Travelling from Paris in Feb 2009 for 2 weeks and looking for inspiration - we want to get out of Europe and discover new countries, please share your ideas with us
we have two weeks holidays from february 15 to March 1. We are departing from Paris. We are quite new to independent travelling , but would like to get off the beaten track.
Our main problem is time, as we only have two weeks.
Another priority is security: as I said, we are not used to independent travelling, so would like to visit a secure zone.
Our budget is quite confortable but would like to stay under 2000 Euros for plane tickets (for 2 persons).
I would generally exclude European destinations, which we can reach easier.
Please give me some inspiration, we are eager of discovering new cultures, even countries to which we are not particularly attracted to, at first.
Hello Catarian 😊
I have just been in Kyrgyzstan for the last 9 days.
The plane tickets were 618 Euros return from Germany.
Central Asian countries are challanging to travel in but Kyrgyzstan has a charming budding travel industry. Their tourist office known as the CBT will set you up with homestays in various parts of the country which are a good price and staying with a family instead of in a hotel lets you see how people live. If you are interested in horse trecking and camping the CBT can also provide you with guides and set up yurt stays for you.
The visa is realatively easy to get compared with getting the visas for other C. Asian countries. Many can just fill in a form on arrival at the international airport in Bishkek and pay 30 Euros.
The tourist season is however very short so if you choose this option you would need to be planning to go next Summer or September.
Danke für deine Antwort, Mell!
It's a really good idea, unfortunately the planning is quite set for february, so Kyrgyzstan will be for another trip 😉
We are hesitating at the moment between Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Indonesia... I just hope the prices wont rise too much until end of november (we cannot book the tickets until then)...
What would you think? I heard Thailand is a nice country to travel in, and quite easy as there is cheap transport etc. Do you think it is a good choice for our first independent travelling outside Europe? We only have ten days, fifteen max, so I thought of getting a ticket to Bangkok with return, and spend a few days there, a few days in the region of Chiang Mai and perhaps go two or three days in the southern part?
But as I said, we have not really decided yet, so try to convince me of other destinations 😉
Thailand is a nice country to travel in and has everything a traveller needs conveniently available. This level of convenience has the downside of making it easy to get trapped in the tourist bubble. But of course you can make the decision to pick and choose from which conveniences are worth having and then go your own way for the rest.
Yes, the transport and accomodation can be very cheap. Thailand is one of those places which can be cheap or not. If you want convenience it is available at a price and these prices vary. Some things are more than worth paying more for while others are not. Things like beautiful restaurants, hotels and massages are worth splashing out for. They are expensive by Thai standards but compared to what we pay here in Europe for the same standard they are a bargain in Thailand. Try to avoid package holidays. They are over priced compared to what you would get by going to Thailand and doing your own picking and choosing of what you feel is worth having.
Another advantage of Thailand is that there is relatively little visa trouble. Citizens of many countries can get a 30 day visa exemption stamp free of charge on arrival at the international airport in Bangkok.
Thailand being a relatively easy place to travel would make it a good choice for your first out of Europe destination. But I dont think there is anything wrong with jumping into a more challanging destination as long as you do enough research before you go.
India is the ultimate travel experience in my opinion. Maybe India would be one to consider. But India is a very challanging country so beware.