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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im a nosy bugger my nature and lm interested in what our members experience of travel been?

I mean where have you gone - did you do RTW trip then come home settle down get a mortgage wife/husband/partner and the 2.5 kids, did you travel as a child with your parents or just caravan to the seaside, did you not travel until you were older, did you leave uni and go traveling for a year?

AND - has the way you travel changed since then? I mean you back packed in your late teens early twenties and since you have gotten older have you taken more package trips or luxurious trips?

Do you stay in hostels or B&Bs or do you prefer the 5 star luxury of hotels?

Not everyone on here is a backpacker (like me for instance!)

My personal experience as a child it was a caravan holiday in Portrush (Northern Ireland) or Butlins Holiday camp in Scotland, then as l got older l went on package trips to Spain/Portugal for two weeks of sun sand and sangria, it was only as l got into my late twenties and met my current partner Paul (who introduced me to travelling further afield) that l did venture to other continents - now l wouldnt change back to the package way for love nor money! But we dont tend to stay in hostels (in fact my first hostel stay was during our Australia/New Zealand trip to keep costs down) l have stayed in some AMAZING 5 star hotels, travelled cattle class and business and l know which l prefer! Im definately a rolly suitcase girl not a rucksac girl - and whilst l can go budget l do prefer to splash out on nice hotels and resorts - even when travelling to "far flung" destinations.

So whats the deal with everyone else?

Cheers

Heather

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Heather

My modus operandi has changed a lot over the years where travel is concerned. Its great to stand back and see how you evolve as a traveller. :)

When my brothers and I were young my parents took us all over Ireland. By the time we were in our teens we'd pretty much seen the the whole country! That was in nice hotels, living it up, and we were lucky. :)

My first experience of being on an airplane was when I was 7 and I can still remember the butterflies in my tummy as I experience lift off for the first time! :)

I had various short trips to England and Europe with my family and friends over the years. My first real solo trip was to the States t o California in 2001 and since then I've really had the bug I think. That was also when I really start to realise that hostels and campsites were the way to really meet ppl.

I did the interrailing thing in Europe which was great and really started to become an economical traveller, examining a budget and getting more adventurous too :)

Again, lots of short trips in between, some back in the comfort of hotels and some roughing it.

It was in 2005 that I really felt the need to just hit the road proper though and my 2yr RTW which I'm right in the middle of has been a whole lot of different experiences! Ive slept under the stars (not all its cracked up to be ), stayed mainly in hostels, people's homes, camped, sort of blagged my way into a penthouse suite! (NICE!), settled down with some Kiwis, tramped - you name it.

FOr these years of my youth, as it were, I maintain that hostels are defintiely the way to go - you just meet the most interesting type of traveller there. Hotels are just places where doors open and close and you nod beningly at other guests but yuo never really meet people. That said, no-one likes her comfort more than me when she can get it! ;)

I was lucky enough to fly first class with Aer Lingus once to Boston and it was definitely AN EXPERIENCE! It's not something I would do regularly even if I was millionaire and could afford it, but it was a nice treat.

My opinion is that you dont have to define yourself as one type of traveller or another. Different types of travel require different arrangements/circumstances, so you can allow yourself to adapy accordingly.

From dingy hostel to all-mod-cons, it's nice to experience everything that travelling has to offer!

3. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

My first experience at travel was a RTW trip for 2 years after I finshied uni. Due to a students budget, I stayed in hostels in Europe and hotels in developing countries. Over the 2 years I travelled for about 1 year and worked for 1 year.
Had a great time but when I looked back on it I realised I could never do the backpacker/hostel thing again.
Now when I travel, I like to save that bit extra and have a decent roof over my head, doesn't have to be a fancy hotel or resort, as long as it's somewhere close to the action where I can put my feet up after a long day and relax without waking up the snooring stranger on the top bunk.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

My sis and I went to Florida to visit our grandparents a few times when we were kids. My grandparents travelled a lot (pappy worked for Air Canada), so I guess they kind of instilled the travel bug in me. We also did car trips with my parents to Toronto, Niagara Falls and Virginia Beach - far enough to feel car sick yet also to feel like we were somewhere else. My ex and I took short trips up north or to Quebec City - and finally to Spain and Belgium. That's when I was hooked.

