Hello fellow travellers...
I'm planning a trip, the first trip out of my country(USA), and my main destination is SE Asia. I also want to visit Australia while i'm in the area, mostly to see if I want (or even can), eventually move there permanatly. My question though is which order should I do it in? Should I go to Australia first, then work my way up into SE Asia, or go to Asia first and then go down under? My main reason for asking is that alot of people i've talked to say that travelling to a new country is rewarding, but difficult to someone who has never travelled anywhere. And an area like SE Asia (where english is not the common language and the culture differs so much from western cultures), would maybe be a bit more difficult for me to tackle first, then going to Australia and then easing into such a different group of countries. Any advice would be extremely useful. Thank you guys!
I guess there are a couple ways to look at this. I agree that it might be easier to get into the "traveling mind-set" by hitting Australia first and learning the ins and outs of hostel life, riding buses, etc. When I first started out traveling I hit the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia first, and then tackeled South America. In going to a non-English speaking country, it can be a bit more difficult and daunting, I would think the practice gained in Australia would only be a good thing.
On the other side of the literal coin, SE Asia is relatively cheap, whereas Australia can be quite expensive. So depending on your finances, it might be better to start out in SE Asia and then head to Oz with the remainder of your money. You might be able to have a better fix on how much you have left to spend. I don't know this for sure, but I'm guessing it would be cheaper to fly to SE Asia first and work your way down, than the other way around, but I could be wrong.
I apologize if I really didn't answer your question. In the end, I think you'll just have to figure out what works best for you. Good luck and have fun!
Thank you John! That was helpful, and right on with what I have been assuming. Money shouldn't be too much of a problem because I still have a few more months to save up, so I think I will hit up Oz first, and just try to maintain a budget. Thanks again! Any other input from you or anyone else with an opinion is definatley welcome!
That's probably a good call Travis. The nice (and bad) thing about Australia is that it really isn't all that different from the US. None-the-less, it is a great place to get used to traveling on your own as they have a very good travel network set up, there are heaps of fellow travelers, and well, it's Australia so the weather doesn't suck. You certainly won't regret your time there, and like I said before, I think you'll be a much more confident traveler by the time you get to SE Asia.
I, like you, have had considerations of trying to make the move down under. I know it is possible, I think I sent you that link in your other post. My issue, I'm a huge winter person!