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Old 10-09-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default 7-10 days where to go?

I need help! I am dying for a trip before I start school, but it is extremely short notice as school starts November 5.

I really don't care where I go, beaches or more of a cultural experience. I would be backpacking, and only speak English. I just really need some ideas. The trip would be about 7-10 days, money isn't really an issue, cheaper is of course better though! Somewhere with a good public transportation system and I really don't have to book in advance, just show up and get a room in a hostel would be perfect.

Any ideas would be awesome and a huuuuuge help! I would probably be flying out of Edmonton, Alberta.
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i was in germany this time last year and the weather was beautiful, we didnt really need to book anywhere, except on friday and saturday nights.
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This is when I buy a ticket to Costa Rica (where many people speak English) and just sit on a beach and surf for a week.

Or, Hiking in the Maritimes.. NB or NS
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Hum, Central America - Belize or CR, and of course Europe, anywhere
If we could narrow things down, it may help.
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Central America!

If I could get through without speaking a lick of Spanish you probably can too. With 10 days and cost not being a problem I'd probably hit up Utila in Honduras and go diving, and diving, and diving.

Hmm, maybe Jamaica? Bit more expensive though.
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Well... this is a hard question ...


Isnt it folks?

7-10 days... wow... thats all?


You can do 1 or towns in that...


If i had only 10 days , and money wasnt an issue... it really depends on what you want to see? Do you want history or culture? Do you want to be a tourist and see those iconic sites or live the good life for a week?


If my plan was a open canvas, I would want to go somewhere everyone and thier mother havent been..

ie.... if you tell you went to paris and rome... youll get a "thats neat...yawn" answer... everyones done that. So maybe look at somewhere different? South America maybe?
One thing you dont have allot of is time to plan. Maybe go to a quality dare I say , travel agent? and see what they can work for you... the more fluid it is, the less time youll be sitting in at train station for 5 hours because all the hostels are closed and you f'ed up the schedule...


just my 2 pesos.
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Oh, i would probably check out travelzoo's top 20 or sta's last-minute deals and see if something random appealed. Like this week travelzoo (for the US) has flights to Mexico for $84, or a promo from Seattle to Hawaii for $250. Things like that!
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Central America!

If I could get through without speaking a lick of Spanish you probably can too. With 10 days and cost not being a problem I'd probably hit up Utila in Honduras and go diving, and diving, and diving.

Hmm, maybe Jamaica? Bit more expensive though.

That sounds awesome and the last minute deals is a really good idea too! I was in Europe earlier this year and it is getting chilly here, so a nice break to a beach might be what I need before the show starts flying. With only about a week I am thinking central america might be a really nice idea.

Thanks guys for the ideas, eek now I have to make some choices haha.
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Cool! Let us know what you decide!
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I completely forgot about immunizations. Crap, Hep A needs 2 weeks at the least! If I get it as soon as possible and it is almost two weeks do you guys think that would be close enough. Crap!
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Are immunizations required? I tend to not worry much about these things, lol. No harm getting your shots asap anyway. I drank only bottled water in Central America and didn't bother with anti-malarials or anything.
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ohhh excellent.

I sent you a message just wondering about your flights there and such. Its a chore flying out of edmonton and trying to stay kinda cheap! Yikes.
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PM'd you back!

Worst thing that happened bug and disease-wiise was that I had sandfly issues on Roatan, but I hear they aren't as bad on Utila. Pack the bugspray though!! Plus the islands are largely English-speaking so that won't be as much of an issue as other parts of CA.
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I drank the water in Costa Rica and had no problems what-so-ever... but I think I had a strong stomach back then
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I just booked my tickets to Utila!!! I am going Oct. 18 to the 30th. Decided to go a bit longer hehe.
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in the future, check out site59.com and some of the other last minute travel agents to find a deal.
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I don't think I've ever convinced anyone to go anywhere quite that fast. But damn am I jealous!! Leaving in a week...have an awesome trip. I hope your intro to Central America is as wonderful as mine was.
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Just to let everyone know, thanks so much for the ideas. I did go to Utila and had the most AWESOME time! The diving was incredible, the people I met were amazing. My dive group clicked right away and we all got along so well, so we had a blast (not to mention the hot guys in the group :P).

If anyone is looking for a quick and cheap trip, I would suggest there in a minute!
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