I believe there are some universal truths in this world.
Dogs are better than cats. Harry Potter is better than Twilight. And travel is better than work.
Ok, ok the first two are likely to be hotly contested, but surely we can all agree on the last point.
Everyone enjoys a holiday. Whether it’s a few days’ camping up the coast, a weekend away or a gap-year in South America, it’s undeniable, that taking some time out from the day-to-day is heaven.
But while we all love to travel, my last three-and-a-half-months’ overseas taught me (sometimes the hard way) that we all do things in very different ways.
While these kinds of differences are usually reconcilable, when you’re travelling with a group or partner it’s so much easier if you’re on the same page.
So I’ve narrowed down the five most common travel personalities and exactly how you can spot them.
The Organiser sounds ominous, like some kind of super villain. And to be honest, sometimes it can feel that way. You’re the one in control of all the plans – organising the flights, booking the accommodation and researching day trips – all meticulously colour coded in a spreadsheet, of course. But there are two types of organisers – the ones who relish the opportunity to fine tune every nitty gritty detail of the holiday, and the ones who got the responsibility foisted upon them by the rest of the unwilling. Either way, you’re the one cracking the whip to get your fellow travellers out the door and on the road according to schedule. The organiser is a hero when it all works out and the scapegoat when the plans fall to sh*t.
By the time your annual leave rolls around, the last thing you feel like doing is MORE work. Even if that work is planning your well-deserved holiday. If you’re The Delegator, you prefer to offload the organisation to a fellow traveller. You might have a basic idea of where you want to go and what you want to do, but when it comes to the details, you’re very easy going. As long as you’re relaxing/adventuring somewhere, right?
Do you book-a flight-and-see-what-happens when it comes to your holiday? Can you land in a country without a clue where you are staying or what you are doing — without having a panic attack? Then you’re definitely The Nomad. You’ve stuck your thumb out on many a roadside and your go-to accommodation is a friend-of-friend’s-cousin’s couch. Being The Nomad opens you up to some incredible opportunities, giving you the freedom to take on whatever adventure comes your way without the restrictions of pre-paid tours or non-refundable commutes. But it also means that you might find yourself sleeping in a train station every once in awhile.
Most people who travel have some sort of monetary restrictions but the budgeters? These are the people who won’t spare a cent. Free walking tours are their jam and haggling is their forte. Known for their exceptional willpower, the budgeter is happy to turn down dessert (blasphemy!) and can always be relied upon to find the best deals on everything.