Seeking Travel Ideas: Like Tucson, But Different

42 thoughts on “Seeking Travel Ideas: Like Tucson, But Different”

  1. I’d say that if you haven’t been to Costa Rica, it was my first thought. Wasy to get around, friendly people, and beach plus mountains in close proximity. If you surf (or would like to learn), it’s a great place for that. Despite feeling like we were the last people we knew who had gone, it was not wildly touristy (disclaimer: we went in low season, in August), and we found it easy to not break the bank while there.

    I haven’t been to the greater Tulum area of Mexico, but that’s going to tick your swim plus active boxes as well.

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  2. San Diego is one of my favorite places in the world so I’d say you can’t go wrong with that. I don’t know when you’re going but there is the “June gloom” that everyone says to avoid; the one month of the year where’s it’s cloudy and overcast but the rest of the year the weather is pretty much perfect. Sedona is also pretty fantastic if you like hiking and relaxing afterwards.

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      1. My brother lives in Santa Barbara and it was quite pleasant when I visited him there in April. Channel Islands National Park is right there and Santa Barbara is beautiful (and not as busy as LA or San Diego). Great hiking in the mountains there and amazing whale watching!

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      2. Santa Barbara looks stunning. I’m trying to figure out when the husband and I can find a time to road trip all the way to central CA – maybe right around Santa Barbara, and work our way up the coast, past wine country. Heck, why stop there? I’d want to keep going north. We did coastal Oregon a few years ago, so I’d like to try the Willamette Valley this time, then on up to Olympic National Park. So that should only take what, 2 months? Ha ha. When is retirement?!?!

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      3. That would be an AMAZING drive! Now that my brother lives in CA, we have been talking about that too. Big Sur is breathtaking, plus there is the rather new Pinnacles National Park. Then of course Kings Canyon/Sequoia/Yosemite.

        Now I want to go to California again this year 😀

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  3. Oh Travel Architect, first do not forget the key to your recent staggering success- including a trivia question. Take the ramblings about spring break and throw in a “First Vegetarian President” question to take your fans to a whole new level. As to vacation suggestions, Kauai would offer dependable warmth and world class hiking and water sports. The southwest coast of Maui would be almost as good and cheaper. San Diego is also great. Now emulate Millard Fillmore and have a salad!

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    1. Dave C., I really think you should take the trivia question idea and use it on your own amazing future blog. The offer for free set-up and mentoring still stands.

      As for salads, the husband made one for us last night. Oh wait. It was pasta salad. Crap.

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  4. So here is my idea for a spring break trip that would satisfy activity/adventure and relaxation -Red Mountain Spa in St George, Utah. Google it and check it out. I would go too if you want!

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  5. I can only recommend Thailand but I have a sneaky suspicion that it’s out of range for you (we have mountains and beaches and a guaranteed 80-100 degree heat!)
    But to be serious I absolutely love walking (I’m in the same camp as you for a holiday – I like to do nothing and lots of things at the same time) but I’m getting restless with my walking routes at the moment…I can feel a change of scenery coming (I’m actually going back to the UK for 6 weeks next week so that should do it)

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    1. Yes, unfortunately Thailand is a bit far for this particular trip, but it’s on my radar.

      Six weeks in England! That’ll be a change of scenery AND of temperature. Your sweat glands will get a much needed vacation! I hope you blog about it!

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      1. I have been wondering if I should keep blogging while I’m over there. Should I just post blogs about being in Thailand that I haven’t finished yet? Or try and share my UK experience? (it may be really boring if I don’t sweat!)

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      2. I’m betting you’ll find a way to make England posts interesting. Heck – I’m going to attempt to after our UK trip. But you’ve got an insider’s perspective. That’s gold!!! If nothing else, you could blog about how cold it is there. Or make fun of the food, or… wait! I can’t give away all my UK blogging angles! You’re on your own. 🇬🇧

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      3. Hmmm. How do I put this delicately? England is the only country I’ve ever been in where I walk into a bakery – a bakery! – look around and think, “Nope. Nothing for me here.” And then you’ve got the husband waxing poetic about beans on toast, steak and kidney pudding, etc. Ugh! It’s all just too much to bear. On a positive note, the curry is standout, and I did just have some lovely Digestives an hour ago.

