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Trying to work out where to travel to.
26 months ago, May 27th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #156834  
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Hi All,
I'm looking for some ideas on what to do for a holiday. I have a fair bit of leave saved up and I need to use some up. So far I am short of ideas, and I'm hoping the more experienced travellers at this forum might have some good ideas for a trip.

I have a sort of list of what I want /don't want of the trip:
- Will be about 2 weeks, maybe 3, maybe 1.
- Not a fan of booze/party holidays, nor pure sight seeing holidays
- Mostly like the adventure-type holiday (e.g. I liked stuff on previous holidays like climbing a freezing and rainy Mt Fuji at night, skiing double-blacks etc). This includes any sort of holiday that feels 'achievement'-like, e.g. last trip we covered a lot of territory quickly, and made it to places 'on the outskirts' (off the typical touristy track) on foot.
- May have to go by myself, since most of my mates either can't afford it at the moment or have no leave
- Not a fan of Europe (but want to visit Iceland one day) or Africa, I mostly like Asia
- I'm currently residing in Australia (so somewhere like Iceland is quite expensive to get to, but its a possibility).
- I prefer 'high tech' and 'safe' (in the social sense), i.e. Japan scores 10, Africa (safari etc) scores 1.
- Preferably Northern Hemisphere

Sounds like a big ask, but I guess it good be an interesting exercise to work out
Cheers, Arem
[Edited: 2012 May 27 14:56 - arem:240856 ]
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26 months ago, May 27th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #156847  
Hello and welcome to Travelblog!

Time of year is going to influence some of my choices, I was originally going to say Myanmar, but when you said something high tech, that would count it out, though it is safe. Most places through the Indochina region are going to be hot and humid in May.

If it is Asia you want, with a bit of adventure, what about Java in Indonesia or Malaysia's Borneo?

The other option (which I am currently considering myself for a trip in September) are the islands of the South Pacific. Not the heavily developed islands, but something such as Vanuatu. Plenty of outdoor activities in that part of the world, along with the Yasawa Islands section in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Of course, water based activities are the main reason to visit these places, but Tanna Island in Vanuatu has Mt Yasur volcano and plenty of interesting tribal villages. Reply to this

26 months ago, May 28th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #156872  
Maybe try New Zealand as there is heaps to do adventure wise, nature wise and a lot of cultural things that you can get in too. Plus easy to get to from Australia and cheaper with the aussie dollar. Reply to this

26 months ago, May 28th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #156875  
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Thanks for reply,
I had a look at the South Pacific islands, but the ones I looked at weren't that safe. I did look at Hawaii though, which I guess is a similar kind of place. Java looks interesting, its pretty close to Australia and it has some amazing stuff there:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Image:Borobudur_Stupa_Merapi.jpg
Any one else got some more ideas?
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26 months ago, May 28th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #156880  
Have you considered Taiwan?

I've never been, but I have a longing to visit since visiting Japan as it has the same high tech vibe (so I'm led to believe) but with the cultural aspect too (also like Japan).

Also I think I saw somewhere that it was Lonely Planet's 'must visit' destination for 2012 but maybe I'm wrong.

From what I've seen on TV etc, it looks amazing and it looks like there are lots of outdoorsy adventure type things to do.. and it covers most of your other criteria too... it's safe, high tech, northern hemisphere, Asia and shouldn't be too hard to get to from Oz at all!

The one thing I have absolutely no idea on is costs, but if you've been to Japan, clearly this isn't a deciding factor in your choice of travel destination.

Also I don't think there are any Visa requirements... well not for a lot of nationalities anyway!


[Edited: 2012 May 28 15:45 - MichaelnFaye:21816 ]
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26 months ago, May 28th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #156888  
I lived in Taiwan for a four months and there are plenty of outdoor activities - some lovely outdoor activities. It is cheaper than Japan and Singapore, and probably on par (or a little cheaper) than South Korea for price, but more expensive than Malaysia and its surrounding countries.

Your timing for visiting will be important. July until September is typhoon season and not only is it humid, but the island can be subjected to torrential rains which make any outdoor activity problematic. Reply to this

26 months ago, May 29th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #156916  
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[Edited: 2012 May 29 14:53 - The Travel Camel:11053 - No commercial link dropping on this thread.]
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26 months ago, June 2nd 2012 No: 8 Msg: #157094  
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[Edited: 2012 Jun 02 23:33 - The Travel Camel:11053 - No dropping commercial links, emails or phone numbers on this forum, thanks.]
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26 months ago, June 6th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #157295  
Hello Arem and welcome to travel blog,

We recently went to Morocco and had a fabulous time. You can see a good bit it two weeks and it is very easy to get around. The list of things to do is endless.

