When planning a vacation I still struggle sometimes with deciding what I want to see, where I want to go, and how long I want to stay, but after much trial and error I have firmly established that I simply cannot call myself:
A Museum Goer: I'll go the Sherlock Holmes Museum or the Museum of Broken Relationships sure, but I'm just not even remotely tempted by some of the finest art museums in the world. For my buck, I'd prefer to sit on a bench and try to absorb local culture, rather than pressing up against other tourists to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. I used to feel embarrassed that I didn't museum hop, but I’ve come to accept it in the same way I have accepted that I’m always going to say Jello is my favorite dessert. (Black cherry, please!) Class schmass.
A Darter: I had to learn this lesson the hard way ... by crying so forcefully that I almost sucked the entire jamon y queso sandwich I was simultaneously eating (naturally) into my lungs. I know that when traveling, a huge portion of the budget is devoted to getting to and from your destination, and that often times it makes financial sense to maximize those Planes, Trains, and Automobile dollars by cramming in as many cities and sites as you can. But you know what? Every time I do that I get so stressed out that I end up weeping (with my ham sando) into the sweater vest that George is inevitably wearing (Don't leave home without it!). Sticking to one or two hotels per vacation is just where I max out.
An All Inclusive: I came, I saw, I ran away in terror. Look, there was something incredibly exciting about spending $600 bucks to get to the Bahamas, stay there for four days, and stuff my face without spending a cent more, but when it came down to it, George and I are just not made of strong enough stuff. I don't need to be somewhere where fights almost break out over the soggy penne pasta and watered down drinks. I'm not saying that I'll never do this again--I'm sure when the right deal comes along my resolve will crumble--I'm just saying that for my particular situation, it's probably best if I try the beach vacation sans the nightly chicken nuggets.
So I don’t go to museums, I pass on all inclusives, and I tend to stay in one location when I’m on the road. I guess that makes me kind of a .... wander around, stuff my face with cheap food, and people watch kind of traveler. Oh, and I've never been to the Louvre.
How do you like to travel?