I have often believed that people travel for different reasons. But this often also depend of what you actually do when you travel. When someone travel on business, we all have an agenda. Often their travel schedule are filled with meetings and presentations, maybe entertaining colleagues and clients. But what about when you go on vacation? You certainly became a different person when you are on vacation because you do not have the responsibility of work or anything business related. So what kind of traveler are you? Here are what I believe are the kinds of traveler out there:
Beachcomber and Sun-worshiper – To some people vacationing often means going someplace warm, lying on a hammock or lounge chair with a drink on one hand and perhaps a book on the other. Some like to do this by the pool, others do this in the sand on the beach. Regardless of where you do it, beachcombers and sun-worshipers do this primarily to relax, unwind and perhaps get some color.
Explorer or The Culture Vulture – These people are not the type that would stay at the hotel or resort all day. They like to wander off and see landmarks, historic places, museums, etc., soaking into the history or culture of the place they visit. In some cases, they go to a place they have never been before every time they travel. Regardless of how you look at it, you will never find these people staying at their hotels all day. (I think this sounds like me! 😉 )
The Foodie – when they travel, it’s all about the food. Think Andrew Zimmern eating his way around the world eating gourmet, exotic dishes and perhaps the “bizarre” stuff. Some foodies don’t just travel to eat, but they travel to perhaps take cooking lessons learning to make the dishes of a certain culture and place at home. At the end of the day, they would always go back to their hotel room with a full stomach, then venture off again for happy hour.
Tourists – this is one label most travelers dread to hear about themselves. These are the type of people who would often depend on tour groups or bus groups for their itinerary and schedule. Perhaps because they do not want the stress of having to figure out what to do and make arrangements for it. They probably do this because they have never been to the place before. You can’t really blame them. Why add stress to your vacations? But try not to do this as often as possible.
Off the Beaten Path – These are people who prefer to go to places other would not often go. These are the underrated or undiscovered places. Regardless if it’s a country or a specific city, they would go to places where tourists would never think of going. As a result, the places they go to are less crowded and has the great possibility of slowly growing its popularity n the coming months.
Nature Lovers – the preferred destinations for these type of travelers are national parks, animal sanctuaries, dormant volcanoes, estuaries, natural springs, jungles and the like. Going on trips like African safaris or a wildlife refuge would be their ideal trip. People who are nature lovers would prefer to do nature hikes, viewing waterfalls and seeing animals in their natural habitat. Open spaces such as Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon even the Amazon Jungle would be heaven for these people.
Voluntourist – people who would volunteer with charitable organizations in less fortunate place would be a fulfilling thing to do for them. Some even do this long-term. Think signing up with the Peace Corps. These are people who are looking for fulfillment by helping others with a dream of making a difference. This is also a good way to learn about the culture of the people, place you are visiting and the local language. It’s also a good way to meet new people and learn from them.
Pilgrims – you are a serious devotee of your religious faith and you travel the world to see the holiest of holiest sites. These people do not just go to the most important places of worship in the world but to important places according to the teachings of their religion.
So what kind of traveler are you? Which would you want to be? How do you like to travel? It is important for people to travel for a reason. It’s important to plan ahead and figure out what you’d like to do. You certainly do not want to waste your time when you travel because you may not have the opportunity to go there and do it again.