Many people like to use travel agency to travel other places. They think it will be easier and cheaper. However, some people like to plan their trips by themselves and they really enjoy the process when they search information. If people want to plan a trip by yourself and don’t know how to start it, let me give you some tips.
To start a trip, first you need to check the geography knowledge about that place. This can help you to buy the tickets. Sometimes the non-stop tickets are too expensive, then if you have the knowledge about where that place is, it can help to find some other countries or cities as layover. Priceline, Expedia and Orbitz always have the good sales for international or domestic flight tickets.
Next thing you need to find out is hotels. Live in local people’s house is a new trend recently. Airbnb is an developed website that has lots of information about houses in different places, and the price are reasonable for most of them. If you don’t like to live in other’s house, there are some websites to book hotels. My favorite one is Booking, they have abundant information about the hotels around the world.
Look up the culture of the place you are going is also very important. Make sure don’t do anything that will break the rule or law of that place. Also, check the weather to see what kind of clothes you should bring.
Chengdu is in Sichuan Provice. It’s located in southern part in China. Kuan Alley Zhai Alley is the place people can eat traditional Sichuan food. There are all old small things from Sichuan and there are lots of good restaurants in the alley.
Chengdu is the original place of panda. There is panda center open for tourists. In the panda center, you can see the new-born panda, and feed the pandas. Also you can touch the pandas and take pictures with them.
Chengdu is famous for it spicy food. Most of the food in Chengdu are spicy even in burger. Hot pot is the most popular food in there. There are spicy flavor and original flavor(which is not spicy) soup, and people can put everything they want into the pot and then boil them. It’s really delicious and good for people’s health.
Chengdu is very hot in summer time, so it’s better to go there in April or May.
HongKong is a busy city located in the southern part of China. All the buildings in HongKong are close and tall. There are lots of good places to go in HongKong. Victoria Harbour is the best place to go at time, there is boat cruises to take.
LanKwaiFong is a restaurant and bar street. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the happy hour on that street. Many people go there at that time to relax after their work. After 9 p.m., there will be lots of foreigners and young people on that street.
Victoria Peak is the place to see full view of HongKong. After you arrive the top of the mountain, you can see the busy city below you.
Dim sum is the food you must try in HongKong. Dim sum is similar as dumpling but the wrapper is thinner. People eat dim sum as breakfast and brunch. It’s very easy to find a restaurant has great dim sum.
Qingdao is a seaside city in the eastern of China. It’s located in Shandong Provice(provice same as states in America). The best time to go there is summer because the weather is not so hot.
The landmark of Qingdao is a red wind shape sculpture which is called “May Wind”. The sculpture is on May Fourth Square.
There are three things must to see and try in Qingdao are sea, beer, and seafood. In August, there is Qingdao International Beer Festival every year, and there will be lots of different types of beer on the festival. If you go to Qingdao, you can see people drink beers in plastic bag. Local mid-age people they put straw in the plastic bag and bring the bag with them.
In summer time, you will see people sit in the restaurants with seafood and beer at night. The restaurants near the sea always crowded from May to October. After eat, it’s good to take a walk in Olympic Sailing Center.
April is the cherry blossom season, Washington D.C. has cherry blossom festival and will be all pink.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is from March 20 to April 17, but the peak time to see cherry blossom is this weekend. Many people go there with families and friends, and the weather will be very nice this weekend.
The cherry blossom trees are growing in three National Parks, they are in West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park and on the Washington Monument grounds. On weekends, it will be really crowded on in D.C. area. If people want to go there, it is better to go earlier or on weekdays.
Every year, there is Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, on the festival, there are many Japanese culture performance and food. Visitors can buy Japanese souvenir in cherry blossom collection. Many people go to the street and try the Japanese traditional costume to experience the culture.
Beijing is the capital of China. There are so many traditional Chinese building in Beijing. The Great Wall is the most popular place to visit in Beijing. It takes long time to go through the bridge. In summer travel season, it will be so crowded on the bridge. So the best time to go there is April or September.
The Palace Museum is another place must to go in Beijing. This place includes many history and Chinese culture inside the museum. The Palace Museum has the old clothes people wear in the ancient China, and there are huge number of chinas to see.
Beijing Duck is the most famous food in China. Quanjude is the best restaurant for Beijing duck. The restaurant provide three different ways to eat the duck. Zhajiangmian is one type of noodle in China. It’s very cheap and easy to get it in Beijing, most restaurants have this dish in their menus.
Travel in Beijing it’s better to take metro or by walk. Although the transportation like bus and taxi are convenient in Beijing, it’s crowded all the day on the road. Metro can save much time and very easy to take it.
Seoul is the capital of South Korea. The city rates as one of the busiest city in the world. Seoul is very similar as London and New York, there’s all fashion and modern things.
In Korea, it’s better to have a native speaker travel with you. Many small markets people cannot speak English, but those small markets have the best food. Young people love to eat the street food at night.
Han River is a good place to go at night. In Korea, food delivery service is developed, so it’s convenient and easy to order all the time. At night, you can see many families or friends stay in Han River and talk there. Also, there are performance at night every 30 minutes.
Soojin Seo, a native Korean said, “Every time my friends come from other countries, this is the place I bring them to see first. This place is so popular in Korea drama, so lots of my friends they knew this place already.”
There are so many different kinds of food in Korea. Kim-chi is one of the most popular side dish in Korea. People eat Kim-chi every single meals. It is made up with cabbage and Korean hot sauce. The taste is very special and attractive.