"Work Trip" to Anywhere in the World
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Aug 20, 2013 11:09 AM Last Post By: riverwed070707
Jul 14, 2013 12:04 AM
"Work Trip" to Anywhere in the WorldI managed to time my apartment leases so that I have one month free to go anywhere in the world. The only problem is I need to spend the next month writing several chapters of a huge book (e.g., literally hundreds of pages). The research period is over; all that's left is the prose.
Where would you go if you were traveling solo and not particularly interested in "sightseeing." But wanted to be in some new and stimulating environment (one with high-speed internet access) - with two or so hours a day to hike, run, beach, walk neighborhoods, whatever. Cities, forests, islands, etc.
I apologize for how open-ended this question is. Not even really looking for advice per se. Just curious where other people would go.
Jul 14, 2013 6:20 AM
Jul 14, 2013 6:53 PM
2A wide open question, really hard to answer, without knowing where you are now, and how far or at what expense you are willing to travel.
But for me living on the East coast of the USA, the answer would be Montreal. There is the Parc Mont-Royal there for hiking, and obviously the world class multilingual city. There are also the islands in the river for nature.
Or for slightly more cultural novelty, head north to Quebec City. Not so many English speakers there, and a lot of history to see. But it's a bit harder there to get to natural areas for nature walking.
Jul 15, 2013 2:49 AM
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Jul 16, 2013 9:29 PM
Jul 17, 2013 11:32 AM
6I had not thought of Eastern Canada. I've spent a few days in Montreal, but Quebec City sounds appealing.
I'm currently in California and spent many years in New England and New York. The trip will be in September. No real budget restrictions, though I won't be living in mansions. Trying to think of places with lots of nature that still have the basic amenities of a city.
Domestically, I was considering Seattle/Portland/Vancouver or Boise and the Northern Rockies.
Internationally, I would be very interested in hearing more about Australia (specifically, cities/places beyond Sydney and Melbourne). I was also thinking of Sao Paulo, La Paz, Jakarta, and Cape Town.
Edited by: Odile123
Jul 17, 2013 6:30 PM
7When I wrote that I was thinking of Byron Bay, but really there are lots of places around the coast of Australia or even inland that would fit the bill. Although high-speed internet might be a sticking point if you get too remote.
Perhaps you could get a map of Australia, pick out places that look about the right size, then search for info on the internet or come back here to ask more specific questions.
If you're looking for places with easy access to nature, NZ might be even better.
Jul 17, 2013 6:32 PM
Jul 17, 2013 6:37 PM
9I wouldn't head for Bolivia. La Paz is not the destination you want for nice places to walk. And other places in Bolivia likely will not have reliable high speed internet.
And Jakarta would not do either. Most areas are either not conducive for random walking, or not safe. It's been 5 years since I've been in Indonesia, so I couldn't say about high speed internet in other places. But Indonesia is one of my favorite countries anywhere. If you investigate, and find that you can get the internet access you need in Ubud, on Bali island, that would be an ideal situation.
Jul 17, 2013 10:15 PM
10Mstep, thanks for that. I have a hard time figuring out which off-the-beaten-track locations would legitimately have reliable fast wifi, easy express delivery services, supermarkets/drugstores, etc. It's easy to cruise around Airbnb on Bali and see a bunch of places offering those things, but who knows how accurate they are. I remember having a terrible time trying to get any work done in Lima (apartment wifi wasn't paid, cafe wifi down for days, deadline approaching...)
Anyway, would be very interested in other Indonesia recommendations oriented around beaches and hiking without a super-touristy vibe. Getting pretty attracted to Indonesia or Australia at this point (realizing those are very different atmospheres), mostly because I've never been on that side of the Pacific.
Jul 17, 2013 10:23 PM
11Also, joolz, as you can probably tell, I've not had too much spare time this week to go over any of these options in detail, but quickly glancing at wikitravel, I would be interested in more recommendations north of Brisbane and around the Northern Territory. I also vaguely recall reading a recent NYTimes story on Route 1 north from Perth that sounded appealing but that area seems quite rural/"empty" on GMaps. Would it be hard to get aforementioned services there?
Guess I will download some guides to Indonesia and Australia this weekend and make up my mind though.
Jul 17, 2013 11:42 PM
Jul 18, 2013 6:06 AM
13Another option if you're California based and are ok with a domestic location but going in September- how about a ski town? Plenty of easy access to hiking and things to do, but probably enough in shoulder season that it wouldn't be tourist central and could find a condo for a month fairly easily, and lots of cafes and such if you want to spend a day working there/ not so big you'd spend a lot of the month getting oriented.
I'm thinking of a place like Park City, Aspen, Sun Valley, etc... Though I should say I mention this idea because I've thought more than once how if I did what you're doing I would head to Telluride, Colorado, so that's the one I'd recommend most.
Jul 26, 2013 3:49 PM
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