One of the things I’ve seen a lot of because of my traveling are carpets. Many motels have some form of carpet. Maybe there’s carpeting in the room. Sometimes I like this because it means that the floor doesn’t get as cold, and I can even walk barefoot if I feel like it. Other times, I don’t like this though because cigarette smoke does have a way of getting stuck in carpet, so if the room is a smoking room, then it’s hard to get away from the smell.
Other motels have carpets in other, more common areas, such as lobbies and restaurants. Carpets can tell a lot about a particular place. Is the carpet worn or in good condition? Is it colorful or is it a bit more drab? Sometimes, I see carpet that really needs a good cleaning by these guys: http://localschoicecleaners.co.nz/carpet-cleaning-christchurch or at least by the motel staff. It’s the dingy carpeting that really gets to me sometimes, and makes me feel a little bit sad.
I like to go around, from city to city, and from town to town. There’s no particular grand plan or design. I just want to get away from the regular grind of life, and find myself somewhere that I’ve never been before. I try to find interesting places, which are also located near an amusement park or some other large entertainment complex. Aside from the park itself, I also make it a point to check out some of the smaller sights the place has. This is true whether I travel around here, or I actually proceed to travel around in another country. It’s all about comparing and contrasting.
For example, I take a look at the amusement parks in other countries, and compare them to the ones back home. There have been countries where I’ve gotten on a ride that didn’t look particularly safe. I still had an exciting, if somewhat anxious time. It’s also fun to see how people in other countries react on a coaster, or after a particularly scary ride. In some ways, people all over are very much similar in our responses to perceived danger or scary heights. So I do the comparisons, in the hope that this will give me a better understanding of other cultures and other people.
I also compare and contrast other things. For instance, I usually stay at motels or inns when I’m going around, so it’s interesting to compare the beds and rooms in different places, and the food that’s available. The proprietors and staff also make for interesting comparisons. Whether I stay at the Bella Vista Dunedin or somewhere closer to home, I find that it’s the people who work in the motel who make all the difference. If they make you feel like they genuinely want to watch out for your needs, that’s what really stands out.