¨I think it’s part of my personality. I love to travel. I love different cultures and philosophical perspectives on things.¨
What is the Stanley Plog Travel Personality Assessment?
The following descriptions of travel personality types come from more than three decades of personality research and refinement by Dr. Stanley C. Plog with about 200,000 travelers.
Most readers will find that there is one personality type that describes most of their personality characteristics. However, they will also likely find that there are elements of these descriptions that do not apply to them.
If this is true for you, read some of the other personality descriptions. You will most likely find that you have some elements of different personality types as well. (You will probably find, on the other hand, there are several of Plog’s personality types that do not apply at all).
There are six Plog personality types: Venturers, Pioneers, Journeyers, Voyagers, Sightseers, and Traditionals. Take the test to determine which type of Plog personality applies to you.
I suspect that among Fifty Plus Nomads there are:
- Fewer sightseers and traditionals among than found in Plog’s sample;
- More Venturers and Pioneers than in Plog’s sample.
I would love to hear from my readers about what is their personality type. I look forward to finding out if my suspicions are correct or not.
The Six Plog Personality Types
Venturers, who represent only about 4% of all travelers, travel to more places, more frequently, and participate in more unique experiences than anyone else.
Ventures fly to their destination so they can spend more time there. They typically explore areas without a tour guide and avoid rigid, pre-determined itineraries.
Typically, Venturers visit relatively unknown and out of the way destinations long before other travelers. They will put up with inadequate hotels and food in exchange for the novelty of off-the-beaten-track adventures. Above all, they thrive on spontaneity. They relish finding something new and fresh every day.
Venturers are fascinated by unique cultures. Even when they don’t speak the language, they’ll use sign language, a few foreign expressions and vocabulary, and pointing and gesturing to make themselves understood.
Venturers often engage in hard-core, sometimes potentially dangerous. adventure tourism such as canoeing, in exotic locales. They also buy authentic arts and crafts, clothes while traveling.
Venturers experiment with life, new products, and buy technology long before it is fashionable and reasonably priced.
Venturers’ interest in what is new can make it difficult to find a partner. They are often, however, successful in their occupation and other life pursuits.
On the other hand, if they haven’t found the right job or activities, they may feel like a misfit. To address these feelings, Venturers often start their own businesses.
While seeming to be friendly and outgoing, Venturers often skip social gatherings. Instead, they prefer to be by themselves with no fixed schedule or commitments. When traveling, Venturers like to take time to explore interesting sights or pursue multiple passions.
Venturers read a lot of books and magazines, often to plan their next adventure.
Pioneers, who make up about 17% of the population, share a lot in common with pure Venturers. They enjoy discovering hidden places and trying out new experiences. Like Venturers, Pioneers also enjoy physical activity while traveling, though they seldom take extreme adventure vacations.
They are, however, more likely than Venturers to (1) plan their journeys and (2) return to a place that seemed interesting (though usually, they prefer to try someplace new).
Unlike Venturers, Pioneers also like a comfortable bed at night, a warm shower, and a good meal.
Pioneers also listen to their friends and associates opinions and do a lot of research before traveling. Unlike Venturers, they are fine with going on tours to countries that just opened their doors to tourism.
Pioneers also like to share their experiences with others. They are good at influencing others to try new travel adventures and experiences.
Pioneers enjoy learning about history particularly of relatively undiscovered places outside the tourist circuit.
Typically, Pioneers read more than most. They don’t watch TV much except documentaries or historical dramas.
Pioneers often hold strong opinions, especially about politics, and like to listen to others who share their views.
Pioneers usually participate in individual sports, such as skiing or singles tennis.
Like venturers, pioneers usually buy a technological product or service as soon as they believe that it may be useful relevance.
Pioneers look for destinations that satisfy their intellectual curiosity. More than most other personality types; they are likely to be opinion leaders. Others look to them for guidance for their vacation plans.
Voyageurs, who represent about 30% of the population, are the ideal customers for the travel industry, the majority of travel providers.
They are the easiest group to motivate to take a trip or buy a product. They are flexible and adaptable.
Voyageurs enjoy often may fly to one or two destinations and then drive to others.
Voyageurs like to travel by car because they can take more luggage and move at their own pace. You can often find them taking leisurely rural drives, followed by spending the night at a bed and breakfast.
Voyageurs need a good bed in a nice hotel, food that can be trusted, and well-developed transportation. However, they are reluctant to revisit overly commercialized places. They tend to buy products that are part of the heritage of a destination, such as Waterford crystal in Ireland.
More than any other group, voyageurs enjoy many types of travel experiences, including independent travel, cruises, guided tours, and shopping trips. While they prefer exploring new destinations, they usually revisit somewhere from their past on occasion.
Voyageurs enjoy quite a few shows on TV, read an occasional book, and some of the popular magazines.
Journeyers, who represent three out of ten people, fly when necessary but generally prefer to travel by car
Journeyers are known for their reliability, ability to solve problems, and easy-going nature. They often have senior supervisory or management positions and are frequently involved in community organizations.
Journeyers usually won’t buy new gadgets until they have proven themselves. They are reluctant to spend time and money to learn how to use a new product unless it has many recognizable benefits. They, however, also have a lot of home-related skills and can repair just about anything that goes wrong around the house.
Journeyers watch the most popular TV shows including lots of sports. If they have a camper or trailer, they’ll use it a lot. While they often enjoy outdoor vacations, they also do not mind visiting places with a lot of people around them. On vacation, they buy reminders of where they’ve been like caps and t-shirts.
They tend to book escorted tours or a cruise, particularly if they are visiting someplace new. Unlike sightseers and traditionalists, however, they will consider visiting off-the-beaten-path and exotic destinations if they can do so in comfort.
Sightseers, who make up about 17% of the population (one out of six), are laid back and carefree. They are known for their loyalty and lack of pretension.
They have a broad and exciting circle of friends and tend to develop deep and long-lasting friendships.
While sightseers are good at domestic tasks and at fixing things, their easy-going personality can lead to inactivity.
Sightseers prefer watching TV to reading newspapers and magazines and are often avid sports fans.
Sightseers usually prefer to stay-at-home rather than to travel. When they do take a trip, they chose places that avoid uncomfortable weather at home but are not very exotic.
Sightseers like to return regularly to places they visited before. They love to go to places where they can meet others with similar interests. They also always choose a tour or a cruise if they travel outside their country.
Traditionals, who comprise just 3% of the population, are the opposite of Venturers and Pioneers. They function best in structured, stable, and predictable environments. A handshake is as good as their word.
Traditionals only visit places that are dependable, safe, and well-trod with a lot of enticing things to do and predictable quality for hotels and restaurants.
They travel less than all other groups, take fewer vacations, don’t go as far from home, and prefer traveling by car, whenever possible.
Traditionals tend to be among the last people to adopt new products. They select destinations usually that feature a lot of things to do that you also enjoy back home.
Crowds at places don’t bother traditionals. Instead, they like them believing that if something is popular it must be good. They enjoy humor and tend to read fewer magazines and books than other groups.