|Subject: Re: Long Term Rentals|
Hi Ziners and Audrey in particular,
Was fascinated with your plans; have similar ones myself but
not sure I
have the nerve to "give it up completely". Whatever I do will
have to be on a shoestring. Every country you mentioned is
on my wish
list as well, with the exception of Peru#hadn#t considered
that, but why
I am down-scaling as we speak and hope to get my feet wet by starting out on a 6-month trek in Mexico via bus. I was in Guatemala this past February 2003 and knew I would return. It is fairly easy to take a bus from Mexico to Guatemala and I actually met a young man (during one of my bus rides from Guatemala City to Antigua) who had done just that.
Back to basics: I have looked into renting on-line and found, like you, that everything is high end. And if you don#t like it when you arrive, well, you're stuck. Why not go to your destination of choice and "hang out" for a week or so; ie. cheap hotels, hostels, pensions, etc. and get an apartment via "word of mouth"?
In addition to the book recommended by Gail yesterday, I would suggest you read the story of Vicki and Paul Terhorst: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/5315/ They have been traveling for 20 years! Best wishes and keep me posted,
Margo in Beautiful Western North Carolina