Travel Decisions: Are You A Mountain or a Beach Person?

View of the Mountains from Milford Sound Lodge in New Zealand
View of the Mountains from Milford Sound Lodge in New Zealand

It was a classic ‘Duh!’ moment.  Our main aim of visiting Chamonix was to ascend to the top of the Aiguille du Midi – but from our hotel window we could not see that it was working so we assumed it wasn’t operating due to the rain.  When we finally asked when it would reopen we were assured that it had been fully operational all this time!

We headed to the cable car base, and discovered that because the cable way goes for such a long distance that only a single cable car operates on each side at a time – so every time we looked out our window we had missed it…  At least we were finally in a position to realise one of the main goals for our Europe trip!

I have always been attracted to mountains.  We do periodically visit the beach as well but the mountains are an inevitable draw.

View of the Mountains from Milford Sound Lodge in New Zealand
View of the Mountains from Milford Sound Lodge in New Zealand

The ocean also attracts me and I did have a few years where I was an active scuba diver.  At the time I was making regular visits to my parents who lived near Cairns.  During one of my visits I decided that since I was close to the Great Barrier Reef that I should learn to scuba dive.  But that phase came and went and I have not felt a strong urge since to get back into the sport, especially after my parents relocated to a less scuba diving friendly location.

I have also been considering some cruise ship options for a while now.  Apart from my husband’s distinct lack of interest in that travel option, when I personally compare cruises to other options they seem to keep winning…  And having three children is also an issue, as very few ships are set up for more than four people per cabin.   It says a lot about personal preferences (or our travel budget!) when we choose to go on a multi thousand kilometre road trip rather than sit on a ship relaxing each day…

Dusk over North Narrabeen Beach, New South Wales, Australia
Dusk over North Narrabeen Beach, New South Wales, Australia

At the end of the day I think our travel decisions are mostly about seeking variety within our travel budget.  If EVERY trip was to the mountains we would probably get mountained out.  If EVERY trip was to the beach then we would get beached out.  So across our various trips I can also see a trend towards creating different experiences, even though there is my personal strong tendency towards mountains.  And our children would probably prefer to swim at the beach…  So we compromise to suit everyone’s interests and as a result we indulge in a wide variety of experiences.

Are you always attracted to a particular kind of holiday?  Or like us do you seek a variety of travel experiences?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Awesome shot of the mountain. Isn’t it great that we have the choice of where to go? I love the beach, and won’t ever get sick of it. We’ve got some of the best beaches in the world in Australia though, so I might be a bit biased!

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