I am a professor of mathematics at a small, liberal arts college. I grew up in northern California, but moved to the Midwest for graduate school and work. I love to travel and have stayed in fancy chain hotels, small bed and breakfasts, and European hostels. I often travel for work and I never check my bags. I love staying places with breakfasts because it gives me a chance to meet new people over a cup of coffee.
When I travel, I enjoy geocaching, which is a hobby that uses GPS receivers to find items hidden all over the world. This takes me to small parks and big nature reserves. There are even geocaches in very urban areas.
In 2012 I took 10 college students and my oldest daughter on a three week tour of the mathematics of the British Isles where we traveled by train and foot and stayed in hostels living out of our backpacks.
When staying someplace, I need a bed, power plugs, hot water shower, coffee, and quiet. When traveling with students, often my only guarantee is the bed, so everything else is gravy.
When not traveling and my children are asleep, I like to put my feet up with a book and a cup of tea or glass of red wine.