I'm looking for some inspiration. I've decided to set aside 4-5 weeks in Feb/Mar to do a spot of backpacking. I'm thinking India again - there is still so much I want to see there. But, I've already been to India twice and am wondering whether I should try somewhere new. I want to also steer clear of the rest of Asia as have spent alot of time there over the past year.
I would welcome some inspiration from those of you who have done a short trip somewhere really cool. I need somewhere relatively cheap and am looking for relaxation as well as travelling, as it'll be a long holiday....so maybe ending up on a beach for the last 5 days or so!
Steering clear of Asia and also want to travel cheap (meaning Europe, North America, Oz are out) your best best would be (parts of) South America or maybe Central America.
Haven't been to Central America myself but for ending up on some beaches it is probably better (or at least there are more choices). In South America, the Brazilian coast would be your best bet.
You could choose to fly into Lima and out of Rio and visit Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, than onto the Bolivian Altiplano and down to the Pantanal, Iguazu Falls and to Rio. You might need an occasional flight, as distances (in time) are big.
Otherwise, something totally different and more off the beaten track, would be West-Africa, for example start in Niger and than on to Burkina Faso, ending on the coast of Ghana/Benin.
Just a few thoughts to start thinking about...
I am a fan of Central America. Very laid back, inexpensive, lots of opportunities for beach relaxing in almost every country, Mayan ruins to see along the way, some nice colonial architecture in some of the cities. There are a few large, urban cities, but mostly it's pretty much smaller towns. Buses are good and inexpensive.
In 4 or 5 weeks, you could do a good bit in 2 or 3 countries, depending on how quickly you wanted to travel. I would look at something like Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, which would offer good beaches, snorkeling, diving, a chance to see some ruins (Tikal is supposed to be amazing - haven't seen it myself, yet), and some good latin American culture.