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What Kind of Traveler Are You?

What Kind of Traveler Are You?

Summer is coming, you guys! Every March, I get fixated on the season ahead and start brainstorming warm-weather trips, even ones I know we won’t really take. (For example, I researched a bunch of Berlin rental apartments last night, if anyone needs any tips?) So, I’m curious, as you carve out summer plans, what kind of traveler are you?

What Kind of Traveler Are You?

A beach goer, who packs a good book and sunscreen and heads straight to the water.

What Kind of Traveler Are You?

A city explorer, who wanders through museums, loves to people-watch and goes out for cacio e pepe at night.

What Kind of Traveler Are You?

A road tripper, who makes a playlist and drives cross country, stopping at taco stands and amusement parks.

What Kind of Traveler Are You?

A nature lover, who unpacks a tent and… I don’t know what else because I never go camping.

Which kind of traveler are you? What are your favorite places to visit? Alex and I used to do mostly city vacations (Berlin was our first trip away together, and I was nervous we would run out of things to talk about) (we didn’t), but last summer, our family got really into the beach and now that’s all I’m dreaming about.

P.S. Nine ideas for family vacations, and Venice under water.

(Top photo from a past trip to Fire Island. Beach photo by Amy Stone. Road trip photo by Seth Smoot. Wildflowers photo by Gabrielle Assaf.)

  1. Rahul Rai says...

    I’m most definitely a culture vulture. I’m always visiting museums and gallaries when I’m abroad. Also a little bit ‘go native’ when it comes to eating. I like to eat in local restaurants where the food is authentic.

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  2. We usually like road trips around California and the Pacific Northwest. I wish we could drive east and hopefully we can do this in the near future. But we also like traveling in cities and trying out the local cuisine. One destination we liked (despite some pollution and the crowd) was Metro Manila.

    I do not like traveling by plane, not because of being lunged miles up into the air but I feel kind of claustrophobic inside that steel vessel, confined to a small seat. It can also get quite uncomfortable. So definitely I like driving or even the train!

  3. Camping, ha ha, I know! We just went with the kids for the first time and it went much better than expected. (My expectations were pretty low, ha ha.) The key was having another family with kids to play with our own kids (keeping them occupied while we set up camp, make a campfire, etc…) Oh, and going with someone who is a regular camper and knows how to do everything. And having someone to borrow gear from. So basically, we’d never have done it on our own… It was fun and I’d do it again, but it’s still not my preferred way to travel. ;)

  4. I used to love city vacations, but after becoming a parent I now love beachy/outdoor vacations. There is nothing better than watching my daughter play at the beach. I think being near water instantly makes everyone happier (I am sure you’ve probably already posted something about that)!

    I have Muir Beach overlook/beach on my mind. Its local enough for us to take a day trip but far enough that it still feels like an escape.

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  5. ami_in_germany says...

    Berlin is so pretty in the summer and very kid friendly! If you are looking for rental apartments AirBnB is a good place to start. If you want to stay in neighborhoods near the city that are not too loud Charlottenburg, Prenzlauer berg, and Schöneberg are really nice areas for kids. The different lakes around Berlin and the castles in Berlin and Potsdam are fabulous to look at in the summer.
    I love traveling to cities, my husband loves Italy but since my parents live in the US, a lot of my vacation time goes to visiting family. However over the last couple of years I have cut back on visits to the US and instead my husband and I want to explore Europe/Asia more, next up after Easter is Prague :)

  6. Katie says...

    Beach. All the way. We had a condo on the north shore in Lake Tahoe growing up. We rarely used it for skiing – we were all about the beach. We’d pack up a bunch of gear, and walk to the beach late morning. Set up camp and read, swim, drink, run, eat and play trivial pursuit all afternoon. This is still my ideal day on any vacation.

  7. Oh, cities, always! Cities, cities, cities.

    You must visit Paris, France (yes, with kids!). <3

  8. Amanda says...

    Every year, my fiancee’s family goes to Lake Powell for a week, and this will be the 8th time I’m tagging along. I was worried I’d be bored out of my skull, because if you’ve never gone you look at the pictures and say “Great! It’s a big lake surrounded on all sides by very high red-rock walls! And that’s it!” But then I went and realized the Lake is all about morning water skiing and percolating coffee and naps in the shade and catching up on as many of the books you put off in the last year as possible. It’s about swimming in water warm as a bath, catching dozens of striped bass after rainstorms, skinny-dipping in the evenings, and spending time with people you love, laughing over endless games of Yahtzee and gin rummy. If you’re lucky, a howler of a storm rolls through and leaves you with waterfalls that spout from every crevice of the canyon country 60-70 feet above you and plummet into the lake like gushers or meander down the walls like lazy serpents. But the best part is sleeping on the top deck of the houseboat every night, because the sky is so full of stars and so immense. You’ve never seen so many stars in your life! I’m already counting down the days to our week in August :)

    • Emily says...

      Can I come?!? This sounds so dreamy : )

  9. I’m for sure a beach person. But I’ve recently gotten into cities. I guess I’m the opposite of you! Currently planning a quick getaway to Asheville. Glad to know I’m not the only one who can spend hours researching fake trips though! High five.

  10. Jo,
    We’re headed to Berkin this October. I’d love to hear more about the rentals you found!

  11. Nancy says...

    I am more of a mixed kind of gal and can appreciate a good art gallery or museum as well a hike for a spectacular view. My DH however hates crowds and would much rather camp. We have combined both by camping through Hawaii, Italy and France. There is a campground in the centre of Florence amongst an old olive grove and being able to walk to the centre of the city to see the Duomo is a memory that I won’t soon forget. We have also taken our two kids, then 8 and 11 across Canada by train with a stopover in Jasper to camp for three nights and then camped for several nights on Vancouver Island. They also love a good hotel, but at this point, I have learned that a condo suits our needs the best. We can do day trips, lounge by the pool and shop with the locals at the grocery store or farmers market.

