We are consummate travelers and love to visit new places and experience the history and culture of the area, or just relax with a good book, some DVD's and games. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. We have long learned that the best way to experience a place is to stay in a neighborhood, not a hotel,so have done many exchanges in the (website hidden) community. We are new to airbnb and hope to have more accommodation venues and options when traveling.
I was lucky to retire early (and devote more time to quilting, walking/biking, skiing, gardening, reading and volunteering) and my husband, although still working, has six weeks of vacation each year, and we take full advantage of that. I also like to travel with a group of long-time friends (since grade school), often to quilting destinations.
My father told us that if we borrowed anything from anybody, that we had to return it in better shape than it was when we received it. Thus, a borrowed lawnmower was returned with a full tank of gas and a sharpened blade. I still live by that creed. We have always received any damage deposit back (when one is required), but moreover, have been thanked multiple times for leaving the property in such good condition. Often, other than another load of towels that might need to be washed, you might not know that anybody had even been there! We enjoy staying in a home environment rather than a hotel for many reasons (availability of kitchen so don't have to eat out all the time, the comfort and individuality of each of the houses we stay in, the ambiance of being in a neighborhood and not a small room surrounded by pavement).
We enjoy urban vacation destinations as well as resort/recreational/historical/rural destinations. We love Europe! We've been to Asia and will be going to Africa this year. We have yet to make it to Australia and New Zealand, but they are on the bucket list. We have about 20 more states in the US to visit and many cities in both the US and Canada that we need to get to. Although not beach-people per se, we have enjoyed several beach-type vacations in Mexico, especially Zihuatanejo and also have enjoyed central Mexico (Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Cuernavaca, Taxco ).
We have enjoyed four guided group tours with Rick Steves whose travel philosophy we embrace, basically, the more one travels and gets to know people, the more we realize what we have in common. Travel changes people. It helps us understand and appreciate different cultures, different perspectives and teaches new ways to measure quality of life.