When I was younger I used to love going wilderness camping. Tent on the ground, small propane stove, Top ramen. Drive somewhere remote, then drive a bit further. Set up camp on the leeward side of your car and enjoy nature for two or three days. However, as I’ve gotten older I find that experience much less enjoyable and now I tend to wake up cold and sore and grumpy. I’m getting soft in my old age, I guess. My wife and I have talked about getting a small teardrop-style camp trailer for coast trips but I doubt we’ll ever actually bite the bullet and do that. Its easier and cheaper to rent a motel room on the beach once or twice a year.
I’m an extreme introvert and have no desire ever to do a cruise or visit Disneyland / world or other theme park. Any place where there are large gatherings of people just make my skin crawl. Family reunions I can stand, but only in short doses. I’m thankful they only roll around once every few years. The only way I would even consider going on a cruise would be if it were somewhere that I couldn’t visit any other way – Antarctica, for instance.
The best vacations for me are going to the coast (we live less than 2 hours from the Pacific), renting a beachfront motel room for 3 or 4 nights, and just relaxing. I’ll bring along a good book or two and maybe the Switch and just hang out. Add a cooler full of drinks and snacks and I’m in heaven.
I want my vacations to be vacations. Something that takes me away from my normal routine. No schedules, no itineraries, no meeting up with large groups of people. No crowds, certainly no communal dining. I do all that at work and during my regular daily life. I want a break from that crap by doing nothing and doing it alone (except my wife, of course). My wife and I spent my 40th birthday at the coast this past June. 5 days in a beachfront motel room with nothing to do but read books, nap at odd hours, and walk on the beach. Bliss.
I do love museums and try to check out the local museum whenever we find ourselves in a new town which admittedly isn’t very often.
I’ve never traveled to Europe but I would love to do so someday. For that I would eschew my “no itinerary, no schedule, no crowds” rule obviously.