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Interesting destinations for 6 weeks in Jan., Feb., or March

Old Mar 20th, 2016, 06:10 AM
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ElisPonce--Thanks for the advice on choices, and also thanks for describing some places for me as some of them are exactly what we hope to avoid (Westernized beach vacation party places).
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Julies.Take a look at Central & North Sulawesi in Indo. Stay on Bunaken Island and/or Siladen.Great place to unwind - outdoor, nature and culture.Snorkelling and diving is incredible.If you have a couple of weeks to spare,check out Ternate or Tidore in the Maluku Islands for some great birding,across the Wallace Line,some incredible and strange wildlife and a faunal boundary.

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What a fun problem to have!

I have to say when i read this I thought you might really like South America. We're just back from Colombia (where we saw Yestravel!) and it has a lot of the things you're looking for but equally you could have fun in Argentina or any number of other places. Both of these are also a GREAT deal right now vis a vis the dollar which is always something we pay attention to too.


Morocco has some good hiking and history etc. IF you don't mind some of the hassle factor.

Ok another non-Asia suggestion would be Egypt. We were there for 19 days last year and i could easily have spent twice the time. The weather is great at that time of year, the history is amazing and the Egyptians are very welcoming. For us it was an ideal time to go as it wasn't busy, for obvious reasons. However, it may not be as good on the hiking/nature side, though combining it with Jordan could give you some nice walking around Petra. Additionally it's a great value too.


Sri Lanka is lovely but you may find it too warm. I have to say seeing more of Java and seeing Sulawesi and western Papua are on my list. In SEA you might want to avoid Chinese New Year as places can be packed with tourists.

OK one final idea. The euro is down right now so it's cheaper in Europe than it has been in ages. We spent January in Lisbon a few years ago and LOVED it. Yes there is some rain but it isn't too bad (rather like SF) the city is incredibly beautiful and it's very affordable to take an apartment. Here's a post on" Loving Lisbon in the Winter"

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I have come to the forum to see out advice on a possible trip for us to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos....youngish retirees thinking long stay of possibly 8 weeks for Jan - Mar 2017. I happened to see this post and thought I might add a far out suggestion for you. Not sure if you've done any African trips but we have been twice now...Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa. It has been very reasonable and we loved it. Will do Rwanda and Botswana, Zambia perhaps sometime as well. Best....
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I have not traveled extensively - yet - but I loved both Sri Lanka and Nicaragua. Both countries have, in general, warm and welcoming people and are not overly developed tourist destinations, and still have many places with natural beauty.
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Am in Nicaragua now, Leon to be precise.

Loving it, but it's v.v.hot.
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It was very hot in February also; a hotel with good air-conditioning and/or a pool was always appreciated. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!
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For those of you who have been to New Zealand, is it mostly all outdoor activities, or are there a few historic tourist sites too?>>

Juies - there are some historical sites in NZ but not many. There are the Maori sites of course, mainly in the NI up in the Bat of Islands and Rotorua of course, and on the SI there is Oamaru on the east coast which is a Victorian gem [and has the sweetest penguins on the planet!] Also we found an interesting mining area on the NI north of Napier [which is an Art Deco city]; that might not interest everyone but being from Cornwall we were fascinated.

With 8 weeks you could have a wonderful trip in NZ and possibly see something of Australia too - that time of year Tasmania would be great.

alternatively, what about SA? the Rand is very low at the moment.

But if you really want history without high temperatures, Europe really has to be top of your list and for the best combination of sightseeing and climate, I would go for southern Spain. OK even in Andalusia you might get some rain, but you should get enough warm sunny days to make up for it. With that length of time I would pick somewhere central to what I wanted to see and rent an apartment most of the time [say 4-5 weeks] and use that as a base; Malaga would be a great place to stay for a while I think. You could then think about moving to the north of Spain or Sicily for the end of the trip - 3 weeks there would be wonderful.
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oops, sorry, i see you've "only" got 6 weeks - in which case I'd do 3 weeks in Andalusia and 3 in Sicily. Sorry for that mistake.
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