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Backpacking in Europe Or Backpacking In Southeast Asia? Tips For Indian Backpackers!

We all know that Europe and Southeast Asia can be completely different when it comes to travelling, and the many obvious dissimilarities like the difference in prices, safety, and ease of travel, are no alien to us either — then why do we get confused while choosing where we want to go? Europe or Southeast Asia?

Well, there are a few reasons, sometimes we are not sure about the visas, and sometimes, the costs. And if so is the case with you, and you too are confused between the idea of holidaying in Europe and holidaying in Thailand, or Bali, or Indonesia, then these four but more peculiar differences will help you make your mind…


If you’re planning to cover a number of countries, it’s easier to backpack in Europe, because you’re only required to apply for a Schengen Visa and you’re free to cross 28 borders in Europe, without having to worry about border stoppages and more stamps in your passport. Southeast Asia, on the other hand, requires Visa formality in every country. Though most nations in Southeast give Indians the option of Visa On Arrival, which saves time, it still obliges them to bleed around 7 thousand INR for each country’s visa — almost the same amount for 28 countries in Europe. [Europe 1 | Southeast Asia 0]

But then with Schengen Visa, the question always remain… “Do you qualify?”

Getting visas in Southeast Asia is easier than you can imagine, whereas Schengen Visa has a high denial rate. It moreover is time-consuming, and a tall order if you’re doing all work by yourself. And this is another reason that drives people towards Southeast Asia over Europe… particularly among those who don’t want to plan too much for a short vacation. For example, you can plan your itinerary, pack your bags and catch your flight to Thailand or Bali or Singapore today. For Europe, however, you need to plan and work weeks before! [Europe 1 | Southeast Asia 1]


If talking about VISAs, Schengen Visa is a bargain. And will always be! But for everything else — from flights (to and from India) to food to accommodation, Europe keeps a good lead. And this often discourages budget travellers from visiting Europe at first place.

Before anything, let’s understand what’s Europe and what’s Asia. Asia is… Wild. Raw. Real. And Do It Yourself place! Europe, on the other hand, is more pamper-me-with-civilization and oh-so-romantic sort. In other words, Europe is developed and gives better-quality experience, and that’s what brings the costs up, making it impossible for many to have a longer vacation. [Europe 1 | Southeast Asia 2]

Asia For Slow Travellers

A week in Europe can cost as much as two to three weeks in Southeast Asia, depending on which country you’re visiting. So if you’re more into slow travelling and relaxing, cover countries like Bali, Indonesia and Thailand.

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So if you ask me, keeping Indian condition in mind… Southeast Asia wins over value for money and ease of travel, and with Indian Passport in hand, which had no say in the outer world, Southeast Asia becomes even more lucrative. But, that doesn’t mean Europe should not be given a consideration. I mean the kind of quality of experiences Europe offers, no other continent in the world does!

Lonely Planet defines Europe in a few words as “A fairytale castle” or, “a voyage through history”!

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Shortly after my first real nine-to-five job, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in my backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to stay in one place. I believe that with a little courage and inspiration, everyone has the power to follow their dreams. Just as I've followed mine!

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  1. Asia is a great place to travel. I personally travel india and bangladesh. Bangladesh is really awesome. The peoples are helpful. I visited the worlds longest sea beach cox-bazar, it wast nice. Worth to visiting.

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