I have been considering a Hong Kong vacation for a long time now, but as with a lot of things it has been pushed back and put off. In vlog 8 I talk through the story of how Hong Kong made it to my holiday hit-list and what the deciding factors were before making any bookings.
A Hong Kong Vacation
I received a call from my friend Bob the other day, he reminded me how we planned to go to Hong Kong in 2009/2010. It’s been repeatedly put off from one year to the next. I originally wanted to go when I was in my teens because I was learning Kung Fu and watching way to many Kung Fu movies. I then started learning Cantonese for a while from a “Teach yourself Cantonese” book with two cassettes – very old skool.
It was the final straw when I finished university and was toying with the idea of teaching English in Hong Kong for a year. I didn’t go in the end because I had no money or the guts to travel by myself. I don’t think I had been on a plane before either, which added to my list of excuses.
Needless to say, Bob gave me an ultimatum on the Hong Kong Vacation – “its either now or never” he said. I have recently had my first child, he is currently 6 months old. The concept of any travel this year is illogical in my head. But as the call with Bob ended and the Hong Kong vibes started in my head, I found myself online researching feasibility.
Hong Kong prices
Hong Kong is meant to be an expensive city, it was rated as second most expensive city in the world by the Independent in June, 2017 – second only to Luanda in Angola of all places. Dig a little deeper though and its not necessarily so expensive as a tourist. Yes the house prices are high and general living costs can be high, but unless you are planning to move there, that doesn’t affect a tourist at all.
Transport is meant to be very affordable as they encourage forms of public transport to reduce pollution. this is really good not only from a green perspective, but because transport is usually one of the most costly aspects of a holiday. Its good to know that food and drink can also be relatively affordable as well, this is upon the condition you avoid most western foods or restaurants. If you go to a steak house and order loads of beers with your meat be prepared to be ripped off.
Hong Kong holiday prices
There are lots of cheap hotels available in Hong Kong, of course don’t expect ultimate luxury, most places have small sized rooms, but as long as you can live with that, you need not pay a fortune. That matched with a return flight can be found for as little as £500 when flying from the United Kingdom. Other places will vary in price but this is generally really good for going somewhere so far away.
What you need to know
As my Hong Kong trip is due in a few months time, I’m not going to sit here listing off information like I’ve lived there for 3 years. Instead please find below a list of resources that I have found helpful in planning my trip. I will add more as I find them.
- Hong Kong Budget Travel Guide
- Things to do in Hong Kong on a budget – this website has tons of great information on there, this page is just the beginning
- Where to buy in Hong Kong – Advice on various purchases and where to get the best deal
- Hong Kong State of Mind – 37 views of a city that doesn’t blink – this is less tourism and more to get a vibe of the people who live there.
- World’s Busiest Cities – BBC documentary
After my holiday is complete, I hope to share with you some cool information about the city and advise further on the must sees versus what to avoid. It’s going to be such a cool place to go, I really can’t wait.
Have you been to Hong Kong recently? How did you find it? Do you have any recommendations? Please get in touch and share your experiences as it will definitely help me and hopefully many others.