Over the many years I’ve been wandering the world, there are certain types of travelers I’ll meet again and again.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Boston or Barcelona or Bangkok, it’s reached the point where I practically feel uneasy if I don’t meet these people – as if there is an imbalance in the Force!
But what’s equally as interesting as meeting the same types of travelers, is the common link between what’s in their hands. So, we’ve put together a list of the most common types of travelers, and the one item that seems to define their travel style.
Which type of traveler are you?
5 Types of Travelers and the Piece of Equipment They’ll Always Have With Them!
Item of choice: A guidebook
Photo credit: Davidlohr Bueso
Traveling for the first time can be very daunting, so you’ll usually find the newbie traveler with their guidebook.
Why do we assume? Guidebooks, while useful for a general overview of a destination, are usually a bit limited when it comes to seeking out a local experience and discovering off the beaten path gems. As you begin to travel more, your confidence grows, and you realize that you can leave that big chunky book at home.
While sometimes you can find some quirky guidebooks, part of the travel experience is exploring the unknown. For the best recommendations, connect with locals. And remember that you can visit a supermarket for bread, even if the guidebook didn’t tell you so!
Item of choice: A bottle of Vodka, beer, gin, rum, etc.
While you might argue that getting wasted every night is something you can do in any city around the world, and that you’re not really getting the full travel experience by doing that, I did spend the better half of my first year of solo travel perpetually hungover, so no judgement!
The Partier (when there’s a small window of clarity) can tell you about the coolest bars and clubs in the area, and will always have an outrageous story that starts with “This one time, when I was drunk in …”
Their average day starts around 3 pm, and they can sleep anywhere; on buses, trains, generally though, during the middle of the day! You’ll usually find them at your closest youth hotels, or at the front of the group on a pub-crawl.
The Beach Lover
Item of choice: Waterproof watch
This person lives for the waves and the sand, so much so that you’re convinced they actually have gills.
Usually seen wearing board shorts and flip-flops, the Beach Lover either has no phone (or maybe it sank to the bottom of the ocean), so has to rely on their fancy waterproof watch to have some semblance of time when they’re out there swimming among the fish or working on their tan.
When they’re not in the water, you just know that they’re checking around for the latest in waterproof tech so that they can finally go freediving all the way to the Mariana Trench.
Also, they can probably tell the difference between a Tissot and an Omega watch from 100 yards away at this point!
The Old-School Photographer
Item of choice: Olympus OM-2 film camera (or equivalent) with 50 different lenses
“Oh, you use a smartphone to take photos? Don’t you know the quality is so much better with film?”
This type of traveler barely has room for their clothing after packing a bag full of camera equipment. They travel with lenses, tripods, and know how to get the picture they want in one shot.
They’re not concerned about posting to social media, as that would entail scanning 400 photos!
Item of choice: A passport
The Minimalist requires no guidebook, no medical equipment, no phone, no watch, and barely any spare clothing. As a serial over-packer, I’m genuinely amazed at how they actually get by with nothing but a passport and a head full of dreams!
True, the more you carry, the more you’re weighed down and will likely lose at some point, but if you think I’m traveling without my toothbrush and eye mask, you’ve got another thing coming!!
Which traveler type do you always see on your adventures? Comment below.
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