My wife and I travel as much as we can: at least 8 weeks a year. Our record year was 6 months out of the country where we were living at the time.
Where would other APUG members recommend for middling-to-long stays (up to 6 weeks, the maximum covered by our annual travel insurance)? A lot depends on living reasonably cheaply...
Ignore the cost of travel because that's my problem (I live 300 km/200 miles south-west of Paris), but allow for the hassle of getting visas (otherwise we'd spend much more time in India). I'm 56 on June 15th and my wife is a little older so we don't want super-arduous stuff (no camping!), but equally, we have no problems with under-$20-a-night hotels/guesthouses in many countries.
To give you an idea, some of our favourites have been:
India (including Tibetans in exile)
Mexico (especially Guanajuato)
Malta (except the wine)
Transylvania (except the food)
I know this sounds self-indulgent but hey, it's the way we've decided to live our lives. Any ideas? Oh, yes: and when would you recommend going?
or, you could do what I did last year. Go to New Zealand and rent a motor home on the South Island and just drive around and look. You can stop almost anywhere and no one will bother you.
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Poland is still quite reasonably priced (with the exception of Warsaw) and has many beautiful towns. I usually spend most of my time in Cracow when I'm there, which is a very cosmopolitan university town with a rich history, some wonderful Renaissance architecture, and many interesting events going on all the time.
Thailand. The people are beyond friendly, the food is fantastic, and unless you are in the ultra-boonies, you can have access to western-quality medical care if you need it. The architecture is fascinating, as is the history. It is a geographically diverse nation, and depending on the part of the country you are in, a temperate climate (in the north).
Because of the lack of even primary medical care, I can't say Cambodia would be a good place to stay for six weeks at a stretch, but if you are in Thailand, you can easily visit for a week or two, which is highly worth doing.
I don't know if you remember, but we discussed Sri Lanka on another forum sometime back. Well, we made our two week trip and it was fantastic! In short, wonderful people, great food, guest houses were clean and comfortable, and there are myriad subjects to photograph. And it's inexpensive. We traveled mostly with a car and driver and he stopped as often and as long as we liked when we saw something to shoot. Plus he varied from the itinerary whenever he thought there might be something we might find of interest. We also used trains which was a blast. Consider Sri Lanka!
We're preparing for another long distance trip in August. This time to the U.S. My daughter is getting married and I haven't been back in 5 years, so I will not only attend the wedding, I'll get a chance to visit my family and make some photos of the place where I grew up. Can't wait!
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I'd second Thailand and add Burma to the countries you can visit easily while there. Another region much closer to you is the Spanish Basque country, not a 6 week trip, but we found it absolutely wonderful and underpriced, especially if you stay in rural homes/b&bs and drive yourself. Being so nearby, if you haven't spent some time there, you definitely should, especially outside the 3 big cities. And don't miss Vittoria, the one most tourists leave out.
I would second Australia.
My parents did a trek across the outback in their fifties, including camping. It was an experience they will never forget and the only way to truly see Australia's natural beauty.
They organised the trip through Austravel and the company they did the expedition through the outback with was called Bill Kings. I think Bill Kings is now amalgamated into another company called AAT Kings but the safaris are still available and there are many companies who offer them at varying levels. (My preference would be a small group safari in a 4WD through the outback) although many offer luxury coach 'safaris' but you only see 'touristy' outback with these.
As an aside, if you decide on Australia go between May and September. Unless you are comfortable travelling in 40 degree plus temperatures.
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
Slovakia as far as I`m concerned, I`ve been there in 2001 at the Tatras mountain range, if you like mountains and landscape photography Roger, that`s my advice, also very cheap!
Portugal is my country and I know you`ve been there, therefore, I strongly advise that one also!
Thanks everyone for great ideas.
If anyone else has any, I'll add that group travel (no matter how small the group, except us!) is out.
Again, much obliged to everyone.
Or you could come this way - Norway isn't cheap, but the landscape is unique. And the summer provides good photography light for 24 hours every day (except when it's raining).
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist