Monday, July 24, 2017

Completing my "Asia" tour - 80%

Ever since i took my first flight out of the country at the age of 21 (yes i know it took me 21 years to actually take a plane but that’s not the main point) If you have been following me on my social media, I’m now traveling at least 3 times a year to visit different countries, mainly around Asia for the past 6 years, covering one country at a time and if i were to do up a quick summary of the countries i’ve been to in an Asia map version, it would look something like this:
Other Asia countries i have been to that is not in the map above includes Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Japan will be up next this October! My friends and i are also planning for a trip to Cebu, Philippines next year! That would pretty much round up my “Asia tour” and time to venture out to the “ang mo” countries.

With that said, i will still continue to do short trips to my favourite shopping paradise like BKK and Hong Kong. In fact, there are definitely so many more places to explore within our nearby countries! For example, just simply in Malaysia, there are amazing places like Langkawi, Cameron Highlands and Kuala Terengganu that i have yet to explore and share with you guys! Oh no. I just got reminded that i've yet to complete my Taiwan travelogue and there is still Yogyakarta after that. Just 3 more months before i head off to Japan :|

Most of my friends had their “virgin” flight really young when their parents brought them together for an overseas trip. But then again, i’m not complaining though. I had my fair share of fun with my family when we traveled to Genting via coach. I mean if i were to go to amazing places like New Zealand at the age of 5 or 10, how much would i remember or appreciate the place compared to now if i did up my own itinerary and go to the places that i really want to go?
Trying to source for cheap air fares and accommodation was little harder back then. I remember sitting down in front of the computer, having to open multiple internet tabs of different airline sites and comparing them side by side to see which has a better timing to price ratio. For accommodations, i had to google online to read countless of reviews and recommendations and finally do direct bookings from their official websites which can be an hassle having to input your details again and again on the different websites. Now that times has changed, we have websites like Traveloka which gives you the cheapest deal and hotels in Southeast Asia at the same time with great savings just within seconds!
Long gone are the days where you have to compare fares and prices like what i did in the past. Traveloka helps you to compare cheap flight tickets and hotels with the most intensive search results. Simply search and book through their site via secure online transaction (All information is fully encrypted for data security, so there's no need to worry.) And if you need help, there is always 24/7 customer service via email, phone or live chat! Sounds really convenient and easy isn’t it? They even have this promotion page on their site where you can check out all their latest promotions and offers they have in collaboration with air lines partners, hotel accommodations and even credit cards deals for your travels.
One of the featured airline partners of Traveloka is Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia which is probably the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia. MAS flies to more than 1000 destinations in more than 150 countries, and gives its frequent flyer members special access to more than 650 airport lounges worldwide. Fun fact, you can check out Traveloka to get awesome MAS online booking deals.
Recently they even had this special fare promotion starting from just RM319 for round trip flying from Kuala Lumpur to designations like Singapore, Bangkok Jakarta and even more. (I did a quick currency conversion, only SGD100!)

Times has changed. People nowadays are no longer like in the past where we book tour packages, forcing ourselves to wake up super early to join the tour group to go to places where we might not be interested in because it's part of the planned itinerary. Instead we do up our own itinerary and visit places that we really want to go, finding our own cheap flights tickets and accommodations and always keeping a look out for deals and promotions. Isn't it?

So now, the most important question is, where is your next destination?

Signing off,