I love to travel! My family traveled a lot when I was a kid, and so I blame my parents for what I call my "itchy foot syndrome." As an earth scientist, I get to travel to lots of cool places for conferences and field work-- it's one of the best parts of being a scientist! (And secretly, it was perhaps my biggest motivation for pursuing science in the first place.) I recently came back from a 6-week trip to India, Singapore, and Indonesia (which I managed with just a carry-on-- I was very proud of myself) and would love to get back to that part of the world as soon as I can. There's so much to see! As for the USA, I grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but I lived in New York City for 7 years, Providence, RI for 5 years, and have spent the past year living in both Atlanta, GA and Boulder, CO. So I've seen a good deal of the good old USA, and I love swapping travel tips and stories.
My style of traveling is usually to spend a lot of time in one spot, so that I can really get to know a place, rather than do a whirlwind tour. My favorite things to do are to visit farmer's markets, grocery stores, and open mics/other small musical events. I'm fairly obsessed with food so I usually spend a gratuitous amount of time deciding where I'm going to eat, and then planning my days around that. I'm often flying solo, especially if I'm traveling after a work engagement, but I'm quite happy wandering about on my own. Traveling alone is often a great way to meet new people and make new friends/impromptu travel buddies/future guests on my couch if they ever visit my neck of the woods! Then again, it's a huge treat to travel with my boyfriend or with friends, and I hope to be doing much more of this in the future.
As a guest in your abode, I am very kind and respectful. I'm a former Manhattanite so I respect your personal space and privacy more than your average bear. Of course, I always welcome suggestions for local sights/eateries/cool cultural events!