Budget Southeast Asia Travel

How to Budget Southeast Asia Travel? Be a Pro at It!

Budget Southeast Asia Travel

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent with diverse cultures and fascinating people. This article will be concentrating more on the Southeast Asia region as it provides terrific value for budget travelers and you can travel from country to country overland effortlessly. You can travel easily through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia by land or with budget airlines.

Do plenty of research as it will save you money, time and frustration. Plan your day and how you are going to your destinations. Unnecessary transportation costs because of poor planning and indecision can really add up, so plan a logical route for your day and how you’re going to get from place to place. Look at budget travel guides like “Lonely Planet” or “Let’s Go” or “Trip Advisor”. These guides will give you useful information to specific countries while you embark on your Asian Adventure and soak up the culture!

Transportation

Bundled flights, all Asia air pass or even budget/low-cost Asian airlines can significantly reduce the cost of your airfare. If time permits, using trains or buses for long trips between cities is another cheap alternative and you would be able to sight-see while you en route to your next destination. Cathay Pacific Airways has one of the most popular air passes from the United States. Prices start at $999 for Hong Kong and two other Asian destinations (flies to 18 Asian destinations), and you have 21 days to use it. You can add cities and time for an additional cost.

Accommodation

For the adventure seekers, you can just book the first night’s accommodation in advance and then look for a cheap place to stay locally, and look around upon arrival for the cheapest accommodation. Backpackers should consider staying in hostels as you would get to meet other backpackers, share experiences and exchange information on places to stay and must see attractions.

Accommodation in Asia can be very cheap. There are beach huts in India for less than US$3 a night, and in many Southeast Asian countries US$10 is more than enough for a decent double room. You can also consider staying on the outskirts of a city or even in a nearby town or village. Rates are far cheaper and it allows you to immerse yourself more deeply into the culture.

Food

Forget about fine dining when you are traveling. Nothing will drain your budget faster than a few ritzy restaurants. The best food in Asia is found on the street. Look where the locals eat. In Asia, most food is fresh and not preserved. They are very cheap and can be just as good as restaurant food. Most are clean, but be careful with any meat you eat. Watch the locals. If what they are eating looks good, give it a try. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the language. Just point and smile. They will be happy to feed you. Southeast Asian street food is not just affordable but also delicious.

Also, leave your diet at home. You didn’t come to Asia to eat healthy. Enjoy the delights of Asian cooking. If the food doesn’t look safe, opt for fast food.

Lastly, two more tips that would really give you the extra mile on your adventure. Bargaining and theft prevention! Bargaining is a must and customary in most Asian countries. Start low because tourists are always quoted a higher price than locals. Theft prevention is often overlooked, but very necessary precaution. Money belts, locks and a watchful eye can prevent a theft that could put a major dent in your travel funds. Places like Japan and Singapore generally have very little petty theft, but in poorer countries like those in Southeast Asia more caution is necessary.

Financially For Travel

Prepare Yourself Financially For Travel

In our modern society, travel is no longer a luxury, but it is considered a necessary part of having a healthy and meaningful life. Anyone with a dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France or Machu Picchu in Peru can find a way to reach that destination if he or she plans well enough and long enough.

Before a ticket is purchased or a reservation is made, the first thing a person must do is to begin to save money. Travel, whether by plane, train, or automobile, is not cheap. Even if there are no immediate plans for travel, a Travel Fund can and should be started right away. Depending on the number of people in your family and the type of destination you think you are likely to choose, begin to put a set amount of money aside each paycheck. If you are paid twice a month, a good amount to start might be $50 to $100 each paycheck. Begin to deduct the determined amount from your checking account register. “Deposit” your travel savings from each paycheck onto a separate page for your Travel Fund so you not only know how much you have saved, but so it will not get mixed up with the money that normally goes for regular bills and living expenses. After one year of saving for a vacation, you could possibly have $1200 to $2400 saved. This is a good start to your goal of a carefree vacation with your loved ones.

