I think there have been a lot of great ideas thrown out. In the end you just have to determine what kind of experience you are most interested in. Also, how much time do you have the next time you head out? If it's variable going someplace like SEA would allow you to stay for longer. Another thing that has helped me to make decisions in the past when comparing a couple places, is thinking about which could be a good deal more expensive in another couple years, and which is more likely to stay more consistent. Sometimes this is hard to tell, but if considering Europe, places that have not yet switched to the Euro, but will be, are likely to have changes in the cost of things when they do. Also, be sure when comparing places that you are taking into account all expenses - airfare, other transport, lodging, food, etc. Just a little food for thought. Good luck with the planing
Thanks Wonkerer for the advice. It looks more and more like Asia will be my next destination. Think I'll save Europe for another trip. Cheers!
Greetings fellow travelers! My name is Orlando and I live in the San Francisco bay area. I've recently caught the travel bug. This past year I spent a couple of month backpacking in South America. One of the best experiences of my life! Had the chance to hike Machu Picchu, party every night till 6am during carnival in Salvador and Rio, spent 2 weeks exploring Buenos Aires, and saw the beautiful waterfalls of Iguazu Falls. Since I've returned from my trip all I can think about is how to save up and backpack all over again. I'm on a tight budget so my next adventure will have to involve a lot of hosteling and couchsurfing. So I'm asking my fellow world travelers, where should my next backpacking adventure be? I've always wanted to go to Europe, but I heard it's really expensive. Some have suggested New Zealand and Australia. Asia also appeals to me. Any suggestions?
I love your travel enthusiasm! I would suggest Greece. Greece is rich with beautiful architecture and historical landmarks. I've never been there, but I was dreaming of going to Greece one of these days.