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A great vacation includes: a place different from my home, friendly drinking holes, something unique to experience, a walkable city or one with good public transportation, a safe environment for a single woman, and affordability.
I use to rough it in my 20s. (sleep on trains, rush to the nearest hostel because there was no internet, deal with no a.c. or heat, etc.) I splurge nowadays for a.c. when I visit hot places.
My newest focus is on places that speak Spanish and have an interesting twist. I live driving distance to Mexico, and there are plenty of Spanish speakers in my city. I want something different.