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Exotic Travel Suggestions - May/June 2017

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1. Posted by Bazal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!


First of all - sorry if I posted in the wrong forum... Please move it to the correct location if I posted it in the wrong section.

So I need some help…. I'm looking for a vacation spot outside North America and I'm hoping someone here can advise me based on our interests. There are so many places in the world that I don't know of – I'm hoping for many suggestions (aka ideas for future trips).

Time frame: 2 Weeks – 4th week of May and 1st week of June.

People: Me 33, Brother 28, Mother 61

Interests: Things we like to do: BEACH, swimming, beach, swimming… We LOVE a beautiful beach/water. We love water sports – snorkeling, Scuba (for me alone ^___^). We also love hiking (tougher ones for my brother and I – like mountains or volcanoes), forests, mountains wildlife and culture/cultural shows. Basically we like to spend our vacation with activities and then R & R at a beach in front of our Hotel- either at the end of the vacation or in the afternoon.

The problem I'm encountering is – locations have one of each… either super nice beaches… or mountains/forests and "okay" beaches or long long long travelling involved (with limited time – that's no ideal). Okay I feel VERY greedy with my interests. I guess my issue is… my brother is a travel virgin (been to 1 trip before)… and he finally collected enough money/will get time of for "1 big trip" and I don't want to disappoint my mother or brother – since I'm the planner. It's 2 weeks – I know that's not considered a "big trip"… but considering I only get 1 week off 90% of the time (in my brother's case 100% of the time in the last 5 years) – this is big. However, it's not big enough to explore a large location either.

Scrapped Ideas:
1- Egypt - Week #1 in Cairo, Pyramids and a Nile Cruise and Week #2 Sharm El Sheikh (diving!!! And Snorkeling + relaxing)…. In light of recent events that plan has been scrapped.
2- Fiji is another location – but that's too expensive and I want to group that with a trip to Tonga for whale swimming sometimes in the next few years (has to be between July-September). Idea is 1 week on a Fiji cruise, then 1 week in Tonga

Other Thoughts:
Bali - Culture, Mt. Agung Hiking, White Water Rafting, snorkeling/diving at Amed… but the beaches are only okay in front of the hotels unless you go to super secluded areas. Man I feel selfish.. but I would really love to relax at the end of a day on a nice beach in front of our hotel.
Cook's Island (great deals from Costco) – But it's just gorgeous beaches! Not a whole lot of anything…
Mauritius island – against stunning beaches… $$$$... Not a whole of anything…

Any other suggestions/thoughts/help??

2. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

There are actually some decent hiking trails on Rarotonga plus there are some great cultural sites to visit and experience. If you really wanted to go adventurous you would have to go to the other islands like Aitu where there are amazing limestones caves to explore and gorgeous natural swimming pools in sink holes, however flights are limited in schedule for these islands which could be tricky with a two week timetable.

Have you considered French Polynesia? It's not that much more expensive to the Cook Islands and it is more mountainous and forested than the Cook Islands and still has amazing beaches. If you want to save some money Huahine one of the lesser visited islands would probably be best. If you wanted to go a little crazy, you could fly out to the Tuamotus or the Marquesas.

Vanauatu would also be a good, here you actually have active volcanoes. It is a lot less developed then Fiji, so a lot more wilderness and from my understanding cheaper too.

I don't feel you may have done enough research on the Maurtius, there is quite a lot of hikes and treks there, it shouldn't be a problem to find one that suits your family. While we are talking about this region I would suggest Reunion Island (another volcano) or the Seychelles, really good for diving and snorkling and they have an extensive national park area.

Man I feel selfish

Don't be so hard on yourself, at the end of the day you will be participating and financially contributing to this trip so it's alright to think a little bit about yourself and what would appeal to you. You got to enjoy this trip as much as your family;)

3. Posted by Muffintherabbit (Budding Member 30 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I just got back from Puerto Princesa. It ticks most of the boxes you mentioned.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 720 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

New Zealand - while not exactly exotic (almost a British culture), it has some of the best hiking in the world and at Poor Knight's Island, a site rated by the great Jacque Cousteau as one of the top ten in the world - see . It's less than three hours north of Auckland.

It's also possible to walk in for a dive at Goat Island - see That's an hour north of Auckland.

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hawaii is lovely in spring-early summer. Each island is different.

Some of Hawaii's best beaches are unknown to visitors. Check these Web sites:

An alternative is to drive around the island, watch for cars parked near sign posts indicating a public right of way to the beach.

6. Posted by lucianopitts (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

It is a great idea to travel and that too outside North America. There are many beautiful and must watch places around. You can visit South America, there are many beautiful spots to visit in South America like Santuario de Las Lajas, Colombia, See the Milkyway over Lake Titicaca, Peru, The River of Five Colours, Colombia, Mount Fitzroy, Argentina, The World’s Most Dangerous Road, Bolivia, Sail to Antarctica. These are some beautiful adventurous spots in South America. Hope this would help you. If you wish you can visit and enjoy your 2 weeks to the best. All the very best for your vacations of 2 weeks. Tell us where all you visited.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Aug-2017, at 22:22 by lucianopitts ]

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I forgot to add that Hawaii is excellent for hiking, too.

See this link for trails:

You get the best of both worlds: An active trip; and one that you can relax on a beach, of which there are many to choose from, including those with white sand, black sand, green sand, red/pink sand. You get mountains, too, plus an active volcano.

Hawaii still has places that are relatively unexplored; and plants and birds that exist nowhere else. Yes, millions visit each year. But some places remain untouched. Oahu's Windward side still is pretty much the same as it was when I was growing up. One reason: Not much land for development. It's mountain meets the sea. The same goes for the other islands, such as Kauai, where there is no road on the northern part.

8. Posted by aah2 (Budding Member 18 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Go to Malaysia. Having travelled to different countries, the best Asian food you'll ever receive. It's also extremely cheap. Think 3-5 bucks for a bowl of food.

Don't stick to KL, the capital. Go to places like Penang, and an island, such as Langkawi or Redang. There you will be able to snorkel, relax on beaches, and have the time of your life. There are incredibly beautiful historical sites there, such as temples, mosques, Bantu Caves, Cameroon Highlands. Everything is there, from history, to nature, to religion.

Besides the plane ticket to the country, nothing is very expensive. Everything in the country is cheap.

Everyone speaks English there. In fact, most Malays speak several languages. It is a country that has so many cultures blended together. The Malay culture is UNITY. People don't discriminate based on religion or skin color. It's an incredible country, that I HIGHLY recommend going to.

Malaysia is also less touristy and and more safe than Bali. Malaysia, will be able to encompass EVERYTHING you want to do. It has everything. You can spend a week here, and be able to experience EVERYTHING you want.

9. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 139 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

My suggestion would be Boracay in the Philippines.

10. Posted by Muffintherabbit (Budding Member 30 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting aussirose

My suggestion would be Boracay in the Philippines.

I'm hoping to go to Boracay either later this year or early next year since it's cheap and easy to get to from Taipei and, I enjoyed Philippines when I went last week. Glad to hear it sounds a good place to go.