Once I was on my own I decided that travel wasn't something you saved for years to do - you just did it. I went to Paris alone and loved it - and I've been fortunate enough to travel regularly ever since. Neal is also a big traveller, so between meeting him somewhere and the side trips we take, we're lucky to have seen quite a few great places. I still like travelling alone once in a while, too - there's something indescribable about what it pulls out of you.

As for accommodation, I'm not a big hotel fan - even when it comes to the fancy ones. I love the fluffy pillows, but a hotel always seems so anonymous and cold. I prefer B&Bs or hostels (not the multi-bed dorms, though - I'm a light sleeper and I like the privacy of my own room) - even uni dorm rooms are fine by me. The B&Bs are the best, though - homey, unique and they come with a mother/guide/cook! I don't like backpacks much (never really travelled with one, but it doesn't appeal to me), but I'm still on my quest for the pefect compact, lightweight, tough little roll suitcase that fits in the aisle of train and bus. I break a suitcase EVERY time I travel.

5. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

I rarely travelled as a child. Started once finished HS and moved out on my own. Most of my journeys have been roaming the US in my car which usually doubles as my hotel room, meaning I'm an extreme budget traveller. I don't like hotels because the expense here in the US is tremendous (even a nasty roach motel is usually $30+ per night after taxes), so I've gotten used to sleeping either in the car or camping outside weather and location permitting. I've found the budget method to be more adventuresome, fun, and a better way to meet like-minded people.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Im a nosy bugger my nature and lm interested in what our members experience of travel been?

I mean where have you gone - did you do RTW trip then come home settle down get a mortgage wife/husband/partner and the 2.5 kids, did you travel as a child with your parents or just caravan to the seaside, did you not travel until you were older, did you leave uni and go traveling for a year?

I went on holiday, by the coast of Ireland, with my parents, when I was a child.
When I was 19, I moved to London, where I worked for several months. Then I started a relationship, with and Australian guy, and traveled around east and west Europe, with him.
I then went to university, and spend various Summers and years working in different countries.
I dropped out of university, and lived in Canada, for a year. I then studied computer programming, and got a job. While working, I did overtime, just about every day, to earn more time off, instead of money. I travelled 2 to 5 weeks, every 2 to 3 months. I went to Asia South America, Africa, and Europe.
After a few years, I had a baby, and me, my daugher and my boyfriend, moved to Germany, from Ireland. For a few years, I did no travelling, because of money problems. Now, I go someplace almost every month. I was in Paris, this week. Hamburg next week, Estonia, in April, Thailand in May etc etc. Sometimes my daughter and boyfriend come with me, but mostly not.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2007, at 12:54 AM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Do you stay in hostels or B&Bs or do you prefer the 5 star luxury of hotels?
Not everyone on here is a backpacker (like me for instance!)

I certainly have no objection, to luxury, but with the amount of traveling I do, I could not afford it, most of the time. I go to a good restaurant, or stay in a particularly nice place, occasionally, as a treat.

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting Purdy

Do you stay in hostels or B&Bs or do you prefer the 5 star luxury of hotels?
Not everyone on here is a backpacker (like me for instance!)

I certainly have no objection, to luxury, but with the amount of traveling I do, I could not afford it, most of the time. I go to a good restaurant, or stay in a particularly nice place, occasionally, as a treat.

As much as l would love to stay in 5 star hotels all the time Mel - lm with you - in Australia/ New Zealand when we were there we stayed in hostels & B&Bs for the entire trip bar the last night before coming home when we splashed out on a nice hotel. As we were away for a month we had to budget! The majority of the hostels were excellent (wasnt too keen on the one we stayed at in Wellington) with great facilities and l was shocked to see we were not the oldest guests staying - there were over 30's there too!

Oh meant to add - if we stayed in fancy hotels etc all the time it would take the shine off them and they wouldnt be seen as a treat then too! Dont want to get too used to the good life

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2007, at 2:34 AM by Purdy ]

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10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Purdy

Yeah, we over 30s stay in hostels too. I am 37. There was a couple in their 50s, staying in the hostel in Madrid, when I was there.
But, it is amazing how cheaply one can buy luxuries, in some countries. Like Thailand. Lovely hotels and restaurants cost what budget ones cost here in Europe.

Mel