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 with every experience whether it’s fun (most of the time) or, occasionally, disastrous (unavoidable in life). I’m not a high-maintenance traveler – fancy hotels cost much more than they’re worth; I only need a semi-comfortable bed, bathroom access and, hopefully, some telly. Free WiFi has snuck on the list now, too. None of that primitive hostel room-share either – 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 is an easy introduction to local specialties. I consider local TV part of my cultural education (sad, perhaps, but true) even when not in English – advertisements are a universal language, frequently hilarious, even ruefully familiar. A toilet or bathroom down the hall is less common now, but I can manage when that’s the only option. As I get older, an elevator is helpful; then again, with all the walking I do on vaca, a room at the top of the stairs is less of a show-stopper. I like a room on the street; I’m a city kid so love the energy of cities and it seldom keeps me from a decent night’s sleep.
Most often, I travel on my own but there can be advantages to traveling as part of a group. The downsides of the group thing – early muster (the toughest for me) and too many photo opportunities gets passed up which I can fix only by making notes for my next iteration of a Pictures in My Mind’s Eye post.
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 almost 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 articles, foreign news services and the web for ideas to spark my imagination. You won’t always find the most popular destinations when you search my blog, but you’ll always find interesting and sometimes quirky tales of my travels. No passport required for you to come along, see the sights and dream of Europe and beyond with Suzanne The Travel Magpie!