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Answering my own question
 
Poll: Travel style and preferences
I like to visit as many cities/destinations as possible in the time I have
I prefer to visit just a few cities/destinations so I can get a feel for them
I like to go to one "destination" destination - Disney World for example
I like to have everything planned well in advance
I like to have a few details nailed down, but like to have some flexibility
I read up on my options beforehand, but then go where the wind takes me
Have toothbrush, will travel; don't need any plans
I like adventure travel - lots of white water rafting, bungee jumping...
I like outdoor activities, but prefer hiking and enjoying nature
I like cities - museums, architecture, cafes, festivals are my cup of tea
Give me a resort/spa where I can relax and be pampered
I like taking tours wherever possible
I take tours occasionally, but prefer finding my own way
I've never taken a tour
I like sharing my travel experiences with a friend or loved one
I like my independence - I wan to do what I want to do when I want to do it
I like to travel on the cheap - more money doesn't necessarily mean better travel
I spend here save there (small B&B but splurge occasionally on restaurants)
I prefer to spend a bit for assured comfort and quality
Luxury all the way for me; you only live once
I like to mix it all up. No holiday/vacation is ever like another
I have a hobbit nature and prefer the comfort of home
other
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zarabia
Grey Havens


Feb 5 2013, 8:13am


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I'm basically an explorer. I'm not a daring trailblazer or anything, I just like rambling around, seeing things in my own time, in my own way. When I lived in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i and then in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I would hear or read about something then hop in my car and head that way. Sometimes I got side-tracked and didn't see what I set out to see, but I almost always enjoyed something else that I serendipitously stumbled upon. In both those places there is something beautiful around every bend in the road. I'm afraid I take my home state of Oklahoma for granted and haven't explored it as much, but it has a beauty of its own that, until recent events made it difficult, I had been making a point of observing and appreciating.

When I've had the good fortune to live and/or travel abroad, I've done a bit more planning for trips, but I still like to play things by ear. I usually devour the relevant guide books to learn about the country/city I'll be visiting, learn the basics of getting around, and study tips on how to avoid lines etc. Otherwise, I have few definite plans. I will sometimes take those hop-on-hop-off tours to get oriented, but otherwise, I just like to wander. I eventually make it to the places I definitely want to see, but along the way, I stumble upon wonderful things. Sometimes I "discover" famous places that I had overlooked in the guidebook. Somehow those places seem more special to me, as if they are, in fact, my discovery. Smile

However, when I was living and teaching in Poland, I took the opportunity that the holidays afforded to visit other countries. On those occasions, I didn't have access to English language travel guides for cities outside Poland, so I had to fly blind. The school had a computer, but I didn't have the chance to do much research. I literally looked at the departures board at the Krakow train station to see which destinations looked interesting and do-able in the time I had. I visited Prague and Budapest with nooo idea what to expect. No reservations, no plans...but in both cases, things worked out well. Okay, a few stumbles along the way, but ultimately, things worked out well. Tongue

Anyway, I normally stay in small inexpensive family-run hotels. I like the idea of hostels, but I also like my privacy, so I've never tried one. I'm not a real foodie, so I'm not interested in high-end restaurants. I usually eat breakfast in my hotel, just have a snack for lunch, then eat dinner in whatever small, friendly looking restaurant I find. I try to avoid overly touristy places, but, as I usually travel alone, I look for places where I won't feel too strange asking for a table for one. Crazy In Italy, I always make time for a gelato or three. Laugh

Sorry for rambling on Tongue I really, really miss traveling. There have been quite a few votes, but I'd like to hear more about everyone's travel preferences.Smile

Subject User Time
Travel style and preferences zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 4 2013, 6:00am
    BTW, I know this doesn't cover all options zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 4 2013, 6:45am
    It doesn't really answer the poll Starling Send a private message to Starling Feb 4 2013, 6:48am
        Our travel preferences zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 4 2013, 7:12am
            Ok, let's go on a mysterious and lengthy train journey together Starling Send a private message to Starling Feb 4 2013, 7:34am
                Have you been on the NZ Scenic Journeys? Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 4 2013, 8:22am
                    Sorry only just saw your post Starling Send a private message to Starling Feb 12 2013, 10:01am
                Sounds fun zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 5 2013, 6:33am
        I love trains too Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 8 2013, 4:22am
            I love the idea of camping zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 13 2013, 7:37am
                My husband & sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Feb 20 2013, 7:09pm
            A train sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Feb 20 2013, 7:06pm
    Our favorite travel discovery was high-end B&Bs. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 4 2013, 8:31am
        My mom loves B&Bs zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 5 2013, 6:57am
            There's no pressure to socialize. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 5 2013, 7:52am
                Maybe next time zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 5 2013, 8:17am
    I'm not too picky. BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Feb 4 2013, 5:52pm
        Haha! zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 5 2013, 7:02am
            Science fiction books... BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Feb 5 2013, 12:38pm
                Yes, that's why Fahrenheit 451 Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Feb 7 2013, 12:58am
                    could the move to e books be considered a first step sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Feb 8 2013, 4:16am
                    the one that scares me is The Handmaid's Tale // Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 8 2013, 4:26am
                But often... zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 8 2013, 7:42am
    Answering my own question zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 5 2013, 8:13am
    Let's see... batik Send a private message to batik Feb 12 2013, 1:01am
    My favourite and best trip was Wellington. grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 17 2013, 3:30pm
    Adventure: it's Out There... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Feb 19 2013, 3:33am

 
 
 

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