I'm a writer, hardwired to be creative, a natural born storyteller, a bard in another lifetime. I'm also a scientist. I think Isaac Asimov and I would have gotten on well. Because I spent my childhood moving around so much as an Army brat, I love traveling and would love to see even more of the world. And sure, I want to do some of that touristy stuff, but I like to see a place as it really is...get to know the people, the land, the culture...see what others don't. Gain insight. This is why I like the concept of Airbnb so much...staying at hotels might be the luxurious way to go, but you don't get to experience a city the way the locals do quite as easily as you would if you stayed where the locals actually live.
As a guest, you'll find someone polite, friendly, quiet, clean, unobtrusive, and conscientious. I like it when people say, "I hardly knew you were there." Even camping, I believe in leaving as tiny a trace of my presence as possible. After all, I never know when I might be back, and if I like a place, I want to feel welcome if I ever do return.
I pack light...iPhone, enough clothes to be practical, basic toiletries, maybe a book, probably my laptop...I don't need a lot of space, either. I'm fine in tight, small, cozy quarters. Luxury is nice, but unnecessary. Peace and quiet is probably the most important quality I look for wherever I go, and if you feel the same way, we're probably going to get along great.
I think the most important thing I look for in a new place is the local food. I love to eat...good thing I also love to work out. I'm a runner....distance is my game. If there's a path for me to carve out a nice 10 mile run nearby, I'm golden. The next thing I look for is local adventure, particularly the outdoors. Is there hiking? A place for kayaking? I like to be out there in nature, and even cities like New York have that to offer...you just might have to look a little harder than you might in someplace like, say, Kentucky.
Local music is another big thing for me. I love all kinds of music, so if it's playing, I'm interested. I prefer small venues...dive bars, especially. And you're not necessarily going to find places like that hanging out at ritzy hotels.
Life's one big adventure and I'm out to grab as much of it as I can.