I am currently planning my round-the-world trip and the first leg will be Central America (seems like a good idea since I am in SF already). Then on to South America, NZ/OZ and Asia.
However, I am not quite sure how good of an idea it is to travel there alone… I am female, of the pale sort an blondish! Will definitely be wearing a wedding ring but I’ve been reading that traveling as a lone female is not advised for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Any advice/experiences?
I might just cut those places out entirely (RTW list is kinda long already and I take it that those countries are rather dangerous to go to anyway)… and “just” go with Mexico, Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama instead.
Any thoughts? Places I absolutely can’t miss? It’s appreciated – thanks!
Happy traveling :o)
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 14, 2008, at 9:26 AM by rtwsaesi ]
I'd defintiely skip out the El Salvador and Honduras bit and maybe go to Flores and Tikal region of Guatemala but skip the rest for personal safety especially Guatemala City. If you are a US Passport holder or plan to return back to the US, as far as I am aware you will find it very hard to include Cuba legally due to some political stuff between the US and Cuba from years gone by. I know that on rtw tickets you can not include Cuba if the US is included in the itinerary for even a transit.
If you want to purchase a RTW ticket, a One World alliance ticket would be the one you would have to purchase to be able to get the South America - Australia part and in doing so Cuba is not allowed on the itinerary of the rtw ticket seeing you'd almost certainly have American Airlines as your first flight.
If you do purchase the One World RTW ticket, you should consider checking out Easter Island for a few days. It is very tricky to include it in a rtw itinerary especially on the continent based ticket, but it is a pretty amazing little place.
I too will be doing my rtw trip commencing in Jan 09 for 6 to 12 months depending on finance.
My base is Australia so I will be going in the opposite direction. Early planning stage indicates the following:-
AUSTRALIA - Brisbane / Sydney
THAILAND - Not sure where to
US - Hope to include South America, Mexico, SF, LA, LV and will travel north probably east coast as the weather improves.
CANADA - Not sure where yet
US - West coast to New York
EUROPE - Anywhere and everywhere including England, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Netherlands & Turkey maybe other places and may change plans
INDIA - hopefully via Dubai for a short visit (it is out of this world) Not sure where in India, hope to visit Nepal and travel where the wind blows.
HOME - back to Australia
Plans are made to be changed or at least until I book my rtw ticket which I am still researching.
I should mention that I am female, 57yrs old and travelliing alone. Will hook up from time to time with 'buddie travellers' and also use Couchsurfing [www.couchsurfing.com] to meet up with locals and be their guest when possible. Otherwise I will be utilising hostels or budget accommodation.
Overland travel will vary with train, bus, or may purchase a used vehicle from time to time. If using own transport will link up with fellow travellers to share travel costs. If you wish to have company on some of your travels, let me know and we may link up along the way.
If I am still here in Australia when you arrive, I would be happy to show you round my region and you may stay for a day or so at my place PROVIDING you become a member of Couchsurfers and be verified.