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Travel is my passion. It expands the mind and renews the soul. I have no single definition for an "ideal vacation," but whether in a large European city or small Mexican village, my prefence is always to stay in a place that conveys a feeling of local character or history. I believe that with a little planning and research, made so much easier since the advent of the internet, it is generally possible to find places that give you that special travel experience while still providing a reasonable level of comfort. Because I travel independantly and make all my own arrangements there is always the chance of surprise, either good or bad. But I have had far more pleasant surprises than unpleasant ones. The unpleasant ones I can chalk up to experience, while the pleasant surprises are what linger in the memory the longest.