Looking for advice on a trip to Asia?

Question by : Looking for advice on a trip to Asia?
I am 23 years old, and my friend and I are very interested in traveling to Asia. My love for traveling has been passed down to me by my father, who has taken me all across Europe and most of the United States. I have traveled alone before, but I have never PLANNED and traveled on my own before.

That being said, going on travel websites is giving me a headache. I want to go sometime in the SPRING of 2012, so that it isn’t too hot, and not too cold (although I’ve heard spring is rainy, so maybe January?). The travel websites all want SPECIFIC dates, which I have no idea yet!

What I am asking is this: where do I start? I do NOT want a tour package, I want to explore myself. Somewhere where I could hire a translator for a few hours a day for the duration may be helpful, and my friend has been taking Mandarin. How did you plan your trip? Where did you go? What can you recommend?

I was thinking either a Shanghai / Hong Kong trip or a Kyoto / Tokyo trip, and taking a train in between? Anyone who has done this I would love to hear from you!!!

Thanks guys, look forward to your responses!!

Best answer:

Answer by 杜英
I’m a chinese in Shanghai.
I ‘d like to be a volunteer of being your guide.
It’s totally free,please do not worry of been cheated.
I’m famale,25,and have a master degree of literature.
I have a job as a business assistant in a IT company in Shanghai.
So if you come to Shanghai,I can guide you in weekends.
To make new friends and practice my English.
Just email me when you are making your schedule.
alancydu@yahoo.com.cn
Alancy is my name.

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