It depends on what you're looking for. Asia tends to be cheaper, warmer, and offers a lot more debauchery. Europe on the other hand offers astounding architecture, history, and water that is potable. Honestly, I'd recommended Europe. Transportation between countries is extremely easy, most people speak English past "You want Nike, Rolex?!", and it offers a good mix of touristy spots and out of the way places. Italy is a great country for a trip. Rome is fantastic, fun, and has something to see at every corner. Venice is nice, but you really don't need more than two days there. If you're planning a trip for the fall, think about doing Oktoberfest in Munich. I've never had a great experience in France, and after you see the sights in Paris, there really isn't all that much left besides pretentious frenchness and North Africans glaring at you. Europe as a whole offers beautiful scenery (especially the Alps) and the chance to have your breath taken away everyday. Asia is Asia for better or worse. I've had great experiences and horrid ones. I hear Japan is nice, but I've never been. The problem with developing countries is you will get screwed at every turn if you're not careful. You could opt for an all-inclusive in Thailand, but that's no different than getting drunk at home while watching the travel channel. If you do decide to go to Thailand or Vietnam, make sure you do a lot research, read blogs from people who live there, and have a plan. Skip tour guides, they'll take you to crappy, over priced restaurants, overcharge you for transportation, and give you pseudo-factual tours that honestly aren't any better than using Wikipedia. All of the negatives listed above are exemplified in China, unless you know someone whose been there or someone living over there now, I'd stay far, far away. Also, I've never felt "connected" to Asia the way I do in Europe. That's probably because I'm of European descent. The temples and culture of the East are different and interesting, but at the end of the day I couldn't imagine my ancestors laboring to build them, worshiping in them, and setting the foundations for the world we live in today.