I’m still changing my mind every five minutes about where exactly I want to go – a year may seem like a long time, but there are too many countries I want to see, and I really don’t want to rush. So I’ll need to prioritise.
One thing is pretty certain though – that I’ll start out in Mexico.
It was last year’s trip there that really got me thinking about a longer trip. It was my first time backpacking, and was the best holiday I’ve ever had.
I only got to see a tiny part of the country (Mexico is HUGE), but there were so many highlights: Lazing around on Caribbean beaches in Tulum, visiting the ruins in Palenque, seeing Mayan villages near San Cristobal de las Casas, punting (in the rain) in Xochimilco…and, er, losing my passport in Cancun airport (you’d think at least some of the security guards in latin america’s 4th busiest airport would speak English. Oh no, that would make it far too easy).
Best of all was the food. Everywhere we went the food was incredible. Admittedly if you don’t like Chilli you’d be pretty screwed – it’s so ubiquitous that my tolerance for spiciness soared over the time I was there. The biggest downside is that every Mexican meal I’ve had since I got back has been a crushing disappointment – it just tastes so bland in comparison.
So going back was always on the cards, and it seems a sensible enough place to start. There are so many places I still want to see – Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Chihuahua, the Copper Canyon, Oaxaca (I LOVE Mexican placenames. Especially Chihuahua, obviously).