People travel for many reasons. Some travel for business purposes, but most do it to rest and relax, and to escape the stresses of everyday life.
However, traveling isn’t always as straightforward as it seems.
Each person has a unique personality. As such, the concept of a good time varies from one individual to another. There are people who love getting a tan at the beach, or hiking up a mountain, or browsing through an art exhibit, among others.
You wouldn’t want to be spending your summer holidays living out somebody else’s dream vacation. Doing so might make you miserable at the end of your trip.
So how should you plan your trip? Let our travel experts describe some of the most common types of travelers based on their personalities and motivations. Read through each one to get an idea of what types of trips might best suit your personality.
The Adventure Seeker
You only live once, as they say. Travelers who fall under this category like to try everything at least once.
It may involve partying until the wee hours of the morning, going running with the bulls, exploring underwater ruins, or bungee jumping. Whatever it may be, their idea of a good time lies in experimenting with different experiences.
Such travelers like to push the envelope and target pursuits that test their physical limits. There are travel companies that schedule some adrenaline and heart-pumping activities, although this does not mean to say that adventurers won’t travel alone.
Backpackers, for instance, tend to travel alone, or with a partner. They often travel light and sometimes have limited budgets. But regardless of the size of their bank accounts, adventurers are generally composed of free-spirited travelers who are open to making friends every step of the way.
The Gentle Explorer
Unlike the more adventurous types, the gentle explorers look for places that remind them of home or that gave them happy memories in the past. Such travelers avoid exploring the unknown or trying something entirely new. Instead, being safe and pampered is their idea of having a good time during a trip.
Because gentle explorers love familiarity, they may go back to places that were memorable for them and become loyal patrons of establishments in the area. They may have annual memberships to exclusive areas such as the Saadiyat Beach Club in Abu Dhabi or timeshares in Cancun, Mexico, for example.
Going to the same places may be boring for some, but not for the gentle traveler. Adventure takes a back seat to going back to their favorite holiday destinations. As such, their itineraries may consist of doing the same activities as they did in past years.
If they ever choose to visit a new place, these explorers will readily opt for a guided tour from an established operator. For them, the holidays are for resting, not for worrying about every single detail of the trip. Paying extra is not an issue, as long as they are cared for at each leg of the journey.
Each part of the journey will be immortalized in some form when you travel with a chronicler. Armed with a DSLR camera, a camera phone, and a notepad, the chronicler’s day may consist more of taking the perfect shot rather than exploring the area or enjoying the moment. For this individual, capturing the moment is just as important as any other part of the trip.
In some cases, the chronicler may want the rest of the world to know how the trip is going, even while events are still unfolding. As such, their family, friends, and colleagues will discover where to find the best brunch in Abu Dhabi while they are eating, for example.
As the name implies, this type of vacationer lives for parties, concerts, and any major event that draws large crowds. Such travelers plan their trips around the biggest and craziest events on the planet, whether it is the Burning Man in Nevada, the Full Moon Party in Thailand, or La Tomatina in Spain.
Given that these festivals occur at specific days of the year, and are very popular with both locals and foreign travelers alike, tickets and accommodations can run out quickly. Vacationers who intend to attend these events know that they need to book quickly, at least months in advance.
The most experienced know that even early booking is not always a guarantee of getting a spot. But for these types of voyagers, the planning and searching are part of what makes the trip fun. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, making quick decisions is key to getting to your dream party.
The Culture Vulture
Experience is the best teacher. Cultural vultures use their holiday escapades to learn about other communities – the more different, the better. Crossing the border to another state, country, or continent, their definition of adventure is immersing themselves in the local culture.
Trips for culture-seekers are more than just being about seeing the usual landmarks and taking pictures. It is all about going off the beaten track, to the places where the locals go, to eat where they eat, and so on.
Itineraries involve visiting museums and historical sites, watching plays in the local language, and even learning to speak it at some point. The aim is to take in as much of the culture as possible. Some may even stay long enough to be considered locals.
Culture-seekers shy away from group tours as these restrict their ability to see and understand the culture in its entirety. Instead, they prefer asking other travelers and locals for recommendations on where to go or what to do. If such a journey speaks to your soul and traveling in comfort or style are the least of your worries, then immersive experiences may be the best route for you.
People see travel in different ways. Some prefer traveling in luxury and comfort, staying in the finest hotels, and dining at an exclusive restaurant. There are also those who prefer exploring areas alone and getting around as the locals do.
Our experts have listed five of the more common personalities for travelers. By knowing some of these types, you have a better idea of what kinds of activities might best suit your personality.
Chiara Bisignani is the F&B Marketing Executive at Saadiyat Beach Club. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives, and all general guests’ inquiries for the company’s destinations of KOI Restaurant & Lounge, Boa Steakhouse, and Caramel Restaurant and Lounge in Abu Dhabi.