  12. It’s hard to say. Perhaps a bit of them all! My boyfriend and I recently went on our first getaway together — to Paris! — and we spent four lovely days wandering museums, people watching from sidewalk cafes, dining on red wine and steak frites, and living our way into the days. We are daydreaming together now about our future honeymoon and talking about everywhere from Iceland to a roadtrip up the Pacific Coast Highway….so we’ll see what mood strikes!

  13. My husband and I moved to Southeast Asia 7 years ago and love exploring the region. We love going to remote areas where locals are surprised/sometimes shocked to see you. Always go to a local market and eat your heart out. Also picking up a new adventure skill has been fun like free diving and surfing in Bali or rock climbing in Thailand. Also obsessed with textiles which I have a stack of and need to do something with! We are planning to be in Berlin later this summer with our little guy who will be 9 months so would love tips! Excited to be in Europe and get out of Asia! Whole new ball game.

  14. Polly says...

    The camping part was my favorite. ;)

  15. Eva says...

    I’ve always been a go go go kind of traveler – packing as much as I can into each day! My husband is very much the opposite and he’s taught me the joys of sleeping in, taking long naps and eating McDonalds in Paris if you’re feeling homesick. We definitely balance each other out!

  16. Danielle R. says...

    I love cities for the culture. On the flip side, I love nature and would love to camp out during Fall- like weather. I don’t care the beach even though I live on a Pennisula and there are several beaches near by (so that isn’t a trip I’d plan).

  17. Jill says...

    We’re going to be doing a bit of city exploring and bit of beach lazing this May in Germay and Italy!

    Any tips on Berlin, Prague, Naples, or Florence hostels/rentals anyone?!

    • Charlotte says...

      Hi Jill,
      We stayed in this apartment in Berlin in Feb. It comes with bikes for exploring and is in a great residential area with awesome restaurants and cafes, but still close to the sights. I’d definitely recommend!
      https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/71747

  18. Cat says...

    My husband and I have been living in East Africa for the past two years, and which has allowed us to take vacations such as a safari in the Masai Mara (highly recommended experience, by the way), hiking in rainforests, and gorilla trekking in Uganda. We love nature and adventure, but being able to walk around and explore cities is probably my favorite. We went to Spain last year for meetings and spent a few days in Sevilla for our anniversary. We loved traipsing down old streets without much of a plan, admiring the architecture, soaking in the history, and having all of that time and space for conversation–just us. So refreshing.

    • Holland says...

      Hi Cat

      I saw this comment, and my husband and I have been discussing a safari in Masai Mara. Do you have any recommendations? We would be flying from the US, and we have never been to Africa.

      Thank you so much. We are excited to begin travelling more.

    • Alison says...

      Holland,
      The Masai Mara is incredible! I lived in Kenya for two years and luckily took several safaris in the Masai Mara. The best one was at Encounter Mara: http://www.asiliaafrica.com/destinations/kenya/greater-maasai-mara/encounter-mara. Excellent camp, and is in a protected game reserve just next to the Mara which means it’s less crowded and allows night safari drives. Amazing and unforgettable!

  19. I find it changes with different seasons of life. My husband and I used to do a lot more city travel but now that we have small children we are road trippers to the make. We have a VW Vanagon and we haul our three littles all over the place. At least two big trips per year – one mountains (usually Montana, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, etc. for a month) and one beach (Baja California, Mexico). It’s hard sometimes with a 1, 3 and 6 year old but the best family time. I love it so much I’m actually writing a book on it to inspire other families to go!

  20. Nichole says...

    Going to Berlin for 3 days at the end of May. Tips much appreciated!! Thanks.

  21. Jennifer says...

    Something that I am just starting to do is plan very far in advance. My sister has done this for years so we were adapting to her schedule since we wanted our kids to spend time together. Now, we alternate summers. However, she lives in China, so it really does take us forever to plan things. 9 months out is ideal. She can plan her summer in the US and I can plan our trip together in Europe. Bonus, using points for our hotels is really easy this way and if something goes wrong with the schedule, it is free to cancel.

  22. All of the above! My husband and I love exploring new cities, but also being outside. This summer we are planning trips to Vermont, Newport RI, Boston, and Germany! No matter what we do though, whether it’s camping, beaching, exploring–we try to tap into the local experience and try new foods, taste the wine, get off the beaten path, etc.

  23. kp19 says...

    All of the above! I have thoroughly enjoyed all the types of traveling you mentioned and I think the best thing to do is mix it up.

  24. Meghan says...

    I am a combination of city & beach traveler. One thing is for sure- I am NOT a camper!!

  25. Michelle says...

    Go to Berlin! My husband and I went 2 years ago because he had a conference. I didn’t really have any expectations going in and Berlin had never been at the top of my travel list, but it’s such a wonderful city! Tons to do, all kinds of food, you can walk everywhere, beautiful architecture. I would absolutely go back.

  26. nohatnogloves says...

    I love cities. But I also love the sea. Not so much for lounging by but just to be near it. I can take a couple of days of complete idleness, lying in the sun, reading and dozing then having a beer but after that…nosing about in a new city, watching people go by, eating new food and NOT BEING RUSHED. I just need to have a spare fortune to hand and I will be off.

