Hey guys, this is my first post!
Next May im taking off for 4 months. I am either going to do Central/south america or europe. on the way to either of these places or on the way back, i want to go to india and nepal.
What do you guys suggest i do?
I will be 22 and will be travelling on my own. I like adventure. Surfing, hyking etc. love beaches and market shopping.
i have already been to indonesia and thailand.
oh and has anyone been to el salvador? what did u think.
I have never been to Central or South America, but I have heard great things about the island of Belize and the country of Costa Rica from friends who have gone. I have been to Europe, and I love it! I have been to Germany, Belgium, France, and Holland. My favorite place is Germany. You can see the Black Forest and enjoy the castles and drink the best beer and wine along the rivers.
Comes down to cash really, S. America expensive to get too but much cheaper on the accomodation and internal transport, Europe will cost you in hotels and transport unless you drive and sleep in car and tent.
To mix either with India would be a mistake. Much easier and cheaper to fly London Delhi £400 than Mexico Delhi £1000. So go to both, but you might as well go back to base in between.
Sorry to correct previous post but Belize is not an island - and although this dates back a few years, does not have the same levels of transport that the other central american countries. El Salvador is not a bad place - but has a history and periodically is difficult. If you're travelling through central america you are almost certainly going to be able to change buses there. I didn't have any problems there, but that said I don't normally have problems and have visited 100+ countries including those on the do not go there FCO lists.
South America is seperate from Central america - bit difficult to combine the two in 4 months.
Europe is a big place - lots to see from the top of Norway to Gibralter and all the way over to the Urals. Need to define the goals a bit more.
India takes time too, nepal is a bit turbulent at the moment I'd either try a round the world ticket and sample a few other places or narrow down the options. A budget level idea would be good too!
Why don't you try out Singapore ,What a place! This is a must-see, must-do vacation! Tropical weather, great scenery
Escape theme park
East coast park.( You gotta bring your family there cause it's really warm to go with your family. Its a beach with many many things around. If you want to skate , go to inline culture , you may find me there too , cause i work there . inline culture(At c3 carpark) rent skates . There's a bike shop beside too. & if you're hungry , you may like to go to carbana , located beside inline culture.Carbana is eating bbq food. Or you may like to go to jkdon/zen. Ask around so that you know where they are cause east coast is really BIG. If you want more choices of food , go to lagoon. Th food there is nice too , most tourist dines there.)
Jurong bird park
Photo taking: Esplanade
Tampines mall , century square , Tampines ono
Hainanese chicken rice
There's a malay food stall somewhere at bedok, th food there is nice.
Pepper lunch (Suntec city , Imm building etc.pepper lunch is eating steaks , pork chops etc.)
Steamboats (Kallang. There's one whole rowl of steamboats , you can choose which you like. Cheap too. If you like spicy food , go to th korean steamboat shop named.
what about go to shanghai?shanghai expo is funny!
If you head to N. America - Montana has what you described. There are areas you could get lost in for that long.
I cant really comment on S America, but can tell you abit about India and Nepal.
I spent about 7 months in Tamil nadu, wwoofing at a place in the Auroville area outside of Pondicherry, called Sadhana Forest, a vegan, no booze, no drugs, no smokes reforestation project. Besides being a serious health buzz, the work was satisfying, the people insightful and friendly, and unlike alot of the european run places in the area, it had very close links to the local Indians, which made it even better.
As for Nepal, which was my break from the routine of Sadhana, kathmandu is an awesome city, but very cold....very very cold, but buying warm clothes is easy and in fact, ive still got a few wool items I brought there, and that was 3 yrs back. From there, I suggest Pokhara, depsite being rather a tourist ghetto, the lake is stunning, and theres a wide range of hikes and paragliding there, which is amazing. I stayed for about a month and enjoyed it, especially paragliding on Christmas morning. Well worth a visit, and a good place to organise trekking further inland.
Ive travelled a fair bit over the last 20 yrs and have to say I wish i'd gone to India sooner. One of the most profounding inspiring cultures I've ever experienced.
Welcome to TravelBlog. You've come to the right place for ideas and suggestions. You will make travelBlog friends who can provide ideas each step of the way and will be very eager to read your blogs and follow you on your trip. I'm afraid I have a couple of questions before I say too much.
Where are you starting from? 4 months will give you a nice experience.
What is the country you most want to see? The one that you will be disappointed if you return and have not seen?
It looks like you will be traveling May, June, July and August.
The temperatures in Central America will be warm year around, there are a lot of adventurous things to do- hiking,climbing, biking, scuba, Mayan Ruins, lots of monkeys and jaguars to see. It is green and lush.
Any particular country in South America that interest you? Remember it is south of the Equator so you will be there in the winter. It is a very large country so some areas will have moderate temperatures and some will have snow. I've been to Peru and it is an amazing country not to be missed. I would allow a minimum of three weeks for Peru depending on what you want to see and four might be better. It depends on the pace you like to travel.
Europe in the summer will be crowded but that is not a reason to shy away from it. The temps will be warm.
Tell us about your trip to Thailand and Indonesia and the things you did in those places so we can make additional suggestions.
Hey-- you might want to write a blog about those trips so we can read them and we'd love to look at your photos. You certainly don't have to do that ...... happy to answer all of your questions.
Happy planning.......Merry Jo