Architecture or "Culture" or Relaxing away from home

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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1064 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

It seems to me that in the discussions of "Travel vs Vacation" or "Slow vs Fast" that what we are really asking is

When you leave your home, do you want to
1) interact with and try to understand people (Culture), or
2) do you want to take photos of the scenery or places (Architecture) or
3) do you want to sit on the beach, or in an A/I or go someplace to relax where everything is taken care of and not worry about other people or other things??

I know that everyone who travels will do a combination of these three things. We all need some relaxation time, and it is almost impossible not to interact in some small way with the local people. Although some people who go on cruises can do a very good job with this.

Personally I am mostly in group 2. If I can't take photos of it, I'm not interested. If I happen to have some exposure to local people and food, that's fine, but it isn't the real goal of my trip. I do talk to people like guides and fellow tourists, even though that is a USA type thing to do. But I am interested in talking to them and asking questions. But the real goal of my trips is to see and take photos of things.

I have also come to the realization that my husband will go with me on trips, but he expects me to do the planning. My son is the same way, as is his brother-in-law (his wife's sister's husband), and my brother-in-law (my sister's husband). And it was also true of my dad who like me would lose interest if it wasn't something he could photograph.

Is this mostly a male-female thing?

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1324 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

I'm definitely a group 2 - photos of scenery, buildings and especially animals. A bit of group 1 if I have to (the missus is more into meeting people) but definitely not an A/I place and I get bored sitting on the same bit of beach for more than twenty minutes.

Similarly, my missus does the planning - I suggest the countries and the odd city or two but she'll do the in-depth research and come up with the nuts and bolts to make it all fit together. And she has put together some fabulous trips! :):)

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1628 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Well I'm there for the scenery and architecture but I don't much take photos. I'm the planner - it's become a joke among my friends that if they go on a trip with me they get a PDF with detailed itinerary, maps, and all the activity options possible in a place.

Four of us are off to Ukraine next week - yes they've all had their PDF. :)

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1064 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Well I'm there for the scenery and architecture but I don't much take photos. I'm the planner - it's become a joke among my friends that if they go on a trip with me they get a PDF with detailed itinerary, maps, and all the activity options possible in a place.

Four of us are off to Ukraine next week - yes they've all had their PDF. :)

I knew there must be some men who enjoy doing the planning. :)

5. Posted by susan767 (Inactive 1 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

cool:)

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3954 posts) 14w 2 Star this if you like it!

I'm a mixture of 1 and 2 - I love to see and take photos of the architecture and scenery but also like to interact with the people and try to understand the culture. I always try to experience local life as much as possible when I'm in a new place as this adds to the experience and I can get more out of a trip if I understand more about the destination. For me, trips aren't about relaxing; my weekends at home are for relaxing so I don't feel the need to do that when I'm away too.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 951 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I'm also a mix of one and two, but I would add wildlife to your list as that's something which really attracts me to a place. And like you, I'm heavily driven by my interest in photography :) For a place to appeal to me as a destination it needs to have one or more (preferably more) of the following:
Beautiful scenery - ideally mountains and/or desert landscapes
Interesting cultures and ways of living that are different from my own - different religions, tribal cultures, traditional costumes, music and so on
Wildlife I can photograph - safari holidays, whale-watching etc
Striking architecture, either old or new
Good food and drink - not necessarily fancy, but tasty and ideally with some specialties I might not find at home, even in cosmopolitan London

Some South American countries have ticked all of the above (Ecuador with the Galapagos, Chile with Easter Island), as did Rajasthan. Italy offers me all apart from the wildlife; much of Africa all apart from the architecture.

I'm not a beach person but I quite like a couple of days down-time at the end of a tiring trip in a nice resort with a good pool, good restaurants and maybe an indulgent spa

And yes, I'm the planner! My husband and I discuss possible destinations, we settle on one or a short-list, I research some options and present him with the best. Once we've decided I go on to make any bookings, plan a route if we're driving, and draw up some ideas for sights to see etc. He largely goes with the flow as long as he's had a say in those initial decisions. But once we're away he's as likely as I am to suggest what we might do on any given day.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1064 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Oh yes - my husband is in on the initial discussion of where we will go. But he rarely suggests anything while we are traveling. Sometimes he will object to something I have planned or it is obvious that he'd rather take a nap rather than go to a museum for instance. In those cases, I go to plan B (we nap or we do something different than I had suggested).

In 1995, we were at a grandson's christening and our DIL invited us to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and Bob said "We're going to Bermuda for Thanksgiving and the Virgin Islands for Christmas". I thought he was joking, but a couple of days later, he asked me if I had made the reservations for Bermuda yet.

9. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 118 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

More and more my preference is

4. Be surrounded by Nature in wild areas. Could be hiking in mountains or deserts or seeing marine or terrestrial animals, .

Otherwise I still love #2 to take photos of scenery or places ... and people

For me beaches are boring .

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Apr-2019, at 10:05 by Alain13 ]

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 711 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I do travel mostly to see things but not being able to photograph is not a deal breaker. I could not photograph in the Madrid Palace but I am still happy I saw it. In saying that if I get a chance to learn about life in the place I am visiting I do take it up but I am less interested in culture per se than what the everyday reality is in living in said place. I think as a visitor it is easy to be blinded by rose tinted glasses when travelling so I find it fascinating to learn the story beyond the tourism:).

As for planning, I love the planning so usually that is my job, though when I have travelled with my mum I have always let her pick the destinations and when planning I take into account what she might enjoy and can do;).

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Apr-2019, at 17:06 by Teoni ]