10 Tips for Independent Travel in Asia

10 Tips for Independent Travel in Asia

There is nothing like independent travel, and in many ways, Asia is the ultimate destination to enjoy this. Since many parts of it are well-trodden routes, it is easier than ever to haul on a backpack and see some of the most incredible destinations that the world has to offer. Packed with wildlife, landscapes, megacities and history, there is so much to hold your attention on a journey around this part of the world. So, if you are planning on taking an independent trip to Asia yourself, here is some advice that you can follow to make sure that it is unforgettable.

Plan Your Trip Around the Weather

The last thing that you want is to arrive in Asia only for your trip to be severely hampered by the weather. Southeast Asia tends to be hot and humid, except during two annual monsoon seasons. More northern Asian countries like China tend to experience cold winters and hot summers. Of course, each country has its individual microclimates, so it is worth investigating them closely so that you can choose the best time of year to visit.

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Make This Year A Year Of Travel

Make This Year A Year Of Travel

Traveling is a bit of a luxury, isn’t it. But if you work hard enough, and be as frugal with your money as possible, there’s no reason why you can’t fit in two vacations this year to the destinations you’ve been dreaming of. If your destination of choice is a tad expensive, like Bora Bora, then you’re going to need some inspiration to help you find the vacation destination of choice. Whether you’re looking for a bit of winter fun, or summer sun, there’s something out there for everyone. So here are a few ways in which you can make two nice vacations affordable, and some of the best destinations around the world to try that you might not have thought of.

Affordable

To make your vacation affordable, is going to be hard. You need to put in the work to make sure you’re scraping together every last penny. To some people, the cutbacks in life are more than worth it when you have to amazing vacation destination to go on. So put in some extra shifts at work and begin putting aside the extra money into a savings account ready to book the vacation. You need to try and cut back on the other areas in life such as your social life, where you often might spend a little bit more money than you need to. Reduce your outings to once or twice a month, rather than every weekend, and stop spending money on food! Spending money on food is most likely going to be one of your biggest outgoings each month. Even just a trip to the supermarket to buy a meal deal is all going to add up. Then all you need to do is find an affordable vacation. Look out for the deals, and see if a last minute deal is going to save you a bit of money. A lot of companies overcharge for vacations which is why it is so important to shop around rather than going for the first vacation you see.

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How Travel Affects Your Mental Health

How Travel Affects Your Mental Health

by Alek Sabin

Poor mental health, sadly, is far too often an issue that many people leave unaddressed, or go about fixing in the wrong way. Every person has different ways that they deal with a troubled mind, as in the things that they do everyday to cope with any sort of mental health issues. However, sometimes it can be good to get away for a while so that you can get out of your own head and get a break from your usual environment.

For this reason, traveling is often a recommended thing to do after someone goes through a particularly trying chapter in their life, such as the loss of a loved one or dealing with something like addiction. Here are some ways that travel has a positive impact on your mental health…

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Jackson; The City with Soul

Jackson is an affordable yet exciting up-and-coming city in Mississippi. Though, I have visited Mississippi on many occasions, I have not had the pleasure of visiting Jackson. But I will say that after watching the Visit Jackson docu-series, I have become fascinated with the culture and their strong sense of diversity. So, I plan to add Jackson as a destination on my travel wish list.

I’m sure that after you check out the docu-series, you will also want to add Jackson to your list. This is a city that has something for everyone; food, culture, art, entertainment and much more.

Eats

If you’re a food fanatic, the food scene is one to check out. There’s a culinary variety to please just about anyone, with restaurants like Big Apple Inn on Farish St., Johnny T’s Bistro & Bar and CS’s just to name a few.

Jackson is much more than soul food but if that’s what you’re looking for, you can find it too. The Crawdad Hole is another great spot to eat – there you can experience a crawfish boil like the locals.

Big Apple Inn

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Texas State Fair + 5 Fall Activities

The Texas State Fair is one of those bucket list items; you just have to go! Especially, if you live in Texas. While, I always wanted to go, talked about it and planned for it, for some reason I wouldn’t follow through. This year seemed like it would be the same. But I made it out to the fair with the family and it was so much fun!

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Five Free/Low Cost Things to do in Columbus, Georgia

It has been over six years since I moved away from Columbus, Georgia. And though we have visited several times the last few years. It has always been for short periods of time, about a week or less.  But this summer I was able to spend a little over three weeks in what I once considered home. This time was not only great for spending time with my family but also for discovering new gems in the small town that has a special place in my heart.

So, I’ll say that I was impressed by the progress the town has made since we moved away. So much, that we contemplated moving back. But then bounced out of it, I guess my love for Houston is much stronger. Either way, I thought I could pass on details on things to do while in Columbus. This would be especially useful to military families who move in and out of the Columbus and Fort Benning area.

Uptown Water Park

When I lived in Georgia, this was not around. I also didn’t have any kids, so it would not have been a place where you’d find me. However, now that I have two girls it was a great and refreshing way to cool down during the summer days we spent. What is it? It’s a giant Splash-pad, adjacent to a playground and overlooking the river.

Columbus, GA Water Park

Columbus Public Library

This is not a new attraction, and possibly not one that most people think to visit. But there’s something beautiful about the library; the architecture is what I’m probably drawn to. The Aflac Children’s Room is divine; it’s like walking into a story book. The space is large and perfectly decorated. We easily spent two hours there, while the girls picked out books, colored and played with other children who were visiting.

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