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Since Aug 2005

35-49 year old

Portland, Oregon

I think travel feeds the soul. I started out as a backpacker/hosteller but as the years roll by, I'm starting to appreciate the little comforts. In my youth, I went backpacking through Europe a couple of times, but now I prefer to take my time in one country at a time. I am a big believer in planning, so I usually check out 3 or 4 guidebooks from the library a few months before any trip to plan out what to see and where to stay. I also think this site is a great tool. My purpose in travel is to experience how other people live. Food is one the most important aspects of travel for me. While I do splurge at the occasional nice restaurant, I think street markets and food stalls are where you get the best authentic meals. The way I tell a restaurant is good is by sticking my head in and seeing mostly locals eating there. Although I've enjoyed relaxing vacations at resorts on the beach, my favorite trips are ones in which I get to move around the country, usually by train but I'm starting to find that I can get to remote places more easily with a rental car. On my trips I like to have a balance of active days and lazy days. I hate coming back from a trip exhausted and feeling like I need another vacation. I want to come back refreshed. So, I usually plan a low key day at the beach or strolling around town in the middle and at the end of the trip. Otherwise, my travel days are filled with hikes to scenic areas and walks through historic sites and museums.
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