Help me decide where to go on vacation.
January 14, 2014 5:31 PM Subscribe
I need advice on how to best plan my international vacation. Package deal or self made? Eastern Europe, Africa or Middle East? Someplace safe and easy to find my way around.
posted by triggerfinger to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've decided I would like to go on an international trip in 2014 (probably spring or summer). I'm hoping Askme can give me some tips and pointers on how I should do this.
Things to know:
-Female, traveling alone
-Experienced traveler, but I still like to remain cautious (which is why I probably wouldn't go to India alone, as much as I'd love to see it)
-Not western Europe or South America
-I'd like to keep it less than $2000
-Up to two weeks
-very open to a long layover in any other city
Places I would love to go:
-Eastern Europe/Russia (not Czech Rep. or Poland - I've been there)
I think it might be better to stick with E. Europe/Balkans given I'd like to go for two weeks, as I can travel around as much as I'd like to see different cities (Morocco and Dubai seem like shorter trips - unless there are other nearby cities worth visiting in each of those areas?). I love the idea of Egypt but I'm not sure how safe it might be for a single female in Cairo right now.
Given that I might be going places where English isn't widely spoken, I'm almost inclined to pay for a package trip that has all my transport and other logistics planned so as to minimize my chances of messing something up and being stranded somewhere alone or something. Unless people who have done this before can attest that it's easy to set all of it up myself? In the past I've always sorted out my own logistics, but then again, I've always traveled to pretty easy places that have millions of tourists and where English is pretty widely spoken (Berlin, Paris, etc). If anyone thinks it would be just as easy to plan it out myself, could you please point me to sites that would have suggested itineraries that I could follow?
I like to think I'm pretty street smart, but I want to do my best to avoid places that might be slightly less safe for women traveling alone. Of the places I've named, are there any countries that I should avoid?
Any other suggestions on place I could travel that meet any of my criteria are welcome. I like history and culture and I would not say no to a place that was warm, sunny and had potential for a day or two spent at a beach.
I've probably seen any previous askmes that may have been posted.