ideas of travel outside the beaten tracks

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1. Posted by P4PER (Budding Member 4 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi! It's my first post and I discovered this website while scrolling. So I hope my subject will be at the right place. I need some help for a travel in maybe 2-3 years for a budget of 2500$-3000 cad each (with flight). We are three excellent friends who want to do an incredible trip somewhere we can find adventures and excellent memories. Actually, we have two current ideas: Morocco for the amazing culture, food and environment with a trip in the Sahara desert for 4 days. And Nepal for the Himalayas but we are not sure of which trek to choose because there are so many. As I said, we are searching for idea's of countries were we can find something unique. Maybe a walk of 1-2 weeks somewhere incredible? So, I need some help; what do you think of the actual ideas (Morocco and Nepal)? Do you have others? I will greatly appreciate your help!

2. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

To throw another idea into the mix, have you thought about Chile? You could combine a hike of several days in the Torres del Paine with a visit to the Atacama Desert in the north (although that would mean using Santiago as a central point I think, and flying from there to each of those amazing paces in turn). Or you could focus just on the south and combine the Torres del Paine with the lakes area. Finally, it's also possible, although I haven't done it, to explore both the Chilean and Argentinian areas of Patagonia on a single trip.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2259 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

A friend of mine enjoyed the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, based from Pokhara.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1481 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Suggest both India and Nepal for the Himalayas. Both will suit your budget. It won't cost much more to fly from North America to India vs. Morocco, if past fares are any guide. Flights within India and between India and Nepal are reasonable (If flying from Delhi to Kathmandu, sit on the left side of the plane to see the Himalayas, possibly including Mt. Everest). There are a variety of transportation options in both India and Nepal. Since you're sharing costs, there's the opportunity to hire a car and driver to take you where you want to go. I've done that with a friend traveling to many places including Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, Pokhara to Lower and Upper Mustang; and from Surkhet to Rara Lake and back.

Since you're from Canada, see also this link: https://travel.gc.ca/

For Canadians, visas are required for entry into India and Nepal but not Morocco. Also, permits are required to visit certain areas of the Himalayas in both India and Nepal. This is the case with the Annapurna Circuit, Mustang and others.

When considering travel to India and Nepal, also consider the seasons. Most people try to avoid the wet (monsoon) season. The timing can vary, depending on where you are.

5. Posted by traveltownbound (Budding Member 5 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I would recommend Croatia!
Beautiful country with lots to explore, rich history and you can easily find yourself off the beaten path if you go outside of the main attraction towns. If you wanted to travel down south of Croatia I would also recommend making the trip over to Montenegro. Really beautiful place!
I did a trip through Croatia, Montenegro and Albania a few years back and had an amazing time.
Only felt touristy in the main towns but easy to avoid if you get adventurous.

6. Posted by P4PER (Budding Member 4 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Wow, Croatia, Chile, India/Nepal... I love your ideas! Chile seems amazing for the mountains! I checked a bit in the Arabian countries but I don't know a lot about the countries there. Did some of you have experience in the Arabian peninsula?

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1481 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

If budget is a factor, Eastern Europe certainly is a place to consider, as well as Southeast Asia. In Eastern Europe, Ukraine is one of my favorites. Lviv is sort of like a smaller Vienna. In fact, some in Austria still call it Lemberg. Kyiv is marvelous, too, great for sightseeing, food and entertainment. If Europe reopens this year, I plan to visit, since I have friends there. But India and Nepal certainly are affordable for most. India is amazing. There's something of interest everywhere you go. Different regions have their own distinct cultures.

The Caucasus also is affordable. I especially enjoyed Tbilisi and Baku and the mountains near Khinaliq.

South America also can be affordable if you focus on certain countries, such as Bolivia. It has everything you'd want: Mountains, desert, jungle.

Since you don't plan to travel for another two to three years, consider the possibilities. There are many great affordable options!

P.S. Albania, Croatia and Montenegro are not in the Arabian Peninsula. They are in the Balkans. Besides Chile, Patagonia also includes Argentina, where a visit to El Chalten is especially rewarding. The Perito Moreno and other glaciers around El Calafate also are amazing. It would be a shame to miss them by only visiting the Chilean part.

[ Edit: Edited on 25 Feb 2021, 21:23 GMT by berner256 ]

8. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 131 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

What about Costa Rica for a smaller less exotic trip, it has lots of good hiking including the difficult loop down in the Osa Peninsula although it is not really known for a lot of culture and the food is pretty bland.
When I think of good food and culture I think of places like Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, cities and countries with lots of museums of all types and good food, even maybe somewhat unique to the region.

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3045 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

"...I need some help for a travel in maybe 2-3 years for a budget of 2500$-3000 cad each (with flight). "

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What does this mean? Do you mean you have $2500-$3000 to spend AFTER the costs of your flights are taken care of??

Coming all the way from Canada I would plan on a trip of at least 2 weeks at a minimum. Thailand would keep you busy for 2 weeks unless you would prefer a different part of the world.

10. Posted by P4PER (Budding Member 4 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

"...I need some help for a travel in maybe 2-3 years for a budget of 2500$-3000 cad each (with flight). "

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What does this mean? Do you mean you have $2500-$3000 to spend AFTER the costs of your flights are taken care of??

Coming all the way from Canada I would plan on a trip of at least 2 weeks at a minimum. Thailand would keep you busy for 2 weeks unless you would prefer a different part of the world.

3000$ in total. I already went a few days in Thailand and 3 months in Cambodia... So I want a different country and culture.. Maybe an Arabian country?