  27. Prudence says...

    My husband and I do mostly city travels but going for a beach holiday is definitely on my bucket lists of things to do too!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  28. +1 to all of the above! Each of those “types of travelers” makes for a super fun getaway and it’s all about knowing what you’re in for and planning it right. Nothing like thinking about all of these that makes me want to plan what’s next (for me it will be hiking around Menorca!).

  29. Katie says...

    I am a city explorer! I love to see and try all the new things! It can be such a learning experience, but also so draining by the end! I do love a good beach vacation, though. Laying in the sun, splashing in the waves, drinking beer on the deck…that’s a good life, too.

  30. My husband and I try to take one city holiday and one beach holiday every year. I would love to add a bit more road trips and camping into the mix – a recent one day road trip + camping holiday with friends was unbelievably fun.

    Since we have such busy schedules with a lot of late night and weekend work and a lot of work travel thrown in, on our long breaks, I love having the husband just to myself (we don’t have kids yet). So I’m kinda super protective of these long breaks, because it’s exclusive “us” time.

  31. I used to be a city escape kind of girl. Now I’m older and all I want is nature (mountains or beach, I don’t care), a good spa, great food and tons of free time to wander around. Slow-paced travel, that’s my thing.
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  32. I am dreaming of a beach vacation!! But we are headed to Copenhagen next weekend for a few days and I’m looking forward to that, too : ) Other places we’d like to go this year are Scotland/Ireland, Bordeaux, San Sebastian, possibly Japan or possibly South Africa. Time to get planning!

  33. city and beach. city when I’m going abroad, and beach when I’m staying in Cyprus! So many gorgeous beaches, such warm weather you can’t really do anything else-and don’t realy want to! Having said that, If I could play tourist in my own country, I deffinately would, and I am jumping at such oportunities when they appear! :p

  34. Oh my Gosh you should go to Berlin! I took my son when he was 9 months old and was so impressed by how kid friendly it was. I felt like everywhere I looked I saw good looking young people with kids and they all seemed so at ease. Everywhere we went we felt very welcomed with a child. So many offbeat playgrounds and even a stroller/family section on the tram. I feel like he would ever enjoy it more now that he is older. GO GO GO! Its so great!
    We also went to Amsterdam and Prague but Berlin by far was the most relaxed and family friendly.
    In one month we are going abroad for 2 months and will be staying in Buenos Aires which I have heard so far is very family friendly. fingers crossed!

  35. I am all of the above depending on where I’m going and if I’m rolling solo or with a friend. I love wandering cities until my feet feel like they’re going to fall off. I love hitting the open road with some loud music or a good audio book. And even though I am often too restless to sit still, sometimes I need a few days at the beach to dive into a book and escape from the real world. I’ve got a few exciting trips in the works for the next few months, and I look forward to being each of these travelers while on the road :)

  36. Jacqui says...

    I dread the approach of Summer here in Queensland (Australia). Winter is my fav time for a holiday :)

  37. Gem says...

    I lived in small towns for the first part of my life and so when I traveled, I always wanted to see cities and revel in the crowds and the hustle-and-bustle. But now that I’ve been living in a major city for a few years, when I travel I want to get out of the city! Lately I’ve been dreaming of hiking trips, like treking Patagonia, or to Everest base camp, or across New Zealand!

  38. Jodi says...

    I explored SO much when I was on exchange semester and I was totally the city explorer – seeing as many cities in that semester as I could squeeze in. But I find myself now wanting so badly to revisit some of those spots to really soak in the city, the people, the culture, etc. I think I was too fast paced? Nowadays, depending on what season my partner and I travel, we do all of the above you mention. Beach vacations when we’ve had a stressful few weeks/months at work, camping vacations to soak in those long summer nights where day meets night meets day, and city vacations when we’re up for trekking through a vibrant city and immersing ourselves in it.

  39. Alice says...

    All of the above at the appropriate times!

    Hubs and I did a road trip through the Scottish highlands and hebrides when I was six months pregnant as a last free hurrah, before that Madrid and Hong Kong with best girl pals, thai temples and beaches alone, greek islands with wild friends in my teens… Different times in your life call for different trips.

    But with two kiddos in tow I’m craving beach this year too. Rock pools full of wonder and waves and sand that give hours of entertainment. I don’t care if it’s tropical or Newquay, I want sand in my toes and salt in my hair!

  40. Alex says...

    I used to be an American tourist – squeeze absolutely everything in and spend all day every day on the go go go! I did 7 European countries in 16 days once. Then I met my Australian husband, and he has shown me the ways of Aussie traveller. Take your time (if we’re leaving the country its for absolutely no less than 2 weeks. 4 is better), live like the locals do, relax… It’s so much better this way! Our last trip was 4 weeks back to Oz to visit with friends, show off our 3 month old baby, and drink coffee in Melbourne. I will say that I’ve introduced the concept of the ‘long weekend’ to my husband. Living in NYC requires lots of mini getaways – we go upstate at least once a season to slow down, eat, drink, and see the stars at night.

    • Anna says...

      Ha! I am also an American transplant in Australia and find that my travel style is much more suited to my Aussie friends. Your description is spot-on, and airbnb is the best enabler!!!

  41. Oh, I love all kinds of traveling! I’m probably a little bit more of a city traveler though. Excited for adventures this summer!

    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

  42. Oohh, good question! I’m going to cheat and say my husband and I are city-exploring nature-lovers. We spend much of our trips exploring parks, meadows, farms and stay in the nearest decent-sized city at night. (And for at least a day of museum- and market-hopping.)

    • Gem says...

