15 Types of Travellers
It’s debatable on how many types of travellers there actually are – Hand Luggage Only picked out 7, BuzzFeed reckons there are 18, we came up with 15. One thing we all definitely know for sure is that everyone has a destination, but we all have a different way of experiencing the country or city we have chosen to travel to.
1) The Adventure Addict
Adventure addicts can be contagious to be around and great company to go exploring with. There the type of people who seek to travel far off places, dive in cultural events and unique experiences which provide thrill and wonder. You’ll rarely see them just exploring the tourist attractions as they like to get a deeper understanding of what the country has to offer and on how the locals live.
2) Adrenaline Junkies
Adrenaline, medically referred to as epinephrine, is a neurochemical released in response to stressful situations. An adrenaline rush can involve an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and a spike in strength and energy. An adrenaline rush usually comes in response to a stressful situation but there are other ways you can stimulate it.
The adrenaline junkie can sometimes get confused with an ‘adventure addict’. But there is actually a difference – adrenaline junkies tend to thrive off living on the ‘danger side’ and they actively seek for activities (such as: bungee jumping, sky diving, rock climbing, zip lining, etc) that soothes their compulsive desire for excitement and adventure.
Backpacking can be described as an independent, often international, low-budget way of travelling. Backpackers generally travel for a longer period of time than most other tourists, and they tend to travel to several different countries during their time away. The number of countries and the time the individual backpacker chooses to travel away (months or years), can differ from one backpacker to the next.
The definition of a backpacker has evolved over the years, hence, the reason why backpacking is a very loose definition – there are backpackers who go camping in the forests sleeping in tents, beaches, hostels and hitch-hike their way around the world, and there are those who backpack with suitcases, sleep in hotels and rent their own car to get around the country. However, you can identify a backpacker in the following 3 genres if you’d like:
- Backpacking RTW Travel – these backpackers can be quite diverse, exploring different cultures and travel both in cities as well as on the country side. Some of them might make a short hike for a few days or do some volunteer work, and then continue their travels. They view backpacking and travel as an an amazing way of seeing new cultures, as well as personal growth rather than a party, or simply a short get away from the real world – they see the whole world as their home, and don’t really feel the need to get back to the real world anytime soon.
- Ultralight Backpacking – they go the extra mile in making sure their backpack is ultralight for travelling by counting every ounce – buying lightweight clothes, quick drying travel towel, etc. If you’ve travelled with a backpack then you may be able to relate to this type of backpacker, as travelling for months with your back hurting can make you reconsider this style of backpacking.
- Flashpacking – this is a new type of backpacking. It is generally where you travel more expensively and with higher living standards. They travel with the latest stuff, don’t save up for the trip, and spend money on drinking, partying and staying in nicer places. Another way to describe flashpackers would be to say ‘They Backpack In Style’. They prefer to go to the main guidebook destinations, do the main attractions, see what everyone else tells them to see – and they view backpacking more as an extending party than anything else.
4) Long Term Traveller
This group can travel anything from 3-months to several years. Long term travellers can include embassy staff, voluntary workers, missionaries, etc – intending to stay several years in a country. Some people intend to emigrate permanently whilst others may only intend to visit relatives for an extended period. Sometimes backpackers fall into this category e.g. those who take a year out to backpack “round the world” – Backpacking RTW travel.
5) The Party Practitioner
Party practitioners can be fun to be around when you’re in the ‘party time’ mood. They tend to have a YOLO (you only live once) attitude about life and mostly spend their time at the hotel, beach parties, bars and clubs.
Most of the time they have no interest to explore the country on what it has to offer and it’s culture, as they’re there for a good party time. They also tend to go to countries and cities that are well known for their partying.
6) The Repeater
Once this type of traveller has experienced a destination that they absolutely love, they just can’t seem to get enough of it and travel back to the country or city, over and over again. Every year is the same location for their holiday. However, just because they’re a ‘repeater’ doesn’t mean that they don’t explore different parts of what the country or city has to offer.
If you’ve travelled to a city or country more than twice, you definitely could fit into this category!