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  6. Oh I feel you! I’m hankering for some sun big time. Only problem is… I’ve been packed out at the weekends, and will be busy now until That Horrible Political Event In The UK That Won’t Go Away. If it gets delayed, I’m thinking of grabbing a plane ticket to Europe ASAP!!

    Mexico would be a good choice, or how about Belize? I have no idea how it is for hiking, but it looks really beautiful.

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  7. Unfortunately I’m not too familiar with places that are good for hiking in the US but Washington State is somewhere that I love visiting. The only downside is it might be a bit colder at the time of year you’re looking to go 😦

    On a slightly more random note – such a disappointment to read that your husband is an Arsenal fan!

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    1. Washington would be great but you are right- too cold in early spring.

      Funny you should mention Arsenal on today of all days. It’s sports day at my primary school so I am wearing my Arsenal shirt, though most people ‘round these parts won’t know who they are. Which soccer – oops, I mean football – club do you support?

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      1. Unfortunately. Definitely worth a visit another time though. I’ll be there in a few weeks.

        I am a Tottenham supporter so Arsenal is as bad as it gets as far as I’m concerned haha.

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      2. I don’t normally do this, but I’m going to provide you with a link to my post from a few months ago in which I wrote about trying to support organized sports, including English soccer. It’s a bit on the long side, and the first half is all about my crazy Green Bay Packer loving family, so if that doesn’t interest you (though for a long flight to Washington state it might be just the thing :)) you can just scroll down to the picture of the two Marmite jars. Shortly after that I begin talking about my “conversion” to being an Arsenal fan (and Tottenham gets a not too favorable mention from the husband). You might find it amusing.
        https://thetravelarchitect.wordpress.com/2018/12/27/rooting-for-the-team-sigh-im-going-to-give-it-a-try/

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      3. I’ll definitely give this a read shortly.

        Oh wow. I visited Minneapolis last summer and loved it over there so decided I’d actively root for the Vikings last season as I’d never had any specific American Football team.
        So between Arsenal and the Packers perhaps its best we stick to talking travel and not sports haha.

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      4. I have to keep up this ruse of being an Arsenal fan for the sake of my marriage (we’ll be visiting Emirates stadium this summer), but I loathe all American football, including the Packers, the Vikings, you name it. I live in the Twin Cities, so I’m glad to hear you liked it here. Nobody visits this part of the country – or so I thought. What drew you to this area?

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      5. Haha that’s understandable. It’s exciting that you’re visiting London this summer! That’ll be fun!

        I was in the USA for a month last summer. I’d already booked flights to Chicago and then Tottenham announced they were playing in Minneapolis a couple of days after I landed, so I figured I’d go and spend a couple of days in the twin cities too. I’d love to come back some time.

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  8. Awesome post!!! I love spontaneous adventures!! And you can’t go wrong with the Tucson area. Saguaro National Park is breathtaking.

    Bummer that it didn’t work out again this year, but glad you are determined to go next year. Have you been to the Pacific Northwest? May not be as warm in the Spring as Arizona, but it is breathtakingly beautiful. I absolutely love the coast of Oregon.

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    1. I’ve been to the Pacific NW, but it’s been a good many years. Coastal Oregon more recently. But, as a Midwestener yourself, I know you’ll forgive me for insisting on a slightly warmer destination for my spring break next year. 😉

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  9. I know Carmel/Big Sur did not win this time but when you do go do not skip Cambria, the Paso Robles wine country, or Morro Bay. Not as populated but so filled with great people and beautiful scenery.

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  10. I love your writing style! I feel like we would be friends if we ever met. I get the mid-winter travel bug too…basically I have it all the time. One place I always suggest to everyone is Gozo. It’s one of the islands of Malta but without the massive amount of tourists. It’ got views, history, and amazing people. I also recommend Nice and Ville-Franche in France. I fell in love with both and keep going back!

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    1. Thank you so much! You’ve made my day with your first two comments! If you’re ever in the Twin Cities, let me know – we can meet up! Gozo/Malta sounds lovely. A bit of a long haul for a 1-week trip, but I’ll keep it in mind for a longer trip (plus, the husband would kill me for going someplace like that without him). We love, love, love France. Of course I’ve heard of Nice but haven’t been there. (We’ve been mainly to Paris, the Loire Valley, the Alps, and part of Provence over several trips.) I’ve never heard of Ville-Franche, but you can bet I’ll be looking it up. Let me know if you have a blog post on it. (Nice, too.)

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