I'm currently in the process of planning my next trip. Unfortunately, I wont be able to get a few weeks off until this December. My travel dates - though somewhat flexible will most likely range between December 15th and January 7th.
My initial thought was to go to New Zealand, but airfare during that time period skyrockets to well over $2000. Argentina was my next though, but airfare during that time period is also devastating.
I'm based out of the Phoenix, Arizona, USA area and looking at alternate options.
So far I've ruled out Iceland (lack of sunlight, too cold) and am debating southern Turkey ($1000 airfare RT - acceptable).
I would love other suggestions. So far most of my travel has been in North America and Europe.
I have a hostel/backpack (typically non-camp) travel style.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
The big trouble is finding something affordable for the holiday dates - not easy since it's high demand season most everywhere. I encourage people to head for Vietnam as that's where I've been recently (and loved). I got a good airfare for mid-Feb (I'm going back), but I'm sure it would be quite a bit more for the holiday period. Only you can decide on the location, but I can tell you that Vietnam is still "innocent" and a wonderful location if you like exotic places, really good food/accommodations at a super price - very friendly too with great shopping. I was considering Argentina too, but I hear it's no longer an inexpensive destination? Turkey does also look interesting. Here's an excellent site if Vietnam interests you:
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 15, 2008, at 11:09 AM by Daawgon ]
Interesting, i'll add it to the list.
I HATE having to travel over the December Holiday. Unfortunately, it's the only time I can get 2+ weeks off for a real trip. It's definitely a less pleasant time to travel and the higher prices are brutal.
Another option would be the Middle East, more specifically Egypt/Jordan/Syria.
The weather is perfect with usually 20-25 degrees although some parts might cool off at night a bit.
And if you stay away from the coastline, there wouldn't be any trouble in finding decent places to sleep.
Don't know about visa regulations though for americans going to Syria in particular, but I think it won't cause any problems. And Syrians are one of the most friendly people I have met. It is also dirt cheap, so the higher cost of a visa is easily made up for while travelling around the country.
The good thing is you can combine Turkey with Syria and mayb a few days in Jordan as well.
it won't be cheap, but it'll be a good time and it'll be beautiful...
my vote is Sydney
South Africa? Or somewhere in southern Asia?
Thanks for the continuing suggestions.
Asia is a tossup. I have a trip (unscheduled) sometime in the next year and a half that's going to happen to Japan as I've got a friend/travel buddy teaching English there. So i'm torn - do I try somewhere like India, China or Taiwan and double dose or lean towards somewhere else?