what type of traveler are you?

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no one in particular

I’ve worked long enough at my current job where I now get 5 weeks of vacation. (Now that I’m working a .2EFT, this is a different story). Every few months I would take a week off to just get away from my job; to reset my mind and dying soul. In the winter I would make my way to an all-inclusive. And every winter, I would scramble to find someone, anyone, who would travel with me. My name is Cristine and I am a traveler at heart!

travel buddies

The majority of my travels have been with one other person. That ‘one other person’ has been someone different each time. There have been around 13 different people. It’s tough trying to find someone to travel with. Either I’m the worst travel buddy and no one wants travel with me more than once OR they’ve all gotten married and had kids and no longer want to travel OR we can’t get the same days off. I really hope the first one isn’t true. I’ve had to travel alone a few times and not like it’s a bad thing, it’s just not what I prefer.

I like traveling with someone because I enjoy the company. I like to be able to share my experiences and excitement with others. You are able to build deeper connections with people who you share those inside stories with, stories that no one could really understand unless you were there.

the sightseer

I’m the type of traveler who wants to see everything! I am the epitome of a sightseer. I will plan out each day including the route that needs to be taken so that I can see more sites in the shortest amount of time. The reason for this is that I only have a week or so in one place and probably wouldn’t be coming back so I need to see it all. I try to make the most of my vacation by not standing around for hours admiring statues or buildings unless there is great history behind it. I don’t want to waste any time and I work hard to have days off! I go, I see, I done. Next.

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I’m a ‘been there, done that’ kind of gal. My time is limited. I also have FOMO.

It ends up being a tiring and hectic trip and I usually need a vacation from that type of vacation.

What does this say about myself? To me, its says I don’t really stop to appreciate what is around me. I see things for the sake of seeing things – to cross it off my checklist. Not necessarily because I want to see them but because it’s what the travel books and online blogs tell me to do. It’s what everyone suggests to do/see but, the majority of the time I am unenthused with what I see.

I will likely google the top 10 things to do in so-and-so city. If its in the top 10, then it must be worth it and it is usually on my list of things to see.

adventure vs. laying on a beach

Majority of my favorite memories from all my travels are the unexpected/unplanned adventures that aren’t on any top 10 lists. For example: almost being blown off the mountain trying to get to Reykjadalur Steam Valley in Iceland (we didn’t even make it because it the weather was not cooperative at all and we were soaking wet by the time we got back to the car); walking into a traditional spa in Spain after realizing how sore our feet and bodies were from so much walking and spending the entire evening there; going to a spa winery where we got so high and drunk that I don’t even know how we managed to get home safely in Bulgaria, etc.

If I’m at an all-inclusive though, I don’t go on excursions really. This is most likely due to the fact that I am a cheapo and excursions are pricey. I tend to do absolutely nothing but lay by the pool or beach and read. I get my tan on. This if far different from what I just mentioned. But, these are two completely different types of vacations. I still get up early to get in as much sun as I can though.

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Mitch is not much of an all-inclusive vacation type person. He thinks it is such a waste of money because for the same amount, you can spend a month on a beach with super cheap food in a different country. I get it! I keep hearing how money goes so much further in Asia. This may be true, but to pay money to not have to think about anything else except making sure not to miss the plane and deciding what time I should eat my next meal is pretty relaxing. I am trying to escape work and home which means I do not want to think.

All-inclusive vacations are a no fuss, easy peasey lemon squeezy, pre-planned trip! I want to be able to close my mind of to the rest of the world. This type of vacation fits with my work schedule and is much easier to book and go to alone. At least this is what I have been telling myself.

opposites attract

Bumblebae is the opposite type of traveler from me. He would rather slowly take his time wandering the streets immersing himself in the culture.

Wouldn’t we all love that. To not have to worry about missing flights and making it to work on time to start your first shift back or to not having to get up at the break of dawn to get packing to head to the next destination or to meet the tour group – sounds lovely. Unfortunately many of us do not have that option. Taking months off at a time to travel, especially where I work…does not happen. I dont think they would even let you take a leave of absence to travel…

Sure, I could use up all my vacation days for one mega trip but, that’s only if my vacation is approved (Vacation approval is a hit or miss. I have pretty high seniority but only 2 staff members are allowed to take vacation at the same time). If I did this, I would only really have one vacation a year. I’d have to endure going to work for 11 months straight with no break.

Omg, no thanks.

is long term travel for me?

To be honest, I don’t even know if I can last being in one place for longer than a month because I’ve never done it before. I’m afraid I would get bored easily or wouldn’t know how to slow down? What would I do if all I know is go go go?

What a silly first world problem I’ve created for myself.

So, what type of traveler are you?

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Hey there, I'm Cristine (aka Nomadgirlfriend). I want to quit my job so I can travel more. I just need to figure out the digital world so I can start making money to feed my wanderlust with my digital nomad partner. I welcome you to join my on this journey of self discovery and new adventures!

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