Where The Experts Holiday: Alan Locher, Marketing & PR Director At On Location Tours
On Location’s Alan Locher on Amsterdam, China and Boston’s best kept secrets
What do you like to do on holiday?
I love traveling and exploring different countries. If I return to the same country, I always try to see a different city or do something new to make it a unique experience.
Where did you last go?
My partner and I just returned from a 10 day trip to California, driving down the coast from San Francisco to San Diego. I had done this trip before but had never been to Solvang or traveled as far south as San Diego. We spent time in San Fran, Carmel, Santa Barbara, and Solvang before arriving in San Diego.
Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favorite and why?
China! China wasn’t on the top of my list of places to visit, but I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed that trip. We spent time in Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, and Guilin. We were in Beijing when President Obama became President finding out via Blackberry that he won.
Do you know where you’re going next?
We are headed to Amsterdam in the first half of 2012 for a ceremony that will honor the family that hid my mother and grandmother away, during WW II.
How do you plan your holiday?
We plan the location first and then figure out all the other cities or excursions we want to experience, while we are there.
How often do you go away?
We try to take one big trip a year with some weekend get-aways thrown in during the winter/summer months.
Who do you travel with?
The majority of my travels are done with my partner. Depending on where we go, we might be traveling with some friends or family thrown in.
In Boston, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
There is so much to explore in Boston. It’s all about the history, sports, and food. There are some great up and coming hot spots like Jamaica Plain or Southie (South Boston). I always recommend spending time in the city proper but also branching out. Check out www.mysecretboston.com as they are known for highlighting ‘secret’ things the travel guides might have missed.
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