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So, Simon, are you still planning to take trip to
Southeast Asia?

Yeah, I really like Southeast Asia so I would like
to go there again.
Oh, cool. When you go, are you taking a tour,
packaged tour or are you just going to go on
your own like a backpacker?

Well, I haven't decided yet. Ah, both have their
advantages and their disadvantages. (Mm, yeah!)
Um, well, let's say with backpacking, it's cheap,
and you can meet a lot of interesting people and
you can sometimes stumble upon, really, really
cool things or interesting places by chance.
Hm, it's true, but if you do a packaged tour, they
usually have the expertise about the area. You'll
have a guide who can speak the language.

Well, if I go for a short-time, which is probably
the case I think packaged tours have, are also
good because you're there for a short time.
Everything is provided for you and you can just
enjoy fun in the sun, or culture. Basically, your
mind can relax.

When you're a backpacker you always
have to think about everything, you know.
"Can I find a place to stay?", "Is this place safe?"
you know, "Are my belongings safe?" uh, things
like that. Packaged tour you just sit back and
relax.
Yeah, I think it's always best to take a packaged
tour if you travel with somebody, but it's always
best to do backpacking if you're going to travel
alone.

Absolutely, I agree. If you're alone, in, as a
backpacker, you can meet people. You're
forced to meet people.
Yeah, that's true.
Ah, if you took a packaged tour alone you'd
probably be one lonely person, sitting on the
beach, drinking your glass of lemonade or
whatever drank and sitting there reading a
book.
So, on your trip to Southest Asia, are
you going alone with somebody?

Well, we'll see won't we.