I love to travel, it is my favourite way to spend money. Most intriguing of the more than 90 countries I have visited are those places with a culture most different from my birthplace in Australia. I gravitate to places of cultural, historical or religious significance.
Travelling is best experienced when exposed to differences rather than sheltering in similarities.
I almost always avoid enclaves filled with other fellow foreigners and travellers which contrasts to the surrounding environment. Sometimes it is useful to make use of such enclaves for a brief period, but this is the exception rather than the norm.
I mostly travel on my own because it means almost every conversation is with a local person, and a lone traveller will be offered opportunities denied to groups, such as an invite to a person’s home. Solo travel allows the fewest barriers with the environment. I love the flexibility of organising my own itinerary – to linger longer if a place appeals to me, or continue onwards if it fails to impress.
Travel is an intellectual pursuit.