6 Reasons To Visit Asia
Ah, Asia. So varied and fascinating. And yet too infrequently visited. Why is that? Why don’t more people go to Japan or China? What about Taiwan or Indonesia? Where are people going if not to this huge portion of the globe?
According to a recent study done by National Travel and Tourism Office at the end of 2016, of the 66,960,943 citizens that traveled, 37,403,398 stayed in North America, with Mexico being the most popular. That’s about half of our travelers don’t even leave the continent. After North America, Europe was next naturally. 11,831,870 went to Europe, 6,579,691 in the Caribbean, and only 4,388,391 to Asia.
4k Americans went to Asia in 2016. That’s it. Of about 67k traveling, only 4k went to Asia. That’s about 6%. Well that’s no good at all. Asia is an amazing, varied, and fascinating continent. Let me tell you why I’m going to be part of that 6% and you should too.
See What Few Have Seen
Again this only really applies to my fellow Americans, but I want to be one of the few that travel that far. Most around me will never relax on the Li River in China, they’ll never try the food at the Taiwan night market, they’ll never ride the bullet train in Japan. Which breaks my heart because the best way to know ourselves, is to travel.
Asia is vastly different from America. To never know life that different, to never experience a totally different way of life, seems like robbing yourself of the many lives you could live. We’re only seeing a tiny portion of the Earth if we stay where we were born.
Could you ask for a bigger culture shock than Asia? Nope. And that is why everyone should go. From the foods they eat, to the manners that come natural, to the expectations and society roles, everything is so different. And that’s what makes this world amazing. To step out of your comfort zone and step into another’s life, to truly understand, to change your perspective, to have assumptions shattered…it’s what makes people better humans. I want to be a better human.
I’ve heard and read it more times than I can count, the people of Asia are enormously friendly and welcoming. Namely Taiwan, but I’ve heard similar sentiments for all parts of Asia. I want to meet these people. No–I want to know them. I want to know their life story, I want to laugh with them, I want to learn about their life. I want to make friends abroad, and I think Asia is the best place to start.
Before you say anything, I’m not expecting Panda Express food in China. BUT, that doesn’t mean that I won’t like all Asian food. Fellow bloggers rejoice in the delightful foods of Taiwan and the unique delicacies of China. All over Asia, you’ll find a variety of foods- from the unique, to the shocking, to the orgasmic. To enter a continent and experience a whole new range of foods that I’m unfamiliar with, how exciting is that?
Damn. I knew Norway was gorgeous, I had no idea about China, about Taiwan. All over Asia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, the greenery dazzles. It offers everything from sparkling beaches, huge cliff edges, green lush mountains, impressive waterfalls, and more. What better place to connect with Mother Earth than Asia?
I’m studying Mandarin Chinese. An effort I began in February 2017. At the time of writing this, I’ll have studied 7 months. And I still feel like a newb. The language is fascinating, remarkably simple in a number of ways, and so fun to use. I can’t wait to learn more and immerse myself with the tongue. Chinese isn’t as difficult as everyone has said. If you want to learn, everyone will say to go to the country and immerse yourself. So that’s what I’ll do.
There are many more reasons to visit Asia, and even more reasons to visit each individual country. But keeping it broad, you’re left with these top 8 reasons. Asia is magical, vast and varied, a waiting adventure. There is something for everyone, I’m certain of it. Whether you want to climb a mountain or relax in a hot spring, Asia holds all you could ever want. (And Western toilets are more common than ever! No excuses!)