If you travel there are almost as many types of travelers as destinations. Where do you fit in?
The stay at home traveler
The ‘in between time’ of travel. That’s me recently. I’m usually out and about all the time when working or traveling then in between I stay home almost like a hermit. But I am researching and planning for the next trip.
So you don’t really want to go but love to be taken to far away places from the comforts of home. Paging through National Geographic magazines, watching documentaries, reading and dreaming of exotic places around the world.
On the go all the time. Quit the 9-5 and hit the highway, or airways like Wandering Earl. Home can be wherever you are. The longest time for me was 7 months in Mexico although the original plan had been to continue into Central and South America for who knew how long.
Frequent vacation traveler
Many probably fall into this category because we work a 9-5. Been there and done that. But I no longer do the typical American work 50 weeks for a 1-2 week paid vacation. Six months as a Park Ranger works for me.
Not everyone travels just for pleasure and may not even want to go. But seems as though a little fun and maybe some tourist activities could be fit in like the Eclectic Travel Girl.
Travel writer, photographer, blogger actually being paid to investigate and report back. I’ve dreamed of this since I was 18 and am still working towards it.
Don’t make me traveler
Some people are perfectly happy at home. I get itchy feet after a month or so.
Plan or wing it traveler
Some travelers have a tight itinerary with reservations every step of the way while others want no plan so everything is a spontaneous surprise. I fall in the middle because I love to research my destination and make a way too long list of places to see and things to do. I like options. But I do not like to make reservations just in case an unplanned opportunity crosses my path.
Domestic or International traveler
Wherever you live options abound with places to travel whether it’s in your home town, state or country. I’ve traveled at least through all but three states in the US, Maine, Hawaii and Alaska. Believe me those are on my list. But it’s a big world out there.
Budget or luxury 5 star traveler
Travel can be accomplished on any budget. I started out living in my Vega camping across America. And although I still love to camp find a few creature comforts more to my liking now so often stay at inexpensive hotels and guest houses. Neither my budget or inclinations really allow the luxury of 5 star. But that could change.
Put out your thumb, self drive, take a bus, a train or a cruise. I’m prone to self drive, whether it’s my own car or RV, or a rental. Never been much for public transportation but in Mexico it was the way to go. In the 80s my honeymoon consisted of hitchhiking across country but don’t think I’d go that route any more. And I’ve never been on a long cruise or train ride but it’s on the list.
Adventure or leisure traveler
Could be all about climbing the highest mountains, diving with sharks, rafting the Colorado River (which by the way is awesome), or hiking the Inca trail. But maybe just lounging on a tropical beach sipping a fruity libation is your style. Zip lining in South Africa was my last adventure followed by a relaxing stay at the nearby coast.
Solo or not traveler
I’ve traveled solo most of my life but also with a dog, partner, family and friends. When alone I seem to interact more with local people which is an important part of travel to me. I am not afraid, just cautious and paying attention. Of course I also enjoy sharing the experience with others but I’ve discovered people I can’t travel with. Haven’t been on any group tours other than short guided walks.
What is easy for some is not for others. But even a disability doesn’t have to stop travelers as TravelnWrite discovered. Airline personnel can assist and hotels, transportation, restaurants and other businesses should be accessible. Though I’m sure that’s not always the case asking for help or traveling with someone could make travel a reality.
Work as you go or work to go
Jobs are available all over the world. They may not be easy to find or ideal. But if you have marketable skills, or aren’t too picky, you could work as you travel. Most of us probably work in one place and try to save as much as possible to travel during time off. If you follow a tight budget it’s surprising how much can be saved. It’s all about priorities.
No worries about money
Then take me along!
I guess there really are as many types of travelers as destinations. Can you think of any others?
To me it’s all about the journey and learning along the way. No right or wrong way to travel although respect and courtesy is important everywhere. Please don’t be an ugly traveler.
Where are you off to on your next travels? What kind of a traveler are you?
If you really want to travel, get out there and do it.
Thank you to the travelers who shared posts about travel different than my own.
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