Posted March 20th, 2017, 09:27 AM
We're not into lots of beach days or packaged vacations.
So it's either cruises or road trips, sometimes combining the two with a road trip tacked onto a departure or arrival port & often renting a car at ports of call. Or a short city break by air.
On big land masses like Europe or North America, a road trip makes far more sense - lots of glorious scenery, freedom to make our own itinerary at our own speed, to see as much or as little as we want en-route or at the destinations, to experience evenings at those places, to mix with the locals, to be "travellers" rather than "tourists".
And it's so difficult to find cruises to Vegas or the Black Hills or Kruger Nat Park or through the Swiss Alpine passes.
Cruises to places like the Caribbean or the South Pacific or the Greek Isles - islands well worth visiting but few worth more than a day or two, so combining them on a cruise is ideal.
And in almost-landlocked places like the Baltic, where touring in a cruise ship is so very much more practical than by road or by air. I can even understand Americans choosing Med. cruises - so many places can be so easily combined into a cruise, though a one-day port-of-call visit is woefully inadequate for many of those places.
Finally, 3-to-5 day city breaks to places like London or Paris or Berlin or Rome. If we lived on the other side of the Pond we'd choose places like Boston or Washington or the Big Apple. Places close enough to be worth the flight, and where a car is perhaps more of a hindrance than a help.
If we were to stay in a hotel for a week or more, the hotel would have a name like Independence of the Seas or Crown Princess or Azura rather than Marriott or Hilton or Hyatt.
Anyone who looks like their passport photo is too ill to travel (Will Kommen)