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What Type of Traveler Are You?

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There are as many ways to travel as there are places to see in the world. And, despite what some people might tell you, there's no wrong way to travel. As long as you're enjoying yourself and doing something you love, then I applaud you. 

After nearly three decades of traveling and over a year of travel blogging, I've come across many approaches to travel. Some I've tried, some I'm sure are not my cup of tea, and others fit like a glove. So, what kind of traveler are you?

The Non-Traveler
If you can't think of a better way to spend your free time than curled up on your couch in your comfiest pajamas, then you're probably a non-traveler. You rarely cross the county line, and you might not have been outside the state you were born in--and you're completely okay with that. Home is where your heart is, and that's exactly where you plan to stay.

Must have travel gear: none.

The Wistful Traveler 
While you rarely (if ever) travel, you still love the idea of venturing out in the world. Thanks to finances, job restrictions, kids, or student loans, travel--even to nearby locales--just isn't in the cards for you right now. Until you can start checking off places on your wanderlust list, you'll happily bury yourself in the latest edition of "Travel + Leisure" while binge-watching Anthony Bourdain on television.

Must have travel gear: that dusty old suitcase that's been sitting in your closet for the past six years.

The Weekend Warrior
You work 40 (or more!) hours a week, you've got a family and a social life, but gosh-darn-it, you will find a way to travel as much as you can! Instead of hanging around your hometown on long weekends and work holidays, you're packing up your battered suitcase to jet off somewhere new--even if you'll spend more time in transit than you will at the actual destination. You don't care though, as those trips make the rest of your life so much more rewarding.

Must have travel gear: a carry on suitcase (because who has time to wait at the luggage carrel?) and every travel app currently known.

The Tropical Relaxer
Hand you a frosty fruity drink, direct you to a hammock, and don't bother you until your flight's about to board: you've got sand in your toes and the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep. Instead of packing endless activities and tours into your vacations, all you want is to find a place warm and sunny to relax, nap, and then relax some more (because we all know that vacation can be exhausting).

Must have travel gear: a floppy hat and a bag full of beach reads.

The Theme Park Addict
If a vacation doesn't include at least a few days in a park with thrill rides, princesses, or a daily parade, it isn't worth taking. You've been to Cedar Point more times than you can count, and you know all of the parks at Walt Disney World and Disneyland so well that you don't need a map anymore. Birthdays, holidays, summer vacations: all of these are perfect reasons to head back to your favorite rides.

Must have travel gear: season passes and a backpack.

The Cultural Aficionado
The first thing you do when planning a trip is scope out the local historical walking tours and the schedule of events at the nearest symphony. Any museum is fair game, and you scoff at the people who choose to lay out by the pool instead of learning something new on their vacations. Your pre-trip organization includes reading at least two guidebooks cover-to-cover, as well as a light history of the area.

Must have travel gear: copies of the local Fodor's, Rick Steves, and Lonely Planet guides, a notebook (to record everything you're learning), and a timetable of area walking tours.

The Camping Commander 
Trees? Check. Tent? Check. Outdoor fun for all? Double check! When you get a day or two off, the woods start to call, and you don't hesitate to respond. You've got your trusty camping gear stowed away just in case you get a free moment to head to your favorite spot, and you've been to more national parks than you can count. Instead of counting the number of countries or states that you've visited, you've got a running total of funny/ bizarre/ terrifying animal encounter stories. 

Must have travel gear: bug repellant and sleeping bags.

The Cruise Ship Fanatic
Long gone are the days of shuffleboard and endless games of bingo--today's cruise ships have nightclubs, golf courses, and ice skating. And you know how to run a day's activities better than the cruise director. When you aren't shaking it at a dance party on the Lido Deck, you're getting pampered at the onboard spa or trying out another delicious (and free!) meal in the Grand Dining Room.

Must have travel gear: an endless collection of bathing suits. 

The Adventurer
Skydiving, bungee jumping, cliff diving: if there's not a good change that you could get injured while attempting something, you're not interested. So, while other travelers are out there playing it safe on tours, you're pushing yourself to the limit climbing mountains, dangling off a bridge, or driving way too fast on a Jet-Ski. Life should be lived, right?

Must have travel gear: a Go Pro camera and a great insurance policy.

The Family Trip Tour Guide
You're taking your entire family on a trip, and they will love it. (Even if it's the last thing you all do.) While your kids listen attentively--or not--from the backseat, you share with them a running commentary of the historical things that they need to appreciate about your next stop. The entire thing might be a disaster--or it could be the greatest thing that's ever happened to your family.

Must have travel gear: a GPS, coloring books, and history books.

The Foodie
Wherever you're going, you will try the newest restaurant with that hip chef. You've got a running list of the strangest things you've eaten--nothing starts the conversation at a cocktail party like the story of when you ate a live octopus. While you're on your gastronomic jaunts, you're as equally likely to find a new dish to love at a street vendor as you are at the poshest restaurant.

Must have travel gear: a wine cork, a list of Michelin 5 star restaurants, and a biography of the latest celebrity chef. 

The Nomad
There's a big world out there, and you refuse to only see a small part of it. Instead of working at a traditional 9-to-5, you've found a way to earn a living on the road. Other people measure their lives in birthdays, school activities, and hours worked, while you measure yours by the number of countries you still have left to visit. 

Must have travel gear: the basic necessities. When you're carrying your life around with you, you don't have room for extras.


Which type of traveler are you?