Hey People. I love travelling and I have travelled pretty far and wide. I'm now at the 'gap year' stage - but I don't want to do the work round australia and then go to Thailand. I want to go to places that haven't been spoiled yet. If possible. It also makes it more complicated that in all likelyhood I'll be travelling alone, and am a female.
Basically I'd like some places which are still lonley. I don't want to leave England to find England again. I might have some work going down in Zimbabwe which looks good - but I've still got months to fill.
Any ideas about what I should and should not do/go/see?
If you want time to think and if you enjoy the outdoors, go to the Canadian Wilderness. You can spend weeks canoeing, hiking, and make stops in the many friendly and peaceful communities. Even a simple coast to coast trip of Canada as part of your trip, would be a relaxing experience (obviously season dependent)
On the other hand, I would personally go work and play at a tropical resort location...
If you don't want to find England again when travelling, well in Australia go to Western Australia in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions where nothing in England even comes remotedly close and the temperature sure aint similar. You can find pools of water with a nice waterfall flowing in to it where you can bath in the water and be all alone. You can camp in the desert and if you could drive a 4WD you could spend days at a time and not see a single person if you went to the right areas. One year a place in Western Australia recorded 160 days straight with the temperature over 37.8C! I doubt it has ever got to 37.8C in England let alone for such a long time (I wouldn't count on it being that hot for so long though). You could also go to the Northern Territory but just stick away from Darwin but even that isn't really anything like England especially the weather (this time of the year isn't a good time to go to Darwin or anywhere in the northern quater of Australia due to the wet season).
If you want weather more like England's, well Canada would be a nice place but depending on when you go and where you go, it can be considerably colder than Englands.
I haven't been there, but I have heard Greenland is pretty much the sort of thing you are after, but it is meant to be hell expensive.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 1, 2007, at 6:45 PM by aharrold45 ]
If you want something really unspoiled, go to Iran. Seriously! You will find very, very few American tourists, some absolutely incredible and ancient culture, great food, friendly people, and beautiful, dramatic landscapes. Iran is not the big bad wolf as portrayed by the White House; if you don't go about waving an American flag, spouting off about the mullahs, and generally act with respect, you shouldn't worry about safety. And if you go in the winter, you can get in some skiing! If you want to see a rapidly changing and globally significant country, go to China or Vietnam. Obviously China is a huge player in global economics and so on, and being a pretty enormous country, there's lots of "unspoiled" places, like Tibet and the Xinjiang region. I have a friend who's Vietnamese and has been about four times in the past fifteen years and says that it changes every time he goes back. Plus he says it's really green, beautiful and historic. There are also lots of options in Eastern Europe--Croatia is getting pretty popular, but Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and the like aren't quite swarming with tourists yet (again, some good skiing to be had too!). And Libya, of course, is a brand-spanking-new travel destination...and if you want something REALLY exciting, you can always do Somalia or Iraq.
Agree with zebre about Iran, Vietnam and China. If I was you, I would take the long tour, getting to Europe overland via Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Or go the old Silk route - from China to Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Central Asian countries and then into Iran.