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Which country should I travel to? Your two cents.

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I am will be traveling for about 4 weeks next summer, and I wanted to know, out of the countries I am considering, which you would suggest.
7 years ago, August 28th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #142500  
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. Reply to this

7 years ago, August 29th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #142520  
Hello Lena and welcome to Travelblog!

I would say that based on your story, I'd head to Indonesia and here is why.

India is really for the traveller who has some exposure to different cultures otherwise it can be overwhelming. India is my favourite destination in the world, but I'd already been through a lot of the Middle East prior to heading there so could adjust to the "assault on the senses" much easier. Also, much of India (apart from the mountains) in July/August can be unbelievably hot - so not the best time of year to go.

Iceland (where I haven't been) would be great and so would Poland, but expense wise getting to each of these destinations and/or staying in them is going to be a bit pricey.

Mongolia is supposed to be a fascinating place (haven't been there either), though you will need to go via China, which of itself is a fantastic destination. It would be a pity to visit Mongolia without spending time in China.

Indonesia wins for several reasons - it is very cheap, so you can stay in nicer places and still pay cheap prices (I'd recommend this - try to avoid the cheapest place you can find unless you have a good reason apart from just saving money). The country has a nice mix of outdoor activities and culture and getting around is inexpensive too.

If you cannot get a cheap fare directly into Indonesia, try to get to either Thailand, Malyasia and Singapore and try a regional airline to head down there. Spending a few days in a place like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore is a nice introduction to Asia.

Hope this helps!


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7 years ago, August 29th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #142527  
Heya, i agree with Shane...try somewhere like Indonesia or the south east asian counties such as thailand, malaysia, vietnam and singapore. They all have amazing cultures to themselves, different foods, different environments, different religions, different histories and different landscapes but are also used to english speaking tourists so you wont be completely out of your depth so to speak. There is such a massive difference between the country towns and villages and the huge captial cities. Also...it is cheap cheap cheap and if youre willing to go super cheap you can find accomodation in places for even AUD$5 a night and meals will easily be less than AUD$3.

Good luck and i'm sure it will be amazing wherever you decide to go!
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7 years ago, August 29th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #142528  
I also say head to SE Asia. I lived in Japan for a couple years and I loved all the vacations I took down there. While Japan can be pretty pricey, Malaysia was one of my favorite vacation. There's beaches, real rainforest's, and some wonderful food.

China is a place that you could spend a full year traveling around and not see 1/3 of what you could see. I had a wonderful time in Beijing and I wish that I could have seen more while I was there. China is very cheap and it wouldn't be hard to watch your money here. If you play your cards right, you could also get into Tibet. You'll have to get a VISA and my hostel, will help you through every step of the way and Joe, the owner, has been there and can help you with anything you need help with. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 3rd 2011 No: 5 Msg: #142735  
Hi Lena,

Welcome to travel blog. The trip with your brother sounds exciting. What a nice graduation trip. I agree with everyone above.

You could easily spend one month in Thailand.
You could easily spend a month in Viet nam.
You could split a month between Laos and Cambodia.
These areas keep being suggested because they are inexpensive.

Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan should be given some consideration.

Since you are going in the summer you might consider Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus. This area will not be as inexpensive but you can find hostels that will do the trick. The weather will be nice in the summertime so you may want to consider it. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 18th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #143492  
Thank you everyone for your replies! All your advice has been very helpful.

After hearing what you had to say and doing some research, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Bangladesh now really interest me. And if I was going to go more into the South Pacific/SE Asia, Indonesia also seems very interesting.

So what can you guys tell me about Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Bangladesh? How hard is it to get into each of these countries? What types of things are there to do as travelers? Which countries are more easy to get around in? Etc, etc.

My sister and many of my classmates have traveled to Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. While I really do want to visit these countries someday, they just don't interest me right now as much as the countries I mentioned above. Something about Northern India and the countries in that area is so intriguing to me. Also, I would love to learn more about the Buddhist religion. Which, if any, of the countries that I mentioned (Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan) would provide good opportunities to experience Buddhism?

Thanks again! Reply to this

7 years ago, September 19th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #143532  
Bhutan is supposed to be fantastic, known as the upmarket version of Nepal, mainly due to the minimum spend stipulated in the government each day (between $165-200 depending on the season). You must go with an approved travel provider.

Tibet is a difficult place to plan too far ahead, mainly due to irregular changes in entry regulations, but if you have time and are patient, you should get in.

Don't know much about Nepal, am sure someone else can comment.

I have been to Bangladesh, but don't think it would have the attractions that the other countries have after reading your last paragraph - Buddhism is in the minority there.

You should also consider Myanmar - not travelled to as often as Thailand but it seems to have plenty of Buddhist places. I'm travelling there in December and am looking forward to it greatly. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 11th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #144881  

Seems like I've run into three or four people in the past month who have been to Bhutan and have loved their time there. I work with a physician that rode his bike across the country. Loved every minute of it. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 11th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #144899  
why don't you list Vietnam on your schedule? It's an interesting destination to visit with very cheap price, best services, and many beautiful sights. Join us now!

