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4-6 weeks solo travel in August/September

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4-6 weeks solo travel in August/September

I am 30 years old and am planning on travelling solo for 4-6 weeks in August and September this year. I love the outdoors and being active, seeing new things and also quite keen to travel somewhere so I can meet new people. I was originally thinking of SE Asia but i believe this is the wrong time of year.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I was possibly thinking Central/South America or Canada. Any other ideas are very welcome.

Thanks

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1. Re: 4-6 weeks solo travel in August/September

Depends how far you want to go, and how you plan to travel. but France is great at that time of year, I love touring there in September, once the schools have gone back. The weather can still be great, there is plenty to see and do, it is just a short channel hop, and with the car or M-bike, can go anywhere, too...

One time, for a change, I went to Spain, using a "last-minute-cheapie" with a car-hire that was also so cheap it was impossible to refuse. Yes, this one was staying in touristy Torremolinos, BUT having the car made it possible to visit all sorts of interesting places in Andalucia - Ronda, Granada, Gibraltar to mention a few, it was a case of thinking laterally.... The trip ws so cheap it would not have been a loss to forego some of the already booked hotel nights, take some overnight stuff in the car, and stay elsewhere to allow roaming even further afield, tho did not do that on that particular trip...

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2. Re: 4-6 weeks solo travel in August/September

I wouldn't totally write off SEA. This is a vast region with many different weather patterns. While mainland Thailand may be rainy, the southerly islands may not be effected. India also will have a wide range of weather patterns, especially in the north.

As an alternative to looking at destinations, I'd suggest looking at activity holidays. cycling, trekking etc. The specialist companies can provide you with more detailed information about where to travel to and what activities can be taken. You don't have to book with them of course, but they could provide you with inspiration.

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Peru and Bolivia are a perfect combination for 6 weeks. Lots of outdoor activities, beautiful mountains, loads of beautiful animals of all kinds (from penguins to condors and from llamas to giant jungle otters), ruins from glorious civilizations, lovely colonial cities, enough other travelers to meet up with. Bolivia has one of the most amazing landscapes I ever saw on the planet in my 17 years of traveling so far, the Salar de Uyuni and everything around it (Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde, Isla Pescado... just google image all those names). Bolivia is also the cheapest of the countries in South America.

Speaking Spanish helps a lot but you can manage without it. The people can appear a bit stand-offish or shy, especially the mountain people, but once you strike up a conversation they will be very friendly. Along the coast the people are more talkative and outgoing.

This is a logistically handy loop through Peru, Bolivia and some of northern Chile, seeing the best highlights in a logical order. You can easily reproduce this loop independently (but take 6 weeks to do this as you will need more time to arrange bus tickets etc, and these organized tours tend to rush through things). koningaap.nl/rondreis-peru-bolivia-chili-gro…

The map and the list of place names on the right show you the itinerary. Perhaps Google Translate can help, or look those places up on the internet or in a guidebook.

It's very easy to book short tours locally, for example a hike with a guide (and group)... a two day boat trip to the islands in Lake Titicaca and staying overnight with an Indian family on one of them... a few hours boat trip to see the sea lions off Paracas coast... a two day trip to see condors flying in the Colca Canyon... a four day jeep tour to see Salar de Uyuni and all the hot springs and colored lakes around it...

Of course you can also use public transport for example to get to the Colca Canyon, but those organized local tours tend to be good ways to see a lot in a short timeframe and also have the luxury of a guide and direct transport, and sometimes food included.

Peru has good tourism infrastructure and is quite popular already, but it's easy to avoid the crowds as soon as you step away from the beaten paths. Bolivia is not that well-visited yet, I guess because of high ticket fares into La Paz. But that is why I recommend the loop starting and ending in Lima.

I also love Nicaragua, if you have only 4 weeks I'd go for that. It's compact and has shorter travel distances between sights. Lots of volcanoes (you can even board off one, sitting or standing on a special board), you can hike or kayak or ride horses, stay at homestays, again there are lovely colonial cities, lots of music, the people are a bit more outgoing and talkative than in Bolivia. And it's cheap. And not so touristy yet.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Edited: 21 July 2014, 13:46
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By the way, I don't know what your travel experience to date is, but in Latin America you need to be cautious. I traveled solo in various countries there (Brazil, Peru, Colombia) and with a female friend in others (Nicaragua, Chile, Bolivia, also Peru another time, and part of my Colombia trip). We were fine except for a few stolen items (spread over multiple months). In the bigger cities I take taxis after about 9pm, or in the really big and more dangerous cities like Lima and Bogotá I take taxis immediately after dark. Lots of pickpocketing goes on in Latin America, and sometimes robberies. So read up on safety.

I traveled in Indonesia, Laos and Thailand and I have to admit those felt safer in general. The men are also less macho there.

But somehow Latin America has stolen my heart, it has more diversity, I can deal with the people better (I do not understand the Asian smile... even when they're angry or lying at you they still smile), I love those colonial-style cities and their cozy plazas, there are more climates and different things to see and do, and it attracts a different crowd of travelers too... more adventurous and genuinely interested in the culture and nature, whereas SEA also attracts hordes of youngsters just wanting to party cheaply before they start their serious lives back home.

Act streetsmart and you'll do fine in Latin America.

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5. Re: 4-6 weeks solo travel in August/September

Or you can visit all the greek islands! If you are after sun and sea you will find it there.

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Wow, my posts always get deleted when I litterally point to my trip reports. I guess they are more lenient here than in the Amsterdam forum.

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Cecile74: I agree. From my recollection of the Forum Posting Guidelines, "authentic and original" content is the guideline - not links. Further, it goes on to define "authentic and original" as:

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Saying this, as you've rightfully done countless times, it is OK to use your blog address as your signature line for non-promotional purposes.

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