      Same! My favorite trips have been centered around a major city, with daytrips or overnights out into nature for hiking, kayaking, biking, etc. A week in a tent sounds like hell to me, but a day of hiking in the nearby mountains is perfect, so long as I’m back in my nice hotel that night :)

  43. Taylor says...

    For a trip- city all the way! Getting lost, finding random hole in the wall places, food, culture, exploring; it makes me feel alive! Now, vacations are all about relaxing (perhaps with a hike or water sport tossed in) at the beach or poolside with a drink in hand.
    We tend to travel locally in the summer, as we live in Michigan and the summers are great. Shoulder seasons are for ‘trips’ and winter for ‘vacation’.
    Our best trip to date was our honeymoon through Australia, which was a combination of city, beach, glamping and road tripping, as we spent 3wks going up the eastern coast. Ahhh, good memories. Kids have since cramped our style ;)

  44. Amanda says...

    City girl here. But I’m not opposed to the others you mentioned. I can only lie on the beach for an hour before I’m bored!

  45. Steph B says...

    I always pick a new body spray or shampoo for a trip we’ve never been on so when I smell that scent years later all the memories come flooding back. It’s like revisiting all the magical memories whenever you want. I used a real deep masculine vanilla bean for my first trip to New Orelans and one sniff and I’m consumed by the French Quarter all over again.

    • What a great idea!!!

    • Katie says...

      That’s such a neat idea to intentionally manipulate your sense of smell!

    • JT says...

      Brilliant. I did this inadvertently on a trip to Mexico and picked up some Burts Bee’s facial wipes to try and combat the humidity’s impact on my face but now a whiff of that scent sends me right back to Mexico. (Also, how amazing is the French Quarter)

  46. I used to always want to go somewhere new, but since we had kids we go to Sardinia every autumn to extend our summer a little at the beach. It’s my favourite place in the world and I love that my three littles are falling in love with it too, as they explore the very same rock pools I did as a child. ..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds incredible!!

    • Natasa says...

      Oh Sardinia. There is no summer more without Sardinia for us since we discovered this see jewel.

  47. Rachel says...

    All of the above! Our last 2 years – Chicago, New Orleans, and Atlanta- our city trips are not exactly relaxing but it’s worth it to take in as many museums, restaurants, and sights possible. Multiple trips to the Fl Gulf Coast beaches (they are a close drive and the white sand and aqua water get us every time). Biannual major road trips to Colorado (summer and winter)-probably are family’s favorite for our love of nature, outdoor adventure, exploring new places, etc. Heading to Washington D.C. this May-the first time for our boys. And of course, Disney World was in the mix too. We actually rented an RV and camped at the Disney campground. It was honestly a great experience that we will do again one day, but our kids know and want to explore the country/world.

    One fun thing we do each long trip is pick a “soundtrack” that we listen to for the bulk of the drive. It keeps the memories alive for…ever each time you hear those songs.

    • Amanda says...

      I love the idea of a soundtrack for each vacation! I cannot hear Squeeze without thinking of my Summer in Tuscany as a college student!

  48. I’m hoping to do a family trip to a beach or lake near NYC after my trip to fashion week. An air bnb near water is what we’re hoping for if anyone has any suggestions on locations! There will be a toddler and baby in tow!

  49. clare says...

    BEACH

  50. Cait says...

    I’m a mix! I’m such a city girl through and through – however, my first trip with my fiance (ever!) is coming this May for our honeymoon – a week in Paris (another one of my faves) and a bit of tropical/European glam with a week in the South of France. We’re basing in Nice. It looks amazing!
    An interesting post would be tips/experience from other people on their first trip with their significant other… I’ve never travelled with a boy before and while I’m so so excited, I am a bit nervous!

    • katrina says...

      My husband and I took off on 2 months of no-to-little planning of touring France, Switzerland, Italy and England…mostly camping and backpacking. It was SO Fun! I think we crammed 5 years of lessons learned in marriage into those 2 months…so just remember that it’s an experience you will look back on, and if it’s positively or negatively, it’s mostly up to your attitude :)

  51. Joanna says...

    Really a mix of all.
    I live in Greece so, we have the beach covered and I would take any opportunity to travel anywhere or everywhere. Maybe a road trip through cities and nature! You are welcomed to Greece again anytime!

  52. Jess says...

    Beach and city! As you know, holidays change when kids are thrown in the mix so although we’ve done London and Paris with our toddler, the beach vacation is definitely less exhausting. And when my husband and I need a quick re-set, we head to Palm Springs for the weekend (we live in LA). A cocktail, poolside without kids changes everything. xx

  53. Caz says...

    A bit of everything, I think! Camping is probably my least favourite, but it’s nice occasionally.
    Cities and beaches make up the majority of my trips as I’ve been living in Europe without a car for a few years. Back home in Australia it was easy to do a quick 3 or 4 hour road trip when you had a 3 day weekend, and I miss that freedom.
    Having said that, the ability to take a 1 -2 hour plane ride and be in another country is fantastic! I recently went to Poland and Turkey and look forward to exploring Spain more this summer.

  54. My husband and I do lots of city trips- Barcelona, Athens, Prague, Paris, London- but this fall we’re branching out. I’m trying to plan a camping road trip for us in Argentina (if anyone has any tips?) :-)

    • Nicole says...

      I studied abroad in Mendoza!! A trip to the vineyards is a MUST. I recommend Zuccardi, and after your wine tasting, have their asado for a late lunch! Easily my best meal in Mendoza. ALSO Buenos Aires is an obvious must-see, and I would recommend zip lining and doing a night hike in San Rafael. I’ve never seen so many stars in my life!

  55. Amy P says...

    Family vacationers…we’re cheap so our only family vacations are to see extended family! We drive/ferry for 8 hours to visit most of my husband’s family (in the same province – yay Canada haha!), 19 hours to drive south to California to my husband’s brother and his family, and regularly an hour north to visit my family. That’s….about it. And we have three kids – 5 months, 3 years and 5 years. Lots of driving!! We bought them all construction earmuffs. It helps.

