represented here, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and more. The outdoor mall is lush with fountains and displays of luxury cars, such as Aston Martin and Ferrari, from local dealers. Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus anchor the mall at either end.

The Sun Sets

Any trip to Miami is packed with the sea and the sun all year around. Let your body slip into Miami’s groove and enjoy its rhythm. Miami is a city that will remain with you for a lifetime.

Holiday Tips from Someone Who Has Been Experienced

Finding the Best Travel Destination

Most people are flexible when it comes to holiday travel.Planning may help you to have a better experience.Your happiness and the experience of the trip depend on how well you plan the trip.There are certain things you need to have in mind when you are making your choice.

It is important to know where you want to go.If you can visit a different country every time you travel, it will be better for you.It is ok to visit the same country you visited earlier, but you need to choose a different town.You may have liked a place so much until you want to go back again next time.At the same time, if you can visit a new location, the better for you.You will have more fun if you manage to go to places you have been dreaming about.Some of your dream countries may not be that exciting, but the disappointment can be easily covered by the fun you have in other places.

Planning a successful trip must include the cost of the entire journey.The cost of staying at a given location is proportional to the number of days you spend there.At The same time, you need to think of the possibility of connecting to the neighboring countries.With a suitable program you can be able to visit neighboring countries all in one trip.

You should also consider the language that the natives of the place speak.If you are learning a new language, visiting the native country will help you in your learning.

Most people would like to avoid winter as much as possible.It is always better if you can ensure your destination is not snow covered.You should avoid areas that are dominated by extreme weather conditions.

Your choice should also be guided by the infrastructure.Find out if you can be connected to your country of origin when you are on holiday.As much as you would want to be alone to relax your mind, there are things that may require your attention at home.

You have to find out what recreational activities are available where you want to go.It is important to make sure you relax and therefore, the centre must offer things that you like doing.

Sometimes there may be events and conferences that you may need to attend, if you are flexible, you can match your travel with those activitiesKnowing the place you are going to is very important especially the security, political stability and the health status.Avoid countries that may be experiencing instability in terms of politics, security and general health.When you are planning, make sure you find out the turn over of tourists and avoid high season, so that you can spend less on your trip.If you are to enjoy your journey you have to plan it well.