Been playing with the idea of doing this for a while but recently ive decided im definetly going to do this in Dec 08 or jan/feb 09. This thread is great.
I wanna see more of Africa and didnt really think about going over to America (North or South). Which would be better to see and what places in Africa would be the best to check out?
Ditto mate, i was looking at this since i left college in 2002 but put it off and went uni instead. Following uni (2005) i looked in to it again - and again i left it thinking "ill defo do it one day..."
So many i speak to all say that, some a lot older than me who have still not got round to it, so i would not want to end up being the same cos i know that id regret it big time.
Id definately advise you to go for it mate, so much more to see in the world, and the experiences, im sure, you will hold for life.
In relation to your question, i think it depends on what your looking for when your travelling with North/South america. As in, if your looking for scenery, wildlife and something different then id def go for south america (im planning on doing this as a seperate trip after this main one cos i dont want to rush it by trying to fit it in) whereas if your looking for more lively and westernised, such as more socially aimed then obviously north america is a good option.
Personally i just want to see them both, and experience all the different aspects of places.
Africa is another place that i would love to see in more detail, as ive mentioned id like to make my own way through africa - just not convinced about the safety aspect, although i may well be overestimating the issues with this.
Only places ive been in africa personally have been on safari in Kenya etc - which i would recommend to anyone. Totally different to watching the shows on the tv. Seeing the way people live there as well is extremely eye opening.
We stayed in Mombasa for some of our time there and did a 5 day excursion to the masai mara - which is amazing. Was lucky to be there at the time of the migration of the wilderbeast so spent a lot of time tracking them and watching them crossing the river (full of hungry crocodiles and hippos) into the serengeti. I found the accomodation generally very comfortable as well and the people were very friendly. Where we stayed was in like a permanent tent camp along the river bank. We woke up most mornings to the sound of Hippo's in the river as well as monkeys dropping in to steal your sugar cubes!! Can't wait to go back and see that again - for longer this time though.
Hows your planning etc going?
Looks like your planning on leaving same time as us - might see you on the way round mate!