“I think it’s part of my personality. I love to travel. I love different cultures and philosophical perspectives on things.”
Martin Henderson

What is the Stanley Plog Travel Personality Quiz? 

Plog’s travel personality types come from over three decades of marketing-related personality research by Dr. Stanley C. Plog, with about 250,000 travelers. 

Plog divides travelers into six personality types: Venturers, Pioneers, Journeyers, Voyagers, Sightseers, and Traditionals. Take the test to determine which type of Plog personality applies.  

Most readers have one predominant personality type but will encounter elements of these predominant personality types that do not apply to them.  

If this is true for you, read some other personality descriptions. Do not be surprised if you have some elements of different personality types. (There are also likely several Plog personality types that do not apply at all). 

I have taken the test five times and have been a “pioneer.” This is accurate overall; however, I share several traits in common with “venturers” and a few with “voyagers.” I have nothing in common with “traditionals” and only one or two characteristics in common with “sightseers” and “journeyers.”

I suspect that Fifty Plus Nomads represent: 

  • Fewer sightseers and traditionals than in Plog’s sample. 
  • More Venturers and Pioneers than in Plog’s model. 

Let me know your personality type. I want to know if my suspicions are correct or not. 

The Six Plog Personality Types 

Venturers 

  • Represent only about 4% of all travelers 
  • Travel more frequently and participate in more unique experiences than anyone else. 
  • Fly to their destination so they can spend more time there.  
  • Typically explore areas without a tour guide and avoid rigid, pre-determined itineraries. 
  • Visit relatively unknown and out-of-the-way destinations long before other travelers.
  • Tolerate inadequate hotels and food in exchange for the novelty of off-the-beaten-track adventures.
  • Thrive in spontaneity and relish finding something new and fresh every day. 
  • Are fascinated by unique cultures.
  • Will use sign language to communicate with locals if necessary.
  • Learn a few foreign expressions, vocabulary, and points and gestures to make themselves understood. 
  • Engage in hard-core, sometimes potentially dangerous, adventure tourism such as canoeing in exotic locales.
  • Buy authentic arts and crafts and clothes while traveling. 
  • Experiment with new products and buy technology long before it is fashionable and reasonably priced. 
  • Have difficulty finding a partner to share their varied, ever-changing interests.  
  • Are successful in their occupation and other life pursuits.  
  • Feel like a misfit if they have not found the right job or activities. To address these feelings, Venturers often start their own businesses.  
  • While seeming friendly and outgoing, they often skip social gatherings.  
  • Like to be by themselves with no fixed schedule or commitments. 
  • Take time to explore exciting sights or pursue multiple passions. 
  • Read many books and magazines, often to plan their next adventure. 

Pioneers 

  • Makeup about 17% of the population 
  • Share a lot with pure Venturers., especially discovering hidden places and trying out new experiences.  
  • Enjoy physical activity while traveling, though they seldom take extreme adventure vacations.  
  • Are 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). 
  • Like a comfortable bed at night, a warm shower, and a satisfying meal. 
  • Listen to their friends’ and associates’ opinions
  • Do a lot of research before traveling.  
  • Are fine with tours to countries that just opened their doors to tourism. 
  • Like to share their experiences with others.  
  • Influence others to try new travel adventures and experiences and are likely opinion leaders. 
  • Enjoy learning about history, particularly about undiscovered places outside the tourist circuit. 
  • Read more than most and do not watch TV much except documentaries or historical dramas. 
  • Hold strong opinions, especially about politics, and like to listen to others who share their views. 
  • Often participate in individual sports, such as skiing or singles tennis. 
  • Usually buy a technological product or service when they believe it may be helpful. 
  • Look for destinations that satisfy their intellectual curiosity. 

Voyagers 

  • Represent about 30% of the population, 
  • Are the ideal customers for the travel industry and most travel providers. 
  • Quickly choose to take a trip or buy a product. 
  • Are flexible and adaptable. 
  • May fly to one or two destinations and then drive to others. 
  • Like to travel by car because they can take more luggage and move at their own pace.  
  • Enjoy leisurely rural drives, then spend the night at a bed and breakfast. 
  • Need a good bed in a pleasant hotel, trustworthy food, and well-developed transportation.  
  • Will not often revisit overly commercialized places. 
  • Tend to buy products that are part of the heritage of a destination, such as Waterford crystal in Ireland. 
  • Enjoy many travel experiences, including independent travel, cruises, guided tours, and shopping trips. 
  • Generally, prefer exploring new destinations but will revisit somewhere from their past on occasion. 
  • Enjoy a few shows on TV, read an occasional book, and read some popular magazines. 

Journeyers 

  • Represent three out of ten people,  
  • Fly when necessary but prefer to travel by car. 
  • Are known for their reliability, ability to solve problems, and easy-going nature.  
  • Often have senior supervisory or management positions and are frequently involved in community organizations. 
  • Usually, will not buy new gadgets until the products are well proven and have many recognizable benefits.  
  • Possess many home-related skills and can repair anything that goes wrong around the house. 
  • Watch the most popular TV shows, including lots of sports.
  • If they have a camper or trailer, they will use it a lot.  
  • Do not mind visiting crowded places.  
  • On vacation, buy reminders of where they have been, like caps and t-shirts. 
  • Book escorted tours or a cruise, particularly if they visit new places.  
  • Will consider visiting off-the-beaten-path and exotic destinations in comfort if they can. 

Sightseers 

  • Comprise about 17% of the population (one out of six),  
  • Are relaxed, carefree, loyal, and lack pretension. 
  • Possess a broad and exciting circle of friends and develop deep, long-lasting friendships. 
  • Have an easy-going personality that can lead to inactivity. 
  • Would rather watch TV than read newspapers and magazines and are often avid sports fans. 
  • Prefer to stay at home rather than travel.  
  • Chose places to avoid uncomfortable weather at home that are not very exotic. 
  • Return regularly to places they visited before.  
  • Go to places where they can meet others with similar interests.  
  • Choose a tour or a cruise if they travel outside their country. 

Traditionals 

  • Comprise just 3% of the population,  
  • Function best in structured, stable, and predictable environments. A handshake is as good as their word. 
  • Visit dependable, safe, and well-trod places with many enticing things to do and predictable quality hotels and restaurants. 
  • Travel less than other groups, take fewer vacations, do not go as far from home, and prefer traveling by car. 
  • Tend to be among the last people to adopt new products. 
  • Usually, select destinations with many things to do that you also enjoy back home. 
  • Like crowds, believing that if something is popular, it must be good.  
  • Enjoy humor and tend to read fewer magazines and books than other groups. 

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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