Hi! I recently lost my unemployment and have some extra time and money to do something really crazy. I want to find a great trip idea where I can be alone, see some amazing cities and scenery, and just escape for a while during either December, January or February (most likely). I am not looking for a trip to meet other travelers or singles so I'd like to do something that is great for a completely solo traveler and doesn't require sharing time with others or meeting people to have a good time.
I'd like to see some of the most amazing places the world has to offer. I'm not afraid of getting dirty, being very physically active, or staying in safe hostiles or possibly camping to save on money. I don't really like being cold so a southern hemisphere trip might be the best way to go for the time I have, but I'm open to suggestion.
Some ideas/areas I've considered: Japan is my #1 destination although I suppose that's not the best place to go for now, an Australian walkabout, Machu Picchu, Greece perhaps, Egypt, Thailand. Really I'm not sure. If I could only take one trip ever, what is the best experience to have? Maybe something that includes a little of many different things? I love the idea of culture, beautiful vast mind-blowing scenery, rich, lively, culturally abundant cities, and even smaller lesser known peasant towns. Either way I want to plan the most amazing trip possible where I can get the most from it. I have about $6k saved up.
Side note: I am 100% vegetarian (no fish or poultry either) so an area I can eat in would be great. I might do fish if I absolutely need to get by, but definitely not land grazing animals.
I realize this is quite a bit to take in so I really appreciate any helpful input from the experienced world travelers out there.