When my husband and I were making plans to holiday in Vietnam many people commented on how brave (Or crazy) we were since Vietnam is a third world country and we would be travelling with our six month old baby daughter. The weather is hot and humid, the food is exotic and the locals are very friendly. A vacation to Thailand is very reasonably priced and the beaches are beautiful with clear oceans, tiny islands to explore and millions of people who are also seeking an adventure. Leisure travel is travel in which the primary motivation is to take a vacation from everyday life. Leisure travel is often characterized by staying in nice hotels or resorts, relaxing on beaches or in a room, or going on guided tours and experiencing local tourist attractions. Most meals are eaten out when traveling for pleasure, and often more expensive modes of transportation, such as taxis, are used to get around. In some cases, leisure travel might be used to refer to any trip that lasts more than a week, regardless of the primary focus. Leisure travel is generally seen as the opposite of business travel.

If the vacation is at the beach, waterfalls, camping trip or a roller coaster ride, I would definitely choose to travel with my rowdy friends whom I can have amazing adventures, many exciting new things to discover, different knowledge to share with each other. You are traveling on your own, so it would be a bit lonely at times. However, that shouldn’t always be the case if you just step out from own shyness and be amiable to anyone you meet down the road. Ø Tour the city with the locals. A bus pass or subway token is a great way to meet the local people and see the sights. The public transportation service of most European cities is remarkably efficient, clean, safe and easy to navigate. It is not necessary to speak the local language to navigate on the subway or the bus system of most cities.

Six years ago, I met Bonnie and Cheryl at Gunflint, when my hiking partner and I decided to paddle part of our intended route rather than risk getting lost on the remote, unmarked and often obscure Border Route Trail These two knowledgeable, capable women were very helpful in outfitting us for our canoe trip, obtaining the last-minute permit, providing us with maps for our route, and picking up the canoe (along with a surprise delivery of fresh strawberries) when we left the water a week later to hike the well-maintained Superior Trail I thoroughly enjoyed the paddling and portaging and knew I’d eventually return for more. The original building that now houses the St. Regis Florence was designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, famed for his design of the dome of the city’s Duomo. Today, it brims with Murano-glass chandeliers and 16th-century frescoes, and it offers guests spectacular views of the Arno River.

The Good: There are county fairs, theme parks, …and then there is Disney. Build it and they will come, and they have. Disneyland is in a league of its own and sets the very standards the other theme parks across the country and world strive to emulate. In a word it is unique despite its skittish and impatient mascots that seem reluctant to loiter for pictures. The attention to detail of every kind has made Disneyland and the Disney theme what it is today. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is complete with a Downtown (shopping), which travel insurance requires no entrance fee, Disneyland, California Adventure, three hotels, all connected by a monorail and shuttles to and from the expansive parking lots on the east side of Harbor Boulevard. Disneyland is the original Disney theme park and opened in 1955. It has since expanded adding California Adventure and is currently referred to as Disneyland Resort. Call it Disney magic or whatever you will Disneyland has the extra TLC that puts it above the others. The staff is friendly and helpful everywhere with very few exceptions.