Saturday, November 7, 2015


     Last night, we were out with new friends who were telling us about an upcoming trip they will take to Cambodia and Borneo. Never having even thought about traveling to such a destination, I began thinking about the kind of trips people take and why. I have friends who travel to the same destination year after year and do the same things. They love it. I have another friend who has no desire to travel; she says she can see all she wants of the world on television in the comfort of her own home. Still others we know travel on ships with thousands of passengers while others spend their travel dollars on campers and motor homes. "A chacun son goût," I say. To each his own. There is no right or wrong--no cool or uncool choice. Much has to do with one's discretionary travel dollars, obviously, but the topic prompted me to check out a travel quiz online. Below are some of this article's definitions of travel personality types. It doesn't matter whether we agree with them; it's just curious how they label us. I wonder if any of these people have "travel prejudice" against the other groups. For example, do you frown at large groups of cruisers descending on your afternnon stroll? Do you grimace when jean-clad tourists enter your gourmet restaurant? Do you cringe when you see a tour guide holding up an umbrella leading a long line of people across the Via Veneto Bridge in Venice? Do you resent tourists talking in loud voices in a concert hall or in an upscale restaurant? Hmm. Food for thought.

     The quiz that accompanied this article was somewhat interesting, but in order to get your results, you have to give them your e-mail address. Nope. Not doing that.

     Do you fit in any of these categories? Do you care?

Travel Personality Types
If you examine the description of venturers, you will find a personality quite the opposite of yours. You prefer a life that is more structured, stable and predictable. You would rather follow some set patterns or routines in your life so that you are more likely to know what will happen during each day and, therefore, can plan or prepare for it much better. 

Leisure travel occupies a central place in your life. If you are a typical venturer, you go to more places, more often and participate in more unique experiences than anyone else. That's why I call you a venturer—someone who ventures forth very eagerly and excitedly. You fit in a small group. Only about 4% of all travelers share your extreme love of going to out of the way places and constantly seeking out of the ordinary adventures.
Laid back, calm, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, unruffled, untroubled, informal, unceremonious, casual, and carefree. A lot of these words probably apply to you. You've even heard them used by friends and associates to describe you in the past. Above all, you probably have been labeled as mellow, creating a feeling among friends that you are genial, calm in most of life's storms (at least on the surface), cordial, affable, cheerful, pleasant, and agreeable. And you are a true-blue kind of person-someone who never plays the snob and who is loyal to friends and associates. About 17% of the population (one out of six) shares your characteristics. 
As a mid venturer, your personality fits between venturers and those more in the center of the personality spectrum ("centrics"). You share a number of characteristics in common with pure venturers. You like to travel, especially to foreign destinations and you seek new experiences and new destinations for almost all trips you take. You are also physically active at home and on trips. But, unlike your pure venturer friends, you don't want to take such extreme vacations and are more likely to plan your trips-set an itinerary of places you want to visit and schedules when you will be there. You also have more company. About 17% of the population has a personality that matches yours, vs. only 4% for pure venturers. 
You belong to one of the two largest personality groups on my scale. Three out of ten people share your personality characteristics. You are called an authentic because of your steady, predictable (authentic) approach to your daily life, and your centric label derives from characteristics you share in common with persons who fit in the center of the personality scale. Your travel interests and daily life are more varied and diverse than either authentics or mid authentics. You will fly or drive on a leisure trip, but you generally prefer to go by car or SUV when you can. 
By definition, you fit between venturers and authentics but with a leaning towards the venturer side. Compared to other groups, you have lots of company. Three out of ten travelers (30%) place in your group, making you one of the largest segments of travelers. As a result, the majority of travel providers-airlines, resorts, rental car companies, tour operators, cruise lines, and others- place you at the top of their list of persons they want to reach and motivate to travel.