It’s impossible and pointless to try to identify and label the different types of travelers into just two or three categories…but I’m going to do it anyways. Just like everything else in life, things can’t really be grouped as yes or no, there’s a lot of in between. For the sake of this post, let’s say that there are two types of travelers: loungers and adventurers.
Loungers are those that travel in order to purely relax. The destination of choice will most likely be somewhere warm, preferably with a beach so that they can sit on the sand with a Mai Tai in hand. Meanwhile the adventurer travels in order to see more of the world, going to different places for the sake of experiencing and learning about different cultures. You might be saying to yourself, “Well… That’s just not true… I enjoy exploring but I also don’t mind a nice relaxing day at the beach.” Generally though, we tend to favor one type of experience more than the other.
After seeing a couple of flight deals and trying to decide whether or not to book a trip to Cancun, I got to thinking a lot about whether I was a lounger or an adventurer. At first it was to help me decide if I wanted to buy those tickets in the first place, but then it made me wonder more which category I fit into it. When I was younger and traveled more with family, I was a 100% more of a lounger. But as I got older, traveling with friends or with Jacqueline, it made me appreciate the effort and attention it takes to travel to a foreign place and to really take in everything around me. These days I look for new destinations that will show me something that I haven’t experienced yet, whether that’s food, things to see, or things to do. So while yes, I will take that time to maybe lounge on a beach for an hour or so, my adventurer side can’t sit still and will look for the next thing to see! In short: I’m an adventurer but I’ll always have the part of me that’ll need to unwind while I watch the sunset with Mai Tai in hand.
There is no right and wrong here with either type of traveler; neither one is bad or not good, they’re just different. Everyone has their own reason for traveling, and as long as it makes their life better, then that’s what you should do.
What type of traveler do you most identify with?