  56. I’m a mix. I like to go far away, but I’m never one to stay in one place for long. Last summer I spent a few days in Berlin before taking the train up to the coast and hopping aboard a sailboat with a friend. We sailed up through southern Denmark finally landing us in Copenhagen, where I staged in a bakery and hung out with friends for a week.

    Happy planning!

  57. Emma says...

    Oh, I love Berlin so much. I’ve been three times in the last two years! Wish you’d go back to give us more tips :) Do you remember any favorite places or restaurants? I just remember being so surprised at how green and beautiful it was. I agree on Portugal above too – an AMAZING destination for food, wine, people, architecture, everything!

  58. VP says...

    I love the beach and feel like something is lacking if I don’t make it to one at least once a year. We most recently went to the Turks and Caicos (babymoon!) and it was so amazingly pristine. I also love Asia after our honeymoon in Thailand and cannot wait to travel more through Asia. We also very much want to go to Dubai. I had high hopes for our Spain trip but was very disappointed. Europe seemed lack-luster compared to Asia. I also want to travel around the U.S. more, namely the Grand Canyon and other National Parks!

  59. Samantha says...

    We try to live like a local wherever we go. We rent an apartment, go grocery shopping, cook with local ingredients and scope out the local haunts. It gives us a chance to see what it’d be like to live there. We’ve done big cities like Paris and London but have equally enjoyed tiny places like Ronda, Spain. Bonus, I get to try out ingredients before I decide what gets a spot in the suitcase to bring home.

  60. Mariann says...

    I’m actually going to Berlin tomorrow with my boyfriend for our first vacation together! xx

  61. Is seeing as much of the country as possible, but staying in nice hotels an option? Because I’ve been hauling ass through Iceland this week, hiking slushy canyon edges, ice caving, snowmobiling, but staying in nice hotels and eating well. Can I move here, btw?

  62. Lindsay says...

    I’m reading this from the beach (the wild, quiet & natural kind) so I’ll say beach, but I’ve traveled to over 40 countries so really all of the above. It’s a gorgeous and diverse world out there and I’ll explore it to the very end.

  63. Marianne says...

    Road trip and nature lover, in part because I love being on the open road and seeing the landscape change, it’s more affordable, and I get to see more places in one trip. As a treat for finishing me finishing grad school, my husband and I are taking our two boys, 10 and 6 yrs, on a three week trip this summer. We’re headed up to the pacific northwest and then down the Oregon and northern California coastline. A little camping, interspersed with occasional nights in a hotel to maintain our sanity and cleanliness! We can’t wait!

  64. I’m typically very much a city traveler but lately, I’ve been dying to go on a beach vacation to Greece or Bermuda or one of those amazing resorts in the Maldives!

    Briana
    http://www.youngsophisticate.com

  65. Trina says...

    Definitely a city explorer. I can’t seem to relax on vacation!

    I’m not averse to beach vacays if they’re only about four days long, and just last year I did a solo road trip to Southern Utah to go hike around Zion and a few slot canyons. :)

  66. My fiancé and I are absolutely city people, but also love to explore nature and hike! One of our favorite locations to visit is San Francisco – enjoy the city life, beach and then a 45 minute drive north brings you to Muir Woods and Stinson Beach, two of my absolute favorite places to bask in natures glory! We’re headed on our first beach vacation with our two littles this friday! I’m looking forward to seeing what type of travelers they are!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  67. The beach culture is extremely strong here in Sydney but husband and I normally like to do a hike, a short country getaway or simply pack dinner and take the blanket out to the reserve for picnic till the sun sets :)

  68. Lindsay says...

    My favorite has been going to non touristy European towns by the sea. I love the ancient feel with the architecture and I love the beach. My favorite places might be camogli, Italy and nice, France.

  69. Your kids aren’t in school yet , so why do you act as if summer is the only time you can travel? Especially for “warm weather” trips! Travel is wonderful year-round, and timing should depend on your destination. Some places have a rainy season you’d want to avoid, or festivals/events you’d want to make (carnival in the Caribbean is in February! perfect for a warm weather trip). Traveling on the shoulder season (just before and after the popular tourist time) will save you money, and there’ll be less tourists crowding you. And some things are wonderful to see at other times of the year. I went to Sweden in December/January to see the northern lights! Awesome :)

  70. You need come to Portugal! the best food. the best people. The best ocean. lovely and wonderful cities!
    Come and enjoy.
    If you need some help contact me! I love your blog and your family.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that has been on my vacation wishlist for so long! my sister went there for her honeymoon and LOVED it. she still talks about it!

    • Tina says...

      My family and I went to Portugal two years ago and we loved it! The food, the beach, the sights, the people, etc. I can go on and on. We went via Sata airlines and it only took 5 hours to get there (we live in Boston). I can’t wait to go again.

  71. Lauren E. says...

    I love each trip for different reasons! But to me, a true “vacation” is at the beach. Hot weather, sand, water, fruity cocktails, gauzy dresses. Ahhh… now you’ve got me dreaming.

  72. I’m a mix between roadtripper and nature-lover. We traveled through Costa Rica a few years ago (which I know is pretty normal for Americans and Aussies, but quite exotic for me as a European) and it was an awesome holiday which provided us a lot of adventure and freedom.

  73. Amy says...

    Camping and road trips! It’s the best way for me to relax. I need to leave the world behind and head to someplace remote, otherwise I never fully let myself go. Plus, it’s generally a less expensive way to travel.

