Are you one of these 8 Traveller Types?

The other day I was scrolling aimlessly through my Facebook page, when I came across an interesting add about the different traveller types we could be categorised in. Now, being the infamous procrastinator I am, I started reading and one thing led to another and I found myself researching and writing a blog post. Although I’ve come across pretty much all of these traveller types in my travels, I can’t say i’d ever really categorised anyone, let alone myself as a specific traveller. But, as I read, I began to see my friends, family and acquaintances as the booze- swilling, dance- floor party animals, or the ones that live on a strict schedule of eat, sleep, sightsee, repeat.  Everyone travels different, and as long as you are actually travelling at some point in your life, at the end of the day the type of traveller you are does not matter.

So, are you one of these 8 weird and wonderful travellers?

1. The Cultural explorer

In the world of explorers, you might be the Cultural Explorer.  You seek constant opportunities to embrace, discover, and immerse yourself in the entire experience of the culture, people and settings of the places you visit.  Not content to just visit historic sites and watch from the sidelines, you want to participate in the modern-day culture as well.  You often attempt to converse with locals, attend local festivals, or go off the beaten path to discover how people truly live. You are:

  • positive
  • open-minded
  • curious
  • risk-taker
  • flexible
  • easy-going
  • energetic
  • creative

Most likely to be seen at:

  • heritage sites
  • cultural events
  • museums
  • festivals
  • B&Bs
  • hostels

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2. Gentle explorer

In the world of explorers, you might be a Gentle Explorer.  You like returning to past destinations and enjoy the security of familiar surroundings.   You seek the most comfortable places when you get away and avoid the unknown.  Well- organised travel packages and guided tours that take care of all the details appeal to you – travel should be fun, not extra work!   And if it’s fun, chances are you’ll be back. You are:

  • conservative
  • reliable
  • traditional
  • solitary
  • selective
  • fun-loving

Most likely to be seen at:

  • hotels
  • hotel pool
  • spa
  • organized tour
  • main attractions
  • restaurants

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3. No-hassle traveller

In the world of explorers, you might be the No-Hassle Traveller.   As a bit of an escapist, you search for relaxation and simplicity.   You favour worry-free travel and spending time with family and friends.  Short breaks and getaways are preferred to long-distance travel.  Things rarely planned in advance; when you want to visit family and friends, you just go.  Along the way, you hope to see and expose your travel companions to the beauty of natural scenery and different cultures. You are:

  • flexible
  • rational
  • spiritual
  • careful
  • energetic
  • open-minded

Most likely to be seen at:

  • festivals
  • theatres
  • museums
  • parks
  • group tours
  • outdoors

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4. The Thrill-Seeker

In the world of explorers, you might be the Thrill- Seeker. Whether they’re shredding the gnarly slopes, whizzing around on a jet ski or jumping off a bridge or out of a plane, the adrenaline junky is always, ALWAYS busy. They’ve almost certainly got a GoPro and spend most of their time outdoors doing things usually reserved for bucket lists. After a big day of wild behaviour and maximum energy output, you’ll find them drinking beer, eating burgers and looking for a hot tub to relax in. You are:

  • open-minded
  • curious
  • risk-taker
  • easy-going
  • energetic
  • friendly
  • out there

Most likely to be seen at:

  • the snow
  • beach destinations
  • jumping out or off of things
  • pubs
  • hostels
  • off the beaten track locations

5. Authentic experiencer

In the world of explorers, you might be an Authentic Experiencer.  With a foot in both worlds, you appreciate the understated beauty of natural and cultural environments.   You enjoy using all of your senses when you explore and really get to know the places you visit.  You quickly adapt to personal challenges and risks, easily figuring out how to make the most of every situation.  You want to be fully immersed in your travel experience and tend to stay away from group tours and rigid plans. You are:

  • spontaneous
  • discrete
  • ethical
  • eco-conscious
  • independent
  • open-minded
  • curious

Most likely to be seen at:

  • nature reserves
  • world heritage sites
  • hiking trails
  • museums
  • home-stays
  • campsites

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 6. The Pilgrim

Follower of trails, visitor of shrines – religious and otherwise. In the world of explorers, you might be The Pilgrim Traveller. Pilgrim travellers tend to be those that are on the road for a while, often as backpackers. They often live in the moment, trying to discover something more about themselves. They travel with a purpose, always on the search for self- discovery and growth. You are:

  • flexible
  • rational
  • spiritual
  • careful
  • open-minded
  • loving
  • happy

Most likely to be seen at:

  • nature reserves
  • world heritage sites
  • hostels
  • shrines
  • temples
  • home-stays

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7. The Party Animal

In the world of explorers, you might be the Party Animal. Nocturnal by nature, the party animal traveller is usually only spotted at night and is very rarely seen without a drink in their hand – be it beer, a cocktail or wine with breakfast. The party animal favours an evening of drunken debauchery over any kind of actual sightseeing, though in the right situation they will engage in some daylight activities, like visiting a brewery or some of the main attractions. On a group tour, the party animal spends their days recovering from the night before and their evening’s boozing, dancing and flirting. Prefers destinations like Bali and Bangkok but will gladly immerse themselves in Europe’s super club scene. You are:

  • open-minded
  • curious
  • easy-going
  • energetic
  • friendly
  • out there
  • flirtatious

Most likely to be seen at:

  • festivals
  • theatres
  • group tours
  • outdoors
  • breweries
  • wineries

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8. Free spirit

In the world of explorers, you might be a Free Spirit.  Something of a thrill-seeking hedonist, travel satisfies your insatiable need for the exciting and the exotic. You like the best of everything and want to be surrounded by others who feel the same way. You have a lot of energy and want to see and do everything.  It all adds to the fun! Young, or young-at-heart, you travel for the thrill and emotional charge of doing things. You just can’t stay at home. Why would you?! You are:

  • open-minded
  • ambitious
  • enthusiastic
  • fun-loving
  • adventurous
  • curious
  • social

Most likely to be seen at:

  • luxury hotel
  • tourism hot spot
  • top restaurants
  • night clubs
  • group tours

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Want to wander with me? Don’t forget to add me on Instagram – @oneworldwanderer – for more foolishness and travel adventures!

Abbie xoxo

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