where to go december-feb??
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2012 5:13 PM Last Post By: twomonthstint
Jul 12, 2012 4:32 AM
where to go december-feb??Hey,
Okay so i want to go travelling hopefully for a few months over the december-february holidays. I've always wanted to go to europe but i realise its not the greatest time of year to go there, so i was wondering if you could help me decide somewhere suitable to go?
The thing is, I'm 20, female, most likely travelling alone, on a budget, and i haven't been travelling before! (and i have to convince my parents!) I love the sun, adventure (i love a new experience and an adrenaline rush)... Basically i just want to experience new cultures and see the world!!
Anyway, and advice would be appreciated.
Jul 12, 2012 5:01 AM
Jul 12, 2012 5:08 AM
2First of all, where are you starting from? Suspect it's either Australia or New Zealand - in which case, go to the other one. Will be cheap enough, sunny, and a little bit different. If that's not exotic enough, well there are the South Pacific islands, perhaps New Caledonia or Tahiti for a different language experience.
Jul 12, 2012 5:13 AM
3My mistake - I thought OP was suggesting somewhere in Europe.
Goodness why I thought that.
Jul 12, 2012 8:13 AM
Jul 12, 2012 1:07 PM
Jul 12, 2012 1:57 PM
6december to February is a great time to do India with temples, beaches and mountains!!
Jul 12, 2012 2:15 PM
Jul 12, 2012 6:48 PM
Jul 13, 2012 12:50 AM
9I'm going to guess American - or Canadian! When do we find out???
Anyway, assuming that wherever you are from the flight is not a consideration (which I know it will be but as we don't know where you're from I can't take it into consideration). I would say head for the default first-timer destination of SEAsia.
Thailand is a great place to start because (a) it's a great country (food, nature, beaches, culture, and a bit of a culture shock if you grew up in a western country - but not so much of a culture shock that you should be afraid of it) (b) it's got a well established backpacker infrastructure making it fairly easy to travel around (c) tons of other backpackers/first-timers - i.e. other people for you to share your travels with making it a little less daunting. (d) fairly cheap (e) great starting point to visit other amazing countries nearby (f) easy to get to (depending where you're coming from).
If you are coming from the US or Canada, however, you may find Latin America easier to get to. That time of year Mexico, Guatemala, Belize would be a good option.
Jul 13, 2012 2:16 AM
10I will be spending that period in Cambodia - warm, exciting, inexpensive, fun.
Jul 13, 2012 2:59 AM
11I'm Australian!! Sorry that's kind of vital information I forgot there... A for the budget, Im not concerned about the oat of flights to get there, but while I'm there I was kind of budgeting 100 dollars a day, if that's realistic, I do have time to reassess that if it's not tho.
Jul 13, 2012 3:43 AM
12100 dollars per day isn't exactly a shoestring budget. I suppose you could go to Japan or South Korea if you really have that much. However the weather would suck. These are extremely safe destinations though.
South East Asia would be another possibility, also not too far away.
Start with a month in Bali and Gilis, plenty of young travelers around. Then do Java, Malaysia, Thailand.
Someone suggested India however I don't think it's a suitable destination for a first timer, besides S. E Asia is friendlier, safer and nearer.
Jul 13, 2012 4:57 AM
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