Help me decide where to go for a month of relaxation
January 19, 2014 9:33 PM Subscribe
I'm planning to take a month of holiday in May or June, and want to find a cheap remote destination anywhere in the world where I can rent a small place and just hang out and read books and unwind. My perfect day there would be lounging around in a hammock/garden/isolated beach, reading, drinking a cappuccino and eating bread and cheese. Maybe I'd go for a little walk.
Please give me your suggestions for destinations, including specific rental options if you have any.
posted by Susan PG to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total) 82 users marked this as a favorite
I don't want to spend a lot of money -- either on the airfare (from California) or on food/lodging/etc. once I get there. And I don't want to stay in a hotel or high-rise or bed-and-breakfast -- ideally I'd be in a cabin-type thing, or maybe at some kind of retreat facility. I am unilingual and want to be able to be lazy, and so I'd like a destination where the people speak at least some English.
Things I like: the ocean. Black sand beaches. The desert. Waterfalls, forests, glaciers, lakes. Hot springs and other geothermal stuff. Scandinavia. Moderate-to-warm temperatures. Buddhists. In general I like religious facilities as long as they don't care that I'm not personally religious. Most types of food, maybe especially Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Access to the internet. Lodging that is clean and simple. For reference: in the past I've really enjoyed time I spent in Kyoto, Ko Pha Ngan, Iceland, Pula, Isla Mujeres, Haifa, New Zealand and Easter Island.
Things I don't like: Crowds of people, especially package tour type tourists. Strong sun. Air and noise pollution. Scorpions and big insects. Ruins. Festivals. Hostels. Touts and begging and scams. I also don't want to be anywhere where as a woman I'll face an unusually high level of harassment or constraint.
Thanks in advance for any ideas :-)