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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

"Dream destination" was a hard one! I've been fortunate enough to visit London and Paris - the two places I wanted to see most. So I put down Mozambique, since I'm developing a thingy to see Africa. Now, I just have to convince Neal...

My dream destinations change from year to year. Last year it was Iran. This year it is Kyrgyzstan. It is based on what I currently think is exciting. Do people who travel a lot have an actual dream destination that stays just a dream? Usually we have serious plans to get to these destinations.

12. Posted by Swenigale (Travel Guru 31 posts) 8y

I completed your survey- and I chose home- the good ole USA as my "dream destination" since I have been and will continue to travel the world, but will always come back to The US, my dream destination.
And I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Since Travellerspoint allows me to post pictures and words to my blog using email, I updated my recent travel blog almost daily. I composed offline, attached photos, and sent it in!
My best friend and computer guru (my husband) and I just completed our 3 month trip around the world and we returned home at Christmas to family and friends who thanked us profusely for taking them along with us with our blogging!
I hope our blog never goes away, because it is also a great way for us to relive our adventures- when we don't have the time to to look through our THOUSANDS of digital pictures! Thanks, again, Travellerspoint, from Swenigale and the German Shepherd:)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 8:43 AM by Swenigale ]

13. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 8y

Thanks everyone for taking part in the survey.

The results can be seen here

I'll get around to picking that winner out of a hat soon ;)

14. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Dreamdestination Italy

I like this survey result about the dreamdestinations, but apparently some members have answered that by taking one odd or potentially dangerous country or one that they never heard of, not answering the question very seriously I guess. But hey, that's just my humble opinion

Bhutan is named surprisingly often! Great destination I'd guess

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 15, 2008, at 7:19 AM by Utrecht ]

15. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

I'm somewhat surprised at the really large number of mid-range travellers. Here on the board it seems like almost everyone is a backpacker. Is that merely an issue of perception (since that's how I see myself, I assume most other people are too, unless they explicitly state that they aren't), or is it real, and are mid-range travellers just less likely to ask for help on the board (maybe because their travel agency has covered all their questions already), which means they're on the site for all the other tools?

Also, we need to do serious outreach to business travellers. Maybe gregw has some tips?

And finally, it would be good to see how answers relate to each other. Are the two people who said "I'm not sure what you mean. Travel?" the same who said "Ordinary - I'm not sure why I'm even bothering with this survey"?

Oh, and who're the fifteen people who're too scared to meet up with others? There's nothing to be scared of. We promise Francine doesn't bite! (Unless you gaze into her eyes in a particularly meaningful way; but I'm sure Hien won't mind too much if you do!)

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

I'm somewhat surprised at the really large number of mid-range travellers. Here on the board it seems like almost everyone is a backpacker. Is that merely an issue of perception (since that's how I see myself, I assume most other people are too, unless they explicitly state that they aren't), or is it real, and are mid-range travellers just less likely to ask for help on the board (maybe because their travel agency has covered all their questions already), which means they're on the site for all the other tools?

I think there are a good number of mid range travellers here. There is usually some conflict between them and budget travellers like there is between the independent travellers and the package tour travellers.

17. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

I'm somewhat surprised at the really large number of mid-range travellers. Here on the board it seems like almost everyone is a backpacker. Is that merely an issue of perception (since that's how I see myself, I assume most other people are too, unless they explicitly state that they aren't), or is it real, and are mid-range travellers just less likely to ask for help on the board (maybe because their travel agency has covered all their questions already), which means they're on the site for all the other tools?

Interesting point there, Sander! I think it's all in the interpretation of "mid-range".

I do believe I put myself down as a mid-range traveller, because I feel like I fall into a middle category. I don't travel with a backpack, but rather a wonderful little wheelie bag that's small and flexible and can take a beating.

I also abhor hotels (they're so expensive and lifeless!), but I also don't feel comfortable sleeping in a dorm room and I do want a clean, albeit simple, place to stay. I prefer B&Bs or a private room in a hostel (I stayed in one that was better than just about any hotel room I've ever been in!).

I take trains and busses to save on taxis, unless we're talking about a small price difference or me panicking with logistics and caving for the occasional taxi to the airport.

We generally stop to pick up small, inexpensive meals or do our groceries and eat in (I love shopping for groceries in new places!), but we always splurge once or twice on a really nice meal.

