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Question #89233 posted on 03/29/2017 12:14 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm looking for travel recommendations. I've finished up grad school and have secured a good job, but I have a couple of months until I'm able to begin work, so I figure I might as well take advantage of it. I'm looking to go somewhere

-interesting
-with historical sites, world landmarks, or outdoorsy activities that do not involve a beach
-for $5000 or less, total cost
-relatively safe for a single woman
-decent weather (I will probably leave in mid April)
-somewhat easy to get around without speaking the language (or else an English- or Portuguese-speaking place)

Any suggestions?

Also, have any of you ever traveled alone? Any tips? My friends are all currently either in school or have jobs and can't just hang out with me for a week or two. My mother is highly opposed to the idea of me traveling alone, but I don't know if I'll ever again have this kind of free time and lack of obligations.

Thanks

-would-be traveler

A:

Dear you,

May I recommend Eastern Canada?

You could go to Montreal and Quebec and see some 400-year-old historic sites.

You could go to PEI and see Green Gables and enjoy Charlottetown.

You could go to Halifax, rent a car and drive up to Sydney and see Louisberg and the Cape Breton trail, and take the ferry to Newfoundland. St. John's has Signal Hill and Cape Spear, and there's the Viking sites up north.

It's cheap, you can get around in English, and with some Googling, you can find tourist sites to suit almost any interest. The French culture and the fact that some of the cities were founded in the 1500s or 1600s adds a more foreign, exotic flair than you might associate with Canada.

As for traveling alone, I'd say the big things for your first time would be to use common sense, avoid plans that require a lot of walking or visiting areas off the beaten track after dark, and make sure to plan your itinerary in advance and let people at home have a copy of your plans. Check in regularly with your mom, but really, if you're in Eastern Canada, you're not really at any more risk than if you took a trip to New York or Maine or something by yourself.

-Zedability

posted on 03/29/2017 11:30 a.m.
I'm currently living in Taiwan and I would highly recommend traveling here. There are so many things to do both indoors and out. It's very cheap: hostels are usually less than $20 a night and you can get a good meal for around $3. Most people speak at least a little English so it's not too difficult to get around without speaking any Mandarin. And it's also very safe. I never feel scared walking around by myself even after dark. I love it here!

The Happy Medium
posted on 03/29/2017 3:26 p.m.
I might recommend Vienna, Austria (and other parts of the country)!

Plane tickets will be the most expensive part of your trip, probably $1,000 to $2,000 depending on where/when you fly out. SLC can be a little more expensive to fly out of.

However, once in Vienna, you can stay in hostels or AirBnBs for relatively cheap, and there is a lot to do in the city and surrounding country. Not to mention a phenomenal public transportation system, so you won't have to worry about renting a car.

Also, pretty much everyone in Austria speaks English, so there won't be too many communication barriers there. It's also very safe.

-Adelaide