¨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 is to travel 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 luxury travel who 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; and
- Enjoy independent travel, language, and other schools, and volunteer programs.
Artful travelers mix 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 night clubs.
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.