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1. Posted by alessandro3 (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

For me its:
People who do no planning. - I tend to overplan, and I love researching what I can do in a certain place/country.

2. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 145 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hitchhiking, I just don't have the patience for that sort of travel. If you pick up rides quickly it would be great but during those lulls where you wait hours and hours without even knowing if you'll get a ride, I would get so frustrated. Another one people who go overseas book into a resort and never leave. I get wanting to relax and pamper yourself but travelling to another country seems like a lot of unnecessary effort to stay at one resort. Also probably like the hitchhiking one I get frustrated if I do nothing for too long, I do enjoy more active travel probably why I can't get my head around resort travel. At the end of the day it's what makes youself happy that matters.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jul-2017, at 08:41 by Teoni ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 319 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I suspect all of us can't wrap our heads around any method of travel other than our own. After years of talking to friends who have done commercial tours, I think I understand why they do it and they obviously enjoy it or they wouldn't be repeat customers, but I don't think I would like to be trapped into having to follow a very specific plan the entire vacation.

We like to rent a house at a base location and then just explore. Sometimes we rent for a week; sometimes for a month and then just look around the area and see what's there. If we wake up and it's pouring rain, we go to an indoor sight; it it's a gorgeous day, we opt for something outside. If we're tired (or it's laundry day), we find something very close to the house. I take a list of things that are available and we stop at the local tourist office to see what they have to offer, but if we meet someone at the laundry (restaurant/grocery store) and they tell us about something nearby that they love, we go just to see what it is. It's the freedom to do what we want.

The down side, as our friends tell us, is that we have to schlepp our own luggage, find our own way, make our own reservations and have no one to help us if we have problems. So far, any problems in all the years we've traveled have only caused us to meet very nice, helpful people and you don't get that on a tour either.

There are good points and bad in all kinds of travel. What is important is that you are comfortable doing what you are doing. If you don't have time to plan; if you're worried about the language; if you don't want to handle your luggage, etc., the tour is probably best for you so do it and enjoy it.

We're all different and that's what makes the world so interesting.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I have never ever considered hitchhiking as a method of travel. Nor have I ever couch-surfed.

But I don't care whether people plan or not. I like to plan, so I do. Some people would rather let other people plan. My husband Bob would rather I do the planning. He just wants to get into the car and drive and have me tell him when to stop and what to see. My daughters plan. My son lets his wife and her sister plan, and he and his brother-in-law just go along with what they decide.

Bob would have liked to take off on our boat and sail to Bermuda and then down to the Virgin Islands. Just the two of us. I told him I wouldn't do that unless we had someone with us to stand some of the watches. He doesn't want anyone else with us I have lived on the boat for six months at a time, but we only went down the intercoastal and to the Bahamas. (and as above, I did the planning and watched the weather) We were only offshore overnight, and not for a week at a time. He says I am chicken, and I probably am, but we haven't gone to Bermuda on our boat. There are lots of people who sail around the world and it is an awesome way to travel - just not for me.

I do agree that going to a resort and staying there and never going out of the gates is not something that I would want to do-very boring. But I do like to go on cruises where I go different places and my bedroom goes with me. Bob has decided that he no longer wants to cruise - he wants to stay someplace for a week. But he's also decided that he doesn't want to be away from his cats anymore, so we can't even do that.

5. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 139 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I am the adventurous off the beaten path traveller. Hubby is more of a luxury traveller. Over the years we have adapted to eachothers travel style and hubby has enjoyed the adventures that I have planned for us. I must admit that secretly I really like a bit of luxury now that we are getting older. Whilst staying in a tent is fun... I can also get quite used to 5 star luxury with a super comfy bed :)
But there is one thing that we both love.... and that is trying the beers out wherever we go and having a chat with the locals.
There's not really any type of travel I wouldn't consider.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 720 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

OK, I'm prepared to be shot here (Hasbeen ) but...cruises! I understand why people take them and I also understand why some people think it is the best way for them to travel but it's just not my cup of tea. I have been on a couple of cruises (a week down the Nile and three days on the Yangtze) and they were both out of necessity rather than choice.

As a truly unsociable so-and-so I find I need to get away from everyone once in a while and there's not really a way to do that on a ship other than to lock yourself away in your room.

As has already been said here, it'd be a boring world if we all liked the same things.:)

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

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As a truly unsociable so-and-so I find I need to get away from everyone once in a while and there's not really a way to do that on a ship other than to lock yourself away in your room.

)

I have heard that said many times ( & other things too .. mostly by people who have never been on a cruise or have been on Disney or Carnival ) & it is simply not true .. well, you might well be unsociable, but it is not true that to get away from people on a ship you have to stay in your room. On a small ship it is true but not on big ships so much. I have been on 3 river cruises with 20 or less & they felt crowded .. there is nowhere else to go. Big ships are very different. but you have to check the program & go where it is not so popular. The same with any popular sites .. go at a time that is less popular. I am sure I am more unsocial than you & I have a great time on cruises .. often with entire decks & lounges to myself .. the last one I watched an entire Rolling Stones concert on a huge screen in a large lounge with me, 6 bar staff & the DJ.

Stay up past 9:30 & you can probably have the ship to yourself.

By the by .. Carnival cruises are great fun too .. even if they are packed to the gunwales with 18 year old girls.

Steve

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jul-2017, at 08:09 by hasbeen ]

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I wrote a reply and it disappeared. Truly annoying. I must have pushed Preview instead of submit.

