Next summer (2012), my 23 year old brother and I are planning to travel to another country for about 4 weeks. A little bit about myself and my travel experience: I am a young girl (heading to college next year) and I do not have a wealth of experience in foreign countries. I have been to the Bahamas, Australia, Costa Rica (with my family) and, most recently, Guatemala (with a group of fellow young students). My brother, on the other hand, has much more experience. Two years ago he backpacked through Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. This last year, he traveled through Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. On both trips, it was just him and a friend. He definitely likes to rough it when he travels. Camping and staying in hostels. Never spending much money. So I am guessing that's how we will be traveling next summer. But we should make a good pair overseas because my brother is the spontaneous, outgoing, impulsive one, while I am more cautious and logical.
The trip is a graduation gift to me from my brother, so he will be paying for about half of it. The other half I have to save up for. Basically, we are certainly on a budget. We want to travel somewhere that doesn't require a great deal of money. If we had to pay a lot on plane fares, but very little once we were actually in the country, that would be ideal. Or, if plane tickets were cheap but living in the country was a little more expensive, that would also be OK.
India is the country that we have been talking about for the past year, but I wanted to consider other countries as well. Our list currently consists of India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Poland, and Iceland (Iceland fascinates me, but since it is expensive and my brother would really prefer to be in Asia, I think it might get taken off the list). Since I do not have a lot of experience traveling, I am open to any kind of experience. But just for reference, a few things about traveling that interest me are the communities, culture, and nature.
So now I wanted to ask you, which country would you recommend? Or if you can't choose a country to recommend, what information or advice do you have about any of the countries. ANY and ALL advice is greatly appreciated! Let me know if I should include more details.