The next thing you need to do after you have started a Travel Fund is to begin to formulate a travel plan so a budget can be created. Pre-travel expenses to include in your travel budget might be passports, maps, and pet care. If your family plans to drive to their vacation destination, then budgetary considerations should be made for tolls, gasoline, hotels and food along the way. If flying is the preferred or necessary mode of travel, then airline tickets, cabs, or rental cars should be included in the travel budget. Arrival at the final destination will bring more expenses to include in the budget such as hotels, food, entrance to attractions and museums, transportation costs, and souvenirs.

By following these two important steps when preparing for a vacation, you will be able to truly relax knowing you have prepared yourself financially for the costly good times of taking a vacation with family and friends.

Travel Fundraising Ideas

Travel Fundraising Ideas

What if while you were on vacation you could give back? And to make it even better, what if you could take part in additional interactive fund-raising events while on your vacation?

The best kept secret in fund-raising is the group cruise vacation; certain cruise lines will give a specified dollar amounts to your charity per cabin for groups of 8 cabins or more. A group cruise vacation is perfect for all types of organizations, businesses and families alike. While you and your friends are participating in a wine tasting, playing the slots or just laying by the pool your children can take part in the on board “kids clubs” and enjoy activities with their peers designed specifically for their age group.

Plus while you are on board everyone in the group can take part in a wide range of fund-raising activities that can be tailored to your groups needs prior to departure. The best part is that you can get sponsors for the on board events so the only cost to your group is the vacation. In order to participate in the fund-raiser you would want to work with a travel professional, the travel agent in turn will work directly with the cruise lines. Since they have a partnership and work together on group events all the time they can maximize your fund-raising event and minimize your effort so you can spend your time deciding what to pack for the cruise (what to pack blog coming soon).

Most households take at least one vacation a year so why not help your favorite charity while on vacation.

Life is a journey… Are you making the most of your voyage?

Travel Medical

A Travel Medical Insurance Plan Can Give You Peace of Mind

Television shows, magazines, internet videos, books and friends all encourage you to explore beyond your home country. A well-rounded person travels at some point in his or her life. Heeding recommendations and perhaps wanderlust, each year millions of people decide to embark on a trip hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from their home. A travel medical insurance plan can give you peace of mind, so you can relax and enjoy your trip.

Despite a need for adequate health insurance, there remains a global health care need that remains unmet. With health care needs not being equal across countries or continents, the spread of disease and illness in a country may expose travelers to health risks. The World Health Organization advises travelers to prepare for travel abroad. Depending on the particular destination, a person should plan not only for fun things to pack, but consider medical preparation.

In South America, unique tropical diseases and conditions exist that are atypical for those who live in milder climates such as Canada. Sanitary conditions, disease-carrying bugs and animals unique to a country may foster health conditions. Canada and the U. S., compared to the rest of the world, for instance, are not on the map as having a high risk for rabies.

Travel insurance can provide coverage for unexpected situations. Lost luggage, inclement weather, a change of venue, or change of plans can result in added travel costs. High on the list of costs is the cost related to medical problems. Medical problems might cut your trip short, or require medical evacuation.

The World Health Organization has an online global health system that can quickly help people prepare for travel abroad. A traveler can discover common health problems, endemic diseases, and prevention strategies. The website shows which countries have particular diseases. Cholera, dengue, hepatitis sites, HIV infection, malaria, rabies, meningococcal disease, tuberculosis and yellow fever are prevalent around the world and in particular countries. The world health community dedicates website space to report these public health epidemics and increase public awareness.

Still, some travelers may not make efforts to become vaccinated for a trip abroad. Others may become ill despite prevention efforts. Worse still are some diseases you cannot prepare for with vaccinations. Rabies, unfortunately, appear on the world health reports as a public health problem for visitors to certain countries. However, a responsible traveler can still become the object of a bite by a rabid animal when traveling. Not only can a trip become abruptly ended, but someone without medical insurance may face an unplanned bite out of travel funds. For those without insurance, out of pocket costs to change your ticket and seek medical help may prove to be beyond your budget.

