Glancing at the map below, you can see all of the countries from which I met travelers during the several months I spent in Southeast Asia.
It is easy to see the predictable pattern of wealthy countries being red while poorer countries are not represented. In addition, if I hadn’t physically been in the countries of Southeast Asia, I highly doubt most of the countries would be red on this map either.
The countries that by far had the most travelers in Southeast Asia were England and Germany. I would be so bold to say that 30% of all travelers in the region were from these two countries. Canada and Australia also provided a lot of travelers – not surprising for Australia, as it is close by.
One thing that really stood out to me was the lack of US travelers. Throughout the entire 4 months there I met less than 15 Americans, and a large portion of those people were of Asian descent. It seems that Southeast Asia is not the most popular destination for Americans and/or there is a huge discrepancy in the number of Americans traveling for long periods of time compared to European counterparts. I hope the latter will change because nobody I have ever met has mentioned one negative thing about their “gap year” experience.
Here is the full list of countries highlighted red on the map above:
Australia, New Zealand, Greenland, Uganda, Mauritius, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, Canada, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Whales, England, France, Spain, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Russia, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia