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Peter and I like to travel. We travel for 4 - 6 weeks at a time twice a year. I have the next 7 trips partly planned. With friends in Italy and family in India we visit them We have connections in Thailand and so that too is a country we visit from time to time. We prefer local lodging that is clean and reasonably comfortable - no bugs, mice or other crawly things. Apartment living in Italy or other parts of Europe is the style we prefer. We also like to travel by local transport where possible or will hire a car. If we do join a tour group is generally only a local one of a couple of days at the most. We find large tour groups claustrophobic. We prefer to tour a smaller area at a time rather than seeing 5 countries or cities in 10 days. We like meeting local people and connecting with Trip Advisors.