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Old 04-09-2007, 11:56 AM
 
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I have been reading the posts on this site for a while and thought I'd chime in.

Who is your favorite person to travel for pleasure with? Or do you like to travel alone? If so, please explain the benefits.
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:59 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I have enjoyed all kinds of travel: solo, with a woman friend, with one of the kids, with my husband, with the entire family.
Each offers a different kind of experience.
One thing I'll say about traveling alone: it makes you much more open to meeting other people. I have struck up a lot of fascinating conversations when on the road by myself.
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Old 04-09-2007, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I'm good either way, just like Cil. I can be happy and have a good time traveling by myself, but I also like to travel with friends and family. I guess it depends on where you're traveling to.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:20 PM
 
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Not "who", but "what" in my case.

My bicycle:





My next "dream vacation" will be an extended train trip with my daughter. We haven't done that since she was a little girl. I'm looking forward to having her as a traveling companion once again verrry much.
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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I love traveling alone...it's so exhilarating and like another poster said, it opens you up to meeting so many more people.

No offense to my family and friends, of course!
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:43 PM
 
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Alone is funnest indeed for reasons above, and I was always too spontaneous anyways. But my ex was always fun to travel with -- at least until the bewitching Hour of "Happy" arrived (around 5 pm) each day, and he'd promptly turn into a pumpkin (head) :>(
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Old 04-10-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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There's benefits to each mode of traveling. I enjoy traveling by myself, and if for a long vacation, perhaps if possible interspersing that with traveling with others, whether these others be people you meet on the road or friends/family from home. When traveling abroad, I also like to if possible, travel with locals, to have them show me around. They generally know the language, the good deals, the quickest routes, and I get to see a slice of life for the average person as opposed to the usual tourist stops, which I like. Traveling alone is great because you can do what you want when you want. You can be as cheap or extravagant as you want, see the sights that you want, go at your own pace, and are more likely to meet other people. The drawbacks are of course the fact that there's just some times where you have a great experience and you really wish you had someone there to share it with, someone who you could look back with years from know and say "remember when we.......". I think at the moment, the benefits of solo travel outweight the cons, for me at least.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Generally, I like to travel alone and have done so for many years. I did have a recent remarkable trip with a friend last summer and was more than pleasantly surprised that we jell'd in both time, space and interest. However, I find it rare to find someone with the same internal clock.

I have also traveled extensively with my daughter--and as I raised her, she seems to have acquired a similar clock which permits an ease between us. I consider her a valued companion.
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Ballwin, MO
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I love to travel with my wife. I travelled a lot before I met her but never really saw much. She is a great planner. We're busy from morning to night. I pick the place and travel arrangements and she studies the travel books for things to do once we're there. We both like to be "tourist" and do what tourist do.
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I love to travel with my husband - when we first started taking vacations without the children (after they were grown and gone), I used to book a nice B&B, schedule every concert, walking tour, museum tour, dinner theater, boat ride, etc. that I could (like RickMG's wife, I am a Planner).

After a couple of vacations, I found out that having a fully planned schedule of activities was not my husband's idea of vacation fun and I do want him to enjoy himself too....he is 6'7" and does not like B&B's because the beds are often queen size (too small) and he doesn't like having breakfast with strangers at the same table (who knew?), he loves a few activities, but wants a lot of down time - reading by the pool, naps, long walks, etc., a good concert....so now I make sure that we have together and alone time so that we can both do things we enjoy without forcing the other one to spend too much time doing something we don't want to. Works wonderfully.

I also love to go on vacation with girlfriends and have done it many times - all my friends love to go, go, go on vacation and see everything - so that is really nice sometimes.
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