When it comes to Travel, Are You More Adventurous or Spontaneous?

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 - 2 Comments

Another Sunrise on a Plane

I’m sitting in the lounge waiting until my plane to Thailand boards and, as usual, I am people watching. All these people are going somewhere and from the look of their dress they are not all planning on doing the same things. So this got me thinking about types of travelers.

Figuring out where you fall on the spectrum from adventurousness to spontaneity will help you create a travel itinerary that works with your personality type.

An adventurous person might spend months planning a trip such as climbing Mt. Everest, rafting the Amazon or trekking through the Himalayas. Adventure can be described in many ways. In some parts of the world, a westerner may have to be fairly adventurous just to try some of the local foods. Chicken feet in spicy green curry anyone? (Yes, I’ve tried it. No, I wouldn’t care to have it again. Same goes for crab brains and squid guts. Thanks, Tokyo.)

A spontaneous person might fly somewhere to study with a master cellist because you had suddenly decided to learn the cello or buy a ticket on a whim if your friends invited you to join them next weekend in France.

Like most things in life there is no right answer. However, if you have a traveling companion having this discussion beforehand will help avoid conflict and guarantee that your trip is as enjoyable as possible.

I, for one, have no intention of ever jumping out of a perfectly good airplane but I have no qualms about visiting you in Timbuktu tomorrow if you’re willing to put up with me for a week. Since we are all different in respect to adventure/spontaneity it helps to plan your trip according to your preferences.

You might want to consider getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things, especially when traveling. Once you start thinking about whether you’re more spontaneous or adventurous, you might be surprised by the answer!

So are you more adventurous or spontaneous? Or a bit of both?

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  1. If I plan a trip two months in advance but then choose to do everything spontaneously when I get there, would that make me a spontaneous adventurer?

  2. I agree with Adrienne. I read and study travel guides for months before a trip, then leave them at home and just go wherever my mood leads. I usually have 2 or 3 must sees but everything else is whatever happens.

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