Where shall I go?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 9:33 AM Last Post By: ITH
Nov 21, 2012 7:21 AM
Where shall I go?Hiya, I'm a 48 young woman and I need some advice. I'm trying to take my gap year, I started in Tokyo and then went off to the states for a few months, which was amazing and has fuelled my interest in doing overland tours. My question is this, can anyone recommend which may be the best continent for me, and perhaps a good overland tour that attracts a more mature crowd, but not too mature! I'm looking at South America and then perhaps spending the spring in the states ( Deep South) or Somewhere in Africa. I've travelled and lived in South East Asia, so would like to see some other parts of the world. I particularly loved the deserts in the states, I love that dry heat. I am open to suggestions, I'm looking at leaving around Christmas time for as long as my money lasts, probably around 4/6 months depending on where I go. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I'm going round in circles.
Nov 21, 2012 9:27 AM
Nov 21, 2012 8:59 PM
2Europe is a great place for an overland trip the distances between places is shorter and there is a lot of variety. As a single woman it's a safer destination as well that you may wish to consider.
Where ever you do decide to travel have a great time.
Nov 22, 2012 5:58 PM
3I'd recommend what you're looking at - South America. Six months would be enough for a trip from Colombia to Argentina and Chile. Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador are my favourite countries. I like the mixturee of precolombian history, indigenous, colonial and European culture, rich biosphere, high mountains and the jungle.
Most of SA countries are cheap to travel (Argentina, Chile and Brazil more expensive than the rest).
My second choice in that time of the year (from Dec) would be SEAsia.
Nov 23, 2012 12:06 PM
Nov 23, 2012 9:55 PM
5I'm just back from 6 weeks in Morocco and was greatly impressed by the arid, dramatic desert landscapes there. What particularly impressed was spending about 9 days pottering around the Draa Valley - with its craggy cliffs, splendid gorges, intriguing and ancient palmeries and non descript towns and villages. At one stage we (husband and I) traveled to one of the frontier towns where we had arranged to meet 2 berber guides and 3 camels. We then took off for a 3 day trek in the Sahara - absolutely splendid - desolation and remoteness. The other delights of Morocco are lovely villages and good trekking in the Atlas mountains and then wonderful imperial cities where you can just absorb yourself in sights, colours and aromas.
From Morocco you could head in a variety of directions and for a complete contrast perhaps eastern Africa. We spent just over 2 months in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.
I've spent about 2 months in Peru - yes - great landscapes, mountains and arid regions there plus the wonderful Andes for great ruins and trekking. I particularly liked the northern areas of Peru and also a little 7 day kayaking expedition on the Amazon (just husband and I) plus a support team.
I have traveled solo with other trips and I would happily travel in Morocco, east Africa and Peru by myself. I might add that Peru would probably be an easier destination - however with your experiences in SE Asia (if that includes non tourist parts of Malaysia and Indonesia) you should find Morocco quite easy re the culture and attitudes towards women.
Nov 24, 2012 5:19 AM
6You could consider Australia. Different parts are better at different times of the year. It is easy to travel alone, and there are tours on offer for all ages and budgets. Most of the inland is desert, so lots of dry heat, though the north and the east coast will be wet December to february.
Nov 24, 2012 2:11 PM
7A big thank you to you all for your suggestions, it really is helpful. I'm thinking perhaps Morroco for Christmas as I May able to get a cheap ticket and then just take it from there. Watch this space. Thanks once again.
Nov 27, 2012 3:32 AM
Dec 1, 2012 1:44 PM
9Where to go? So many places to choose from!
While I found Morocco beautiful, I didn't find it a very 'friendly' place to travel as a woman and I was traveling with my husband; I remember the disdainful looks we got as I sat sipping coffee in a street cafe in Casablanca of all places, where the only other customers were men. Marrakesh is much more of a tourist destination and should make you feel more comfortable.
You could take a look at this intrepid lady's blog and her experience of Morocco and other countries in Africa.
If you like deserts and arid territory, Namibia is personally my favourite place, I will send you a pm with my blog of pictures of some of the places we visited there.
If you are thinking of joining a group, you might consider this, though I suspect it is not cheap:
And last but not least, have you thought about couchsurfing to help your funds go further?
Dec 4, 2012 9:33 AM
10I have travelled independently as a solo female in a number of countries in South America. There is so much to see and do. I spent 4 and a half months in South America but I could easily have stayed a lot longer.
I went to Marrakech, Essaouira and continued further south to the desert. I had a great time and the people were extremely friendly everywhere apart from Essaouira. That, for me, was the most difficult place in Morocco as a female traveller.
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