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The 4 Underrated Asian Cities you need to visit

There are so many famous places to visit in Asia this list is of cities that aren’t usually the first in most peoples minds. They’re less popular mainly due to other major cities in the region but trust me you won’t regret adding these cities to your must-visit list.

  1. Kyoto- When it comes to Japan most people think Tokyo and while Tokyo is amazing in its own respect Kyoto blew my mind away. It’s the perfect combination of historical and modern both in architecture and food. It’s a place you won’t regret visiting
  2. Busan: Korea = Seoul in most peoples minds but Busan is a city worth visiting. Not only does it have amazing beaches but there are also breathtaking mountain views. It’s a city with so much to do that you would have to try hard to be bored.
  3. Hangzhou: I found this city when I visited a friend who lived there. I did no research and had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, it was so beautiful my jaw dropped. Like Kyoto, it has a rich history surrounded by modern architecture. The city’s nickname is Heaven on earth and that really does capture how awesome the city is.
  4. Singapore: I’ve been to a lot of beautiful cities but Singapore was the only city where I thought “I want to live here and I have to live here”. It’s a city where there’s something for every type of traveler.

Do you have any other cities you think belong on this list? Let me know in the comments.

Top 5 foods to eat in Korea and where to go to eat it

I love Korean food and I spent two years living and travelling there trying foods from all the different provinces. This is a guide to one of my favorite countries and some of my favorite foods. We’ll start in Seoul and work our way down. (Disclaimer: though there are many amazing foods in Korea this is my top 5)

  1. Seoul: Street food, So this is cheating a bit as it’s a whole category but Seoul has the best street food in the world, in my humble opinion, and the best places to find it is in Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market  
  2. Chuncheon: Dak galbi, this is actually my all time favorite Korean food. It’s a stir-fried marinated chicken but explaining it wont come close to doing it justice. Take a bus or train to this beautiful city in Gangwon-do and try it for yourself.

    Credit: Arielle Berze
  3. Gongju: Flowers, no really flowers. There a lovely restaurant called Gomanaru in Gongju that serves its food with colorful edible flowers.
  4. Busan: Fish cake (Eomunk), fish cake is not something I thought I would love but I fell in love at first bite. Busan is my favorite big city in Korea so take some time to explore it and try more foods
  5. Jeonju: Bibimbap is one of the first Korean food I ever tried and I make it a point to have some anytime I’m in Jeonju  

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these or which one you would like to try.

 

How to plan an Asian International Holiday on a budget

Asia is my favourite continent to travel to, so I wanted to create a post to help others visit and see the beauty of this diverse continent. It has quickly become a popular destination in recent years but many people pass on the opportunity to visit this amazing continent as they think “I can’t afford that!”.  This post is a step by step guide I use to travel to Asia on a student budget .

  1. Research

Choose where you want to go:

Decide what type of Asian holiday you want. There are countries in Asia that are known for being very cheap to fly to and to travel in . Finding a destination that is both, won’t be difficult.

Choose when you want to go.

  • Traveling during off-peak times are the best for your budget. Be mindful and check the weather and season before you buy an off-peak ticket.

Create a budget

  • I can’t tell you what budget works best for you but you should decide what is feasible and realistic for you. Check your destination and see the average per day spending  there.

Find Accommodation

  • Most people think that to save money your best bet is a hostel but that isn’t always true. In some countries, hotels can be quite cheap and guesthouses are another viable option. Check those first before you check for a hostel.
  1. Book it.
  2. Enjoy your holiday

I hope this has helped you. Let me know down below where in Asia would you go on your holiday.