You are not far from Papua New Guinea..... again plenty going on there.

Other suggestions- Malaysia and Indonesia Reply to this

26 months ago, June 12th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #157547  
Season is going to impact some of my options, I was initially going to say Myanmar, but when you said something advanced, that would depend it out, though it is secure. Most locations through the Indochina area are going to be hot and moist in May.

If it is Japan you want, with a bit of experience, what about Coffee in Philippines or Malaysia's Borneo?

The other choice (which I am currently considering myself for a journey in September) are the destinations of the Southern region Hawaiian. Not the intensely designed destinations, but something such as Vanuatu. A lot of outside actions in that country, along with the Yasawa Islands area in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Of course, water actions are the purpose to check out these locations, but Tanna Isle in Vanuatu has Mt Yasur volcanic and a lot of exciting tribe towns. Reply to this

25 months ago, June 13th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #157571  
Hi Arem!

I also have another suggestion in the Philippines were you can go to aside from the one Robert had. Why not try trekking up Mt. Pinatubo in <snip>? It's a combination of a 4x4 ride and hike up to it's crater. I assure you once you get to the crater of this stratovolcano , it would be worth the trek up! The view of it all is just amazing!

[Edited: 2012 Jun 13 21:50 - The Travel Camel:11053 - No link dropping on this forum, thanks.]
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25 months ago, June 13th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #157592  
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I would have to disagree with Papua New Guinea unless you are a diver..and it is definitely not a safe country nor set up for any form of tourism other than a few small dive resorts and the kokoda trail. How about Micronesia in a similar vein but more tourist..friendly

You will also find it will be cheaper to get to Iceland than it is to get to PNG even if you are in Cairns which is the jump off point.
[Edited: 2012 Jun 14 08:45 - littlewing:163970 ]
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25 months ago, June 19th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #157805  
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Arem, how about South Korea? - where I happen to be blogging from at the mo (I am also from Oz, Sydney) - search mr mink as the blogger/nick) and you should find what I have been up to in last 3 weeks. Heaps to do in Seoul - spent almost 2 weeks there at the start of a 5 week jaunt. I am now in Mokpo in SW and will explore some of the many islands in Jeollnam-do in SW. Korea (outside Seoul - where hotels can be expensive) - is generally cheap (compared to Japan)- $60-70 a day should easily cover motels, food and transport - very like Japan in that sense (altho they are less likely to speak/understand English) and the food is great - have not had a dud meal yet (chilli is not the be all and end all but it helps!). Its international visit Korea year or something in 2012, so as I have been to Japan on 2 reasonably long visits and 2 stopovers in Tokyo decided to try something different. Only trouble is July-August is supposedly quite wet (I am outa here on 3 July tho) but very sunny and warm at mo. Lotsa national parks here - but getting to them might be a problem - not easy for me as a solo traveller and speaking virtually zero Korean! You might also consider Vietnam - only 1 visit for me in 1999 but sure that would be good and cheap to get to (Korea is a bit exxy in that regard - likely $1600 or so. Reply to this

25 months ago, July 1st 2012 No: 14 Msg: #158210  
hi Arem, I am from India and I would suggest you to come India. I dont know weather your trip going to be adventures or not but one thing I can say surely that you will love India. We have TAJ MAHAL in Agra one of the seven wonder of the world. Reply to this

23 months ago, August 18th 2012 No: 15 Msg: #160140  
My suggestion is Italy! Many places to see there! It's a great place to travel to! Reply to this

23 months ago, August 19th 2012 No: 16 Msg: #160156  

In response to: Msg #157295 Hello Arem, I would like to second Morocco. It is a little off the beaten path from the normal Europe tour, but still has good hotels and transportation. If you spend time in Tangier, you can easily slip over to Southern Spain and Gibraltar for a few days. It might not have as much outdoor adventure things to do, but it is a good place to see. Regardless of where you decide to go, enjoy Reply to this

23 months ago, August 27th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #160376  
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my suggestion is to move Australia its completely travel destination .
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[Edited: 2012 Aug 28 05:55 - Rat on the Road:23681 - URL removed]
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23 months ago, August 27th 2012 No: 18 Msg: #160388  
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Well I went to Singapore, which was great.
Trip was short enough that simply seeing everything was adventure enough. I was worried it would be raining constantly but it was actually just nice and hot and sunny most of the time.
Will probably go to Hong Kong next, and then probably China. Iceland etc can wait. Reply to this

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