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7 years ago, October 11th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #144936  
Personally, I'd suggest either Vietnam (because I live here and I'm biased) or Nepal.

Vietnam will simply blow you away with its vibrant, chaotic cities contrasted with areas of jaw droppingly natural beauty, its tasty cuisine and its cheap prices. Everywhere you go you will be met by smiling, friendly people who seem to float through life without a care in the world. The infrastructure is improving all the time, especially where flights are concerned which means that if you don't fancy 'roughing it' with the locals on trains or buses, you can still fly from place to place on a relatively low budget.

Nepal on the other hand is a tad more expensive especially around the tourist areas in Kathmandu and Pokhara. I spent over a month in Pokhara and I really didn't want to leave. This town is about as laid back and chilled out as a town can get, with the Annapurna Mountain Range in full view for most of the year. There are plenty of opportunities to go hiking and you do tend to find a good class of backpacker/traveller in this town too. Kathmandu is well geared up for tourism although the sales patter isn't anywhere near as aggressive as it is in India. Here you will find plenty of bars, clubs and a few tourist attractions to boot such as Durbar Square and Bodnath Stupa.

Both countries have quite a stable tropical climate with temperatures in the low to mid 30s (low 90s in your money) for most of the year. Ha Noi and the northern areas of Vietnam can get into the 40s (104f+) during August and September while Nepal (especially Pokhara) tends to cool down slightly at that time of year.

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7 years ago, November 16th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #147005  
Hi,

If you are just thinking about India, then you must visit India, because India is great country having culture and heritage.

Visiting in India will definitely give you a memorable experience.

So come to India and experience the "Incredible India" Reply to this

7 years ago, December 30th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #149529  
I definitely think that India or Vietnam would be 2 great options. I think that both will give you many sights to see and a real look into their culture. Both are very rich in both these aspects.

Traveling for 4 weeks is quite a long time. <snip> It might be helpful especially if you guys like to very interactive activities.
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7 years ago, January 13th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #150313  
My month in India was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Spent most of it in and around Bangalore. Travel Camel is right about an assault on the senses, it is frankly overwhelming at first, but it's also just so amazingly different from anything I had experienced before that every day was full of new adventures, smells, tastes, etc. My 2 cents. Reply to this

7 years ago, January 21st 2012 No: 14 Msg: #150731  
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One of the most beautiful place in the Philippines were I really wanted to visit is the Palawan..<snip>
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7 years ago, January 23rd 2012 No: 15 Msg: #150813  
According to me India is the best place for traveling because their are many places in India for traveling and their are many kinds of Hotels in India for stay. I really like India very much.

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7 years ago, January 23rd 2012 No: 16 Msg: #150814  
According to me India is the best place for traveling, because their are many places in India for traveling, and their are many Hotels In India for stay.

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7 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #150867  
You cannot really do Bhutan on a budget and it is not really conducive to backpacking as they restrict the number of tourists that enter the country to less than 10,000 a year. Also to get around, you,ll need to hire a 4x4 since there really is no form of regular public transport. I did the whole country in 2 weeks. Very spiritual and I often found myself spending whole afternoons with the apprentice monks in the Dzongs. Reply to this

7 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 18 Msg: #150870  
another vote for Nepal. It's been 10 years since i've been there but would return in a heartbeat. more recently of the countries you listed i've been to thailand and cambodia both of which are fantastic. I guess I'm just more of a mountain than a low altitude girl - while the beaches of thailand and the temples of angkor are fabulous, the annapurna trek was one of the coolest hikes i've done. I loved that Nepal had the lowland forests full of exotic animals, the raging rivers for amazing rafting and kick ass mountains to hike in and around. The people there were warm and friendly and I never got sick of eating dal baht, momos and naan. we went from the Chitwan National Park up to 18,000' and everywhere in between. Loved the variety. Four weeks would do it too. Girlfriend, you can't go wrong; wherever you go have an amazing time! Reply to this

7 years ago, January 24th 2012 No: 19 Msg: #150908  
I would Recommend Nicaragua for the time table you are looking at, it has so much to see and do and will not break your pockets, the people are amazing and the sunsets on the west coast are 2nd to none! it seems you and your brother have been to a few central american countries so far, but I will say Nicaragua is the jewel of central america and virtually untouched!

amazing people, sights, prices, beaches, volcanoes etc etc etc

that would be my 2 cents

Enjoy!!

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7 years ago, January 27th 2012 No: 20 Msg: #151059  
Malaysia? I think Malaysia is a bit of a tourist destination wannabe. 2days in KL should be plenty. Pankor Laut is pretty cool for a romantic break. Food in Malaysia is OK, but you'll find alot better in most SE Asian countries. Would advise on a Singapore/Indonesia trip for a more varied cultural experience. (Java better than Bali) Reply to this

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