No one travels in quite the same way. People travel for pleasure, for the experience, or for a sense of deeper purpose and meaning. They head to new places for work, fun, and family. What type of traveler are you? How do you behave after you arrive at your destination?
1. The Traveling Anthropologist
Some folks enjoy collecting things on their travels. They’re out for the experience and the memories. If you’re this type of traveler, then you collect souvenirs, impressions, colloquialisms, photos, and friends from your adventures. It doesn’t matter where you are, either. A small town in Tennessee is just as exciting as an exotic, far-off locale. In your enthusiasm, you probably research the backstories of every urban legend and old wives’ tale you come across, all of which you proudly share with family and friends, via stories, slideshows, anecdotes, and memorabilia.
2. The Sketch Traveler
Are you after thrills during your vacations? That doesn’t mean that you’re always up for climbing a mountain or going zip-lining. Some travelers seek out the seedier side of their destinations. In a bid to enjoy an authentic experience, they opt for the cheapest public transportation, local restaurants, and relatively Spartan accommodations, such as hostels and no-frills hotels. They may also prioritize thrill-seeking over leisurely sightseeing. If you’re this type of traveler, you’re willing to visit places that most tourists will never see. You’ll face down tornadoes in the Midwest or spend time in Goa during monsoon season.
3. The Humdrum Globe-Hopper
Not everyone travels for that sense of thrill-seeking adventure. Sometimes, it’s just nice to get away for the sake of it. There’s no shame in loving what’s already popular and beloved by travelers the world over. So, go ahead and revel in the chaotic splendor of Times Square. Belt out your favorite hits with some karaoke in Tokyo’s neon jungle. Or, delight in Paris’ elegant landmarks and arrondissements. The important part of your voyage is just having a good time and sharing those memories with those around you.
4. The Runaway
At some point, everyone travels to get away from something. You may need a break from work, relationship problems, or the everyday stresses of life. The runaway, however, is always on the run. To qualify as this type of traveler, you have to believe that you can outrun all of your worries. No matter the problem, you’re sure that you can leave it in the distance as long as you never stop seeking adventures in faraway lands. The idea is that you can leave your problems at home, but they have a funny way of following you.
5. The Steadfast Seeker
Once upon a time, you might have been called a pilgrim if you exhibited these traveling traits. Seekers are in search of something, of course. They may make a journey to a sacred spot that’s significant in their religion, but this kind of travel isn’t limited to religious journeys. Artists and art-lovers will travel not just to museums, but also to the hometowns and graves of the masters. Bookworms and fans of literature make pilgrimages to Stratford-upon-Avon, the places in Maine that inspired Stephen King’s novels, and Ernest Hemingway’s Florida hideaway. The seekers are after an experience. They travel with a purpose—to enrich their passion for a specific subject.
6. The Fashionista
Travelers who follow fashion are a subset of the steadfast seekers. However, it’s become enough of a phenomenon to deserve its own mention. In fact, travelers from China, the U.S., Germany, the U.K., and Russia contribute billions of dollars to the global economy through fashion tourism alone. Women and men alike happily trot the globe, following various Fashion Weeks or staking out the high shopping streets in sartorial cities. The object is to ferret out the latest trends, whether that happens to be onesie jumpsuits or the perfect beachy dresses with the iconic Breton stripe. They typically come home with more bags than they had when they left, but their airport outfits are always impeccable.
7. The Self-Help Sojourner
Traveling has the potential to enrich your life. In addition to learning about yourself, you can absorb lessons from an assortment of cultures and experiences. Immersing yourself in a new place can put your life into perspective, as well. Opting for self-improvement as your impetus for travel is admirable, but you probably research every potential destination, and you likely base your choice on locations that align with your inward journey. You’re more apt to travel solo, too, possibly with a well-stocked backpack.
8. The Over-Packer
It never fails. Wherever you go, you pack too much every time. On a five-day vacation, you pack ten polo shirts and a dozen pairs of underwear. Dragging your luggage through the airport and up to your hotel room is always a hassle, and you continuously bemoan your tendency to bring your entire closet, but you just can’t stop yourself.
9. The Special Occasion Traveler
You only travel when you have to if you’re this type of traveler. You’ll happily go on your honeymoon, attend your nephew’s graduation, or book a trip to celebrate your grandparents’ golden anniversary, but you’re not much for vacations.
10. The Solo Adventurer
You prefer to go it alone. Who needs the distraction of a traveling companion? To immerse yourself in each new experience, you don’t want to focus on anyone else. You’re brave, confident, and savvy. To others, you appear fearless—you’ll go anywhere by yourself! That’s impressive.
11. The Budget Traveler
Not everyone can afford glamorous hotels and expensive destinations, but that doesn’t mean that they never go anywhere. Budget travelers are bosses. They know how to get more bang for their buck, even in places that are popular with tourists. If this is you, then you know how to save on accommodations, attractions, and meals. You might even return home with some of your vacay budget intact!
There are many other types of travelers, and most of us are a combination of several archetypes. Have you ever stopped to think about how you travel? What do you do once you’re settled? How do you take in the local culture and color?
Author Bio: Constante Quirino is a freelance writer and content strategist who has worked with a number of emerging companies. A passionate yogi for several years, he is an advocate for healthy, balanced lifestyles.