19 February 2015

Travel styles

I'm not a cool traveller. I can't spin perfectly tousled hair waves with a look of saltwater shimmer, and long flowingly effortless outfits that match the day perfectly. I can't instagram postcard perfect views on the hop, don't believe in footwear (or wearing stilettos to totter through a 2,000 year old excavation site - true story) and a suitcase just of bikinis isn't really my thing either (another true story I've witnessed lately). Researching fascinating secrets, quirky museums and experiencing life as a local (cue nibbles and canalside beers in Amsterdam) are pretty awesome though.

London staycationing

I don't think I'm a luxury traveller. Limo transfers from private jet* to 5 star hotels, exclusive behind the scenes private meals cooked by 3-Michelin star chefs and queue-skipping private entries to low-lit slick euro-beat clubs aren't really my thing. Dancing really isn't - you'll all be grateful for that, trust me. In many of the upmarket hotels we've stayed in, whilst full of opulent textural wallpaper, it seems as though there can often be character missing that can make a hotel room change a quirky trip into a paint by numbers exercise. That said, I rather do appreciate a rainforest shower after a footsore day of getting lost, a fascinating movie to get lost in and concierges to help with firstworld problems like missing phonechargers...

*ok, a private jet I could live with...

Discovering the Northern Lights

I'm really not a camper. Oh boy, am I not a camper. My idea of communing with the great outdoors is satisfied with a few hours of forest walking, before drying our socks in front of a roaring fireside, pint in hand. Whilst I adore sitting around a campfire and admiring the stars from the warmth of an arctic sleeping bag, it turns out that communal concrete showers, the rustle of scrabbling animals in pastures near, dewy walks to the bathroom, smoothing a comfortable groove in the grass isn't really my thing.

I'm not an adrenaline junkie. Living on the edge of their wits, other people's couches, hopping from ski-slopes roaring surf, bungy jumping from the tallest bridges, base jumping from mountains and swimming down waterfalls. We've done a few crazy things; kayaked under the Pont du Gard, whizzed down a wire at 25km/h over Wembley Stadium Football pitch, almost hyperventilated queuing up a spiral staircase before being thrust by a stranger over Blarney Castle ramparts and driven Florida highways to Cape Canaveral (NASA) in a mini-monsoon but they definitely were all exceptions to the norm.

A kiwi and the infamous Blarney Stone

I'm definitely not a hostel addict. Living in a dorm for 3 months whilst I got my bearings in London meant that I more than experienced my fair share of late night snoggers, bag rustlers, shower hogs and the odd what-is-that-oh-my-lord-don't-touch-it-oh,-it's-a-jetlagged-person-sleeping situations, and an overly amourous pub-goer following me to my room, only to be politely warned off by a dorm-mate. Yep, been there. Yet, I've also met some of the kindest people over a hostel breakfast table, been given the best insider tips and bumped into the selfsame travellers 3 months and numerous facebook messages down the road.

 Canal boating through Bath

If having to choose a style over the years, it would probably be an apartment kind of traveller. We're never happier than settled on a terrace, with a wee glass of vino in hand, watching the sunset over a new town to explore. The beauty of an apartment is the ability to truly tailor a holiday. Fancy a beautiful night out at a stunning restaurant? Sure. Want to explore the local market & bring back warm pastries and coffee for breakfast in bed? Sure. See a fantastic cut of beef at a local butchery that would make a perfect roast? Sure. After a day of footsore sightseeing, fancy a balcony picnic of local delicacies and sparkling wine? Sure. (Can't bear the thought of organising anything and want to call a pizza? Sure - and you won't have to tell anyone...)

How about you - are you a combo or stick to a favourite?

(Oh, and psst. next month's travel linkup topic is Lost in Translation - posts up 1st-7th March!)

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  1. I think I'm the "apartment kind" of traveler as well. I like camping, but I wouldn't want to do it for weeks on end! And I'm not an adrenaline junkie in the slightest! x

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  2. I think our travel style changes depending on where we go - we can be adventure travelers, hikers, city explorers, or pretty much anything else (except luxury travelers because, well, money) and I like that we can be so flexible. If I had to pick, though, I think my very favorite travel style is simple - trips where all we do is hike through pretty scenery. I definitely feel most at home in places like that!

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  3. After Fredrik and I got married I was so happy as I was now part of a family that camping was not the epitome of a perfect vacation. Ugh the camping I had to do as a child.....
    Fredrik and I are more of nice hotels and strolling type travelers. We do not go in for seeing everything at once and love the having a drink and watching the world go by sort.

