How do you vacation?
Are you the traveler who likes to be pampered, enjoys relaxing cruises, and wants to sit on a remote island all to yourself to take in the sun? Or are you the adventurer – the person who will go skydiving, sleep in a hostel, and start up conversations with people you don’t know? It is important to know what type of traveler you are – especially when you are considering traveling with someone else.
The Grand Caymans, in the Cayman Islands (south of Cuba and west of Jamaica) feels very modernized and “western.” One could almost liken it to what a rich island off the coast of California would feel like. Clean streets, familiar stores (including the Hard Rock Cafe), and widely spoken English all contributes to the comfort that Americans feel while vacationing here. The clear blue water and warm weather also adds to the atmosphere of relaxation. Many of those who travel to the Cayman Islands express a desire to return – some even want to own a house in this tropical paradise. However, to someone who is an adventurer, the Cayman Islands may seem too… quiet.
In contrast, a safari experience where people are “roughing it out” by sleeping in platform tents, getting dirty by sitting in a vehicle for hours on end and visiting poor rural areas of Africa might fit other travel personalities. This experience is great for someone who wants to learn more about another part of the world, that is completely different from the United States, as quite often, cultural opportunities can be included in safari experiences. For example, one could take a vehicle up to Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains bordering Lesotho and South Africa – and then go horseback riding up mountain-sides before spending the night in a village with no electricity or running water.
Traveling with another person with a different preferred travel type may mean compromises. The adventurer may find themselves walking around a Mayan temple with a history lover. The calm and peaceful traveler might experience some noise as they try to relax from the stresses of work. There is a strong possibility though that by traveling with someone of a different “vacation personality,” that you will learn and experience things that you didn’t think you would enjoy. Perhaps a combination of styles would occur to take travelers to a new part of the world. For groups or couples that have one person enjoying history and another adventure, visiting Machu Picchu in Peru might prove to be a good combination. Or snorkeling and hiking through rainforests near an Aboriginal village in Australia.
If you are considering traveling with someone, reflect on your past vacations and what you enjoyed the most or least. Ask your travel partner to do the same and compare lists. You might learn something about the other person that you didn’t know – such as a common interest in trying local cuisines!
(A recent blog post by Campari and Sofa was done along a similar topic, titled “Do we make travel unnecessarily hard for ourselves?” To read that, click here: http://campariandsofa.com/2013/03/17/do-we-make-travel-unnecessarily-hard-for-ourselves/)