I know, in advance, that in this case I'm probably the worst sort of forum poster with relation to this subject, but hopefully some of you will take a little pity on me, because I'm simply overwhelmed.
After 4/30, I will be jobless, but with enough cash in the bank that I can travel for a while and do things that one cannot do if they are actually employed and expected to return to the office at some point. So I have some time.
I will be in Hawaii until the middle of May - after that, I still have enough HawaiianMiles to get to Auckland for a total service charge of $2.50. It makes sense to go to Australia from there.
I guess that the largest question is where do I go and what do I do? I'm 44, single and traveling alone. Traditional attractions have no attraction for me - I am remarkably ok with getting comfortable in a neighborhood and making friends with whomever is in the bar at the time.
As I said, I'm completely overwhelmed by all of the choices, even if I limit it to the east coast of Australia.
Here's what I need a sense of:
- In the major cities (Melbourne, Sydney, and maybe Brisbane), where should I look for hotels? As a general rule, I am fine with crappy rooms in very good hotels, as opposed to great rooms in terrible hotels.
- How much time should I plan for each city to get a sense for them? Is one of the big 3 better than another?
- I've been studying WWII history since I was about 7. Any areas that I need to visit to satiate that interest?
- I can snorkel for a couple of hours before I start to lose interest.
- I plan to travel to some other points in Asia - Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong, Taiwan after I spend time in Australia. Trying to figure out what the best travel hub is for flights out.
Thanks in advance to all for their advice.