i've never seen the attraction and hence need, to do long haul flights to ride a bike in some hot sticky location and indeed, whilst there are locations around the globe i would certainly like to visit, i never will. Europe, for me and many others is infintely more accessable and affordable as a destination, particularly given most peoples opportunity to holiday is of quite short duration. I've flown and i've ferried and the choice has often been dictated by destination/time/cost.
Try a trip to Scandinavia without flying for example, without adding days/£'s to the project - there are no ferries any longer, going via the low countries isn't a real alternative if you only have a week/ten days at your disposal, adding extra days travel could kill many a tour, oh and even Euro region railfares can be a strain on the budget. We don't all have the luxury of fitting work around travel, most of us don't even get to choose when we can holiday.
Unless there is good reason, say a particular museum/castle etc, i try to avoid 'tourist traps', and remember you don't have to be a furrener to be a tourist. I've visited and stayed in places where i've been the only foreign visitor they've had all year or even longer, i've searched out stuff that even the locals don't visit very often. i hope very much, that i'll be able to take my grandson on similar trips in the coming years, whether we ferry/ride/fly/train will, i'm sure, be something that will depend as much on finance as conscience.
Next year i want to return to Sweden, not being able to fly some element of the outward/inward journey could add at least 2 days to an already 2 day journey as well as extra £'s spent on accomodation/trains etc.
I may be able to take a trip later this year, foreign or not, i'm sure the hotels/atttractions/campsites/restaurants will all be grateful to see me wherever i go and however i get there.
Convention? what's that then?
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