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I have traveled extensively for the past 20 years. In my early years I was backpacking around the globe staying in the cheapest hostels and really roughing it.
Now I am older, I have upgraded my travelling needs and now have really come to appreciate smaller boutique styles of hotels. They give me the best sense of the locale and a feeling of independence but also enough comfort and security that my old bones require.
I am also not adverse to the occasional big-box all-inclusive vacation as a quick no stress trip in order to take a break. As long as they have a swim up pool-bar I am all set.