6 month trip - destination dilemma, help please!
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 4:33 AM Last Post By: ger_power
Oct 6, 2012 2:46 AM
6 month trip - destination dilemma, help please!Hi, I'm planning a 5-6 month trip with a friend or two (we are female, early 20s) for when I graduate. Leaving July/August, back in UK in time for Christmas.
Can anybody suggest any great places to go??
My friends are keen to go South East Asia, and possibly teach English there. However I've already been backpacking in Thailand, Vietnam and China. I'm sure revisiting will be in no way boring, but I want to ensure that I see new places and make the absolute most of this trip. (my last for a while as I start my job in February) So I'm searching for a compromise.
I'm keen to visit Cambodia and Laos, but if we do the SEA loop will there be time to see anywhere else??
I'd love to go somewhere completely different, like Morocco/South or Central America/India but I'm concerned about time.
- not Australia or NZ as we're on a budget.
Does anybody have any suggestions about how this 5 month trip could work? Any advice or suggestions regarding place and itineraries etc would be really really helpful!
Thanks so much x
Oct 6, 2012 4:33 AM
1although you have been to Thailand/Vietnam/China before there is still much more to see in SE Asia.....for example...Lao, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia. As travelling in SE Asia is new for your friends a compromise would be going there because they want to but you pushing for these countries you not been to.....also in the countries you have been to there is quite possibly regions you skipped on your last trip so again push for going to these area's. If your friends are very keen to see places you been to already you could consider going solo somewhere else for a few weeks and then arrange to meet up back up again.
5 months is a decent time to explore a region/area so there are plenty of other options outside SE Asia that would be cheap to travel in.....though airfares would be more expensive if you were to consider Mexico/Central America or South America. An airfare to India would be around the same as SE Asia. Having travelled in all the above (except Central America) i would recommend all of the them. If your worried about daily spending then India would be the cheapest and in 5 months you could see a lot though July/August is monsoon season, shouldnt put you off just if you wanted beach time in Goa it would need to be planned for the end of your trip. If history/culture/ruins interest you then Mexico/C.A. would be a good option....cheap to travel in (not as cheap as india/SE Asia) and again 5 months would be a decent time to see a good bit. South America is a fantastic continent to travel in and in 5 months you could do a route like Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuala, Peru & Bolivia.....popular well travelled countries with lots to see and do and again cheap to travel in
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