I took a one night, two day trip to one to the provinces this past weekend. It was all very pleasant, I had a nice time, I got to stop by some local businesses and see how they were making goods to wholesale, and it was nice to be out in the clean and fresh air.
But maybe the most enjoyable part of thing was traveling with just a briefcase.
I'd only done that once before, a few years ago. I forgot about how nice and convenient it is. I wore the same pair of jeans, packed my computer and a couple basics, and bought a new shirt after I arrived. Man, it's nice getting through the airport without any luggage, and the additional mobility from not having any gear to worry about is nice.
Unless I'm under time pressure when I arrive or I already have a place I like to stay in a city that I've been before, I tend to not book anywhere to stay - I just arrive and walk around. Frequently this surprises/amazes people, but I think it works really well.
I walked into a business hotel at around 8PM in the evening after it started getting dark. Their rates were 170 RMB for their cheapest room to 800 RMB for the most expensive. I said, "I want one night. What's the absolutely best price you can do?" The girl at the desk offered me 88 RMB, which I took.
Strange hotel actually. High end, but poorly maintained. I wonder if they've seen a downturn lately. Chandaliers, brass, and marble, but dirty rooms with unfixed damage. Or maybe they put me the "88 RMB one-night special" room. The breakfast was incredible in the morning, though - fresh hot eggs and vegetables for me. They had fruit, rice, breads, and pastries too, but I don't eat those - they looked good, though.
I'll do this even "just show up and walk around" thing even if I have luggage, but that might seem too hardcore for someone who doesn't have the traveling experience. (It's not actually a big deal, but might seem like a big deal)
But you could definitely do it if you're traveling with just a briefcase. Try it out some time for little weekend trip - man, I was amazed by how convenient and enjoyable it made the the whole thing.
What a fascinating trip. I just did this route -
Beijing -> Erlianhaote -> Zamyn Uud -> Ulan Bator
Why do I choose such circuitous, crazy routes? Well, lots of reasons.
I want to understand as much as I can about the world, and taking out of the way routes - especially through important border towns - teaches a lot.
Often, you can manage a route like this in a way that's much less expensive than direct flights. Yes, time is money, but money is also money.
My time in Paris was a fun journey. It was a school trip last year. Took a lot of saving and bag packing to get there but in the end it was worth every last cent.
As we had teachers with us, who were flute in French. It wasn't hard getting around and finding fun places to eat and relax as they have been there so many times before. The only bad thing about my holiday in Paris was the hotel. As it was on the outside of Paris. It took about 30 minutes maybe more to get home each night. And to be honest the hotel wasn't that nice either. It was small and if you kept your window open at night you could hear cars and people going by. As we got to the hotel at about half 10 or 11 each night you had time to relax before you take shower and go to sleep like most of my friends they went on there phones but no not me. You had to get a wi-fi code and everyone else has a different one to each other. And just my luck didn't work not even one night for me.
We went to I think every site there is in Paris. I was so tired walking around everywhere. My favourite place was of course Disney land. It made me feel like a 10 year old kid again. Running around to all the roller-coaster and hearing the Disney music everywhere you go. I was so happy going around with a smile on my face the whole time.
We went to loads and it was so amazing. I was so lucky to go on that amazing experience to Paris and see the thing I always see in movie and photos and touch them to see if they are really real and that I am really in Paris.