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1. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive, 19 posts) 25 Nov '06 20:24

So...

I'm 24 and I quit my job after about 2 years without vacation.
I like beaches, electronic music, exotic/ancient monuments, architecture and busy places where I can find loads of people from all over.

I want to travel for about 2-4 weeks from mid-December to mid-January.

Which place do you guys think is best?

1. South Africa
2. India
3. Morocco

Take into consideration transportation between cities, safety, local people, and current weather (temperatures between 20 to 30 Celsius appreciated).

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive, 19 posts) 25 Nov '06 20:52

I'd like to add that if I go to Morocco I'll be going with a friend, to spend basically around 10 days. Enough time to visit a few good places? 2-3 days each?

If I head down to South Africa I'll be on my own.
I was thinking JoBurg, Kruger Park (3-5 days?), Durban and Cape Town.
What other cities (East London? Port Elizabeth?) are very much worth seeing?

I have no clue about anything in India!

Rafael

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 25, 2006, at 9:22 PM by rafaelabre ]

3. Posted by Jam52 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 25 Nov '06 21:18

I dont really have any info to back this up but i think India would have to most stuff to see. However, I think it could be overwhelming to go to India just for a couple of weeks. So pretty much what im getting at is... Im not much help.

Sorry

Jeremiah

4. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive, 19 posts) 25 Nov '06 21:22

Well, Jeremiah, thanks anyway.

I know India is a very big country and the country I know least about. What worries me about India is actually things like higiene (food, drinks), safety and transportation between unusual travel spots. I'd like to go to certain beaches and places which wouldn't be in the 'main tourist route'.

5. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member, 161 posts) 25 Nov '06 22:46

hey rafaelbre ,

i havent been to the other countries that u mentioned- so i will not be able to help u on a comparitive basis...

but u can do a lot in india. you could do the north indian circuit if u want to see lots of monumnets- and the weather up north will get quite cold during nights and be around 20 deg celsius during the day..

but then again, u might find india quite a bit of a culture shock and not get enough time to soak it up.... u will have transport etc for off beat places, but u will need more a lot more planning than for other countries.

6. Posted by Ahila (Respected Member, 1529 posts) 26 Nov '06 03:11

I have not been to either South Africa or Morocco and do plan to go one day to both so I won't compare yet.

At the same time, my current favourite is India. Each region is unique and I am already planning on visiting India again, soon after my recent holiday to North India. My recommendations from my travel is on an earlier post here.

However, you need to be clear about your priorities and focus on one area alone to enjoy your travel more. I focused on Rajasthan during my week's travel in October and included Agra. You need to include Rajasthan if you go to India, for the palaces, fortresses, deserts, camels, rural villages and delicious vegetarian food.

Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Sikkim would give you a great Himalayan trekking experience (it is on my 'must visit soon' list) and also Buddhist monasteries.

The south would give you a more tropical taste. I consider Tamil Nadu a pilgrimage place, with its numerous Hindu temples and Kerala, the tranquility center with its backwaters and ayurvedic spas. Not sure whether it will be rainy there, as here in Sri Lanka, it is currently the rainy season up to Jan/ Feb.

Wonderful explorations, if you do go to India! :)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 26, 2006, at 3:11 AM by Ahila ]

7. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive, 19 posts) 1 Dec '06 03:57

So...

I've decided to go to both South Africa and Morocco!
Around 20 days in South Africa, around 7 days in Morocco.

I'll be coming to Morocco from Lisbon...

You guys think BazBus is a good option to meet other travelers?

8. Posted by Ahila (Respected Member, 1529 posts) 1 Dec '06 07:57

Have fun in both South Africa and Morocco! :)

9. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member, 103 posts) 3 Dec '06 18:53

If you decide to go to India, come online on a Sat/Sunday,
and we shall plan in detail a trip for you.
Just mail me in advance, so that am ready...

10. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive, 19 posts) 4 Dec '06 02:19

Shrinagesh

Thanks a lot for the attention, but I have decided to head over to South Africa and Morocco!

Regards,
Rafael