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  4. I'm so with you on the apartment traveller- I love nothing more than a lovely AirBnB where we're left to our own devices and can do what we want, when we want - cooking our own food, not being disturbed by fridge refills etc. In fact we've just booked a farmhouse to stay in in Portugal in April and I can't wait :)
    Rosie xx

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  5. I'm definitely more into stylish, unique and exciting travel. I realise that's quite an open travel style and includes a lot!

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  6. I think I'm a mix of things. I enjoy a good rush, but I'm happy just walking around and checking out local places too. I like hitting the beach, but not every day. I do enjoy camping, but love staying at a nice hotel as well! I guess it all depends on the trip!

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  7. We are apartment travellers too! On our recent trip we actually spent some time in hotels, and whilst they were really nice hotels, I just much prefer the space and independence on an apartment (well if I could really choose, it'd be of a villa, but hey) and of course, having a kitchen xx

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  8. I'm a bit all over the place! I often find my travel style depends on WHO I am travelling with.

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  9. I am a bit all over the place too - depending on the country or experience I am going for. I do like your apartment style, but I think I like the bit that you wrote about wine best of all, so perhaps I have a drunk travel style.

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  10. I loved this post, I might do a similar one if you don't mind. :) I don't think I've stayed in an apartment before, I like the idea of having the freedom.

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  11. I'm not really sure what kind of traveler I am! I think it changes with the destination. I do love camping, but not if it's cold or windy, then I'm miserable. Bit of an adrenaline junky I suppose sometimes, but most of the time laid back and just wanting to see all of the things.

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  12. It sounds like we have similar travel styles except that I do like roughing it with camping. I've never stayed in a hostel, but I'm not opposed to one (my husband is, though). Overall I like to go thrifty on some things, splurge on others, hit up all the cultural and historical attractions while still interacting with the modern stuff, particularly over a glass of wine or beer!

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  13. Absolutely go for it - I suspect I have an idea of your eventual answer though... ;)
    Apartments are brilliant - literally all of the comforts of home, somewhere exciting!

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  14. Holly, I love you and we definitely need to experience your style together :)

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  15. I think it's just having a separate room to chill (and occasionally sprawl in front of a movie in) that makes me happy. And proper coffee I can drink in my PJs!

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  16. I just can't love camping even though I'd really like to! Ditto on all the above else though - and some things are more worth splurging on!

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  17. We're very similar, but I'm more glamping I suspect - just can't leave my creature comforts like inner sprung mattresses :)
    You're right though, travelling teaches you to adapt doesn't it?

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  18. I'm a bit naughty and often hope to cram too many things in whilst we're away - my better half doesn't even realise how much sometimes...
    You have to have a good mix don't you?

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  19. Ooooh lovely - if you need someone to make you coffees I'm a pretty dab caffeine hand!

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  20. Was it one of your marriage vow prerequisites? :)
    People watching is the best isn't it!?

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  21. Hearing the birds sing & water trickle - I'm with you on that!

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  22. There are all levels of adrenaline junkie - and Tweeting with Paul Hollywood is a different kind of scary/amazing!

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  23. I completely agree with all of this! I'm not a camper, hiker, hostel-er (the thought of sharing rooms and bathrooms is not appealing to me at all), adrenaline junkie, or luxury traveler. We mostly do apartment rentals and stick to cheaper street food or cooking if the kitchen is well stocked. I also spend way too much time just hanging out in cafés or inside the apartment when I travel and I don't see anything wrong with that!

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  24. I loved that! I'm not cool either. I'm just glad I get from A to B in one piece and dont lose all my stuff on the way!
    My style has changed. In my 20ies a hostel was just fine. Just for sleeping. Then I was an Airbnb and similiar traveller, but only if I could find special places. But now, I like to spend some money on a hotel. Or at least a few treatments in a great hotel :)

    Yvonne

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  25. Yep sounds just like me, haha! I basically wear a hat most of the time because I know my hair will never look decent and I tried to get away with boots and Toms, but I had to go back to tennis shoes because my feet were so bad. (I had a friend who went to Versailles in heels, she clearly hated herself midway through, lol.) As much as I wish I could be a camper, nope not me and hostels are as good as camping. I've only stayed in two so far, which were both private rooms, but having to share a restroom is one of the things I'm really not a fan of. I absolutely love using AirBnB, it made traveling so much easier for me!


    www.ashbam.com

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  26. Wine should be a style all of it's own!

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  27. I really, really don't either - holidays are for enjoyment right!?

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  28. I wonder sometimes if we'll look back.in 10 years and see more change in our travel styles (or realise that we are incredibly lucky!)

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  29. I wish I could get away with hats :) Sharing a bathroom is hard enough with a husband let alone a stranger!

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  30. It should have been just to see the look on my parents face!!

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