I'm going somewhere but I'm just not sure where yet I have so many places I'd like to see but I'd love to hear from other travellers out there.
If someone gave you €8000 right now(that's how much I plan to have before I take off) where would you go?
That's about $13,000 Canadian. Wow! I've got to learn how to save better...
I'd go... everywhere! Seriously, though, I'd tour Europe with that kind of money. Western and then Eastern, sometime in the spring or fall when it's quieter and a little less expensive.
I'd say your busget leaves you pretty flexible for anywhere, depending on your preferred creature comforts and how long you're planning to go for. From what I can gather on TP, you could practically retire on that amount in some parts of Asia...
Depends very much on your interests and the amount of time you have as where you would go.
I am into wildlife and Archeology and Anthropology.
I am working my way through Central and South America a piece at a time.
The following would need a min of 4 months to spend enough time in each place to do justice.
Mexico Ruta Maya (Yaxchillan being the highlight) and Tikal comming second. Then on to Belize for some R&R Caye Caulker is fun. The wildlife and diving / snorkling in Belize is fantastic San Ignacio is a good base for many trips but the southern areas of Belize have wonderful nature reserves. Then on to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama. Next, Venezuela to climb Roraima. I believe that Guyana and Suriname are the best for wildlife but I have not been yet so that would be next. Down to The Galapagos Islands on to Peru, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicacca then into Bolivia ending up in Argentinia.
Right now I'd do one of three things.
1. Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa (superior safaris, and South Africa need I say more?)
2. Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Peru (particularly the Inca Trail) (anyone who saw the Motorcycle Diaries will understand)
3. Belize, Costa Rica, Panama (my DREAM trip of which Costa Rica will be partially explored next week)
Of course Europe would be super ideal but you're already there and don't know if you've been there/done that. So if I were to go around Europe with 13000 CDN, it would be ALL of Europe, as in Scandinavia, Western, and Eastern Europe. So 8000 euros that is psychotically amazing! Take a few months off, explore whatever is your fancy... another suggestion: Australia, New Zealand, and the islands in Oceania. I'm not sure what with the tsunami being relatively close and all, but it's a possible destination. So to reiterate what Tina said, you can go ANYWHERE you like! Have fun!
Yep - i'd love to do South America. (saw The Motorcycle Diaries Travelover - wasnt it great?) I was actually saying this to Raven earlier today, I'm usually a lone traveller (prefer it) but I'm very wary of going to most of the South American countries alone. So, I'm waiting to meet the big strong man of my dreams before I go - he's out there somewhere....
Or can a girl do it alone? what do ye think ladies?
Don't wait! Do it alone. You may even have a better time!
Or you may meet your big, burly man of your dreams while you're there...
you know what eve?? I am doing just that as you have described!! I have slighty more than the 8000 euro''s because I have been saving for over half a year for it and intend to do it all. I only am taking this amount of money because if I see something I want to do i AM going to do it.
Spend time from the south all the way to mexico... try that as a plan samsara. It looks to be amazing!
I'd head for Europe! And then South Africa and Canada, and maybe parts of Australia and NZ if I had any money left!
I am off to Guatemala in late Feb then returning to Belize for a more 'in-depth' look. For those worried about travelling on their own in some countries, it is possible to join a www.exploreworldwide trip and pay as a land only customer. Quite reassuring. I would say that Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica, Guatemala are OK on your own. I know that for Suriname, Guyana and ascending Riorama I would join a tour. I think I would see more, the transport difficulties to remote areas would be removed and I could concentrate on the experience as well as benefiting from the knowledge of local giudes.
If you are travelling on your own, learn a reasonable amount of Spanish. You will be ripped-off less and you can communicate your way out of trouble.
sorry, i want to add that when I get back from south america then I will be travelling Europe when I have saved again!! Its an awesome place with loads to doo too, so it really is gonna be a debate for either or! south am or europe?? I'm only getting away cos I live in london