Next budget backpacking destination.
Next budget backpacking destination…where should I go?
The wheels are in motion once again, the brain is starting to tick and my traveling feet are starting to get itchy.
Regular readers might know that I’m currently home in England and have been for a while. You may also know the unprecedented happened to me during my last trip. After 6 years of continuously traveling, working and roaming around the world I had enough. Yeah it’s crazy right, a nomad had enough of traveling! I was over it, I didn’t want to pack and unpack again, I didn’t want to get on another plane or on another bus. Some people start missing home after a few weeks, some after a few months, for me it took 6 years for me to really want to go home.
Well, during my last trip in Bolivia I wrestled with myself over whether to carry on being a nomad and fight through it or go home. Traveling had gone from being a dream, to being normal to becoming a chore and I didn’t like that. So I decided to finally come home.
At the time I was so far removed from reality and normal life that I actually started getting excited about the thought of settling down, to putting structure back in my life. I started making plans in my head whilst I was still in Bolivia, I didn’t care about the places I was seeing or going. I actually would smile at the thought of finally settling down and doing what normal people do. You know what I mean? Things like getting a proper job, getting a house, having structure in my life and all that jazz….
I Can’t be normal…
Well…that didn’t last for long. After only a few months of being back home and when reality came crashing down on me, I realized I didn’t and don’t want any of that. Turns out I just needed a break, a rest from my traveling life. I needed to come home to sample normal life to realize it. Yes, I’m sure you’re saying I can do both; unfortunately, I’m just not wired that way, I’m not normal.
Since I was home for a prolonged period of time, I decided to make it a sabbatical year. Yeah, I know most people take a sabbatical from work or their normal lives to travel and here I am taking one from traveling. See what I mean about not being normal?
I don’t want to bore you with the details of what’s happened since I’ve returned home but let’s just say I’ve been through every emotional state. However since I’ve been home, I found a new passion – This blog and website. This blog has been part of rejuvenating me, and finding my thirst to travel again.
Next budget backpacking destination?
So here we are, my sabbatical is coming to an end, I feel fresh and ready to start roaming the world again…So the question now is …Where should I go next?
Now you should know, I’m a budget backpacker who travels slowly and takes the maximum time my visa allows me to in every country I go to.
There’s a few places that I’ve started to think about recently. Although now I’ve been blogging and reading a hell of a lot of blogs so many destinations are getting higher and higher on my list. However for my next budget backpacking destination I’m thinking about these places:
The Azores Islands.
Up until a couple of months back I didn’t know anything about these islands, in-fact I didn’t know they existed. I was randomly flicking through channels on the TV and I came across a documentary on them – they caught my attention straight away.
The Azores islands are a chain of 9 volcanic islands in the Atlantic ocean nearly 900 miles west of Lisbon and are an autonomous state of Portugal. They have been described as Europe’s version of Hawaii but without the mass tourism; they are still relatively unknown and prices are relatively fair.
I would love to explore these volcanic Island (Although they are dormant) the fact they are relative unknown would be a real adventure. The lush unspoiled greenery and views, whale and Dolphin watching and the hiking trails are all enticing me.
(This is a great blog post by Jessie on a journey about the Azores Islands if you want to know more about them.)
Island hop in the Philippines.
On the other polar opposite to the Azores, the Philippine Islands are known to everybody. However over-run by tourism they might be I still need to and would like to experience these Paradise Islands. While some are known more than others it would still be amazing to experience. Plus it’s hot there, I miss the sun (I’ve been back in England far too long) it’s perfect for a budget backpacker like myself. And, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been in South East Asia.
Having traveled around the main parts of South East Asia and lived in Bali in the past, the Philippines are missing off my list and I would like to tick it off. Like I mentioned above, I’ve been back in England far too long and it has been some time since I’ve just lounged on a beach.
Madagascar and Mauritius.
Another Island trip I’m thinking about, is to explore Madagascar (no not because I watched the animated movie) and Mauritius. Why do I want to go here? Well for the wildlife, the tropical beaches, the forests and I would get to experience a unique culture.
I actually worked with a guy from Mauritius and he told me so much about them. While they might be seen as luxury holiday Islands with resorts dotted around the beach fronts, it can be done on a budget too. As with most areas that attract tourism, there are budget options with accommodation, cheap ways to get around to see and do activities and tours. This is definitely an option.
Finish South America.
I have some,well a lot of unfinished business with South America. Due to hitting my traveling brick wall and burn out in Bolivia I returned home without experiencing Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Chile was always going to be a separate trip due to it’s size and plus I want to go to Easter Island and the Galapagos Island.
So now that I’m fresh and ready to go again maybe I will finish what I started and finally get to taste a juicy steak in Argentina (apparently the best in the world). I need to get my picture taken with Christ the redeemer in Brazil, experience the Rio carnival and explore the relatively passed over Paraguay. Oh I still need to take a trip through the Amazon, which I was meant to do on my birthday when I was in Bolivia! Stupid brick wall!! Anyway I need to go back. There is also the trip through Chile and I HAVE to do a trip through Patagonia.
Japan isn’t the cheapest place for a budget backpacker but it’s A country I have always wanted to experience. It’s a place I know that I will just fall in love with and not want to leave. With Japan, it’s the history, the people, the modern lifestyle infused with it’s traditions that really entice me.
I want to experience the Hustle and bustle of the cities like Tokyo, the mountains like Mt Fuji, the landscape, the wilderness, the incredible high energy and infectious personalities of the people and I love Japanese food. I also want to experience the traditions, even learn the art of the samurai (hey we all have childhood dreams we want to live out haha) Also, recently I have read a lot of blog posts from fellow bloggers who have experienced Japan and that has just made my thirst even stronger.
Go back to Australia.
Ever since I left Australia four years ago after living and traveling there for two years I’ve always wanted to go back. Even though I was there for 2 years I am still to see the West coast which I need to go back for. Other than that I have a lot of friends still living there and Australia is the country that became home for me. Even to this day, even though I’m back in my own town in England, Sydney still feels more like home than my home town.
Every time I’m thinking about going to a new country I always say to myself that a return trip to Australia should be next but then I end up going somewhere else. Just the other day a friend of mine who is now living there asked “When are you coming back for a holiday?” I laughed and said I’m working on it but that conversation has really made me want to go back. I think I’m homesick for Sydney now.
(Check out my version of a guide to backpacking the East Coast of Australia)
These are my preferred choices…what do you think, where do you think my next budget travel destination should be?
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