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My idea of a vacation is a fun excursion outdoors: hiking, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, SCUBA, backpacking, etc.
Otherwise, I make a terrible tourist. I've simply lived, studied, worked and travelled in a lot of different places for varying amounts of time. Most of my last 40 years continually went back and forth between the Midwest (OH, IN, IL & WI), SF, DC, Grenoble, Brussels, Taipei and Jiangsu Province. My wife and I make a great team. I'm just now beginning to learn how to go somewhere without having something to do.
I make an even worse tour guide. I might speak a local language and/or know how to get around, but know little about anything's historicity. I mostly just pass through cities or use them as basecamps. Most museums bore me.