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I like long trips of at least 3 weeks away to both loved and new destinations. I want to see how others live and what is important to their culture. I usually combine large exciting cities with the most ordinary towns not on tourist routes at all. I like the off-beat. I research everything beforehand although I once travelled with a child for a year knowing nothing about any of the 9 countries we visited. I pick up tips from everywhere I go to decide how I want to live when I return home. I love shopping, and touring countries in rented cars. I abhor group tours, resorts, beaches. I rarely spend time away with people of my own culture because trips are costly even on a tight budget so that would just make the expense and the experience less valuable. My only short or week-end trips are for swing-dance instruction and events.