What are your favorite places to travel? What are your main priorities in places you travel?
I am such a homebody. But I do love going to Los Angeles, especially the Westwood and Santa Monica areas. That would probably be my favorite place to visit. The food is just so amazing even from 4/5 star restaurants and there’s sun and everything is beautiful. I also like San Diego, San Francisco, and Palo Alto for similar reasons (though the latter two are less beautiful… for one thing they’re paying attention to water restrictions). Berkeley has great food but I find the downtown area kind of boring. Cambridge, MA I’m extremely familiar with so I’ve got favorite places whenever I visit there (which I tend to do 2-3x/year). I’ve got friends I like seeing in DC. Manhattan has good food. So does Montreal. But I don’t go out of my way to go to either of the last three places. Anytime I’m in Ann Arbor I stop at Zingerman’s. Can you tell that I do most of my traveling for economics conferences?
I like going new places with my family. I’ve been to Madrid twice without my family and loved it, but I’d like it more if I could take them with me. I don’t think Germany would have been as nice without my family and I wouldn’t have gone to Luxemburg without them. Of course, we mostly just go to the rural Midwest to visit DH’s extended family, so where we go doesn’t really have anything to do with where we prefer to go. Our time is spent on family rather than on new locations.
My main priorities are: 1. food (as discussed above) and 2. transportation. I prefer places that are walkable and have great public transit so I don’t have to drive around in an unfamiliar city. (Though I have driven so much in LA that it’s pretty familiar at this point, still, who wants to drive in LA? That’s probably why I prefer Westwood and Santa Monica– walkable and the Big Blue Bus.) Mainly though I just need to make sure my kindle is loaded up with novels and I’ve packed a pair of pajama bottoms in case my bedroom is too cold and under blanketed.
#2 says: I don’t want to travel now that I live in Paradise. I live somewhere great and coach-class air travel has only gotten worse over time. When I have to travel, I hope there are friends on the other end.
#1 says: Awww.