It is interesting what you say about river cruises - we went on one for the first time last year. It was very luxurious - we had a really nice cabin - all of the cabins had balconies or at least sliding doors so you could get some fresh air. But it was very strenuous. There was so much going on that sometimes we opted out of the excursions and just sat in the cabin and watched the scenery go by.

I like cruises because it is a way to go places without flying and I only have to pack and unpack once. It is not so great to be dropped off in a port with 5,000 of your closest friends, but once you've been to a port and taken the tour, you can go do your own thing there the next time. I like having the housework down for me. I like having a lot of choices about what to eat that I don't have to cook. I do like having people to talk to because at home, I may not speak to anyone except Bob for weeks at a time (except for a doctor or my cleaning lady or the people when I go the gym for a hour). Bob is a little deaf so conversations with him are pretty short, and he was always laconic. And it is generally cheaper to travel that way as long as you are frugal in your habits and don't do the extra price things (like gamble).

In the beginning, with my family, we traveled in the US by camping, and after I was married, we did the same. But I was younger then. That no longer works for us. We bought a boat and while I wouldn't go out across the ocean to Bermuda, I would go down the InterCoastal (ICW) and to the Bahamas. But after Bob's heart attack at an uninhabited key in the Bahamas, and then the following spring when we ran aground in the middle of the channel, Bob decided that the ICW was too stressful and that we would just sail around the Chesapeake.

There is another aspect of cruises that probably doesn't apply to any of you. After my father died, my mother took each of my children on a trip - Debbie went with her to Australia (on a group tour), Barb went to Europe (partly on a group tour), Beth went to China (also partly a group tour), and Rob went with her on an African safari. After my mother died, I decided to use the money she left me to take my grandchildren on similar trips. Carson went to Ireland with me on a bus tour and we had a couple of days in London at the end. But there were two disadvantages - there were no similar age children on this trip - he was 13 and he was very social. He really missed having other kids his age. And there was packing and unpacking every night.

So I decided that a cruise would have other children, and would allow the grandchild some autonomy in a relatively safe place so that they could be a little independent - wouldn't have to stay with me all the time but they could still eat with me and go with me on port visits. So Dakota did a Med cruise (with first a couple of days in Barcelona and a couple of days in Venice), Bree did a Baltic cruise (with a couple of days in Copenhagen first, and a couple of days in Amsterdam after), Justin did a trip to Yellowstone and then a couple of days in Honolulu and then cruise around Hawaii, Montana and I flew to Sydney and then did a cruise around Australia, and Amelia and I visited Disney World and then had a Caribbean cruise.

Bob doesn't come with me on these cruises - it is just me and one grandchild.

9. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 720 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting hasbeen

I have heard that said many times ( & other things too) ....On a small ship it is true but not on big ships so much..... the last one I watched an entire Rolling Stones concert on a huge screen in a large lounge with me, 6 bar staff & the DJ.

The bullet wounds are bleeding but I've still got a few breaths left!

That's probably it - I've experienced river cruises but not an ocean-going liner. We nearly did a Med cruise this coming January but I bailed. One day I'll do one. But I also don't fancy the excursions. 45 minutes here; 30 minutes there. I hate being late so, if I'm told 45 minutes, I'll be there after 44 minutes and 50 seconds and then I'll swear and curse if someone takes longer than 46 minutes. (See - unsociable so-and-so.).

Rolling Stones on a huge screen - I'd have joined you!. 😀😀😀😀😀

10. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting hasbeen

I have heard that said many times ( & other things too) ....On a small ship it is true but not on big ships so much..... the last one I watched an entire Rolling Stones concert on a huge screen in a large lounge with me, 6 bar staff & the DJ.

The bullet wounds are bleeding but I've still got a few breaths left!

That's probably it - I've experienced river cruises but not an ocean-going liner. We nearly did a Med cruise this coming January but I bailed. One day I'll do one. But I also don't fancy the excursions. 45 minutes here; 30 minutes there. I hate being late so, if I'm told 45 minutes, I'll be there after 44 minutes and 50 seconds and then I'll swear and curse if someone takes longer than 46 minutes. (See - unsociable so-and-so.).

Rolling Stones on a huge screen - I'd have joined you!. 😀😀😀😀😀

I thought I was being kinda gentle.

I think it was the Sticky Fingers or Steel Wheels tour .. past midnight on the last night of the cruise, coming into Yokohama .. the Stones on one side, spin the chair & watch the ship go under huge bridges .. quite surreal.

Many cruises have excellent live bands .. no cover charge, no ticket .. no trouble getting home late at night either . . no taxi or train to get .. just stroll back to the cabin.

Never a lack of things to do on a big ship .. or not do anything. Sit & watch the ocean & clouds .. I can do that for hours .. a constantly changing scene, seen from out doors, not through a bus or train window. & when that gets tiring, go for a nap or a take a stroll round the deck.

I get a bit twitchy with excursions myself but most are ok. If you don't like them, don't take them. I often just buy a bus pass & go where-ever .. . or walk .. or sit & have a beer or a coffee. On the odd occasion I did not even get off, then I really have the boat to myself. But the excursions are also good for me too .. it depends .. some are far easier than going independent & the boat is supposed to wait if the excursion is late back to the ship .. that has come in handy more than once.

Like Great Grandma, I sometimes take a cruise to avoid the flight & trans-positioning cruises can be great value .. Vancouver to Tokyo by boat is far and away better than flying.

You should wait til you are actually on a ship before you start bailing, but hopefully that would not be necessary .. I did come close, one time.

But .. each to their own. What suits one may not suit another but I think people should at least try something before they say they don't like it & even then, one cruise line or even one cruise ship will be a totally different experience to another

Steve

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