Exploring new destinations does wonder for a person’s overall wellbeing through experiencing new cultures, scenery, and people. There’s even scientific research showing travel has a positive effect on mental health.
A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology examined the impact that travel had on personality development. A group of German students were used to conduct the study— half were preparing to travel abroad while the other half stayed behind. Those who travelled showed an overall increase in several of the Big Five personality traits: conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, and openness.
Those who travelled were taken out of their comfort zone and exposed to different cultures. Interacting with locals and even other travellers helped to expand their outlook and gain a new perspective on life. The key takeaway from the study was that travel had a profound impact on personality.
If you have yet to travel, then you may be missing out on life-changing experiences. But how do you even know where to start your travels?
There are many reasons why many people put off travelling, one of them is choosing the wrong destination. Travel can be expensive and often requires taking time off, so it’s a valid concern. The first step is to determine your travel “personality” or how you identify yourself as a traveller.
To help you choose your next destination, we’ve put together a few of the most common travel personalities. Use these to build an unforgettable trip around your interests.
The Adventurous Traveller
Forget about staying in. Your idea of fun is seeking new thrills by venturing out of your comfort zone and exploring unfamiliar locales. Activities like mountaineering and paragliding may make others squirm but not you. Instead, you seek them out until you’re ready to take on the next challenge whether that be hiking up the Inca trail or exploring the Phong Nha caves. Adventure travel offers a thrilling rush, but it does come with risks. Always take out travel insurance for an overseas trip.
The Intellectual Traveller
Intellectual travellers don’t just want to sightsee, they want to learn about a new culture and broaden their worldview. Trips to museums and archaeological exhibits are a delight where time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. Destinations such as the Louvre Museum in France and the Vatican City are especially appealing for their renaissance art and stunning architecture. If you see travelling as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person, then you’re an intellectual traveller.
The Romantic Traveller
Taking a long stroll on a secluded beach, sipping wine paired with an exquisite meal, enjoying great music under a clear starry night—These are all perfect ways to spend time abroad for romantic travellers. Destinations such as Bora Bora in Tahiti and the Maldives are popular places for these travellers to indulge every sense and satisfy their desires. If this describes you, then you’re likely a romantic traveller.
The First-Time Traveller
Growing up you’ve probably never travelled much apart from the occasional trip outside of the city. But now that you have more disposable income, you can explore more of the world and visit places such as New Zealand, Australia, and Paris. These are popular destinations for the first-time traveller. If you are going abroad for the first time, travel vaccinations are strongly recommended as they protect travellers from serious diseases and certain places even require them. Be sure to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip.
This list of travel personalities is by no means exhaustive but it offers a great starting point to plan your future trips.
Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He is currently working as Digital Adviser for TravelVax.