  74. Rosey says...

    Definitely city explorer, or beach! I could lay on the beach reading for days…

  75. As a Northern Scot, holiday options are very different to those if you live in the states. Weather (poor Summers!) and flight destinations from nearby airports ( we have 3 main airports in Scotland) play a big part. Last year we took our 2 teen sons to Copenhagen and Oslo for a couple of short city breaks – the flights were a revelation – it is quicker for us to fly to Scandinavia than to London for lengthy Transfers.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how amazing!

  76. I’m a beach-loving foodie who likes to be able to go hiking too. Not always the easiest combination to find! But LA and Cape Town are two of my favourite places because they tick all 3 boxes. I can hike in the surrounding hills / mountains, then hit the beach, and round out each day eating at awesome restaurants.

  77. Heather says...

    Beach goer! I have been going to cape cod for years but am craving a beach with palm trees currently…! Otherwise, right now, my vacations are wherever my friends’ weddings are :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we could actually write a whole post about which kind of beach person you are — white sand and palm trees, rocky and windswept, etc… :)

  78. Kim says...

    My husband, daughter (she’s 8) and I normally take about 3 vacations a year (one abroad, one domestic and one local) to a variety of settings. We went to Hawaii last month for a beach getaway and in June we’re going to London for a big urban escape. In August , we’ve planned a road trip up the north coast of California to Sea Ranch for a secluded and peaceful time away.

  79. Love the world and everything about it. If we can cover cities, mountains, lakes, beaches and towns in a year I will be happy. We will always seek out amazing food experiences and love to try the local flavours. Funnily enough off to Berlin in May. I’m so excited to go back after 20 years as so much will have changed. Any tips appreciated!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so fun!!! berlin is AMAZING. we went ten years ago, so i don’t know if my best tips are relevant now, but i’m going to ask around for you!

  80. I’m totally a city explorer! A museum and public market typically top my list. Then I’m up for wandering and people watching. Also live music! My next trip is to Puerto Rico, and I’m excited to embrace beach relaxation (after a few days of city jaunting).

  81. Gabriella says...

    I love a mixed of relaxed beach-going or hanging out in a beautiful natural setting and city exploring. I just came back from Cuba which was perfect for both!

  82. Valerie says...

    Like you city explorer or beach vacation. I like nature but dont like camping and I LOVE to swim :)

  83. Before having kids, my husband and I only vacationed to major cities. We wanted to be in the middle of everything and spend 12 hours on our feet exploring all the monuments and historical sites. Now that we have two kids, it’s the exact opposite. I want to go somewhere peaceful and secluded. Beaches, lakes, mountains. Places where the kids can have a larger radius to roam safely and there aren’t tv’s and computers and cell phone reception :)

  84. Liz says...

    Heading to Berlin in August so any tips are much appreciated!

  85. Courtney says...

    I’m a national park vacationer. All the nature, hikes, beauty, and fresh air… And back to the hotel for a hot shower and soft bed at night. Now that we have a babe, I’m sure our style will change a bit but I still see us frequenting the closish parks. I love them.

  86. Angel says...

    Between a mortgage and private school for two, we just don’t have the money for more than a campsite with a beach. But, we live 3 hours from Chicago, haven’t been there in 10 years and are taking our kids for the first time for two days next week!

  87. we do different kinds of vacations depending on where we are going. personally i love getting to know a place, and that means venturing from the city to the country. i am in mega plan/research mode for our upcoming trip to austria. i think i’ve got it figured out, but it’s a lot. how many days here, when to go there. after all this stuff, a non thinking, non planning trip to a mexican beach is most certainly the answer, and where we will go after this trip!
    b

  88. MissEm says...

    All 4! But we’re on a camping budget ;). Future dreams. This year we are going beach (bc of visiting family and friends, but still), would love to arrange an apt swap with friends in NYC for a city trip, and are planning to take our kids camping (locally and just for a night or two) for the first time.

  89. Dawn says...

    It’s such a beautiful world; we want to share as much as we can with our kids while we have them! This summer we’re waffling between Iceland or Italy, so hoping to do a little bit of all the above mentioned…

  90. All of the above!

  91. I can tolerate a beach for about 20 minutes, maybe 35 if it’s early morning or late evening. I am all culture all the time. That doesn’t necessarily mean museums, though I love them. It also means going to difficult places (Dogon country, Mali; upcountry Kenya; Petra, Jordan). It means chatting up the locals. It means getting out of my comfort zone. Since I’ve lived overseas for over 20 years, that isn’t easy. I have been living in the country for the past 12 years, so I am biased toward city vacations–whatever the opposite of daily life happens to be.

  92. jen says...

    pre kids, it was all about going to the next city and exploring the food, culture and arts. nowadays it’s all about the beaches with the kiddos!

  93. Jenny says...

    The bit about camping made me laugh – I feel the exact same way. I haven’t been camping since I was a little kid, but I’m hoping to change that this coming summer with a trip to Crater Lake or the Oregon coast. I have romantic notions of roasting marshmallows and drinking beer or whiskey around the camp fire at night, nestling down into my sleeping bag, and then enjoying hot coffee and crunchy bacon in the morning while breathing in the crisp, pine-scented air. In reality, it will likely involve mosquitos and anxiety over the lack of a shower (I need one every day to feel human). But I’m resolved to give it a shot!

