Looking for advice: Where to spend 4 week working holiday?
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Sep 13, 2012 2:14 PM Last Post By: johnsang
Sep 11, 2012 5:52 PM
Looking for advice: Where to spend 4 week working holiday?My GF and I can get away for about a month, starting later in September. She's finishing grad school and will be spending her days and some evenings working on her thesis while away. I'll just be bumming around. She is a huge nature lover. I'm a lot more urban. What we're looking for is a peaceful, scenic place to hole up for a month (with dependable high speed internet), that is close enough to civilization that I can take off for a day and amuse myself at bookstores, coffee shops, etc.
We live in the Pacific NorthWest so we're looking for warm, sunny weather -- we'll get our fill of fog, cold and rain soon enough. We considered Hawaii but the high cost is a big turn off. So now we're thinking maybe the Southwest or California but we're totally open to suggestions. In terms of budget, we're mid-range: we're not on a student budget but won't be staying anywhere fancy. We'd be happy in a cottage somewhere scenic, whether it's on the beach, lakeside or tucked in the mountains.
We would really appreciate any advice.
Thanks in advance.
Sep 11, 2012 6:50 PM
1Are you looking to stay in a motel/hotel for a month or rent a place for a month via vrbo, etc.
For warm and sunny, Southern California should work. LA area or San Diego. Of course neither place really has cottages or lakes. Lake Tahoe? It's not really urban but there is civilization. And plenty of nature. LA has Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear or maybe even Palm Springs though it will still be crazy hot in a few weeks. San Diego also has rural areas - Julian/Mt Palomar.
Sep 11, 2012 7:22 PM
2For interesting Amusements,bookstores Santa Fe, would be a good fit...It's a good walking town with passable public transportation from The Albuquerque airport...Fall is a lovely time here...carracar
Sep 11, 2012 8:56 PM
3I was also going to suggest Santa Fe-Albuquerque. Sounds like those areas would be right up your alley.
Sep 12, 2012 2:02 AM
4For a month of vacation, you need an apartment to stay. You could check out the West side of the country. My siblings and I always visit Virginia where my parents are during summer and I really love the beach. Also in Norfolk there is a great and affordable apartment where you can stay 4 four weeks. The both of you won't have to go far just to have the best time of your life. Our country has so much to offer.
Sep 12, 2012 4:56 AM
Sep 12, 2012 4:58 AM
6Santa Fe might be a little small/restrictive for you to bum around in for a whole month ... exceptionally nice as it is.
I can't actually believe I'm actually saying this ... but have you considered Las Vegas? The upsides would be the weather, the cheapness of rentals, urban facilities in spades, and access to a fair amount of Southwest nature. And it will have the requisite amount of learning and culture I'm sure ... just not as obvious as The Strip. We found some nice neighbourhoods just trawling around, and some decent library facilities too.
Sep 12, 2012 5:05 AM
7The Rocky Mountains above Santa Fe (elevation 7,000 feet), above 11,000-feet elevation, are expecting snowfall today, so the temperatures will probably be cooler in October than in San Diego.
The Melbourne (Australia) region has snow forecast down to about 2800 feet tonight ... I betcha though Australia was a hot country!
Sep 12, 2012 6:44 AM
Sep 12, 2012 7:32 AM
9Agree with suggestions for the southwest. Albuquerque doesn't have much going on but its pretty cheap there and its centrally located for day trips. Santa Fe might be more expensive but certainly gets you closer to areas in the northern portion of NM.
Tucscon is a wonderful city as well, pretty affordable, nice climate, little college-town feel with funky shops, coffee places, etc. Nicely located to warm places in southern AZ but also still accessible for weekend trips to the big parks/sites of northern AZ.
Sep 12, 2012 7:54 AM
10You can live far cheaper and have a lot more fun if you go to Guatemala, Nicaragua and even Costa Rica. $40 day, $75 day is lux. Rent an apartment for $300 month. US is way to expensive for a month.
Warm oceans on two coast
Surf, raft, trek, fish, snorkel, lay in hammock all day under a palm tree drinking $2 beers.
Sep 12, 2012 9:17 AM
11Hi all, thanks for all the thoughtful suggestions, very helpful.
Two follow-up questions:
1. What about San Diego or surrounding area? Neither of us has been there before and we don't know the area. Are there nice areas right in the city, by the beach or with nice view, for example?
2. SoloHobo mentioned CR, Nicaragua or Honduras -- can anyone recommmend particular areas in either? Due to my GF's research, she absolutely needs a dependable, high speed internet connection, so not sure if we can count on that in Central America...?
Sep 12, 2012 9:24 AM
12How about Austin, TX? Very cool city, lots of nature nearby, including the Texas Hill Country. In fact, you might want to rent a place in one of the Tx Hill Country towns.
Sep 12, 2012 10:43 AM
Sep 12, 2012 10:47 AM
14My experience in Central America (Guatemala and Belize) is that internet is erratic and slow. Others with more extensive travel experience in the region can comment further.
Also, maybe I'm stepping outside my comfort zone here seeing as how I've never been, but I've heard that parts of Southeast Asia are popular with "working holiday" folks like yourself that need reliable and fast internet. Expensive flight, but it might be worth the cost since it's so much cheaper there than in the US.
You might want to post this question on the Central America and/or Southeast Asia branches, if interested.
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