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5-6 week trip - any ideas?

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My husband and I are planning a trip of approximately 5-6 weeks and are somehow stuck on where to go. This will (most likely) be our last child-free trip so it will be a 'big trip' and we want to tick off some exciting travel opportunities that might not be possible for a while.

We would love to go over the Christmas break to take advantage of our work shutdown periods, but I think based on weather we will need to go September/October. Suggestions for either would be great.

We have travelled around the USA and South East Asia and we are about to go to Mexico. We are from New Zealand so have travelled NZ, Australia and the South Pacific. We want something adventurous to a degree, ie. not interested in sitting on a beach for a month (or more than a few days). Our budget is about $15-25000 (NZD), and we want to go somewhere where we can travel in relative comfort for that amount. I don't want to go somewhere where it will be very cold, and we're not into hiking or camping.

We love food, wildlife, nature, cities and history - so a pretty wide range of destinations would suit!

We like fairly fast-paced travel - not a city every couple of days, but it's not our style to stop in one place for a month. I prefer to move around and we are both young and fit so don't mind a bit of travelling. We will be travelling independently, but are not opposed to joining a small tour for a few days. We really like the idea of Africa but I feel pretty overwhelmed at the thought of planning an independent trip there, and I don't think our budget will stretch to a private tour for that length of time. All the other travel we've done I've planned and booked myself so I'm confident with that side of things.

So, based on that criteria, where would you go?

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