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Hesitating between S-America, India and Asia

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1. Posted by BelgianBoy (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Hi guys,

I'm 23y old, and stuck in Belgium. Before the whole morgage, kids thing I woud like to travel for a couple of months. At least 6months leaving in July or later also possible. (Never done this before)

- Budget +/- 6000€
- Want to stay away from the very touristic places
- What would be best to meet other people
- See beautiful nature scenery but also have acces to bars or stuff like that
- Good weather

I would like to stay in small cheap hostels, won't do big restaurants, however I dont want to sleep under a bidge or find a snake in my bed.

Where would you go? S-America, India or Asia?

Thanks for your advice

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I think you're talking about SE Asia from your description. I went all alone last year (Vietnam) had no problem meeting travelers from all over the world, had wonderful cheap hotel and meals, wonderful local people to meet. In both Hanoi and Saigon they have student guides who take you around for free for English practice. I had such a good time, I'm going back in a month. By the way, India is in Asia (it's South Asia).

3. Posted by BelgianBoy (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Indeed sorry I ment Southern America, SE Asia or Southern Asia (India);
Thanks for correcting me:)

4. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y

I would agree with SE Asia. Its cheap, theres lots of fellow travellers and plenty of foreign culture and beautiful scenery to soak up. You can always do India and SE Asia....if time and budget allows of course :)

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Southern America - meaning southern USA? The natives of South America/Mexico are also Americans, and will give you a hard time if you only call the USA, America! If you do mean the Southern States, it will cost you at least 3-4 times as much as SE Asia or India. Starting in any of those areas in July will be damn hot!

6. Posted by BelgianBoy (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

How long could I last in SE Asia with 6000€ if I eat small and sleep in small but clean hostels?

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting BelgianBoy

How long could I last in SE Asia with 6000€ if I eat small and sleep in small but clean hostels?

With at least €30 to spend every day, you could eat well and live comfortably (but not luxuriously) in private hostel rooms or budget hotels for 6 months. This is based on the average room rates and cost of living in Malaysia, which is SEA's second highest after Singapore. All other South East Asian countries are considerably cheaper than that. Check out the bed/room rates in the Accommodation section to get a more accurate picture on how much you'd be spending in other countries.

8. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

Hi,

€ 6000 in SE Asia means a lot of money. I travelled together with my wife for 20 months in this area and our average monthly budget was something between €600 and €700. This included everything : transport, accomodation, food and drinks, entry fees etc.
So if you'll travel all alone, € 6000 will be roughly enough for a year!!!

Yvekes

9. Posted by BelgianBoy (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Wow thats great!!!

So you think it's worth it? I mean, a long trip versus two weeks holidays ? It's a huge step for me thats why Im asking.

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

What about this: Fly to a big Asian hub and then make it back to Belgium overland. Bangkok to Brussels on public transport or something like it.

It is possible to travel from Europe as far as Singapore simply by taking train after train.

See www.seat61.com