Budget travel in August - where are good places to go?

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    Mar 25, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    Right now, I have no plans from July 17 - September 6, so I basically have two options:

    1) Find a summer job, maybe tutor here in the city, or do something else part-time / flexible / easy to walk away from.

    2) Rent out the apartment and travel.

    After talking to some friends and reading some travel websites, I kinda like the idea of backpacking Northern Australia / Indonesia. I'm open to other suggestions too. The main concern is budget (where are the cheapest places to fly into / out of? cheap activities to do?)

    I'm also curious if any of you have ever rented out your apartment for 1 month, and how you went about doing that / recommendations.
  • Danskerb

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    Mar 26, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    Northern Australia? Who does Northern Australia?

    Does the states have a Kijiji type site ? Just find a random to rent it out to, and get them to sign a mini contract.
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    Mar 26, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    Northern Australia is a great choice for August (actually I'll be there myself). It's the dry season, and it won't be so beastly hot. Kakadu National Park is a fantastic experience. It's also a good time of year to dive the Great Barrier Reef or the Coral Sea - water's much clearer that time of year than it is in the Australian summer.

    Indonesia should also be good that time of year - just be careful where you go. Bali is always fine, but keep a close watch on the political situation almost anywhere else.

    Other parts of Southeast Asia you'll have to check whether it's rainy or dry that time of year - I know August is rainy in the Philippines.

    I would NOT recommend going to Europe in August. It's just plain overrun with tourists, and the Mediterranean can be crazy hot. May, June, September, even July are light years better.
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    Mar 26, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    You're from nyc so those places you wont get go every year. So while you're at it You can stop by new zealand and Fiji, if you want. The main cost will be accommodations though. What's your budget.
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    Mar 26, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    Palm Springs is pretty cheap around then, and you don't have to wait in line to get in anywhere.
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    Mar 26, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    bxp011 saidNorthern Australia? Who does Northern Australia?

    Does the states have a Kijiji type site ? Just find a random to rent it out to, and get them to sign a mini contract.


    Kijiji is like craigslist? If I'm going to sublease a furnished apartment, I would rather not leave it to some complete random... I realize there's some inherent risk anyway, but I also know there are a lot of crazies and scams on craigslist.

    Thanks for all the other advice too. I've done a lot of Europe already, and am in no rush to spend a ton of cash just to be mobbed by other tourists. I spent 10 days driving around Colombia once, and really enjoyed going someplace off the beaten path.

    Still open to other suggestions too. Thanks again.
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    Apr 03, 2011 12:50 PM GMT
    If you're a beach person like me, Phuket, Thailand has absolutely the most gorgeous beaches that are not too crowded, plus you could go snorkelling at Phi Phi island as well.

    Indonesia's Bintan is also a good place to go because they have some resorts there which are not too expensive, but I would prefer Phuket's beaches anyday!
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    Apr 03, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    sdgman saidPalm Springs is pretty cheap around then, and you don't have to wait in line to get in anywhere.

    Palm Springs is in the 100s in August! (The August average high 107, the record 123) There's a good reason there are no lines. You're mostly confined indoors, or poolside, in the shade. I mean, I know some prominent people in the gay community there, and can offer recommendations for things to do, but not in August.
  • Hokenshi

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    Apr 03, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    DirkeDavis saidIf you're a beach person like me, Phuket, Thailand has absolutely the most gorgeous beaches that are not too crowded, plus you could go snorkelling at Phi Phi island as well.

    Indonesia's Bintan is also a good place to go because they have some resorts there which are not too expensive, but I would prefer Phuket's beaches anyday!


    I loved Thailand; the Thai people are wonderful (the migrant workers are a pain the arse though).

    I went last August and even though it was rainy season most days were great. (Phuket had better weather than Bangkok) I did a diving course while I was out there and really enjoyed it.

    I had planned to return this summer and do more diving but due to the problems Japan has faced recently I've decided to stay here.
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    Apr 03, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    August is the off season in New Orleans. The only thing that makes it the off season is the heat. It's a great time to see the city without throngs of tourists. So unless you're phobic about heat, come on down. I'd be happy to show you around.
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    Apr 03, 2011 4:20 PM GMT


    Since you like to dive, consider going north to the Canadian maritime provinces...gets your out of the humid muck of NYC in the dead of summer and the exchange rate is pretty much 1 for 1.
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    Apr 18, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    Hokenshi said
    DirkeDavis saidIf you're a beach person like me, Phuket, Thailand has absolutely the most gorgeous beaches that are not too crowded, plus you could go snorkelling at Phi Phi island as well.

    Indonesia's Bintan is also a good place to go because they have some resorts there which are not too expensive, but I would prefer Phuket's beaches anyday!


    I loved Thailand; the Thai people are wonderful (the migrant workers are a pain the arse though).

    I went last August and even though it was rainy season most days were great. (Phuket had better weather than Bangkok) I did a diving course while I was out there and really enjoyed it.

    I had planned to return this summer and do more diving but due to the problems Japan has faced recently I've decided to stay here.


    oh yeah! the hospitality was just fabulous! absolute nirvana xD