Happy New Year !
I hope this year brings in lots of luck, love and success for all of you, and of course, lots of travel too. I thought of starting this year with a bit of humor – creating different types of travelers. I have met all kinds during my travels and they seem to fall into certain categories. I admit that I do fall into a category or two here but then, don’t we all?
Meant as a light-hearted post, I do hope none of you take offence to it. I have exaggerated a few attributes here – just for some laughs. So here goes, my 12 kinds of travelers –
1)The Selfie King/ Queen
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Hey, Selfie Sticks did not become popular overnight. And thanks to these travelers will always remain popular. This set of travelers are the most common and would be found in any form of travel. They are not self-conscious and have a knack of displaying various facial expressions to suit their background. With or without selfie sticks, they know how to fit the background to make their faces, clothes and accessories look the best. They are amazing at fitting the “n” number of faces onto the screen – sometimes at the expense of the backdrop.
2) The Paranoid Rushers
They want to squeeze in as much as possible within the limited time. Perpetually stretched for time, you will find these travelers literally breezing through the tourist places, urging their fellow travelers to keep up. Their favorite accessory is a mobile – not for its connectivity but for a time check. Rumors have it that the higher order species of this kind have graduated to setting an alarm each time they stop at an attraction.
3) The Home-Packer
An opposite of the erstwhile backpacker, these travelers carry every part of their home with them – from matching accessories to even plates, spoons and glasses. Luggage is carried by the day and daily routine. Generally, over-weight, not by their own size but the baggage carried, these species ensure that their travel feels like Home Sweet Home.
4) The Fitness Freak
These are extremely fastidious creatures, especially when it comes to food. Besides being a calorie calculator, they love walking, running or swimming at the least. For the luxurious ones, a gym is a definite must in the place they stay. A GPS enabled phone is generally hooked to their form to ensure that every step taken by them equals or exceeds their calories intake.
5) The Traveling Pharmacist
These creatures believe in being prepared for every possible eventuality that can hit them when they move around. Their carry bags are stuffed with remedies – whether it is a mild bruise to seasonal cough or a high case of food poisoning. It is not just about cure but prevention as well. You can identify them with a smell of hand sanitizer and a bottle of mineral water in their bags.
6) The Wanderful Shopper
Found more at the shopping stalls and markets, this species of travelers feel their trip is incomplete if their luggage does not triple that of what they had come with. A generous variety, they tend to shop for every friend, family and colleague that they have. The highly evolved ones no longer pay for the extra luggage but tend to opt for the courier charges incurred at the places shopped.
7) The Food-Luster
The Food-Luster has a different form of wanderlust where he or she tends to opt for a culinary form of travel. There are two sub-species here – the first who walk into every possible food option at the place of travel and the second who believe in carrying every possible meal with them. And of course, there are those who are a hybrid of these two species. Smells and Sounds emanating from these species are the best identification of them.
8) The Frugal-ler
The Frugal-ler is a traveler who is found with one set of jeans and tons of T-shirts, a single bag and no fixed agenda. Looks for the cheapest form of travel, prefers walking. Frequently inhabits hostels and if not found there, would find them on railway stations and bus stands waiting for their night transport that doubles up as their place of stay.
9) The Plan-Formist
From the time of travel to the place of travel, the Plan-Formists have it all documented. Extremely knowledgeable, they ensure that all possible information about the places they are planning to visit is captured in documents and distributed to fellow travelers. Any deviation in the plan or time of travel, leads to palpitations. Symptoms of the same are frequent irritation, loss of temper and drastic changes in mood.
10) The Obsessive Capturer
You can rarely see these travelers as they are hidden behind the lens. They can be identified by the frequent clicking sounds made by cameras. You will find these travelers climbing to various heights or bending to abnormal levels to capture various facets and angles of the places that they visit. The most evolved ones have a huge bag with multiple telescopic instruments and a huge 3 legged stand.
11) The Super Bargainer
Their destination of travel depends on the available offers and it is not unusual to see them at the same place twice for if that is what the the bargain brings to them, they are game for it.
12) The Social Animals
Identified by their social check-ins on popular social channels, these creatures are constantly on their mobile. On visiting a popular place, the first thing that these species are observed to do is click a photograph and share immediately on their social networks. A lot is known about their eating preferences, the places visited and of course, what they are feeling at any point in time. When lost, they are the most easily traceable creatures.
As I mentioned earlier, this post is in lighter vein and there is no intention in hurting anyone. Personally, I belong to a lot of these types of travelers, especially The Obsessive Capturer. :D. Which ones do you identify with? Comment in and let me know.
Popularly referred to as a Restless Ball of Energy. My Mom refuses to entertain my complaints about my equally restless daughter & assures my husband that I was born with a travel bug.
I am a Post-Graduate in Marketing by qualification and a travel blogger by passion. Besides travel, I enjoy photography and if you don’t find me at my desk, I would be out playing badminton or swimming or just running. I believe in planning for every long weekend through the year. And when I cannot travel physically, I travel virtually through this travel blog. My travel stories have also, got published on various websites and magazines including BBC Travel, Lonely Planet India and Jetwings. I have recently published my first book – When Places Come Alive – a collection of stories that are based on legends, landscapes, art and culture of a place which is available in both ebook and paperback format.