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Since Aug 2010

50-64 year old male

Rochester, New York

I strive to be a traveler and not a tourist, to take trips and not vacations. When in other cultures (always the preferred travel), I like to be among locals and to experience as much as possible how they live. Culture is the main thing. I have spent months learning the basics of another language for three week trips to be able to go in areas where little or no English is spoken and be able to converse enough to get along. My reviews will probably tend to be on the more positive side as I generally will research and already have a pretty good idea about a place, or ask a local, before going in. My favorite countries and regions have been Korea (far southern), Vietnam, New Zealand (3x), Thailand (northern), Italy (5x), Newcastle and Scotland (4x), Baja Mexico, Highlands of Guatemala and Cuba. I liked Northern and Western India. I have been to Jamaica many times. Recent trips to Bali, Laos, Thailand (4x), Taiwan and Vietnam (2x). Costa Rica and Vietnam again up next.
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Beach Goer
Nature Lover
Thrill Seeker
Thrifty Traveller
Art and Architecture Lover
Mark D's TripCollective Progress
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