South to the Sun

Trip Start Feb 08, 2007
Trip End Feb 22, 2007

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Flag of Canada  , Saskatchewan,
Thursday, February 8, 2007

We hadn't planned on travelling this winter, but we've had snow (and cold!) since the beginning of November, so we decided to pick a country and head out.

There's lots of ways to travel and it takes some experience before you discover your preferred type of travel.  We've done tours.  These don't require a lot of research and "work" beforehand for travellers, but they usually restrict you to a pretty tight schedule and how much you enjoy them can depend on the others in your group.  There are now tours for "independent" travellers.  Basically, the tour company will move you from place to place and your accommodation is pre-booked, but you're on your own most of the time.  We're certainly not the all-inclusive sort; rather, we like getting out into the countryside and meeting the locals.  Often you don't have these kinds of opportunities (or it's easy not to) at all-inclusive resorts.

What we've discovered is that we prefer to do-it-ourselves.  This method requires more research as to planning where you want to go and what you want to do.  I always "map out" a tentative agenda, just so we have an idea as to our route, but, due to circumstances, it generally changes a bit.  In order to keep our schedule flexible, we don't pre-book any of our accommodation except for the first night.

Why Honduras?  We've travelled some in Central America: Belize, Guatemala and Costa Rica.  We've also been to Cancun, Mexico and a few countries in South America.  Although we can't fly directly to Central America, at least it's in the same time zone, so you're not "zoned out" when you get there.  Since we're not real beach types, we like history and nature: ecological reserves and national parks.  Honduras has plenty of the latter, as well as the Mayan ruins at Copan.  To the north, the Bay Islands are surrounded by coral reefs which provide for excellent diving and snorkelling.

So with our tickets in hand, our backpacks and our travel guide, we were off.

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