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Avoiding 50 degree heat, tropical monsoons and being shot

What do you mean going to India in May is not good?

Who knew plotting places you want to visit on a map and then drawing the shortest possible line through them is not the same as planning a trip. It turns out there are silly problems such as climate differences, political unrest, visa requirements and crime rates to consider.

I suppose going to the Himalayas and not being able to see them because of low cloud levels might be a bit of a waste. So would going to Africa and not being able to use the roads or see Safaris because of torrential rains, or going to Indonesia during monsoon season, or apparently, going to India in May. For those of you that don't know why going to India in May is a bad idea ask your Indian friends. If you don't have Indian friends then I suppose a quick look at the average May temperature in New Delhi on a climate web site would do. Alright I'll just tell you, its 40 degrees on AVERAGE, and that's WITHOUT humidity.

It also turns out that some of the places we wanted to go happen to have the highest crime rates in the world. That's right, higher than Iraq and Afghanistan, although I suppose it might be a bit hard to get proper statistics in those places. However, its a fact the Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras triangle was recently quoted as being the second most dangerous area in the world after Iraq/Afghanistan. It's not really a political problem here, but more of a mafia one, since those countries are on the Cocaine supply route going from Columbia to the USA. Just recently (this past May) 27 people were found beheaded within a 30 km ride from one of the main tourist attractions. I love the element of adventure and danger in travelling, and I am willing to accept I might get pick pocketed, scammed or even robbed. Beheading though, that's really where I have to draw the line. We are officially skipping Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The other reason we are skipping some of the places we initially put on our map is to make more time for the "rest of the world". I guess calling it a World Trip and leaving all of Africa and most of Asia out of it would be a little silly. Thanks for pointing that out to us :)

I updated the map above thanks to all your suggestions! It took a while to arrange everything in such a way as to get everywhere at a good time of the year, while skipping all the super dangerous countries, and still managing to keep the number of air links at a minimum. I think we finally have a good blueprint though.

Please keep those suggestions coming! oh yeah, and does anyone know if it's at all possible to travel Tibet relatively independently anymore? Everything I see on the internet suggests not.

Posted by dariusz 10:36 Archived in Canada Tagged planning

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