One month on a tropical island on a budget stay
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 7:42 AM Last Post By: MissKellyMojo
Oct 31, 2012 9:49 AM
One month on a tropical island on a budget stayHi,
I need a break and I want to take a rest on a tropical island somewhere. As on tight budget I do not want to stay in resort areas in 5* facilities. A simple bungalow or bamboo hut will do. I would like to get some advice where it is OK to rent cheap place to stay. Well, I can imagine that airfare can be considerably high priced for traveling from Central Europe to Caribbean or Indian Ocean islands. May be some other affordable locations? Please recommend some destinations.
Edited by: malol
Oct 31, 2012 1:31 PM
Oct 31, 2012 2:02 PM
2Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
If you're on a bit of a budget, as it appears you are, why not consider The Canaries or Cape Verde?
Perhaps no bamboo huts, but it'll be warm (all year round) and from Central Europe the flight will be cheap.
Just a thought.
Oct 31, 2012 2:16 PM
3Thanks for response.
It must be an island :) I have feeling that kind of separation from outer world by mass of water can help me to relax in such a remote and isolated place. In other case after three days I would hop on the local train and go inland sightseeing off the beaten path.
I thought about Cape Verde but certainly not Canaries.
I could spent 700$ on the airfare to get to island far away from busy package resorts. I know that I can not reach Pacific in this limit.
I am just wondering if it is easy or possible to find an island which is somehow away from packge tourism and to find cheap place for rent without hassle with travel agents.
Oct 31, 2012 2:28 PM
Oct 31, 2012 2:53 PM
5The Canaries are a bit too touristy for me, not all islands as I know, but I do not think about Canaries as a tropical islands :-) However Cape Verde is an option. Do you know more about shoestring travel / stay on these islands?
Oct 31, 2012 3:05 PM
6Oh - that's fine.
I did have the same opinion as you, until I discovered them more though.
La Palma is just lush and wonderfully green.
We were there in the middle of winter, hardly a tourist in sight and in the mid 80's every day.
Sure, there'sb justification in calling The Canaries touristy, but not all of them all the time.
Cape Verde's OK, again away from the new hotels that are ruining it's very fragile eco-system.
The beaches are nice and the waether is too.
However, the more southerly islands tend to be less windy in the winter months.
My accommodation was free. I stayed in Velha, about 10 miles west of Praia.
The west coast along the bottom up towards Porto Gouveia is very nice.
I was only there for 5 days, but hired a car just for 48 hours. That was enough to see all the roads.
Just a bit from me.
Oct 31, 2012 3:39 PM
Nov 1, 2012 1:32 AM
Nov 1, 2012 2:15 AM
9You could do that in Marissa in Sri Lanka without too much of a problem
Edited by: TravellinAndi
Nov 1, 2012 7:17 AM
10You could do that in Marissa in Sri Lanka
Again, maybe around €700 for the flights.
Nov 1, 2012 8:20 AM
11Since there's no mention of where in Central Europe, i chose Frankfurt Germany RT to colombo leaving end of november (27, 28 or dec. 4th)....486 euros on Saudi Air for 34 days.... Given that, if you budget wisely, should be able to do a month pretty easily for 1000 euro, including flight. Back to Marissa......
Nov 1, 2012 8:48 AM
Nov 1, 2012 12:14 PM
13Thank you everyone for recommedations.
For me Sri Lanka sounds more tempting than Cape Verde. It is for sure tropical and on the other hand it has railways which can be a rescue in case of unexpected boredom in the beachfront bamboo hut.
My location in Central Europe is Poland and I have very easy access to Frankfurt, so the flight option mentioned could be considered. Thanks again.
I know that 700 USD is not huge amount of money to fly to tropics, but belive me it is my monthly income and I can not afford more. The budget while there is similar for a month so I think I need to go for a really not expensive island :-)
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