Do you vacation/ travel around a "theme"?

Old Jan 12th, 2020, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by zebec View Post
Once had a colleague whose goal was to have visited every single pro baseball stadium in America.
I think there's a Fodorite who does/ did that.

I remember reading about the trip they were planning to Baltimore, expressly to see the new Camden Yards. I thought that was a really cool idea.
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Old Jan 12th, 2020, 10:49 AM
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For a long time while we were working, I would talk my relatively non-traveling, Atlanta Braves-loving DH into trips to various US cities because of the allure of major league baseball parks.
Hershey, I just read this post. Are you the one I was talking about in post #21?

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Old Jan 12th, 2020, 11:15 AM
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Since 1991, me and up to 5 other guys from around the country take "Baseball (usually minor league only) and BBQ" trips every 2-3 years to places where both exist in goodly numbers. Typical trip when we were all working, and in our primes, was 4 days, 1000-1500 miles, 5 ball games (doubleheader in different cities on same day), 20-25 BBQ joints (meat only, no bread, no sides), lots of beer and umpteen big bags of plain M&Ms while driving around. And if we can't find a BBQ joint open in the morning, Krispy Kreme to the rescue.

The last 2 trips were a couple days longer, repeats of earlier territories, but only 2-3 BBQ joints a day because our eyes are no longer bigger than our stomachs. Only one of us has a stent (not me - I have abnormally low cholesterol).

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Old Jan 12th, 2020, 11:18 AM
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Old Jan 12th, 2020, 11:22 AM
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I have an old Collins Road Atlas from the sixties, on which I traced the route which we drove from Versailles to Gdynia, Poland, through France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, West and East Germany.

It was in 1968, at the time the Soviets and their puppet regimes armies were invading Czechoslovakia.
There were a lot of US Army trucks on the autobahns moving toward the East German border.

My mother was convinced there was going to be war so we drove from Hamburg to Gdynia in a day.


I have always been tempted to repeat that journey taking the same roads.



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Old Jan 12th, 2020, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by starrs View Post
I remember reading about the trip they were planning to Baltimore, expressly to see the new Camden Yards. I thought that was a really cool idea.
That may have been me and Mrs_Dave. She is a BIG baseball fan. We have made some baseball junkets, visiting MLB parks for games. It helped for awhile that we had a SWA Companion Pass. One day we flew into LGA from NE Ohio in the morning, took a taxi to Citi Field, had lunch, watched the Mets lose to the Giants, had a few drinks and a snack, then flew right back home that evening.

There are seven ballparks we haven't yet been to. We hope to see games in most of them at some time.

However, the actual theme, if any, for most of our travel is affordability, food, and wine.

(btw: We first met the Hersheys while they were in between Cleveland and Pittsburgh on one of their baseball junkets. They had just begun their geo-caching at the time.)
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 01:07 AM
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Our themes have included:

The Reunification Express, the train between Hanoi and Saigon in Vietnam which we have done in both directions, stopping off at various points along the way, taking anywhere between 3 weeks and 3 months with time on the train somewhere between 36 and 48 hours and;

The Pan-American Highway. An ongoing project, we have now covered most of the route in Colombia, all in Ecuador and Peru, A little of Mexico, parts of Chile and most of Ruta 40 in Argentina with the exception of the far south of Patagonia, all by bus. Hope eventually to connect it all up from Alaska in the north to Ushuaia in the south by trips in Central and the USA.

We recently house and pet sat for a couple in their seventies whose father was a Battle of Britain pilot who escaped the Nazis in Poland. Using his diaries, they followed the route of his escape from Warsaw through Greece, many countries in Eastern Europe, North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and finally into the U.K. through Scotland. The one place they had to miss, for obvious reasons was Syria. They included us in a WhatsApp group so we could follow their travels. An incredible journey and I only wish I could match their travel stamina with as in the main, they drove themselves and the trip mostly consisted of one night stays.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 09:31 AM
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We recently house and pet sat for a couple in their seventies whose father was a Battle of Britain pilot who escaped the Nazis in Poland. Using his diaries, they followed the route of his escape from Warsaw through Greece, many countries in Eastern Europe, North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and finally into the U.K. through Scotland. The one place they had to miss, for obvious reasons was Syria. They included us in a WhatsApp group so we could follow their travels. An incredible journey and I only wish I could match their travel stamina with as in the main, they drove themselves and the trip mostly consisted of one night stays.
What great ideas. And that couple's journey is amazing.


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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 09:38 AM
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Almost always, when I travel, it's music-related, to attend a concert and/or music festival. My next trip is a good example: next Wednesday I leave for 5 days in New Orleans to volunteer at the Folk (Music) Alliance International Conference. When that's over, I am off to Key West to attend a big Americana/Texas/Red Dirt Country Music festival for a week. This is a longer trip than most (usually a long weekend), but it's how the dates lined up. I've done both of these before, but this year they are running consecutively so I decided to go for it!
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 12:39 PM
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Wasn't this post in The Lounge?
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 02:53 PM
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Yes, I saw that! I am very interested. I'm going to wait to see how the xc ski part of the next trip goes and then suggest it to her. I saw they had other side focus features, including yoga, for some trips and she loves yoga. I think this may work as a trip we may be able to take together!

Did you enjoy the trip?
It was great. We had good skiing weather the entire week. The groups were pretty small - I think there were only 4 or 5 in my group - and the instructors were great. There are two lessons a day. The food at Craftsbury is all organic, grown on the premises and you get 3 delicious square meals a day.
We had yoga the week I went and the instructor - Margaret - was wonderful. I'm pretty sure she still teaches at Craftsbury. Sometimes they have other themes, such as square dancing but I really enjoyed the yoga.

Craftsbury is where I learned to scull. It's a wonderful outdoor center with rustic but comfortable accommodations and a very friendly atmosphere. When I went, Road Scholar provided free transportation to and from Burlington Airport.

Writing this is making me want to go back.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 02:54 PM
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Wasn't this post in The Lounge?

It was moved.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 03:02 PM
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Hiking, food and wine.

And for an upcoming 'local' trip which will start on Wednesday - hiking, food, wine, hot springs and hot tubs
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 04:20 PM
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Usually places I haven't been to before...and cheap fares
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 11:26 AM
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Thanks panecott. I wondered as so many people answering don't usually post in this Travel Tips forum.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 11:36 AM
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We usually travel to explore new places. The only time I would call it a theme is when we go specifically for hiking or skiing, like we will do next week. Just headed over to our local mountains, but we have a cabin rented and it will be a ski weekend for a bunch of us.
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Old Jan 20th, 2020, 12:51 PM
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One Dublin visit I tried to see as many Ulysees/Oscar Wilde themed places. There are markers in the sidewalks.
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