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1. Posted by charlottem (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

I'm 18, and next summer will be my first time backpacking along with two friends. We each have a budget of about 2500 euro (for flights, food, hostels...) for 1 month.

I know Thailand is very low budget, but we really want to travel through North-America, or Australia -maybe even South-Africa, but I'm afraid that's a bit dangerous, no?

What do you think is the best continent to travel through as a 'beginning backpacker'?

2. Posted by danfab (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Charlottem,why not try going to Perth Australia.It is not really as big as Sydney but it is quite nice

there.If you want a Thailand look alike you can go to where i am right now.I am in Cebu,Philippines where the beaches are

a beauty & good diving places too.The rates for euro is big too compared to Thailand,though that country is a beauty too.

You can see some of the sites too here at where i am...-snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

The best continent to travel through as a first timer who speaks english would be Europe, that is if you want to see a lot of the continent. BUT, if you want your money to last a long time then I would suggest Thailand for a first timer as it is SO easy to travel around, lots of other backpackers there and a lot of people speak english. But I wouldn't recommend Asia as a whole to travel round if you want to see many countries and it is your first time. Although that does of course depend on how adventurous you are. If you just wanna get out there and see what you find then Asia is a great continent to try as it is so very different to western cultures and so will be a real eye opener for you. As Danfab said in the previous post, the Philippines is an amazing country, in fact I will be there in 2 weeks time, but for a first timer, i'm not so sure. Everyone speaks english which is a plus, but the infrastructure is not like other SE Asian countries and there are not many western tourists there to help you out if you get lost or stuck. All places have their pluses and minuses, you just have to decide what you really want out of your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 22, 2008, at 3:38 AM by bwiiian ]

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

For a first timer you want someplace that's friendly, easy to navigate, inexpensive and different. Considering that you're European, here goes:

E. Europe - a possibility, but not sure about friendliness
Africa - not the easiest to navigate
N. America - too expensive, somewhat hard to navigate, not that different
S. America - somewhat hard to navigate
Middle East - not that easy to navigate
NE Asia - expensive
SE Asia - fairly easy to navigate, very friendly, very inexpensive, very different

It's settled then - SE Asia! I suggest Indochina (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) - Visa required
Thailand and Malaysia will be more developed, more expensive - Visa not required