¨The giving up of personality traits, well-established patterns of behavior, ideologies, and even whole lifestyles. These are the major forms of giving up that are required if one travels very far on the journey of life.¨
M. Scott Peck
What is the Purpose of this Quiz?
Generally, the more money you spend, the less you are involved with local life. That said, I have met many people who travel cheaply who stick exclusively with other travelers. I have also met people in luxury travel who actively interact with the people in their destination.
The Four Types of Fifty-Plus Nomads
This quiz divides travelers into four categories:
People who Travel-Like-a-Local usually:
- Have a modest budget.
- Seek out experiences which allow interaction with locals.
- Prefer travel experiences that allow a lot of unscheduled time for spontaneous adventures.
- Enjoy independent travel, language, and other schools, and volunteer programs.
Artful travelers mixed group and independent travel and planned and spontaneous experiences. They may or may not be comfortable with mass-market tourism experiences like cruises, resorts, and tours with more than thirty participants. However, they usually do not enjoy mass-market experiences for a long time.
Traditional travelers enjoy large tours (30 or more people), cruises, and resorts. They thrive on the predictability and comfortable associated with planned (often mass-market tourism) experiences. They may, however, occasionally travel independently, particularly with their family or a group of friends.
Jetsetters seek luxury, excellent service, and carefully planned experiences. They usually have an ample budget and are often found in discos and nightclubs.
There is no right or wrong type of Fifty-Plus Nomad. Just keep in mind what type of traveler you are as you visit the world.
If you are traveling or living abroad for an extended period, try out some activities recommended for the next category down from your personality type. In other words, if you are a Travel-Like-a-Local Nomad, try some Artful Traveler activities.
Mixing things up will help you avoid travel burnout. Usually, the next level-down activities will reflect some parts of your travel personality.
Want to Know More About Your Travel Personality?
Some Additional Travel Personality Related Posts
- My Own Travel Personality InventoryPaul Heller, the Founder of Fifty-Plus Nomad, has outlined in detail his own travel personality. This inventory was developed after taking all the quizzes and answering the questions contained throughout the travel personality section of the blog. It is intended as a model for other fifty-Plus Nomads to use in developing their own inventory.
- Five Essential Fifty-Plus Nomad QuestionsIn addition to taking the four travel personality quizzes, Fifty-Plus Nomads should ask themselves five essential questions to help them determine how they like to travel.
- Quiz #2: What Type of Fifty-Plus Nomad Are You?Take Fifty-Plus Nomad’s Quiz Number 2 and discover if you prefer to travel like a local or as a jet setter. Or maybe, instead, you are an artful or a traditional traveler.
- Quiz #1: Do You Have What It Takes to be a Successful Fifty-Plus Nomad?Take Quiz #1: Find out if you have what It takes to be a successful Fifty-Plus Nomad? (Hint: Chances are, you do).
- Take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and Become a Better Expat and Long-Term TravelerTake the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and discover more about your personality and needs before you begin your long-term travel and living abroad adventures.
- Take Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and Discover Which of 6 Travel Personalities You HaveTake Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and discover if you are a pioneer, venturer, voyager, journeyer, sightseer, or traditional traveler.
- Find Your Travel Personality: A Vital First Step on Your Fifty-Plus Nomad JourneyI recommend everyone spend at least a day exploring their own travel personality, needs, and goals before they embark on a long-term, round-the-world trip or live in another country.