My name is Mick Taylor, I am 32 yrs old and live in Melbourne, Australia.
I have been travelling on and off since 2001, but more recently it has been off (need to change that).
Have lived and worked in the UK for a few years as well as Canada, but have travelled to most continents - only 1 to go!! (South America).
When in new cities I like to taste my way round and explore the riches that other cultures provide, whether it be taking 8 hour chicken buses in Nicaragua to eating prawns on the beaches in Cambodia. I generally travel the tried and tested backpacker trail as there doesn't seem to be too many unexplored places, but that being said, you make your own adventure.
Right now my favourite travel destination would be Vietnam (this often changes) - from the madness of the big cities to the peace and quiet of the mountainous regions. Throw in cheap amazing food, great coffee, beaches and friendly locals (most of the time).
When in new cities I like to explore and maximize my time checking out the sites - so sometimes the hotel and hopefully the/your apartment will just be used for sleep, but with it would be great to experience life as a local.
I am living with my partner Deborah, she is also 32 and has lived and worked in Asia for over 5 years. (Japan and Korea). It will be her first time in Europe and it would be amazing for her to experience real local lifestyles.
We are busy professionals and have an active social life as well as playing and watching sports. There is a great music scene here so we get out to as many gigs as we can. Will be hoping to do the same while travelling, but would also like to see local market fairs, shows, wineries and festivals in the area.
We are travelling to Europe in September 2012 and hoping to have access to some great places to stay to make the trip that touch more special.
I hope you like what you read.