Hey there guys
Ok well if you would be so obliging, I would love a bit of advice from all you seasoned travellers! My situation is that I am planning travel for next year, late March/April onwards. My only restriction is that I have to be in La Rochelle, in the South of France, by the 1st of september 2010. My (ideal) plan is to fly to Hong Kong, and after spending 2 or 3 months travelling around asia (both SE and central) go back to Beijing, and takethe trans-Siberian railway via Mongolia over to Europe, stopping at all the good sites of course, and doing little excursions off to other places on the way. Then I want to go down through Eastern Europe and across to La Rochelle. So it's a pretty standard route really, though perhaps beginning from the opposite direction than most people.
The thing is, I am a 19-year-old girl, and although I'd be staying with family for some bits and travelling with friends for oher bits, there would still be substantial periods where I'd be travelling alone. I'm an outgoing and outdoorsy Kiwi, and do a fair bit of tramping (hiking) so should be fine with the physical side of things, but I don't want to spend all the money to get over there on the trip of my dreams only to find myself stuck in the hostel feeling too unsafe to go out! Perhaps there's another thread dealing with this, but basically I want to know where a girl such as myself (who is, after all, not much good at looking intimidating) can go without feeling uncomfortable. (having said that, I don't intend to wimp out of going to all the interesting, off-the-beaten-track places even if the risk there's a bit higher).
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!