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Travel, and vacationing, is an incredibly personal experience. Thanks to our natural human differences, there is no one ‘perfect vacation’ shaped by everyone’s ideal.

Some enjoy nothing more than relinquishing control in an all-expenses-covered hotel break. Others crave off-roading adventure and the challenge of new terrain.

Luckily, there are bountiful opportunities for everyone to get their vacation kicks across the world, but what happens if your travel partner has differing tastes to yours? Don’t worry, you can have the best of both worlds!

Travel Style: Location Hopping vs Home Away From Home; Which Works Best For You?

Location Hopping: How to See Lots of Places, in a Restricted Time

This approach is ideal for those who have little time and a bit more cash to spend; maybe you’re on a short two-week vacation from work, or are trying to travel in a study break.

Firstly, identify all the places you’d like to visit in an ideal scenario. Then, research if there is a reasonable way of seeing all these places in the time you have.

A word from the wise: you want to avoid rushing from flight to flight, barely having time to drink in the atmosphere of these destinations you’ve been wanting to see. Be aware of trying to fit in too much, or you’ll leave yourself burnt out and perhaps incapable of enjoying your time on the road.

Consider keeping a daily travel journal, so you can remember all the little things once the rush of the adventure has settled down.

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Home Away From Home: Settling into One Place, For a Longer Time

When booking a vacation, for some people the most enjoyable thing is to relax and take the speed and business out of everyday life.

If you’re one of these people, finding an apartment or villa where you can really feel at home will be important. You’ll want to resist the urge to rush around, and take life a little slower, but when you’re ready to venture out why not get local intel from your new neighbors, who’ll likely be experts in local life.

The Best of Both Worlds

You’ll be pleased to know that a compromise can be found if you and your travel partner have different ideas for the perfect getaway, regardless if one of you wants to explore every day and the other wants to kick back and feel at home.

Depending on where in the world you’re looking to go, consider joining a tour to take the headache out of organizing a number of complicated overland journeys, giving you more time to relax.

If you’re looking to take in lots of beautiful beaches, then a Caribbean cruise is a great way to cover a vast amount of ocean with ease — who can feel unhappy when relaxing with a cocktail overlooking the open seas?

Of course, you don’t need to make a decision as to which approach works for you and stick to it. Travel is meant to broaden horizons, so why not push yourself and see how it feels — you may be surprised!


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. It’s exciting to go from places to places and face new challenges in the course of life. I always enjoy renting an apartment when I visit any places these days. As I feel more like a local and I could experience the local life ~ A trip on
    a Caribbean Cruise sonds great, too! @ knycx.journeying

    • Absolutely Kncyx – and I often find that people’s travel style changes over the course of life, or they like to try out different styles of travel every now and then. No-one has to be boxed into one specific style – hope you do have the chance to try out a Caribbean Cruise!

  2. Funny enough I have yet to go on a cruise. It seems like best of both words for sure. Relaxing, but things to do and then once at the destination some exploration. Good combo now that I think of it.

    • We’ve just returned from a cruise around NZ, and it was really nice to be able to unpack just the once, settle into a room, but rock up at a new destination each day! Definitely the best of both :)

  3. I love how you mention the compromise – so important for me and my husband! I have to admit, learning to compromise after years of solo travel was quite the struggle. But now it is absolutely key! I always want to be on the go and exploring new things. But now I have learned to be open to the slower paced way of things, and as a result have come to really enjoy it from time to time :)

    • Absolutely – it’s obviously natural that two different people will have different interests and ideas about how to travel, so finding a middle ground which works for both of you is the key.

      So glad you guys found your balance! Happy travels!

  4. I so appreciate your comment about traveling slower and not making trips flight to flight or packing in a ton of stuff you have to do. I find that a slower pace makes for a more meaningful experience and it opens your travels up to being more spontaneous. When I travel I prefer to focus on one area or location, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.

    • I’ve really come to appreciate slower travel as I’ve gotten older – I was all about the whirlwind during my late teens and early 20’s, but you’re right, it makes for a much more meaningful experience, and it a lot less stressful to be honest!

  5. I always travel on a rush and I think it’s a bad habit. I have this scarcity mindset that I wanna finish everything during the trip. But I think it’s more enjoyable to do the activities slowly to fully immerse in a place. Surprisingly I love Caribbean cruise too!

    • I think we’ve all been guilty of trying to cram as much as possible into the one trip – especially if you’re spending a lot to get there. But we’ve really tried to adopt a slower travel mindset recently – have come to appreciate being able to really discover a destination and dig in below it’s skin :)

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