I will be departing on a RTW trip next year and traveling for close to a year. I am currently in the planning & overly excited stage.
I am interested in any special adventure trips while abroad. But, I am on a backpackers budget so I will need to strech my dollar.
Any kind of sugestions on side adventures would be great. I am mainly looking for things like...
-Multi day kayak trip down a river
-Camping at that perfect spot
-A great beach to hang a hammock for a few weeks
-Off the wall adventures
-Speacial festivals I should not miss
-That unforgettable town you would like to share with this eager traveller.
Thanks for your help!
Go to Vietnam and use the full 30 day visa. It is dirt cheap in Vietnam and if you get the open tour bus from north to south, you can stop at any number of nice places on your way down. You can then do a 3 day 2 night Mekong Delta tour which leaves from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and arrives in Phnom Penh/Cambodia. That tour was dirt cheap and could be arranged in any number of travel agents in town. In Cambodia you can go to Sihanoukville and relax by the beach for a bargain basement price of like $5US a night for a private bungalow only about 20metres from the beach, but I wouldn't say it is that exciting you'd spend a week there.
Australia has so many amazing beaches, but it is not overly cheap. Broome in Western Australia has backpacker accommodation and what is probably the best beach in the world. For a trek, you could go to Tasmania and do the overland track which is meant to be pretty good, but I think you have to register in advance for that.
Doing the Inca Trail in Peru, seeing Patagonia and that whole region in southern Chile/Argentina is worth a look.
Doing a multi-day hike along the Great Wall of China would be a great adventure. I did an 18km hike from the Jinshaling-Simatai section and that was just amazing, but that was only a day hike.
If you go to Egypt a couple of things you could do to relax is get a felucca ride from Aswan-Edfu which took a couple of days and you spent all the time out on the cushioned deck. Then spending some time in the Sinai region (Dahab) relaxing by the waterfront which was pretty cool.
Plenty of Amazing camping opportunities exist in Western Australia in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, but you'd need to hire a 4wd to get to a lot of them, because most of the region is off limits to normal vehicles. This option isn't overly cheap, so you'd need to save some from other areas to spoil yourself to do this.
Canada around the Rocky Mountains region has a lot of really nice spots, but seeing it is so close to America you are probably not wanting tovisit there.
If Japan is going to be a part of your round the world trip, you should definitely make your timing to be there in late March-early April when the Cherry Blossoms are on and also try to see sumo wrestling.
I guess the obvious place for doing treks is Nepal.
A place where you could relax doing absolutely nothing except swimming, sun baking etc is Jamaica. Places like Treasure Beach and Negril are great for that (although the hustlers trying to sell you drugs or some are trying to also sell you womens services, are a bit of a pest but are everywhere in Jamaica). That option isn't overly cheap though, but I found a place in Negril for $25US a night for this hut thing by the beach and by Jamaica standards that is extremely cheap.
If you go to Dubai, doing a desert safari is pretty good.
All of Scandinavia pretty much has great nature, but all is very expensive and not for people on a tight budget.
Obviously place for great nature is New Zealand, but Tasmania in Australia is also pretty good. Neither of those two places are particularly cheap especially if you go to Queenstown in New Zealand where the activities are very over priced but great fun.
Their is just so much to see and do that fits in to the sorts of things you are wanting. Most countries you choose will have at least a handful of places where you could do some of the things you mention.
[ Edit: Edited on May 5, 2007, at 4:17 AM by aharrold45 ]
I have heard about mountian huts that dot trails in the Alps of France/Italy/Switz. I would love to be able to do a short backpacking trip (3-8 days) along one of these routes during my travels.
Has anyone done treks like this or know of a good resource where I can find maps or routes on these trails or locations of these mountian huts?
Thanks for your help!
Intrepid Travel does small group tours at budget prices in some really cool locations such as Thailand, India, the Middle East and lots lots more. They visit off-the-beaten-track kinda stuff and get you involved in cool activities that you might not do or even know about otherwise. Check out their website, there's so many to choose from and I think it could be just what you're after