In my 'normal' life I'm a postdoc who enjoys cycling, reading, and listening to music (usually American indie and blues).
In my 'traveling' life I like to study the location I'm visiting, cycle around to get to know the town, visit local art museums, sample the local cuisine, read local literature, check out local bands if I can find a concert, etc... Which sounds pretty similar to my home life, now that I think about it.
I spent half a year living in Norway, where I ate a lot of fish, read detective novels, and went to rock concerts. When I visited Prague I read Milan Kundera and drank a lot of pilsner. In Portland I ate at food trucks and drank a lot of coffee. I suppose my travel (and life) motto is to be fully immersed in whatever it is that I'm doing. And to ask questions.