Travel is my favorite thing to do. Traveling in Europe is my favorite favorite thing to do. Every trip is an adventure and there is always something positive to come out of every experience whether it was fun (which is most of the time) or, occasionally, disastrous (unavoidable in life). I’m not a high-maintenance traveler – high-end hotels cost more than they’re worth since I only need a semi-comfortable bed, bathroom access and, hopefully, some telly. I’m not comfortable in shared rooms such as hostels, so somewhere in between – small hotels or B&Bs when I can; big, anonymous tourist hotels if my budget requires it. If the room is clean, I’m happy. An included breakfast saves time and money. I look forward to local TV as part of my cultural education whether in English or not. A toilet or bathroom down the hall is less common now, but I can manage with that arrangement if necessary. As I get older, I’ll pay a bit more for a place with an elevator (lift); then again, the level of fitness required for all the walking I do on vaca has the added bonus that a room at the top of the stairs is less of a show-stopper. I like a room facing the street because I love the energy of cities and it seldom keeps me from a decent night’s sleep. There are advantages to traveling with a group package arrangement, but there are downsides – early muster is the toughest for me and if a photo opportunity gets passed up, I’m stuck with just a new entry for Pictures in My Mind’s Eye. Travel is a lot of work, so I always pack my sense of humor. All that said, my favorite place is the one I just visited, the most recent trip is the best one and the next trip starts to form in my mind even before I’ve unpacked at home. I gobble up ideas for new events and destinations like my vacuum cleaner inhales cat hair and I’m constantly searching travel mags, foreign news services and the web for ideas to spark my imagination. No passport required for you to come along, see the sights and dream of Europe and beyond with SuzanneTheTravelMagpie!
Christmas decorations at London’s Covent Garden
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo
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