What's Your Travel Style?

Jul 30th, 2008, 03:26 PM
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During my younger years, Rick Steves PBS program inspired my desire to travel. I'm still a fan, and would say I identify with him more than the others. Yet, a dash of Samantha Brown here and there is a welcome treat.
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Jul 30th, 2008, 03:59 PM
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Love to watch all the travel shows mentioned including Burt Wolf.
http://www.burttravels.com/ We used to use Rick's books to travel but now we follow the info on Rick, Foders, Frommers and tripadvisor and make our own decisions. I didn't like standing on a Paris streetcorner reading Rick Steves book with other people reading the same book.
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Jul 30th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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Out of the four, probably most like Rick Steves.

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Jul 30th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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I didn't like standing on a Paris streetcorner reading Rick Steves book with other people reading the same book.

Good point, but if it weren't for one of Rick's books, I wouldn't have known that you could take a lift up and walk from one town to another in the Alps! I also wouldn't have known how to do a super-short visit to the Sistine Chapel (long story). He really has some excellent suggestions, even if hotels aren't among them!
 
Jul 30th, 2008, 04:31 PM
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dmlove You are right about Rick he gives some good info that has helped us many times. But I don't go by his hotels or b&b selections anymore. Some of his info is outdated by the time it comes into print. He has helped more Americans travel in Europe independently than any other person.
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Jul 30th, 2008, 04:40 PM
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I wish to sleep like Samantha Brown, see as much of Europe as Rick Steves, be as confident as Anthony Bourdain, and have nothing to do with Andrew Zimmerman.
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Jul 30th, 2008, 06:45 PM
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Aw, thanks to LJ for mentioning Ian Wright. I also like the response about who you'd like to travel WITH. Bourdain is irreverently hunky, but I'd pick Ian Wright any day! (And I think the Geico gecko must have been modeled after him -- this may only make sense to US posters.)
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Jul 30th, 2008, 10:04 PM
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Samantha Brown - not that I could afford 5* hotels - love her series on China. I want to hug a panda even if it costs $250. Have been to China - Beijing, Xian, etc. but now want to return because of the information on the series.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 01:14 AM
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He really has some excellent suggestions, even if hotels aren't among them!

I'm not really a fan of Rick Steves, but I would say his coverage of the major museums is the best of any of the big guidebooks.

I don't understand this fascination with eating weird/different food. How many people go on vacation wanting to eat wood worm (Phlippines) or strange meat?

But you might like it. And weird is such a relative term. Does grilled octopus count? Escargot? Raw (which are actually still alive) Oysters? Objectively, I would think these are pretty odd foods. It is only that they are common in the west that we think them weird.

I don't go that far out of my way to eat obscure foods like wood worm, but if a food is highly regarded in a region, I don't see a reason to not give it a try.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 01:27 AM
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Sometimes Samantha Brown, sometimes Anthony Bourdain, depends on my mood and the destination.

Bourdain, btw, is S*x on a Stick (to me, at least)
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Jul 31st, 2008, 04:17 AM
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macinpy:
If you go to Asia you will be surprised you might just be able to afford 5 star hotels and the service you receive is outstanding!
To get the same in Europe you would have to spend maybe 3 or 4 times that much!
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Jul 31st, 2008, 04:29 AM
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Well I'd only heard of two of the four until some kind poster enlightened.

As I don't travel to eat, (3) is out. As I think spending mega amounts on somewhere to sleep is idiotic (1) is out.

I don't need Rick Steves to tell me where to go, and would probably avoid anywhere he suggested.

In other words - none of the above, but I appreciate the inventiveness of the question.






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Jul 31st, 2008, 04:36 AM
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To be honest I find them all annoying except for Bourdain, but I second the nomination of Ian Wright and the Globe Trekker crew.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 05:09 AM
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More like Steves in terms of the places we stay and eat most of the time. But we tend to stay in one place longer.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 05:12 AM
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Non of above.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 08:07 AM
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BillT - We did stay in 5* hotels for our tour in China about 8 years ago. Accommodations were wonderful! Although part of a prepaid tour we were able to figure the cost of the hotels and they were low by comparison with Europe and the US. China is on our list for a return visit...after we do a few more "must see" and "first time" places.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 08:20 AM
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Ditto bratsandbeer -- Our style is our own, forged from many travel sources, especially this one!
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Jul 31st, 2008, 10:01 AM
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I'm probably like Rick Steves but I'm not a Rick Steves zombie - the people who travel with his book, go exactly where he suggests, stay where he suggests and eat what he suggests.

I do one carry-on only, stay at a variety from hostels to pensions and budget hotels (unlike Samantha), eat local food only (but don't go out of my way to make it wierd like Zimmern) and I like to try the local beer and wine (but don't exist between a hangover and stupor like Bourdain). I also don't spend a lot of time shopping like Samantha Brown. I'd rather spend the time seeing things that are of historic, artistic or architechtural significance.
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Jul 31st, 2008, 10:16 AM
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Probably my travel style is more Steves/Samantha as I go mostly to tame destinations and don't eat bugs.

That said my drinking style is more Bourdain ;-)
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Aug 6th, 2008, 08:31 AM
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