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Old 05-16-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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Basically all of it ranks #1 with me. I have no interest in ever going to a spa or staying in luxury surroundings while traveling, I'd rather spend my money on much more interesting things. I also have no interest in seeing & doing typical tourist things. Get me off the beaten track where the locals are & I'll be happiest.
What happens if the "locals" you meet live in beautiful chateau's?
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Old 05-16-2014, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Basically all of it ranks #1 with me. I have no interest in ever going to a spa or staying in luxury surroundings while traveling, I'd rather spend my money on much more interesting things. I also have no interest in seeing & doing typical tourist things. Get me off the beaten track where the locals are & I'll be happiest.
What if the typical tourist things to do in the city are actually the things that are most fun and what the locals do?
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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What if the typical tourist things to do in the city are actually the things that are most fun and what the locals do?
Name three places/things that would qualify for this statement. (and exclude LV and Atlantic City Casinos)
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:10 AM
 
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Well I haven't traveled much but when I have, I stayed with people who lived there. They knew I didn't want to go to typical places that tourists would go so they showed me other places & things to do. I live in an area with lots of breweries but I've never gone to one. Most of my friends and people who live here have never gone on a tour but I know a lot of people from out of town or out of state who go on the tours. I'm not saying some of the tourist things wouldn't be fun, I'm sure they are, I just would rather become like a local, that's all.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Getting lost and getting a feel for the place
Doing something out of your comfort zone fun and adventurous
Sampling the local cuisine
Capturing memories with your camera
Meeting the local people
Seeing the sights
Pampering yourself/chilling out/luxury accommodation

I too don't really care about tourist sights, although I do try to see the best of them, when I can. I do like taking pictures, but I don't consider it "capturing memories", I'd rather actually *look* while I'm there. I like wandering and exploring off the beaten track, and love sampling new cuisine. I really like chilling out as well, and nice hotels, but it's not as important as the others. Meeting the locals is great, but often the opportunity just does not present itself, so I don't go out of my way to do this.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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Seeing the sights
Getting lost and getting a feel for the place
Capturing memories with your camera
Sampling the local cuisine
Meeting the local people
Doing something out of your comfort zone fun and adventurous
Pampering yourself/chilling out/luxury accommodation

Close to OP's order. I'm an introvert and while I have had great times meeting locals, it doesn't come naturally for me so I put it down one. One time in Salzburg some people called out to my wife and me to come into a small art gallery, where they were having a party with wine and food. Very impromptu and a lasting memory.

The trend of adventure travel where you do things like parasailing, zip-lining and such while on travel, is really outside of my interests. I want to see new places and experience it as that place, not just some place in which to do a recreational activity.

I tend to walk a lot when I'm visiting somewhere. For example, I walked a lot in Malta, rather than take the bus between towns every time or hang out on a beach. I have memories of things I saw and people I encountered that I wouldn't have, had I just done the typical tourist thing.

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Old 05-19-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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The trend of adventure travel where you do things like parasailing, zip-lining and such while on travel, is really outside of my interests. I want to see new places and experience it as that place, not just some place in which to do a recreational activity.
That's a good point. I suppose "Doing something out of your comfort zone fun and adventurous" can mean different things to different people. I ranked that one first in my list, but if we are talking parasailing and zip lines it would drop to the bottom, just above the one about luxury/pampering.

When I think of something adventurous that takes me outside my comfort zone, I am thinking about grabbing a jalón (hitchhiking) in Honduras or spending a time living with nomads in Mongolia or sharing meals and playing card games with my non-English-speaking bunk mate on a multi-day train trip through Siberia. When I travel, I actively seek out that feeling of being utterly divorced from my everyday cultural experience that some might refer to as culture shock. That is what "outside my comfort zone" means to me. Zip lines ain't on the list. (Although I will admit they can certainly be fun!)
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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Pretty much the following:

Seeing the sights
Sampling the local cuisine
Pampering yourself/chilling out/luxury accommodation
Capturing memories with your camera
Getting lost and getting a feel for the place
Meeting the local people
Doing something out of your comfort zone fun and adventurous
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: USA
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Meeting the local people

Getting lost and getting a feel for the place

Seeing the sights

Capturing memories with your camera

Doing something out of your comfort zone fun and adventurous

Pampering yourself/chilling out/luxury accommodation

Sampling the local cuisine
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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Sampling the local cuisine
Doing something out of your comfort zone fun and adventurous
Seeing the sights
Pampering yourself/chilling out/luxury accommodation
Capturing memories with your camera

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Tie for last place -either one is not something I'd really set out to do, lol:

Meeting the local people & Getting lost and getting a feel for the place
I feel the same way lol
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