Jan 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm #1312536
I have some time and money coming available around mid April thru mid May. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about a fun trip to go on. I am thinking international (I am U.S. based) around $3000 USD or less. Most of my big trips tend to revolve around mountaineering or climbing. Any ideas for a good, fun trip somewhere in the world at this time of year and given this budget? Thanks for any and all ideas.Jan 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm #2067026
NmJan 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm #2067035
@drongobirdLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I can't speak to international climbing destinations in April-May.
For international non-climbing trips in April-May I recommend Turkey, without reservation.
May is the best month for hiking in Scotland. We got pretty sick and tired of the grey weather and rain, but many people love it there. The Cape Wrath Trail is worth assessing.
And, of course, ANY trip in southern Utah is fabulous in April-May. You live in Utah, so you know this already. Since you've got climbing skills, you'd be able to do any of the routes in Steve Allen's "Canyoneering 2: Technical Loop Hikes in Southern Utah", or the "Overland Route" described on page 306 of Steve Allen's "Canyoneering 3: Loop Hikes in Utah's Escalante". These routes are not suitable for people who lack advanced navigation skills and class 5.0 climbing skills. We have photos posted for only one Southern Utah trip — http://amyl.smugmug.com/Backpacking/UT-OR/200904-Escalante-River — but we've taken ~10 trips down there and we can offer ideas if you aren't already very familiar with the options.
April-May is too early for the Pyrenees. However, we've thoroughly enjoyed some of our trail hikes in the UK and France. From your comment about climbing and mountaineering I'm guessing you might not be interested in these. If you're willing to try a trail hike, then the Southwest Coast Path would be my first choice in April-May. Staying in B&Bs for a month would be outside your budget, but if you're willing to stealth camp it would not be a problem. And stealth camping in England is often as simple as asking the bartender at the village pub where you could set up your tent. http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/
We've chosen the Alpe Adria Trail for our May 2014 trip. It is a valley and low pass route into the Alps that is suitable for a spring trip. If the snowpack is low you could do some high country side trips from that trail. Just a thought.
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@millonasLocale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Maybe the white mountains in Western Crete would be interesting in may.
Utah is spot on for those months. +1.Jan 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm #2067081
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
This might be hard on the budget, but try the Khumbu Region of Nepal. April and May ought to show you the rhododendron forest in flower.
–B.G.–Jan 28, 2014 at 12:49 am #2067086
delJan 28, 2014 at 6:17 am #2067110
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
I was also going to suggest the Khumbu region of Nepal. That's the climbing season so the prices my be a bit elevated, but other than the flight the trip itself is uber cheap if you do it independently. No more amazing place on earth!!Jan 28, 2014 at 6:21 am #2067112
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
How about Scotland.Jan 28, 2014 at 7:12 am #2067124
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@idtejeraLocale: CANARY ISLANDS
Do you know Scotland in May? May is the best month, is when it rains less.
Oh, maybe Canary Islands, the weather is good always.I live there.
wwww.planetapackraft.comJan 28, 2014 at 8:47 am #2067151
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
That's actually a great time of year to do Machu Picchu…Jan 28, 2014 at 9:16 am #2067167
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Yes I know Scotland in May, it does rain sometimes.Jan 28, 2014 at 9:57 am #2067180
@lotuseaterLocale: Colorado Foothills
May was my favourite month in the west of Scotland, with one exception: glorious weather always coincided with finals. I recall walking out of my last exam in my Honours year and it started raining 30 minutes later.
Invest in a good WP/B and fleece. Forget the Chrome Dome – those sou'westerlies will either rip it out of your hands or fight you all the way.
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