Basking in the sun on a deserted beach in northern Bahia may take a turn for the worse should you discover your digestive system is reacting to the local food. Travel guides warn you to stay away from market food, but the food can be appealing. The colors and aroma of a savory slice of meat and colorful fruit may inspire culinary adventures.

In some countries, there are no regulatory bodies to govern food items in the market. There may be no meat inspectors stopping unhealthy meat from reaching your mouth. Some restaurants abroad may prepare an appetizing meal that turn into a health problem. For those with allergies, such as to peanuts, a meal might turn into an allergic reaction. Rather than falling victim to high expectations, travel medical insurance can add a layer of protection against life’s unexpected misadventures.

Travel Style

Find Your Travel Style – Group Tour Or Private Tour?

It is not always about money – you may have sufficient funds to afford either but one of them would suit you more. And it is not always about your general style or preferences as ‘travel style’ is totally different. Many positive people may turn to be ‘unbearable’ fellows while traveling only because they have chosen the wrong style.You can go for group tours if you agree with some or most of the statements below:

– You are single and do not have a travel buddy: Join group tours for more fun, less cost and of course to make new friends.

– You are not alone but still enjoy knowing people from all over the world; where else will you have this chance?

– You are female(s) traveling to less developed countries – stick to group tours if possible. Groups can offer more safety and comfort.

– You seek for maximum efficiency: Group tours have pre-scheduled itineraries to maximize your sightseeing. No matter how long your wife/husband would prefer to stay at a shop or your photo addict friend would like to take extra shots; the tour has to end when the guide blows the whistle.

– Although money is not everything, it is something: In some countries such as Turkey, Greece or Morocco private tours cost almost double or even triple prices when compared to the group tours. For small families or friend groups (2-3 traveler) it’ll be more cost effective to join escorted group tours.

If you are not sure about your travel style yet, here are the reasons why people prefer private tours despite the higher costs:

– You want to have full control on where to go, how to go, when to relax, when to shop etc. No matter how much more it costs, take a private tour.

– You are not control freak but prefer flexibility while traveling: Well, check the group itinerary, see how tight their schedule is. Some group tours provide flexibility to some extend. But at the end, there will be at least 30 more people to share the same flexibility.

– You want to get off the regular tourist path; you prefer to visit a less known sight hidden at the far end of the city, or to stop at a local snack shop to mingle with the locals. If yes, you’ll have limited opportunity for this with a group.

– Your tolerance limit is somewhat low while traveling. Totally understandable. Well, in a group tour there might be fellow travelers that you dislike and you’ll need to stick with them for the entire tour. If this sounds like a nightmare, private tour might be a better option.

– You have certain accommodation preferences such as design hotels, awarded hotels, small B&B’s etc. However group tours usually stay at western type standard hotels to cater for the taste of the majority.

– You want to have the time and the freedom to ask silly questions.

– Simply you prefer privacy and personalized service!

– Last but not least, you have extra savings to afford all the reasons mentioned above.

So what will you do for your next trip? You don’t have to decide right away. It all depends on the destination, on the tour company, itinerary you’ll be looking for, the price etc. You will see that it is much easier to find group tour sellers. There are certain big tour operators that organize these tours and most of the travel agencies sell the same packages with same rates. However for private tours, you definitely need to make your homework. Look for a smaller boutique travel company that provides customized service. This company should have some expertise about the destination, should have the patience, and bulk purchasing power. The only way to understand all these are by asking questions, asking for price and comparing at least few companies. Always and always check the legitimateness of the tour company. Where is it registered and licensed? Are you under the protection of a provincial travel fund if anything goes wrong? All these questions are crucial before traveling to a new destination. At the end, when traveling is involved, cheapest is not always the best; peace of mind is what every traveler will be looking for.