So I am living in Sichuan Province, China. I’m not too far from Chengdu. I will have several chances to take vacations during my two years here- two winter ones, two spring ones one autumn one and a summer one (which I’ll probably spent with my my mom hitting the main tourist stuff in China), and I am a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to me within China, not to mention that I could just take a train to Thailand or pop over to Kazakhstan if I wanted to. Each trip will probably be a week or two in length.
So here are things I like in a vacation:
[li]Cheap. I make about $250 a month, so I gotta keep it cheap. I have funds I can dip into if it’s for something spectacular, but things like beach resorts and fancy hotels are out. I’ll shell out for a plane ticket if its for something way worth it. [/li][li]I’m not big on outdoors stuff- trekking, mountain climbing, etc just aren’t my thing. I do enjoy beautiful natural places but I’ll take some cool remote village over some cool field any day. [/li][li]I do like adventure, and can deal with some hard traveling. I’m totally happy on long train trips or stuck on horrible mini busses on dirt roads or whatever. I’ll sleep anywhere from dirty hostels to riverbanks. Indeed, some sick part of me enjoys hard travel. [/li][li]I like to hit the weirder, more remote spots in the world. My favorite travel destinations have been things like the rat temple in India, and Timbuktu. I’ll go on the tourist circuit if it’s worth it, but I love seeing really, really bizarre stuff.[/li][li]My favorite kind of museum is the kind where they have to turn the lights on when you visit. I’m all for second-rate tourist attractions.[/li][li]I’m a sucker for camels, deserts, nomads, Muslims and anything else that reminds me of Tales from the Arabian Nights.[/li][li]I don’t need much in the way of activities- I’m usually pretty happy showing up someplace, walking around, and eating. It’s not too important for me to hit the big sites. For me, tourism is mostly an excuse just to be somewhere. [/li][li]I like religious sites and old stuff. I particularly like old religious sites. I’m not too interested in Buddhism, but I like visiting Buddhist temples well enough. [/li][li](not gonna try to PC this up) I like hanging around crazy looking people with cool ethnic costumes. If they’ve got facial tattoos or giant nose rings or weird headdresses, I’m into it. [/li][li]Too hot is better than too cold.[/li][li]I think beaches are just okay.[/li][/ul]