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11. Posted by AO'Brien (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

xie xie beowulf 35 han hao
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My mum speaks a little mandarine because her brother is living in shanghai.

It is very useful information

12. Posted by nick3006 (Budding Member 24 posts) 5y

2 months is enough to see NZ, try and arrange it so that you fly in to Chistchurch and fly out of Auckland ( or the other way round ) that eay you won't have to retrace your steps much. I live on the South Island of NZ now and If it's scenery you are after there is nowhere better. The north island is less dramatic but there are more people, bigger cities etc so more to do in that way. Top qiuality wine all over as well if you're interested int that kind of thing.

2 months may be enough for OZ if you are flying from place to place but that can be quite expensive. If you've got 2 months I'd be tempted to stick to the southeast corner, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and not forgetting beautiful Tasmania.

hope that helps a bit.

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14. Posted by Lonnie (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

Quoting vanessa

South America, South America and South America!

David Rice wrote a good blog about his 8 month South America trip David Rice 8 months backpacking South America just the basics but good tips on what to see
Bus service is plentful and SA is a bargain for travelers

lonnie

15. Posted by Jenn Lane (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

I say you should definitely make the effort to go to South America. It is so rewarding and worth it! There are many amazing places to visit, friendly people everywhere, and very cheap! Only second to SE Asia I think. People are much more hospitable than over there though, you don't have people trying to take advantage of you every second.

Since this is such a long trip and Australia & New Zealand are more expensive than your other destinations I would consider taking one month away from them, maybe even two, and spending it in S America.

I would move around time a little..
Ex: 1month in India, 1m in China, 1.5m N Thai Laos Cambodia Vietnam, 1.5m S Thai Malaysia Indonesia, 2m Australia & NZ, 2m South America
But if you really want to spend more time in Aus and NZ, you could do 3months there and 1m in S America, though you would have time for just one country, maybe two.
And if you just don't like my idea at all, those 2 weeks at the end could be better spent in Mexico. You don't need a visa, unlike the US(regarding your LA suggestion) but it's close to there. It is also the most beautiful country(I guess I'm a little biased, I'm from there), and you could easily spend those two weeks in the Yucatan Peninsula.. does Cancun sound familiar? The farther you get from Cancun resorts though, the cheaper it will get.
And then there is the grand Chichen Itza, one of the new wonders of the modern world.

However if you are more intrigued about going to S America and are willing to sacrifice to visit, but you don't know where you would like to go.. here are some of my choice of places
Brazil-
Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana, Ipanema, Cristo Redentor(one of the new seven wonders of the world, and there is a reason for that) on Corcovado, samba, overall attitude and ambiance
Ilha Grande: beautiful unspoiled beaches, SE of Rio.. (From my calculations you would be there around march which is a good time to go)
Sao Paulo: visit if you have the time, it's just another really big city
Peru-
Machu Picchu: a really big must-see, Incan city in the Sacred Valley of the Incas(a UNESCO site, and one of the seven wonders of the world as well.. enough said!)
Lago Titicaca: on the border with Bolivia, worthwhile.. but not really
Chile-
One of my favorite countries, geographically very diverse: the highest volcano in the world in northern Chile, Atacama desert the driest desert also to the north, enormous glaciers in the south, vineyards in the middle and of course..
Easter Island: maybe not initially thought about, but a very interesting place in my opinion, with the giant mysterious heads: moais and just the feeling of being in one of the most remote areas of the planet.. there is an airport with regular flights from Santiago, the capital, and possible to diy, but more convenient to take a tour.. also a UNESCO site and one of the seven wonders of the world
Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia: not quite burning, more like super cold, shares a border with Argentina, what is it? as defined in a book 'a vast stretch of largely unsettled terrain encompassing a variety of terrains of fantastic beauty', you can visit the northern lake district, you can trek, raft, ski, cruise, and just marvel at the beautiful landscape, good at that time of year as well, and there are penguin colonies!
Valparaiso and ViƱa del Mar(beach) near Santiago.. only worth mentioning
Argentina-
Not my first pick nor my fave, it's the people.. maybe their accent or their attitude, but nevertheless beautiful natural wonders and some ppl enjoy it
Like I said, there is the Patagonia.. which shares the border with Chile, Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park on the Argentinian side
Igazu Falls: nearly 300 waterfalls! heights averaging up to 70m, UNESCO site(I point that out a lot, it's not that I'm a UNESCO-hunter, but I believe if the place was taken serious enough to be called a heritage site then it must be worthy of consideration), shares a border with Brazil
Buenos Aires: called the 'Paris of South America'.. haven't been so can't comment, though I love Paris.
Ecuador-
Galapagos Islands: if you like adventure, 19 islands, an amazing variety of wildlife

You certainly won't have time to visit all of them.. I would stick to three countries. Just to show you some options. And you just might have visited 5 of the 7 wonders of the modern world by the end of this trip.

It seems like too much information, I guess I'm just very passionate about all of this.

Hope it helps! Have fun deciding..

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Oct-2010, at 06:34 by Jenn Lane ]

16. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Wow, what a great, helpful post Jenn Lane! Welcome to TP

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