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Monday, June 16, 2008

So many places, so little time...

I keep thinking about next year's travel plans. I have this "dream" fund that I'm slowly putting money into for a big trip next year. After this trip the "dream" fund might become my "condo/house" fund so it could very well be the last BIG trip for me (when I say big, I mean somewhere outside of the US and for at least 2 weeks - I will still travel at least twice a year if not more, like usual).

I wrote a list down of places I want to check out, and it was basically the world. I need to think smaller at the moment, because by next year I should have about $3500-5000 to spend (for airfare/hotels/food/everything). And honestly, I don't really want to use all that money...

Here's where I need your help. Where should I go? Obviously Austrailia is out, for the ticket price alone. I need a place that's relatively cheap. And preferably not in Europe. Although, I would maybe go to Greece (is that Europe? is that a dumb question?). I mean I don't want to go to Spain or Amersterdam. I've been there. I'm done for awhile.

Here is my wish list, so if any of you have been there or heard amazing things please let me know. If you have an amazing place to add, please tell me. Even if you haven't been there, but always wanted to, tell me. I'm not looking for something crazy. Almost the opposite. I want a place I can just walk around and not feel pressured to do too much. I never remember the museums or the buildings. I do remember the food and if the people were nice. And speaking of people, I kinda don't feel like learning a language either. So if they mostly speak English then that's a big plus for me.

I really want an easy going place, with things to see, but not too many things to see, hiking opportunities, beach opportunities, good food, good people and english speakers at my disposal.

-South Korea

Thank you and god speed.



Blogger Maya said...

You have a pretty good budget for a 2 week trip--Steve spent your max on a 2 month trip (south pacific) so i think you are being totally reasonable. Franny, Steve's cousin, went to India by herself and had a great time (stayed in an ashram for a few nights, which seemed like a very unique, relaxing experience)--I think it was really inexpensive. I know Thailand is cheap... we'll have to talk travel soon. between Steve and a couple other friends, I know people who have been a lot of the places on your list. :)

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

istanbul's a city in turkey, silly.

for nice cheap beaches i'd say southeast asia (thailand, laos, cambodia, vietnam) fiji, croatia...

more expensive are malta and greece but you can stop in madrid first and go cheaper from here so that could be cool..

i've heard mixed reviews on morocco and india, being harassed by locals for money and feeling bad about it, and being a blonde and wanted to trade you for camels(morocco)

i'd recommend fiji, its amazing and you can do a hop on hop off boat thing to these different islands with nothing but a hostel with food all included, you don't have to think just relax - eat drink and play boardgames...

1:12 PM  
Blogger Barrie said...

anonoymous (mark?),

i do know istanbul is in turkey. i was just being more specific. silly.

isn't fiji really hard to get to? i don't want to spend most of my trip travelling to get there. if you know an easy route to get there from seattle, do tell. i'm all about it!

and i've been to isreal and colombia. so beggers don't bother me as much. i keep thinking i want to go to india. i want to do yoga and eat rice. i want peace and quiet. but then i also want a little adventure. i want to see a beautiful place and be amongst beautiful people.

thanks for the tips so far. keep em' coming!

i may have to resort to a travel agent. ugh.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude did you miss the part about coming to madrid, its me...

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Aylin said...

I would say Turkey all the way. I have a lot of experience going there and I love it...P.S. I'm Turkish.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

people she's going alone. I've been to Istanbul & was almost kidnapped by two locals who tried to push me in a cab. Go to Greece even Fiji. India seems romantic b/c of the ashrams but it's a over populated country & filthy. Why not send her to Iraq or Afganistain?? There are plenty of places in the world you can go Stay out of any where but Europe. And the dollar is worth almost nothing now & it would be very expensive.

5:39 AM  
Blogger Barrie said...

uhhhh, anonymous:

did i say i was going alone? not sure where you got that idea.

besides, i decided last week. istanbul!!!

now i just need a free place to stay.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Piuta said...

Thanks for writing this.

7:57 PM  

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