I do all the planning myself (no travel agents - fool me once!) so I buy guide books and post on here to get ideas on where to go, what to see, and how to find my way off the beaten track. Occasionally, like this last trip to Dublin, we weighed time and money saved in Belfast and decided to go for a central guesthouse - a little more expensive, but it meant we could make the most of a day and a half and not spend time travelling to and fro.

So, in the end, I chucked all that up to being a "mid-range traveller" - able to splurge a little here and there, but conscious of saving when and where I can and enjoying the culture of the place I'm visiting. So I still need all of you desperately! :)

18. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

I'm somewhat surprised at the really large number of mid-range travellers. Here on the board it seems like almost everyone is a backpacker. Is that merely an issue of perception (since that's how I see myself, I assume most other people are too, unless they explicitly state that they aren't), or is it real, and are mid-range travellers just less likely to ask for help on the board (maybe because their travel agency has covered all their questions already), which means they're on the site for all the other tools?

Oh, and who're the fifteen people who're too scared to meet up with others? There's nothing to be scared of. We promise Francine doesn't bite! (Unless you gaze into her eyes in a particularly meaningful way; but I'm sure Hien won't mind too much if you do!)

Well, in my opinion there is not really a black-white area (backpacker versus midrange), but also a grey area. Although not on all of my trips, I usually backpack but does that mean it excludes midrange? I sometimes sleep in hostels, sometimes in charming midrange accomodation. And it seems that even budget and backpacking is not the same, regarding the fact that you could choose between them?
Also, midrange does not mean you have travel agencies arrange things for you. Like I said, things can be mixed alltogether.
On the other hand, I think many people live in a bit of a utopia/dreamworld thinking they are the backpackers who are discovering the world in the sixties and seventies

O...and about being scared to meet up with others...they probably saw the photo of you and Hien. That one scared the hell out of me Although I did meat GregW....he was as cute as a kitten

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I'm less surprised at the percentage of mid-range travelers and more surprised they took the survey. But hey - everybody likes a good survey now and again.

Though the forums do seem to be predominantly backpacker territory, due to the way questions are phrased, the poster may or may not truly be packpacking their way around the world. Look at the responses, and many of the replies are from people who would consider themselves mid-range travelers. Maybe I have this perception because I read so many threads in different forums. The CA/SA Forum appears to have more backpackers compared to the NA Forum where people are looking for car rentals, buses, trains, cheap hotels and such in major cities. The NA Forum also seems to have more threads posted by business travelers because they are coming here on a work-related trip. I also have come to know quite a few members who fall into that (mid-range) catagory and post regularly. I also have met quite a few who, as Sander said, use TP for the "other tools" only.

I do find that in several of the forums, it is a younger age group that tends to reply to threads. I'm not quite sure the reasoning behind it but I don't think it has to do with whether someone is a backpacker or not. It may have more to do with the fact that younger travelers have been to particular places more recently than an older traveler so the older traveler tends not to respond (even though their response would be worthwhile). That's just an assumption on my part. Again, as an example, the NA Forum is the oddball of the lot with the type of questions and the people who answer them.

Like Tina, Beerman and I consider ourselves mid-range travelers. We love staying in high-end hotels when possible and have stayed in some real pits of dispair. (The don't walk on the floor or turn out the light pits.) But, we tend to go middle of the road so we can enjoy a good dinner and a private room. Unlike Tina, we have bigger wheely luggage. Just because we take more stuff doesn't make us any less a traveler. We may only travel 1-2 times a year also, but we enjoy those travels no less than anyone else.

As for meeting other members - I'm scared to death!!!!!!!!!!! I've met several of you so I have reason to be scared!!!!!!! Okay - so I don't have any reason to be scared... I wouldn't trade those meetings for anything. Even got to autograph Francine!!! (Anything risque that looks like my handwriting is really Nikki's, or Greg's or the bartender's - honest!) For those not afraid of meeting people - stay tuned to the NA Forum... A secret message may appear in the next few days... Get out your super secret decoder rings...

20. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

O...and about being scared to meet up with others...they probably saw the photo of you and Hien. That one scared the hell out of me Although I did meat GregW....he was as cute as a kitten

They should use that picture to advertise TP as the place to meet people.

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