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I'm in my early 40s, married, and prefer to travel independently -- I'm a bit of an overplanner and love researching where to go and eat. I love big cities, exploring the tourist sites, eating at great restaurants, and shopping! I enjoy luxury but except for the occasional splurge, don't like spending money for it -- I'm always trying to get the best deal as possible.
Where do I recommend people visit?
For food & romance, the best place in the world (for me) is the Loire Valley in France! Stay at a chateau and get swept up in the beautiful, amazing countryside, quaint villages, and friendly people.
For history and culture, Beijing, China is my pick. Some will complain of the dirt and unfriendly locals, but the city retains so much character and is a great place to explore. Besides, the food is pretty decent too!