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 someotherdude
Joined: 7/6/2005
Msg: 18
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I work on a cruise ship, so I have been a lot of places. You don't get a whole lot of time in port cities, BUT...you do go back to each city several times, so you can kind of get a feel for it.

One thing I have learned from it is where not to go on vacation.

It is cool though, there are over 50 nationalities on the ship I work on, so you do get to meet a lot of people that you wouldn't otherwise.

It makes for a lot of "Expiration Dating"
 hawkrave
Joined: 11/27/2005
Msg: 23
What type of traveller are you?
Posted: 6/14/2006 8:12:29 PM
travel anywhere anytime. No really. If I get the time off and the money going away for a week would be cool.

But most of the time in the summer expeselly and usually once a mth int he winter I will be off on a short weekend getaway
 SmartAlec
Joined: 2/8/2005
Msg: 25
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Posted: 6/23/2006 6:31:36 AM
well I am a tad too old to be sleeping on the ground but enjoy small pensions etc. Greece was good for that. I dont mind backpacking but like my creature comforts ie. hot water and good shampoo. Really hate****oaches! How do they grow that big?
 roxanne1652
Joined: 5/31/2005
Msg: 29
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Posted: 7/30/2006 1:47:58 AM
I am totally adaptable! I do cheap real well--I went to France about 5 years ago--I watched the Washington Post for a couple of months (I was bored) and saw the tickets go down to $99/each way. I KNOW!!!! Also in their travel section, they had an ad "Live in a villa" in Italy, Spain, France, etc. (The only reason I picked France was because those were the cheapest tickets. See? Told you I was adaptable!)

Anyway, I called about these "villas" and rented a house in Normandy for a week and one in the south of France (me thinking that they were talking Riviera; turns out the Alps are also in the south of France.) But, again, I am adaptable! Probably should have looked at a map before I went . . . . The houses were beautiful--the one in Normandy must have been a couple hundred years old and it was kind of like a little village or something all by itself--there was a barn, a couple houses, a pool (but I went in February) and I was the only one there. It was heaven--as peaceful as I could have dreamed of. And having had kind of a rough winter before that, it was exactly what I needed.

The houses (both were 3-bedroom) cost about $400/wk., which was great, as I didn't need to eat out all the time. And when I got to them, they both had fresh flowers, a fire in the fireplace, and a bottle of wine waiting for me.

The other week I was there I spent in Paris or on the road at hotels.

I rented a car and asked them for the smallest, cheapest one and got a brand new Peugot (sp?).

So I cheaped out on all of that, but then could afford to eat in a 4-star restaurant and pretty much go and do whatever I wanted to.

It was great! Since I had all of these beds, I invited everyone I know to come on over, and between working and not having passports (were none of these people Boy Scouts?) only one friend came for a long weekend.

I do think that "adaptable" is the only type of traveler to be. Whatever, it works for me!
 nontangent
Joined: 5/27/2006
Msg: 34
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Posted: 8/4/2006 6:44:03 PM
Get the cheapest ticket you can find on the internet (this will actually dicate where your next vacation will be), pack the backpack with 2 changes clothes, 2 t-shirts, couple of travelogues, phrase book in native language, cash, expired credit cards (for those random police stops) and hit the road. Youth hostels, B&B, private houses. The hotels just seem to be way too sterile, you'll never meet those oddities of the road staying in a 5 star. Avoid cities - seek out the small towns and hamlets. Don't let constraints of language disuade your decision to go - might be a little scary at first, but you can get by with charades. "A bed, beer and a bus" is just about the extent of required fluency in any country.

You'll have some great memories. And if you go on the cheap, you can take at least twice the vacations each year!

 someotherdude
Joined: 7/6/2005
Msg: 35
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Posted: 8/5/2006 10:38:27 AM
Places I would never go on vacation are:

Bahamas, Jamaica and Mexico off the top of my head.

If I was going to the Caribbean, I'd go to one of the Dutch Islands (St. Maarten, Aruba, Curacao) or maybe the US Virgin Islands.