    I’m typically very much a city traveler. I studied abroad in London for a semester in college and absolutely loved it. My ideal day was wrapping myself in a peacoat and scarf, heading to an open air market to look at the work of local artisans and eat curry from street vendors, spend a few hours at the British Museum, and end the day with cider and fish & chips at the local pub. :)

  94. Emilie says...

    I love this post, Joanna! While I do love all types of adventure, my heart lies in city exploration. The older I get, the more I am coming to realize that wandering the back streets, boulevards and museum halls of our world’s great cities is where I am happiest. While in Hong Kong earlier this year, I was up at dawn due to jet lag. I aimlessly strolled the alleys of Kowloon and witnessed the city wake up and come alive; shop keepers sweeping their steps and fisherman heading to the water’s edge. The streets that would soon be jam packed with commuters were almost empty, and it was such a thrill to witness. Sipping lattes in the Latin Quarter in Paris while people watching feels like stepping back in time. Walking along the Thames in London at sunset makes my heart swell. When I sit in my office in front of the computer, these are the memories I day dream about. Beaches are nice and road trips are fun, but give me a great city and comfortable walking shoes and I am in heaven.
    “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson

  95. Elisabeth says...

    All of the above? We love to explore cities and often use work/conference trips to see new places (most recently Vancouver, BC – amazing). But we also love camping/backpacking and try to take at least one trip of that nature a year (before our baby was born last summer we took a Boundary Waters canoe trip). My husband’s family loves the beach and book version, so we’ve done that with them, and my family enjoys a good road trip – hopping to national parks and stopping at random mom and pop pizza places, so we’ve done that too. Pretty much there is nothing we’re not up for given the opportunity (and money and time to go)!

  96. B says...

    We are beach people! Completely but also enjoy a good nature adventure including tents and campfires with lots of s’mores! We take beach day trips, beach weekend trips and beach week trips. Really we just need to move to the beach!

  97. Nina says...

    All but the last. I think I’m a mix between BEACH and things to do (because my son and I burn horribly…well I don’t know if he burns because I’ve never let him but chances are genetically he would). if it were just me, beach baby…I love even wearing long sleeves, long pants, a hat and sleeping away on a lounger…!

  98. It really depends on my mood and time of year. I love getting lost in museums or spending time lounging in a park in the warmer months. However I just love finding a cosy restaurant to spend hours when it’s freezing outside. Whether it’s a warm or cold I do like to incorporate a local activity in my travels. Biking, kayaking, or hiking always make the vacation so much more fun for me.
    I’m from Washington D.C. now living in Germany and it’s been amazing experiencing a new way to travel and enjoy my vacations. I’m hoping I can take a cross country/camping trip through Iceland. There are places where a hotel simply won’t do your destination justice. :)

  99. I have a hard time relaxing and sitting still, even on vacation. I love taking trips to new cities and spending a few days exploring, getting lost, finding little hole in the wall places… I also love the planning that goes into trips. I have lists and lists of travel ideas, including one for an upcoming long weekend to New Orleans. So excited!

  100. Coco says...

    I’m definitely a city explorer – My favorite places to visit are Charleston, SC, London, NYC, and Paris. However, I had the loveliest time in Hilton Head, SC last summer…so maybe now I’m kind of a beach-goer…

  101. My husband and I are mostly roadtrippers/campers where we primarily do it to climb or mountain bike. We used to tent-camp, but a couple years ago my husband converted our van with a raised roof into a camper van with sink, fridge, lights, and queen-sized bed and now car-camping is all I can stand! I love unplugging and getting away though. We often bring our laptop loaded with movies but 99% of the time we just read and enjoy the silence :) Here’s a small tour of our little vacation-home-on-wheels if you’d like to see http://lingismyname.blogspot.com/2015/07/van-remodel-part-5-finished-enough.html BUT, with that said, we do enjoy our hotel stays when we travel internationally every year or two and explore cities/other cultures :)

  102. Anna says...

    I live in Berlin, and sometimes it’s nice to just do a “staycation” and enjoy the place you already live but don’t get to take full advantage of when your busy with life and work! Especially here, summer can be so magical, I don’t want to head anywhere else: you can spend the day at the ‘beach’ on one of the many lakes and the evening wandering around enjoying the nightlife (it seems like the whole city hits the street in the summer to make up for being cooped up through these long northern european winters!) And I am never on top of all the exhibitions and shows happening in the city, so it’s great to catch up! Anyway, just an ode to staying home sometimes….

    That said, we did a trip through RSA/Mozambique/Swaziland last summer and it was the trip of a lifetime!

  103. we live near the beach so in the summer, it’s where we spend any free weekend day. But for vacation, we love to visit popular cities that are food-centric. I have loved London, San Fran, Portland ME, Paris, Savannah! I am dying to see Austin TX – Barcelona – San Diego – Portland Oregon

  104. escondista says...

    I’ve been camping more now that I married an outdoorsy guy! My in-laws and I got him a nice tent for his birthday and he has a telescope so getting out of Austin and into starry hill country is really fun.
    It’s too bad that it’s blistering hot between May and October! During those months we’ll probably stick to movies and ice cream!

  105. Laura C says...

    I’d love to travel but unfortunately we are not in the “right economic situation”
    Once a year we go to Italy to my parents-in-law, but that’s not really a holiday trip. That’s going to my parents-in-law place.

  106. I’m definitely a city explorer! And I love the planning part too. (So many travel books on my bookshelf.) My fiancé and I just recently did a long weekend in Antigua, Guatemala, which I would definitely recommend. Good food, fun adventures, and it’s the same time zone so there’s no jet lag!

  107. A says...

    Definitely a city break gal. I find nothing more boring than sunbathing and hate to swim… but my husband is all about the beach, so whenever we go away we have to find a good compromise – a few days at the beach for him, lots of museums for me. It’s not too difficult in Europe.

  108. Molly says...

    Beach and about once or twice a year camping! Going to Belgium for the first time this summer, so I might turn into a city traveler!

  109. Emily says...

    All of the above!
    Also – go Tigers! (I have the same hat) :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, go tigers!!

