¨Travel tends to magnify all human emotions.¨
Why Is it Important to Know Your Travel Personality?
Defining your travel personality, interests, and style may seem a bit new age, airy-fairy. However, for me, learning my travel personality, interests, and style is the key to my success as a Fifty-Plus Nomad. As a young man, I experienced a lot of problems with travel burnout and culture shock.
Nowadays these issues are relatively rare since I know my travel interests, style, and personality. Taking the quizzes in this course, periodically, and developing and reviewing my own travel personality has also helped avoid some of the problems of my youth.
The more I learn about my travel personality, the more I am able to quickly understand and address problems with life on the road. I also just enjoy my nomadic life more.
Variety Maybe the Spice of a Nomads Life
I have learned that, for myself, variety is the spice of my nomadic life. I have met some Fifty-Plus Nomads, who always do the same type of travel. Usually, after talking to them for a little while, I can not help to wonder if they would also enjoy themselves, and learn more if they tried new types of travel experiences. When I suggest new options, I am sometimes met with resistance. I suspect this resistance comes from a lack of knowledge of their travel interests, style, and personality.
One of the best things about having a long time to travel is that you can try things and see if they fit or not. If you only have a couple of weeks to visit, if you find you don’t like something, it can affect the whole trip.
If you’re on the road for months at a time and you don’t enjoy something it won’t affect the trip much. More often than not, however, you will discover things you love that you did not expect. (I discovered, for example, that I might enjoy multiple day tours after taking Plog’s personality test).
In this class, I discuss four assessments to help you figure out your travel personality, interests, and needs. It is my hope that these quizzes will help you know yourself better, avoid travel burnout and culture shock, and enjoy your Fifty-Plus Nomad lifestyle to the fullest.
The first two are assessments that I developed specifically for Fifty-Plus Nomads based on research on culture shock and adaptation. The first quiz will help you discover whether you have what it takes to be a successful Fifty-Plus Nomad. The second will assess what type of Fifty Plus Nomad you are.
The next two quizzes are commercially-available psychological assessments. The first one comes from one of the most popular and widely accepted general personality assessments: Myers- Briggs. The second quiz comes from Stanley Plog, the best known and widely accepted travel personality expert.
In addition to these personality assessments, I pose questions that will help you to explore what you like and don’t like about travel.
You will be able to answer some of these questions without much thought. However, you will probably not know the answer to every question posed unless you have traveled a lot. Some aspects of learning your travel personality only will come through experimentation while traveling.
Finally, the course includes a detailed explanation of my travel personality, interests, and style. I know that developing and reviewing this inventory over time has been vital to my life as a Fifty-Plus Nomad. I hope it will be as helpful to you as well.
Things to Keep in Mind When Taking These Travel Personality Assessments
Keep in mind that your travel personality, interests, and style change over time. I learned, for example, that I could not stay in hostels after giving it a try a couple of times as a fifty-year-old. While hostels are a great way to save money and meet fellow travelers, I could not tolerate sleeping in a dormitory and needed to have my own bathroom to enjoy my travels.
Understand that none of these assessments is a substitute for seeking professional help if you are having severe problems. The assessments should be fun and informative.