7) The Chiller
They have no plans. They just go with the flow and see where they end up every day. They also tend to just relax on sun lounges by the pool or at the beach, soaking up the sun (maybe with a cocktail or two) for pretty much the majority of their holiday.
8) Solo Traveller
The solo traveller has no qualms about exploring countries alone. However, even though more and more people are choosing to travel solo, surprisingly they’re largely ignored by mainstream tour operators or forced to pay an unfairly high single supplement, known as the ‘Solo Surcharge’ (accommodations accounting for at least 2 people).
9) The Group
The group travellers which travel in large ratios tend to consist of ‘solo travellers’ who have booked with tour companies that provide them the opportunity to be a part of an organised group, exploring and sharing experiences with other adventure loving travellers.
Travelling in groups also gives individuals the sense of security and peace of mind.
If you’ve travelled in a large group before then you may be used to ‘the count-off’ at the beginning and ending of each outing.
10) Cruise Traveller
The cruise traveller is quite similar to the ‘The Group’ and the ‘Solo Traveller’ as in most cases they will get experts to handle their arrangements.
Cruisers love shore excursions, being looked after on board whilst in safe hands. Sailing with loads of people in one vicinity offers the cruise traveller several advantages such as: making new friends, socialising (especially good for solo travellers), a ton of activities, events, etc.
11) Luxury Traveller
The luxury traveller spares no expense when it comes to the finer things and not afraid to shell out extra pounds on five star luxury hotel rooms or penthouse apartments, extravagant dinners and first class flights. They will usually have their holiday arrangements handled via concierge experts, fly in first-class or on a private jet, be transferred to and from the airport by a limousine or helicopter, and may even opt for their luggage to be collected from their doorstep and delivered to their desired destination.
This type of traveller might have paid their dues in holidays gone by, suffering through limited legroom and dodgy hostels. Or perhaps they’re just adjusted to the finer things in life. The luxury traveller is all about indulgent travel.
12) Expedition Members
An expedition typically refers to a long journey or voyage undertaken for a specific purpose. Very often they involve travel to remote and/or mountainous regions of the world and require a certain degree of physical fitness in order to carry out the various activities required.
Expedition members are similar to adventure addicts, so everything in the above section is also of use for this group. However, expeditions are usually much longer in duration than most adventure holidays, travel to even more remote locations and require certain skill levels and fitness.
An expedition allows you to totally immerse yourself in an unfamiliar culture or environment. It teaches you how to work in a team, overcome adversity and become self-sufficient. It is a physical and mental challenge (to varying degrees) and gives a global perspective on life. The best expeditions live on long after you have returned home – often through the new knowledge that they have brought back.
13) The Holidaymaker
The holidaymaker will travel to a vacation destination for a typical resort holiday which has all the comforts of home, sometimes all-inclusive and is in easy access to local beaches, shops and a local pharmacy or medical facilities. These types of travellers also tend to choose holiday resorts with onsite facilities such as: spa, sauna, gym, etc and are in close proximity to certain activities – water parks, zoo’s, shopping centres, museums, and so on.
Many travel to European resorts in Mediterranean countries like Spain, Italy or Greece in search of the sun or to France and Switzerland for skiing holidays. Others may travel a bit further to Florida in the United States or Caribbean resort and some of the more adventurous will even travel to more exotic locations such as Kenya in East Africa or Thailand in South East Asia. Some will even venture as far as Australia for their holidays. Others may visit some of the world’s most famous resorts and hotels to wine and dine and play casino games and generally live the high life just like the rich and famous for a few days.
These types of travellers are likely to include families, children, couples, and the elderly.
14) Business Traveller
This group of travellers for the main part fall into the ‘Holidaymaker’ category as they’re never far from medical assistance when it’s required. The main difference being that the majority will be travelling to cities rather than holiday resorts. A small group however, will occasionally travel to more remote areas in the course of their business.
15) The Eat, Pray, Love Traveller
This type of traveller will usually travel alone as they’re trying to find themselves. If you find yourself travelling with someone seeking a personal journey expect periods of meditation, trips to spiritual places and lots of treatments and massages.
As this person is trying to heal from either a traumatic experience or life stresses, also expect for them to want time alone.
Which type of of traveller are you?