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I look at when I backpacked halfway round the world and wonder how the hell I managed it. Sleeping on matresses on floors, squatting in toilets..not quite my idea of a holiday anymore. Plush hotels and spa's are great but I prefer the places where you are integrated with local life .... a beautiful pool to cool off in at the end of the day would not go amiss however. Though I don't travel in a shoestring budget anymore, I don't believe in paying hugh amounts on airfares and hotel rooms that you hardly stay in.
Although I have been using this website for many years, I have only today (30 May 07) shared my recent holiday experience on the site. I hope to keep this up and help as many of you on the little things you sometimes which you knew before you travelled.