Everyone has a different way of living, loving and traveling. Some people prefer to throw out all plans and just go with the flow, while others may prefer to research and plan ahead of time. When looking for a travel companion, you may want to take into consideration your traveler type. Wouldn’t it be nice to know ahead of time if he’s a little bit spontaneous, if you’re a bit OCD?
If you had to classify travelers into two different categories, most travelers would be either a planner or a wanderer. The planners are organized, they do their homework and they have all the paperwork in order. They don’t let any detail fall through the cracks, prevent any deviation from the itinerary, but also come prepared for any possible scenario. Your chances of being well-fed, sufficiently accommodated and kept safe on a trip with a planner are guaranteed.
A wanderer will have a trip completely booked and planned, up until the time you get your room keys. You can expect spontaneous acts of kindness, romance and humor from a wanderer, but probably not consistency. The greatest memories are often unplanned, however and a planner will rarely schedule time for spontaneous skinny dipping in the ocean or karaoke in the local pub. “Going with the flow” is not for everyone, so if you can’t handle the uncertainty of what’s going to happen next, don’t date a wanderer.
Some people go on vacation for the sole purpose of relaxing and recharging. Other people look for adventure that would normally be unattainable in their normal everyday lives. If you are looking for a natural high, and once in a lifetime opportunities, date the adrenaline seeker. The guy who flies his own plane, or the girl who likes to jump out of them. If you want someone to teach you how to surf, rappel down the side of a waterfall or zipline with you through the rainforest, an adrenaline seeker is your best bet.
If your idea of vacation is a good book, a good view and lots of spa appointments, then you probably aren’t going to want to date someone who will be up early every morning, in the pursuit of adventure. The tranquil tourist enjoys day drinking, frequent napping and general lounging. If all you need is the sun and the sand and a drink in your hand, and maybe a book, then find someone who enjoys R&R as much as you do.
Vacation for some people means an acceptable excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol by means of all-inclusive resorts and booze cruise excursions. Spring Breakers will be the life of the party, seeking sun and booze by day, and drinking and dancing by night. If you can’t party until the break of dawn or don’t feel like nursing a hangover every afternoon, then don’t date a Spring Breaker.
If you are traveling with somebody who is only interested in Frommers or Zagat recommended restaurants and tourist sights, then you are dealing with a typical tourist. A touristy tourists will not be easily persuaded to venture off the beaten path, only sticking to the recommendations in their guide books. They love the historical sights, but are less inclined to stray from the tourist attractions. If you are someone who wants to try new things, experience the local culture not outlined in the tourist guides, then you may want to date someone else.
What’s your type?