Well, this is my first post (and visit) to the Travel Photography Forum and, sure 'nuff, my question is about as lame as most newbie questions. Apparently several years of participation on photo.net hasn't taught me to ask better questions... I want to do a little traveling and photography outside the U.S. while I still can. Unfortunately a nasty car wreck in 2001 left me with back and neck injuries that are getting worse instead of better. I'm worried that if I wait too long I'll never be in any kind of shape for travel. The problem is that I need to stretch my miniscule savings as far as possible. I'd like to spend up to six months at this, assuming I don't fall apart too soon. Being a fairly spontaneous sorta person I don't have my mind set on any particular place or places. In fact, I'd definitely like to avoid the beaten track. Several years ago the Czech Republic sounded enticing but now it seems overdone. Since I already live in Texas going to Mexico doesn't really seem like international travel. And I can always view my grandparents' slides from their trip to Mexico during the 1960s - I doubt I could get any better photos than they did with their Instamatic. A couple of folks have suggested Venezuela as tourist-friendly and inexpensive (favorable exchange rate). Any comments and, especially, suggestions for specific places to visit will be very much appreciated. I'm also thinking Sri Lanka. While it isn't necessarily the most travel friendly place for Westerners they can definitely use our money since they were hit pretty hard by floods. And the challenge of documentary photography rather than the usual travel photography appeals to the former journalist in me. Since Sri Lanka is a skip away from India I suppose that would make sense as well. Over the years I've heard enough in general about travel in India to feel comfortable visiting there. I'll just need to study up on the culture of South India since that's where I'd likely go after Sri Lanka. So, there's an approximate idea of the kinds of places I'm interested in: Cheap, not too touristy, doesn't have to be pretty (I'm mostly interested in the people). I'm not concerned about potentially dangerous political sitatuions - as I discovered in 2001, it's just as easy to get killed by a careless driver in the suburbs as by a bullet during a civil war. I'm definitely not interested in places, however cheap, where Westerners have made all tourists look bad through misbehavior, not respecting the local culture and by exploiting their people. Otherwise I'm wide open to suggestions. This will probably be my one and only opportunity to travel outside the U.S. (other than Baja California 25 years ago) and I don't want to spend it in a Club Med or the usual tourist traps in the the Caribbean, Bahamas, etc.