    • Y’all if you’re Tigers fans then maybe you know something about Detroit?! I think we might be moving there this summer and I’ve never even been! Help!

  110. Alexandra says...

    I’m curious about the berlin rental apartments you came across – I used to live there but now go back and visit every year. I’m still in love with that city! This year I might rent a place for a bit instead of crashing with friends ;)
    feel free to share your finds!!

  111. I love having a mix of all of them! In April, my boyfriend and I are going to Oakland then road tripping along the coast up to Portland, and will spend a night camping in the Redwoods. A little city, road trip and wilderness all in one week. Perfect!

  112. We live in Denver right now so we’ve been doing more camping/nature the past few years. But, we love the beach and the city so we have constant wanderlust being stranded so far from other major cities and any large bodies of water! The East Coast is appeals deeply to us because it has lots of big cities close together and also close to the water…and if you drive a couple hours west you also have mountains/camping/nature. We like it all except the roadtrips, so having as many of the others as close together as possible is ideal.

  113. All of the above! Although I’m not a camper either. Give me the nature and then a hotel or condo :) Heading off on our next adventure to the beach next week and I can’t WAIT!

  114. J.D says...

    All of above! Now if time and money could follow up, that’d be great!

  115. jeannie says...

    I love exploring different areas of a city especially to people watch, pop into an occasional museum, see a play and definitely go out for caio e pepe at night! I don’t mind having lunch looking over the ocean or strolling on the beach, but am not a sunbather!

  116. Megan says...

    Sadly, I’m the homebody who needs to be pried loose from said home with a crowbar. But I dream of being an adventurous traveler! Working on it…from home….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i have a friend who feels the same way — she just loves being home and feels most inspired and peaceful there.

  117. Out of the ones you listed, I’d definitely be more of a city explorer! Love the idea of doing nothing but walking from museums to cafes to scope out the city’s scene and people watch.

    X Laura

  118. we just traveled to arizona and colorado. i’m more of a city person and my husband is the nature lover and we both love a good roadtrip, so we typically compromise.

    last week we flew to phoenix and drove up to northern arizona and even in southern utah to go hiking around page and sedona, (antelope canyon, grand staircase…) and we drove back down to the city to explore for a few days.
    we also went to denver and hung out in the city, ate really good food and beer and then took a day to go to the mountains.

    the trick with us is to go to a cool city surrounded by nature and good hikes.

    :) katelyn

    i’m starting to share some of our trip on my blog now:
    http://www.katelynryan.com

  119. I think I’ve been all of these at some point in time! When life is crazy, beach days all the way. When I need more adventure in my life, city life is where its at for a refresh on my perspective. When money (or lets face it, time when you’ve got a normal 9-5 job) is tight, I’m all about packing up the car and finding a campsite. And road tripping brings me right back to my childhood, full of naps in the car as my parents drove us around to all of the national parks.

    Favorite places to visit? I love every bit of Europe that I’ve been to. Every US national park too. Next on my list (probably some similar to your Berlin trip) are Croatia, Southern Italy, Switzerland, Ireland or Scotland.

  120. Sarah says...

    In Colorado, we love the outdoors and being active. Camping= mountain biking gangs, river trips on rafts and kayaks and SUPs, rock climbing and bouldering dustiness, dogs and dirt everywhere. Campfires and whiskey, cold beers that are earned after physical pursuits. It’s glorious.

  121. I grew up on the beach ;) (Hawaii!) so it isn’t what I immediately think to vacation at as an adult. My partner dude and I love to visit family, especially since money has been tight we have to prioritize! He’s a city mouse and I love both cities and the wilderness. We’d love to visit Japan someday, to see family but also to soak in its natural beauty alongside the cities!!

  122. Katie H. says...

    I think the best way to plan trips is to mix and match from all of the above! Though I am totally with you on the camping. I love hiking, but I’m a big fan of having a burrito and a bed once I’m done!

  123. Is that a Eurovan?! My husband and I dream about retiring and driving a Eurovan (or similar) all over the country, a la Lost In America.

  124. Danielle says...

    All of the above!

  125. I grew up on the Gulf Coast and I am a beach girl all the way. I live in a major city, which I LOVE (Houston), so it feels like such a treat to pack up and sit on a beach for a break. I’m a city girl at heart, and will always always always choose to live in them (I’ve called Philadelphia and Chicago home, as well), but it when it comes to vacation all I dream about is sun sand and waves.

  126. Katie H. says...

    I think the best way to plan trips is to mix and match different all of the above! Though I am totally with you on the camping. I love hiking, but I’m a big fan of having a burrito and a bed once I’m done!

  127. Museum wanderer for life!

  128. I LOVE road trips! I like the freedom to start and stop whenever you like; I make it a point to brake for every historical marker, no matter how obscure!

  129. Emily R says...

    Beach all the way! I usually mix a city into the vacation (Cartagena/Bogota, Barcelona/Ibiza, Istanbul/Bodrum).

  130. you better believe i’m a city explorer who is finally going to Rome and Sardegna in June! all about that B&B in the heart of Rome and a VRBO rental in Sardegna with a brick oven on the patio. everyone should come along!

    xo, hannah
    mazeltev.wordpress.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      SO FUN!!!!!!!

  131. Ruchika says...

    I love beaches, mountains and cities. I usually do one or more of what I feel like. This also depends on how much money I have. :) My favourite thing to do is is to talk to locals wherever I go. And eat all the things!!!

    http://www.secondbreakfast.in

  132. Mary Jenkins says...

    I’m a beach person, as well. Nothing better than lying on the warm sand with friends and half falling asleep while you talk and read.