Just wondering if you tend to end up at the same sort of places or locations on your travels...or do you attempt to do everything! :)
I always thought i tried to travel to new and interesting places and mostly i have, but post children and now looking through my blogs of the last 3 or 4 years i have a very consistent theme throughout my photos....and that is beach, beach, water, beach!
I guess its true, i do enjoy a great beach or swimming pool. And also think most holidays deserve some sort of lay beside a pool or beach scenario
I was just surprised by myself and the amount of consistent location types we have taken!
That being said, we have really tried to minimise flight times to less than 10 hours for the last few years and that really leads to south east asia as our target which is pretty damn hot and humid. Pre kids we travelled heaps around europe and the US so hot wasnt always our plan but we did always migrate to tropical type locations...maybe i have duck in me lol!
So... do you find you tend to go to the same type of locations even though you possibly didnt think you did?
I suppose, my travel theme is destination opposites, because it highly amuses a backpacker friend I know, that my travels include places like Thailand and Iran. He says, travellers usually are the types that would go to either Iran or Thailand, but not both. A lot of my travels feature the types extremes of popular and not so popular destinations, that amuse my friend. He never goes to places like Thailand.
My hostel in Iran
My hut in Thailand
Id have to say im pretty much an island girl, the less people the better and a good dose of jungle thrown in thank you very much!.
I am starting to organise my travel from now on into themes..long service isnt far away so I plan on having 6 months off doing 2 in Africa, 2 in South America and 1 in Europe and 1 in the south pacific.
Strangely its also starting to revolve around my graduating students. Ive had the most international group of students yet graduate and from Burma to Reunion, Columbia and France are all asking if I will visit and stay with them. My Bhutanese go home in a year and I dont need to do the official tour as a family guest so I have put that off until then.
Oh and Tam I will be back in Bali next month ..this month..to check and see if im still allowed in the country after the blog i just published..if i dont get lynched by mothers from Rockingham or the Russians
mel, i love that hut in thailand!
cindy, the mothers arent old enough to have car licences yet so you shld be safe from lynching (meow)...russians on the other hand, perhaps stick to islands for the moment
Tam...ROFL I knew you would understand the Rockingham thing
For at least a decade all of our vacation travels were to Mexico or Caribbean islands with diving the main focus.
In the past decade we have branched out and are going to other places to explore. When we are working full time we try to take two trips a year. One week to a beach to dive and relax and the other trip to foreign lands to explore new cultures.
I guess our theme these days would be people. We are very interested in spending time with locals. We enjoy talking with them and learning about their music, religion and politics. It is great to discover what their day to day life is all about and whether or not they have dreams and aspirations.
We are not the kind of people who like to rush around. We can be content sitting in a street side cafe with a bottle of wine for hours chatting with people as they come and go. In a local pub sipping a few beers. Hiking a trail and making some friends along the way. We love to listen to others telling their life stories, hearing about their travels and dreams.
We do like taking cooking classes in other countries.
I've just been reminded of another of my travel themes. Sometimes when I travel I use Metal Travel Guide
to find Heavy Metal clubs and bars to visit in the various destinations in Europe.
An Indian friend of my boyfriend, who travels a lot with her job so sometimes gets to Heavy Metal Festivals here in Germany saw a t-shirt I brought back from India for my boyfriend that says 'Delhi Rocks'. Her comment on it was, 'Delhi does NOT rock. It is Bangalore that rocks'. I tend to agree with her about Delhi, as I was out in Delhi all night one night, at what is likely the coolest place in Delhi to hang out at night, and it sure did not rock.
I looked up Bangalore on the Metal Travel Guide. There is one Heavy Metal bar listed. My boyfriends friend said it was the Mecca of Heavy Metal in Bangalore, but it is now closed. She said there are other bars now that play Heavy Metal, and she will show me around, if I come to Bangalore. Checking out the infancy of the Indian Heavy Metal scene has to be a good reason to go to India in my opinion. Since it is fairly new, there likely is lots of freshness and excitement surrounding it and its fans.
[Edited: 2012 Jul 02 14:52 - Mell:49612 ]
I assume, my journey concept is location opposites, because it extremely amuses a backpacker companion I know, that my moves consist of locations like Thailand and Iran. He says, tourists usually are the kinds that would go to either Iran or Thailand, but not both. A lot of my moves function the kinds extreme conditions of well-known and not so well-known locations, that entertain my companion.
Actually Mel you just jagged a memory there for me too. We have a kind of unofficial Aussie Anthem by a band called Cold Chisel. They released a bucketload of awesome albums which I played to death so I went a travellin to cold chisel songs - sometimes streets -
Springfield Avenue (if the numbers fall), Forbes St (Breakfast at Sweethearts) - sometimes suburbs and towns - Wooloomooloo (LOL HOW Is that spelled?)Kings Cross, Nambucca, Bathhurst, Copmanhurst Rodeo, Bunderberg and Bow River. And a lot of clubs and pubs named in their songs at the time.
We try to visit a different continent each trip, our last trip was a beach and lots of diving our next trip involves a trek and lots of travelling.
I'm currently trying to organise a trip to go horse riding and also another trip to stay on a liveaboard boat to go diving and we always have atleast one weekend city break a year.
A perfect holiday for me involves diving, a beach, history and photographing architecture & wildlife. Don't think I've ever had all of that in one trip but maybe I will one day.