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What Type of Traveler Are You?

Do you know what I love about blogging? Not only am I able to pretend I have a captive audience that hangs on my every word, I’m  also able to connect with readers and other bloggers who enjoy traveling every bit as much as I do. Today I’d like to introduce you to one of those bloggers, Justin, who writes at If you’ve not stumbled upon his site yet, you really should hop over and take a look around. Not only does Justin share some of  his travel experiences, he also shares how you can travel without spending a ton of money, by using rewards points. Seriously, you’ll want to get to know this guy, but stick around and read what he has to say here first.

Introducing, my friend, Justin….

What Type of  Traveler Are You?

What type of traveler are you?

When sitting around talking with your family, friends or co-workers, do you ever talk about vacationing? I love talking about traveling. Where people are going? What they will be doing? How are they getting there? Where are they staying? How did they save money on expenses? Everyone takes away something unique from their vacations.

Which made me realize there are two different types of travelers and what they look for in a vacation.

The Vacation Relaxer

What type of traveler are you: The Vacation Relaxer

Some people look at a vacation as the chance to get away from everything. Cell phones off and a good book in hand. Once the vacation relaxer hits their beach chair, they will not leave that spot until their hotel reservation kicks them out.

The vacation relaxer wants to completely unwind and disconnect from the rest of the world.

I was recently talking with a co-worker about how they have a summer trip planned to rent a large houseboat with their extended family, and spend a week floating on a lake. Once out at sea, they become a captive audience of their surroundings, with no chance of setting off to explore undiscovered tourist activities.

She explained how her husband really enjoys the chance to completely disconnect with their daily, monotonous lives, and just relax.

For others, they look to get something more out of a vacation.

The Vacation Explorer

What type of traveler are you: The Vacation Explorer

The other type of traveler is the type that enjoys going out and exploring their new surroundings. Whether it be a hiker that wants to explore a new mountain area or a family that wants to go to Disney, Universal, and other Orlando area theme parks. These types of people want to take in as much as possible and run themselves to the brink of exhaustion, only to wake up the next morning and do it all over again.

After spending money to get to ones destination, and with the possibility of never returning to that location again in their lives, they want to cram every possible hidden gem into their memory to say yes we have seen that. Wanting to see it all though makes sense, because when returning home, one never wants to have a regret of, “I wish I would have taken just that extra moment to see ________.”

Justin writes for, which teaches others about how to travel economically, while highlighting the many family experiences his wife and three boys encounters on the road. If you would like to join their journey, please consider following them on Facebook or Twitter.

What Type of Traveler Are You?

Didn’t you just love that post? It definitely made me think about which type of traveler I am.

My initial thought was that I didn’t fit in either category and maybe there should be a third option for people stuck in the middle. But I thought about it a little bit more and decided that while I’m not the type to run myself ragged, I’m also not the type to experience one attraction on vacation and call it a day. Honestly, I’ll push a little bit more and a little bit more until my husband has had enough.  And when that happens, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut because when he’s done, he’s done.  His motto is “I work hard enough at work. Vacation should be fun.”

So while my husband is definitely a relaxer, I’m the opposite. While I fully appreciate kicking my feet up on vacation, I prefer to do so after a full day of sightseeing. I guess you could say that together, we strike a great balance.

Now you can hop on over to to read Justin’s take on What Type of a Traveler Are You? and while you’re there, you can answer the question for yourself. Just because we’re really curious.

So, what type of traveler are you?

Average Traveller

Friday 28th of June 2013

I like to try mixing both together when we can find the time, but otherwise we alternate exploring with Hawaii.


Saturday 29th of June 2013

A mix between the two makes for a perfect blend, doesn't it?


Friday 28th of June 2013

I'm not the relax at the beach type. I want to take in as much as I can. I don't run myself ragged but I last like an hour on the beach or pool just sitting around. I need to explore after that. My husband likes to relax more so I have to be careful to compromise as well.


Thursday 4th of July 2013

I've recently discovered that if we go on guided tours (like a bus tour) we are able to see quite a bit, but it's more relaxing to my husband. Kind of meets in the middle. Sort of.

Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

Friday 28th of June 2013

I'm fortunate to be able to take multiple vacations a year so that we are Relaxers on some trips and Explorers on others. For "once-in-a-lifetime" trips to Australia and Paris, we padded our itinerary with a few extra days so that we could go at a slower pace and have some downtime. While we had to spend more on lodging due to the extra days, I think the whole family came away feeling both relaxed and that we'd seen EVERYTHING.


Thursday 4th of July 2013

Adding extra days for "once-in-a-lifetime" trips sounds like a perfect solution. It allows you to see everything you want to see and gives you time to savor the experience.

Lisa Goodmurphy

Friday 28th of June 2013

I'd say that I am definitely an explorer although I enjoy just relaxing at times - I just can't sit still for very long! The really interesting question is the one that you brought up at the end of the post. How do couples travel successfully if one is a relaxer and one is an explorer?


Thursday 4th of July 2013

Compromise. Lots of compromise. Of course that's easier said then done. Perhaps that's why my husband and I only fight when we're traveling? :)


Friday 28th of June 2013

Definitely an explorer!

However, some of my favorite memories are when I just stop for a while and take in my surroundings. Unfortunately I don't do that enough. It is hard to just sit and be with little kids.


Thursday 4th of July 2013

I've learned to slow down a bit, thanks to my husband. When he's done, he's done and there is not getting around it. The nice thing is two of my three teens will keep up with me-- if they're interested in the schedule/attractions. Protection Status
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