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Old 07-21-2010, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Mooseketeer, not fair!

Which post can possibly follow that?!

I suspect my perfect and exquisite choices are not for everyone though !!
Most people I know would rather be roasted alive on a spit than take the kind of vacation I dream of....

And I for one would rather have my eyeballs tattooed than stay in a resort or take a cruise .... Different strokes for different people , thank goodness we're all different I guess !
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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And I for one would rather have my eyeballs tattooed than stay in a resort or take a cruise .... Different strokes for different people , thank goodness we're all different I guess !
I couldn't agree with you more! I refuse, absolutely refuse, to step foot on a cruise ship or inside an AI. I always get the, "But can you say you don't like cruises if you've never been on one?" Um, some things I just know and that's one of them! I get sick of people saying they've been to 11 different islands, when in reality they spent 8 hours at some tourist-designed location and rave about how awesome that island was but can never come up with activity/restaurant recs. Labadee comes to mind..no, you haven't been to Haiti if your ship stopped there.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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To me, the true vacation is the one where/when you love the place and love mingling with the locals and learning from their culture.

If I am going to travel somewhere that is trying to mimic whatever I have back home, why bother?!
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I couldn't agree with you more! I refuse, absolutely refuse, to step foot on a cruise ship or inside an AI. I always get the, "But can you say you don't like cruises if you've never been on one?" Um, some things I just know and that's one of them! I get sick of people saying they've been to 11 different islands, when in reality they spent 8 hours at some tourist-designed location and rave about how awesome that island was but can never come up with activity/restaurant recs. Labadee comes to mind..no, you haven't been to Haiti if your ship stopped there.
Spot on ! I won an all paid 2 week holiday to a "Club Med" resort years ago and I thought I would give it a go... I spend eaxctly 1 hour by the pool feeling as though my life was ebbing away, did a couple of the organised activities ( or enforced jollity as I call it) and ended up hiring a car so I could get out and actually enjoy the local environment instead.

I ended up using the hotel simply to sleep at ( and to be fair it was very comfortable in a very non descript bland "anywhereville" sort of way) .

This experience taught me that all inclusive, resort type things are just not for me. I get bored within a couple of minutes, most of the money does not end up benefiting the local community, it is usually is environmentally and culturaly destructive and so passive as to make me wish I was somewhere else...

The idea of lying on a beach whilst someone keeps bringing me cocktails and having dinner in the same place with the same people every night is just not my idea of fun.

Travel to me is about losing myself in an alien environment, about immersion and discovery. I want to meet locals, eat local, sleep local, see local.

At the end of my two weeks I spoke to a few hotel guests who had stayed at the Club Med at the same time as myself, most of them had spent most of their time inside the resort and could have been anywhere for all the difference it made to them. They experienced absolutely nothing apart from being utterly sheltered from the country they were provisionally residing in.

I was utterly baffled. I think many people have no interest in travel and actually seeing the world but simply expect everywhere to be the same , taste the same and look the same , maybe because deep down all they want is heat and the sea.


I have travelled around the world to places which 100 years ago would have been so utterly maginificent like the Mayan "Riviera" for example and which now look like something out of a catalogue of "Bad Urban Planning Horrors".

Places where Natural beauty and local culture has been eradicated and replaced by concrete ville or pseudo local-style habitation with no sense of scale or cultural context. It makes me weep.

Most places have been savaged by corporate greed and tourists' indifference to what is being done in their names. High rise or urban sprawl it makes no difference, in the end the country you came to see just becomes a caricature of itself or a ghost of its former glory. So, so sad.

I wish I had been born 100 years ago sometimes simply to actually enjoy travel as it was meant to. Pure and Simple.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm retired so every day is a vacation.

But, I enjoyed my two week out-of-season trip to the Eastern shore of MD and Delaware this year. I had a room overlooking the ocean, in Ocean City and I spent half my time visiting 2 wildlife refuges (one in MD, one in DE), a quarter of my time on the boardwalk of Ocean City and another quarter of my time in Maryland and Delaware State Parks. I have friends who live in Ocean City.
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