There are many different sorts of traveler. You may find that as you give in to that travel itch you morph from one sort of traveler to another. Your traveling style dictates the sorts of countries you’ll explore, the types of activities you’ll take part in and even the cuisine you will eat. Take a look at these four different types of traveler and see which one best describes you. I know that I personally have and continue to flow between these four categories.
One of my experience-hunter trips // Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
The Experience Hunter
Much less grotesque than it sounds, the experience hunter is a traveler who aches to discover every sight, sound, smell and taste known to man within any given country. They will plan a trip to within an inch of its life and ensure that every minute of every day is accounted for. They want to set foot on the same trails as the Incas did thousands of years ago. Experience Hunters want to sit in on the same Buddhist ceremony as the ancient monks before them. They will always have the sturdiest walking boots, they are up early every morning, and they record their memories through photographs and video. Less of a selfie fan their photos are made up of landscapes, vistas and other people.
One of My Adrenaline Junkie Trips // Canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam
The Adrenaline Junkie
For the thrill-seeking traveler, it’s less about where they travel to and more about what they do when they are there. Their number one priority is to embark on a lifetime of adventure travel. One summer you may hear of them white water rafting near the Grand Canyon. Then, next winter they’re bungee jumping from Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa and the following month they’re hot-footing it to Venezuela to trek around Angel Falls. They may not plan quite as much as the hunter, but they are focused and determined to spend their time away from home partaking in as many adrenaline inducing moments as possible.
One of My Follower Trips // My mom and I on a tour in Lucerne.
Perhaps the most touristy, but also easiest way of traveling is the tourer. Perhaps less confident than other travelers, or just looking to simplify their travels, the tourer will sign up for any tour. They enjoy relinquishing the planning to a professional at every available opportunity – especially when exploring multiple countries in a short amount of time. Although tours are often linked to newbie travelers, there are many great tour companies that allow their tourers to dig a little deeper. Also, you can personalize your tour a bit during free time.
Our Nomad Adventure // A couple of shots from this current full time travel adventure we’re on
Frequently on the move and without a place to call home, the nomad trudges confidently across continents seeking out new and bewildering sights. They may head for the touristy path too, but then also go off-grid to destinations that are less- visited. Traveling light and often alone, the mysterious aura of the nomad makes them a rare breed. Nomads will go where the winds take them, frequently changing plans. Luckily for me, I found a fellow-nomad, so Matt and I get to give this nomadic thing a go together. It’s definitely a great mix of the other three styles, just also long term. We make a good use of day tours, our intuition and loads of planning that we’re a-okay with changing at the drop of a hat.
You may find that there are facets of each of these travel styles that you fit into. Try and take the best aspects of each sort of traveler. Also try to be the most responsible traveler you can when heading out on your next wanderlust-filled adventure. Based off these, though, what sort of traveler are you?
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