Stereotypes are inevitable, so it isn’t surprising that a majority of people can be categorised into different “types of traveller”. Today I want to share with you a few of the traveller stereotypes and I want to know whether you fit into 1 or more of these stereotypes.
Cheap as Chips
The Cheap as chips traveller will always buy the cheapest flights, stay in the cheapest hostel or motel and tends to stick to using public transport. They may occasionally splurge out on some really delicious food or drink, or that special something you have been saving up to buy only in that country/overseas. This traveller will normally be seen with a backpack and some shoes that are comfy to walk in, as they will be doing a lot of it.
Stays in a country from at least a week up to a month. Normally found at the beach, some sort of resort or a hotel pool. Typical to family groups or couple. These people tend to have a bit of cash to throw around and like to live in a little bit of luxury as well as getting to explore their surroundings. Stereotypically they are not so interested in local culture or flavours. Whether they go out shopping, read a book, explore the outdoors or visit the local cafes, their main goal is to relax.
The Speedy Gonzalez
This person packs a ton of activities and sights in a day. You are not the sort of person who likes to have a lot of down time because you want to experience as many thins as possible. You also don’t tend to like to do things while overseas that you can just do at home.
Home away from home
You are the sort of person who likes to take your time to get to know the place you are living in. And I say living in because you like to feel like a local and make every place you stay in feel like a home away from home. This sort of person will tend to rent out an apartment or somebody’s house on Air BnB. You will spend anywhere from a month to 2 years in one place
Lux to the top
It’s enough to say that any given trip you do, you go all out and in style. This sort of person likes to treat themselves when they are away from home And will spend the money to do it. Staying in top end hotels, eating out every day at the most recommended restaurants and cafes. At one point or another you will probably shop til you drop. You’ll find this traveller flying first class or business class, and they gravitate more to big cities or luxurious villa getaways for the summer and to the slopes for the winter.
So did you feel like you related to any of these specific categories? For me personally, I don’t fall into one of these categories for every trip that I make. It really depends why I am going, how much money I have where I am going, who I am with and how long I am going for. For my latest trip to Auckland I was a mix between going for the cheap options (managed to score a couple of free taxi rides) as well as splashing out a bit by trying new foods and doing a bit of shopping.
It’s safe to say no one can always be stereotyped into one category but I find it interesting being able to use these stereotypes to define myself as a traveller.