It really depends what you like though. In Jamaica and Mexico you will get hassled non stop anywhere you go (you want taxi? weed? coke? girls? boys? silver?) and they will undoubtedly try to overcharge you for everything you could imagine.

The Bahamas are just sketchy. All resorts, or places you don't want to be when it is dark.

But, everyone is different.
 roxanne1652
Joined: 5/31/2005
Msg: 36
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Posted: 8/5/2006 3:47:55 PM
I know--you didn't ask me, but I'll chime in anyway!

In my book, no sane woman would go to South Korea. (Or man, however they tend to overlook sanity issues with men; oh hell, they tend to overlook ANYTHING re: men!!)

I know, I touted my adaptability, but Korea strained my limits. It exceeded my bounds.

It sucked. Fortunately, I went there to teach English and not on a vacation.

(Every other place I've been to has been lovely, though.)
 someotherdude
Joined: 7/6/2005
Msg: 37
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Posted: 8/8/2006 3:27:46 PM
It depends where you go or what you want to do. I know people that have gone to resorts in Jamaica and had a great time, but I'm not really into that kind of thing.

Also, I was in Ocho Rios when I went there, it's a dump. Might have skewed my perspective.

Most of the Caribbean is poor. It's nothing like you think it will be if you've never been there.
 fire n ice
Joined: 8/9/2006
Msg: 38
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Posted: 8/13/2006 5:53:51 AM
Long stretch
No agenda
North
 CandyxxxBabe
Joined: 5/30/2006
Msg: 42
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Posted: 8/19/2006 7:12:14 AM
I like to travel for a week or so to somewhere warm ex. Mexico for a vacation to get away from the city.
 captnjimbo
Joined: 2/11/2006
Msg: 46
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Posted: 8/27/2006 11:32:55 AM
I guess one would describe me as a real stay-at-home traveller. I always sail my own boat and stay on it wherever I go. Needless to say, everywhere I go is accessable to the oceans. Usually visas are not expensive and are good for 6 months so that's about my stay. I can return in the future, usually after about a 6 month absence. It's cheap as there are no lodging expenses. I eat the local food, drink the local drinks, and mingle with the local cultures, learn the language. Avoid the touristy stuff. Just don't have any problems. Oh, and I'm usually gone for several years. Plan on leaving again in the spring. I'm thinking Greece sounds good for next summer! The summer after that maybe the South Pacific.
 akula
Joined: 9/27/2006
Msg: 47
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Posted: 10/6/2006 2:17:46 PM
my next sailboat will tell me what kind of traveller i am.the first one didnt sink so i guess i was doing ok.lol

sailing has a nordic qwality to it.
 NotTheAverageChick
Joined: 7/9/2006
Msg: 48
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Posted: 10/8/2006 6:48:01 PM
I'm the Extraordinary Ordinary working woman still paying off Student Loans kind of traveller. In other years, I was too afraid to travel outside the country alone because I don't have a great support system in case of emergencies. But, I've done a few weekend getawasys relatively to home an usually stay in neighborhood motel for $30 - $50 a night. Sometimes, there have been hookers next door but most times they're just modest abodes. I'm only there to sleep safely and shower cleanly (I don't unpack). But, I like to drive most places (or rent a car) because I don't want to only see the tourist areas. I much prefer the local Mom-n-Pop diners where I can meet and talk with locals and find the off-the-beaten-path adventures. I've been to some kinda scary neighborhoods but I can honestly say that I've never had anything 'criminal' happen to me while vacationing. That's why I took the plunge and went to Cancun alone earlier this year.

Mexico was absolutely great, stayed in another modest hotel, took the bus for $.65 each way. At the local food in the outdoor food courts and drank the juices (and didn't get sick!!). I even found romance! I had a little problem getting a local TimeShare company to honor the Outdoor Park ticket I bought. But, I reverted to true Detroit Chick-mode (a couple of well-placed M&*&therF(#%'ers, the words "La Policia Federales") and the problem was handled 'with the quickness'.

Since, then I've been to Niagara Falls and down to Florida (btwn Sarasota and Ft. Meyers) and even I drove across the Everglades to Miami (to eat at Emeril's restaurant). I spent $78 for lunch there, left and got a Cuban carryout for $10 that was far superior!

