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  1. Tommy
    August 20, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    Hi Ali, great article! Guess we used to be a on the go traveller. Slowly becoming more relax as we grow older 🙂

    • Ali Garland
      August 20, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

      Thanks Tommy! Yep, same here, more relaxed and I don’t want to run from place to place quite so quickly any more.

  2. What I Learned From My Round the World Trip | Ali's Adventures
    August 16, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    […] plan so much. I really love the planning aspect of travel, so even if I don’t book everything, I still usually have a rough idea of where I’m […]

  3. Vacay Girl
    August 12, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Very excellent points. Using the Tomatina as an example is perfect. Gives a great visual in the mind. You have to think of all the things involved that might make you uncomfortable.

    • Ali Garland
      August 12, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

      Thanks, I appreciate it! It’s always good to try to get outside your comfort zone, but knowing your limits is important too.

  4. Audrey
    August 5, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I’m a bit of each. I tend to be a city person, but I also like being able to combine some nature aspects into it. And I like to keep a busy schedule, yet leave time at the end of the day to unwind. 🙂

    • Ali Garland
      August 5, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      I know what you mean, it’s the combination of things that make the trip enjoyable. I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I do enjoy seeing and photographing nature. I guess as long as it’s in small doses and I don’t have to make my own toilet, I’m ok with being out in nature!

  5. Giora
    August 4, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    Informative article and good questions to ask before traveling … and I’m a city person. From where is the picture at the top with the building with the Dome?

    • Ali Garland
      August 4, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

      Thanks Giora! That is the Flinders Street train station in Melbourne, Australia. I love that building!

  6. fotoeins | Henry
    August 4, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    Busy open-air plaza, lots of foot traffic, a beer in hand, sitting in the sun, watching people go by, passing the time, shooting the breeze with your friends with their drinks in hand.

    Aaaaaah ….

    • Ali Garland
      August 4, 2012 @ 11:48 am

      Sounds great Henry! I think you and Andy would get along well with this kind of traveling!

  7. Andrew
    August 3, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    There is a point to the idea of getting out of your comfort zone while traveling and seeing and experiencing new things, but there is a limit even to that. Tomatina was awesome and awful at the same time. I am happy to have done it with you but don’t want to ever go back to it or something similar. I like a vacation that gets me out of my daily routine and still speaks to what I enjoy and who I am as a traveler. For me that is a nice plaza with plenty of bustling happening, but with me in a comfortable shady chair and a ready supply of both drinks and drawing materials. Preferably with internet too.

    • Ali Garland
      August 3, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      Thanks Andy! Travel is definitely a good way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. One of the reasons I love travel is the challenge. But I think it’s important to know your limits and not go too far with it.

  8. Jennifer
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    All good points. We recently went on a cruise and I was nearly ready to throw myself overboard on the days at sea. I want to give cruising another shot, but a river cruise or one with less time at sea will definitely be better for my travel style.

    • Ali Garland
      August 3, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I think cruising is great for some people, but you definitely have to look closely at what is involved. Some people are ok with having everything scheduled out for them and just seeing the highlights, but others want more flexibility and more time in each place. A river cruise or one that holds fewer people might be good to try.