WHAT’S YOUR TRAVEL STYLE?
by Debbie Ross, Womens Travel Network
With so many places to see and so many styles of travel it’s often difficult to know where to begin.
The first question you must ask yourself is “what’s my travel style?” Before deciding on where you want to go on your trip you need to determine your travel personality, that is how you determine your travelling style. Which personality are you?
Finding that perfect hideaway on a secluded beach
Some of the popular romantic destinations in the Caribbean are St Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua and Dominican Republic
Staying at an upscale resort where they offer butler service and fine dining.
Sandals has been providing this exceptional service for years as well as Karisma resorts in Mexico and Jamaica.
Taking a luxury cruise through French Polynesia
Paul Gaugin and Silver Sea cruise lines are 2 of the top cruise lines that offer an intimate cruise experience.
Viewing the perfect sunset over the Caldera in Santorini Greece
There are many intimate hotels offering great views of the deep blue sea as well as fabulous restaurants offering the perfect ambiance for watching the sun set over the Caldera.
Bungee jumping in New Zealand
Boating down the Amazon
Heli-skiing from the top of a mountain in Banff
Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro
Trekking in Nepal
Biking through Vietnam and Cambodia
There are many companies that offer adventure travel, Worldwide Quest offers adventure and nature tours, Gap Adventures offer a wide variety of adventure tours as well as Pergrine Adventures. If you want Luxury adventure I recommend Kensington tours and Butterfield and Robinson and Backroads offers excellent biking Holidays.
Broadening your travel encyclopedia with Art, Culture and History. There are destinations all over the world that will cater to the student inside of you.
Days filled with museums and Art Galleries
Some of the top destinations for this type of travel are International cities such as Paris, New York, Barcelona and the famous art cities of Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice.
Visiting archeological sites
Top destinations for this type of travel are Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Peru, Mexico
Exploring different cultures and religions
One of my favourite destinations for this type of travel is India, specifically Varanasi.
Israel is one of the top destinations for religious tours to learn about Christianity and Judaism, as well as various countries in Asia to learn about Buddhism. China, Tibet, Myanmar.
- European Coach Tours
They will offer a wide variety of intellectual experiences. You can visit one region or take a whirlwind tour visiting many countries. Some of the top European coach tour companies are Insight Vacations, Collette tours, Trafalgar and Globus & Cosmos.
- FAMILY TRAVEL
The most popular family travel is “Multigenerational Travel”, where the parents take their children and their grandchildren away for an adventure. Family members will talk about these memorable experiences for years to come.
Cruises in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mediterranean and European River cruises.
Some of the more popular cruise lines that cater to the interests of all ages are Disney Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Princess. Disney cruises are one of the first to offer family focused River cruises in Europe.
All inclusive resorts in the Caribbean or Mexico
It’s important to choose one that offers activities that are geared towards your families ages and interests. If travelling with small children it’s wise to choose a resort that offers kids clubs. This way the parents will get a break and they won’t expect gramma and grandpa to babysit.
Adventure travel is becoming more popular with families
Most of us have done the beach vacation with our families, now it’s time to take the children exploring.
Tanzania Wildlife Safari
Costa Rica: Volcanoes Beaches and Eco Tourism
Ecquador and Galapagos, exploring the uninhabited islands that inspired Darwin to create the Theory of Evolution.
- ALL OF THE ABOVE
Many people want to include elements of every different type of travel in their adventures. The best way to do this is to be completely honest with yourself about what you want to accomplish and how you want to experience the world. Most travelers have some of these elements in their Ideal Travel Experience. It’s important to think about this aspect of your trip, not just the places you want to visit but how you want to experience it.
Before planning your next vacation, consider which travel style you are looking for.
A recent psychological study by Dr. Thomas Gilovich from Cornell University has confirmed that The key to happiness is through experiences rather than things.
Happiness stems from things we’ve done as those experiences become a part of us and shape our identity. Gilovich suggest that instead of saving for that plasma screen TV, a much sounder path to happiness is through spending your money on experiences like travel, outdoor activities, new skills or visiting exhibitions. Gilovcih says
“Your experiences really are a part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences’
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