But, it's been a good travel year for me and I'm very happy for the experience. Next trip: Puerto Rico in Mar/Apr '07.
 Johnny_Pain
Joined: 6/3/2011
Msg: 54
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Posted: 12/21/2012 6:17:00 PM
I have been traveling for three years with nothing but my backpack and a dog. I have stayed in the continental US because there is so much to see on this continent why would I want to go anywhere else. I hitchhike and ride trains . I have a minuscule budget.
 anjelique80
Joined: 4/25/2011
Msg: 55
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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:33:40 PM
Wherever the dart lands is where I will visit. I travel alot because I can right now so I am going to enjoy it, all sorts of different things from foodie, culture to extreme adventure (just got back from New Zealand and it's def for adrenaline junkies who appreciate amazing scenery). Not really into backpacking but will do a group tour. I kind of prefer doing my own thing and planning everything out myself. When I am with someone then it's nice to have a travel buddy, otherwise I am ok going solo...that can be nice also and you meet so many people along the way!
 SuperFunGuy
Joined: 8/3/2006
Msg: 56
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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:43:26 AM
When I travel, I like to stay in nice places. Call whatever you want. Sure a bit spoiled. I like the privacy of my own suite, own shower, and sleeping area. Private hostels are very nice. Been to a few in the south of France that were amazing. Done the hostel think in the past, not my thing now. More towards the private condo or upscale hotel with pool. I just want to be somewhere where I feel comfortable and relaxed. Whether its just me or whoever I'm with.
 The_Capt
Joined: 1/8/2013
Msg: 57
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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:15:11 PM
I hear you man. Sailing is the way to go. I am leaving in October this year for my first circumnavigation. Will be sailing my Fountaine Pajot Athena 38 (pics on my profile).
There are 193 countries registered with the UN of which only 44 are not accessible by sea.
 venusenvy777
Joined: 11/19/2008
Msg: 58
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Posted: 1/18/2013 3:14:08 PM
The fun kind...lol
 DragonBits
Joined: 1/6/2012
Msg: 59
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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:34:34 PM
I am the long term type traveler. A month is generally my minimum, though if I drive locally I have gone as short as a few weeks. I mostly go unplanned Vs having a plan, generally I go where it looks interesting and leave when it gets boring.

I just got back from 10 weeks in SE Asia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

I have traveled on both a large budget and a very small budget, just depends on my free cash flow and my mood. In general I think a moderate budget works best, hotels at the high end places are boring / overpriced and the lowest end are dirty with no conveniences and noise /smells.

This time I was spending a lot of money on medical tourism and spent 75 days there, so I went cheap on hotels, $12 - $17, once as high as $40. I could have gotten down to $8 for a hotel without aircon and only a fan. Sometimes free if I am staying with friends.

Travel between countries, $10 - $17 on a bus or van, meals $1.50 - $3.00 for local food, but it varies depending how where you are and how much time you have to find a good local place. Most often I can find something like a really good Pho soup place or noodle soup with crispy pork place, or catfish green mango salad takeout for $1.20. Very tasty food.

The last few years I have been exploring SE Asia, but 20 years ago I used to spend a month in Europe, in Salzburg I stayed at a mountain top castle that was quite expensive, and we had a $500 (each) Christmas dinner, a 12 course dinner, followed by children singing Christmas carols while the guests on a balcony sipped hot cider. During that period of time I spent a month in Alaska, my bother and I spent one week rafting down a remote glacier river, we were by ourselves.

I always travel without much of a plan, seldom know where I will be staying or how long, rarely make reservations, I never have traveled in a tour, the closest I had come to that sort of traveling was when I took a Caribbean cruise. I did take a 2 day junk cruise in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, but I decided to do that 1 day in advance, I hadn't heard of Ha Long Bay before I arrived in Hanoi.

I have been thinking I should plan out my next travel adventure in more detail and have a schedule, that would be a big difference.
 venusenvy777
Joined: 11/19/2008
Msg: 60
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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:23:42 PM
I lived in Mexico for 7 yrs and now its time for a new adventure!
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