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Old 07-01-2010, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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The only two types of travel I like are travel I don't have to pay for or meaningful travel. Travel I don't have to pay for is company travel so my transportation and lodging are free and I can eat in nice restaurants on the boss's dime. Meaningful travel is that travel to see relatives or meaningful places in my or my family's past.

I've never been out of the US (except a couple quick trips to Canada and Mexico) yet I have no really big desire to see Europe or Asia or anywhere else. I am satisfied visiting them online. It's not worth the expense or long plane rides. Same for long camping trips - I've already camped enough. I have no interest in making a special trip to any cities in the US. I've been to most of them.
To each their own, but why would you spend time posting on a forum where everybody shares close to the exact opposite belief as you?
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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A long haul flight to some far away, exotic (and warm) place.
Nothing beats that!
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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Usually, I want to get away from everyone and vacation in a remote area (an inn with amenities). The idea scenery would include gardens, mountains, and waterfalls nearby (or at least some lakes ). Befriending other guests at the inn would be okay. It's the crowds I can't stand. The more people around, the better the chances of encountering idiots.

Of course, idiots can be in remote places, too.

The only time crowds are tolerable on vacation are excursions to the nearest hot spots. I like to compare peace and quiet with loud and flashy on vacations if possible. I lean waaaayyy more toward peace and quiet.
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:02 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I enjoy seeing and doing things I don't have access to or have time for at home, such as cultural experiences, sightseeing, museums, architecture, warm, sunny beaches. I don't like party vacations much anymore. Besides, why pay good money to party somewhere else when I can do it right here in NYC?
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I drive through most big cities in the late night or early morning. I did NYC from 5AM to noon on a Sunday and saw plenty. Tho I did just return from a week in SF, it is actually quite a small 'Big' city.
Precisely.
Timing can sometimes be everything, and not all big cities are created equal.
I once was at San Marco Square at dawn and it was empty. I took an early morning train to Carcassonne and had the Cité to myself.
Love San Francisco, I did a 4 day solo stint in SFO not long ago and it was heavenly.

I live in a small beach town.
When I travel, I enjoy seeing the big city, taking the metro or the bus or whatever, going to museums and restaurants.
But I also love to spend a day at a national park, walking, hiking or swimming, and I enjoy small villages as well.
I love the sights, but I also love the people.
I tend to do a lot of planning, with the idea that I must be flexible.
Sometimes we meet people, make new friends, and all of our plans change at the drop of a hat.
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Old 07-03-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I like both. My vacations are usually a blend. That's why I love Las Vegas so much as a travel destination. Here are the benefits to a Vegas Vacation:

- You can be with huge crowds, or in complete isolation; If I want crowds, I can pick what crowd - the casino crowd, club crowd, bar crowd, foodies, churches, shows, concerts, etc. Or, if I want to be alone, I can drive 30 minutes into the desert and be isolated completely.
- Anything you want - loud, exciting, calm, relaxing, etc. you can do anything at just about anytime. Gamble, watch a show, listen to a band, go dancing, relax by a pool, swim, play tennis or golf, go bowling, hike, boat, ski/snowboard, go on amusement park rides, go to a spa, etc. - it's all within reach very easily
- Pick your price - there are offerings for just about any budget, lots of freebies or near-freebies, lots of cheapskate stuff, lots of high-end stuff, and every variation in between. Even the high-end stuff, though, tends to run less than it does in other cities - e.g. Nobu in Vegas was less expensive (I thought) than the one in NYC; also, the Venetian is cheaper than it would be in NYC - NYC has far worse hotels for much more money.

Even other cities I visit I go for both environments - San Francisco is great for the city but I make sure to get out to Napa and Muir Woods, or even up to Tahoe; L.A. is awesome but I make sure to visit Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Topanga Canyon, etc.; San Diego has the Anzo Borrega nearby; South Florida has Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach/West Palm but also the everglades, keys, and lots of great, uncrowded, natural beach; Montreal is wonderful but I also spend a day or two in the Adirondacks on the way up and/or down...

It's all good!
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I love cities. I like going to hear live music and to shop. I also love trying out each city's subway/underground/tube system.

From time to time, I go to the beach, but I get bored after a couple days of lying around.

Scott
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:17 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I like a mixture of both. I love big cities (NYC, Paris, etc.) but sometimes it's nice to get away to more remote areas. I don't like AIs and will never stay at one. I want to be able to experience the culture of the place I'm visiting and not be in a place with all tourists! We're those people that travel way off the beaten path at all our destinations and have experienced so much of the world's local neighborhoods because of this. Kind of like if you go to NYC and only see Times Square, you missed an entire city!
^^^^This^^^^
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I like culture and history. I don't care if it's in the big cities or country. I can't get into tours where you see a lot of scenic beauty. That's boring to me. I do almost all escorted tours. I very much like the camaraderie I've known on the tours. One of the saddest moments for me has been when I've had to say good-bye to folks who have become friends on a tour I did. Also, travel wise, I like going to places I haven't gone to before. When I travel, I want to see something I haven't seen before and learn new things. Doing that can make the trip very special at times.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Big city or small, learning and understanding culture is what I want.

Museums and historic places are a huge priority to me.

Second is natural beauty, preferably mountains.
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