Jinxy, after having worked hard all year with several projects all converging on the same deadline (agghh!!), suddenly finds himself with 18 working days' worth of annual leave left - that's almost a month!
I'll use some of it up between Xmas and New Year (am planning to spend New Year in IST), but I'm wondering if my erudite and well-travelled fellow PPRuNers could help with some suggestions for before then?
I like warm sunny places with good beaches, but also like to do stuff - swimming, sailing, visiting local places of interest and culture, etc. Who knows - I might even take me licence and do a spot of aviating!
I had a wonderful hol in the northeast of Brazil last year and am considering a possible return, but maybe some of you have better ideas for a late break - I intend to depart around mid-November.
Thanks in advance
p.s. - don't really fancy the Caribbean or the usual Med spots
Last edited by WeatherJinx; 23rd Oct 2002 at 13:08.
Agree NE Brazil is fab - fantastic beaches, though the surf can be a bit rougher than the Caribbean...
My suggestions would be (with all the usual caveats about checking out latest security warnings in these troubled times):
Oz - Far north Queensland, around Daintree and above. Some superb beaches with hardly a soul around, great wildlife (stay in an ecolodge if you can), and also the opportunity to go diving off the Great Barrier Reef. Not much 'culture' in the traditional sense, but Cairns airport is nearby with a couple of flying schools, or you can go on a 'postie' trip, flying into little bush strips to deliver the mail.
Thailand - You'll miss the monsoon season (June-Oct), and this would seem to combine everything you're looking for (though I'm not sure about the flying). Most people spend a few days in Bangkok, then head south for the beaches and maybe north to Chiang Mai for trekking and hilltribe visiting. I'd recommend the beaches around Krabi rather than Phuket, and definitely avoid Pattaya, unless you're into that sort of thing I also like Sukothai, one of the old capitals.
Egypt - You could combine a couple of weeks visiting the Pyramids at Cairo and the temples along the Nile (maybe a cruise?) with a week on the Red Sea (more diving!). Sharm el Sheikh is a much nicer resort than Hurghada.
Location: Not a huge sand box but very nice winters anymore
I'm with wub. I love Thailand. The people there are wonderful and friendly. Phuket has superg beaches and the food fantastic. A side trip to Dubai might also be in order. This depending on your route. Give Saudi Arabia a miss
I have just got back from 10 days in Phuket - it is a great place. The weather is just starting to improve with the end of the monsoon season. There is lots to do diving, fishing, sailing, eating and even surfing.
Its very cheap too.
I also like Chiang Mai. Very different from Phuket as there is no sea. A completely different type of holiday. Again tons to do trekking there are some greast national parks nearby with some very impressive waterfalls etc.