Leisure travel occupies a central place in your life. If you are a typical Venturer, you go to more places, more often and participate in more unique experiences than anyone else. That’s why I call you a Venturer — someone who ventures forth very eagerly and excitedly. You fit in a small group. Only about 4% of all travelers share your extreme love of going to out of the way places and constantly seeking out of the ordinary adventures.
You’d rather fly than drive on your vacations because driving takes too much of the time you could spend at the destination pursuing the things you like to do. And you typically want to explore areas almost without a plan — and without a tour guide to discover the unexpected sights, sounds and culinary delights that every new travel experience can bring. You definitely do not like to travel with a group or follow a rigid, pre-determined itinerary. If you ever joined an escorted tour, it probably was by accident. You will not willingly make that choice again. You want freedom, glorious freedom, to follow your interests of the moment. You are happiest when you feel unfettered and unrestricted by the dictates and commands of others.
Typically, you like to visit relatively unknown and uncommon destinations long before travel writers have discovered them and encouraged hordes of people to come. You will even put up with inadequate hotels and food if you can be there before commercial development — and the crowds of tourists — consume the place. You might have to bed down in a sleeping bag if an inn can’t be found. Above all, you want a sense of spontaneity in your trips, a feeling that something new and fresh will happen every day, and perhaps several times a day. That adds a sense of joie d’ vivre and a hearty carefree feeling of enjoying life at its fullest to your travel experiences.
Unique cultures especially attract you. The opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds, languages, and social standards holds a special allure. Even when you don’t speak the language, a frequent occurrence for someone with your venturesome spirit, you’ll get around just fine. Sign language, a handful of words you’ve picked up, a lot of pointing (to pictures of where you want to go or of food you want to order), and even some laughing moments will help you get comfortably through just about every situation you encounter.
Adventure travel also holds a special fascination, particularly what is called hard adventure experiences. These might include navigating your own canoe down the Amazon, bicycling with a friend through the wine country of France, or trekking to villages in Nepal accompanied by a guide rather than as part of a tour group. Some of these trips can only be taken by those who are in good physical shape and could involve some element of physical danger. And, no trinkets or souvenirs for you. Rather, you buy authentic arts and crafts, clothes or other reminders of your grand escapes. Everything must be real, with no sense of falseness.
What you do on a trip, in many ways, is a reflection of your daily lifestyle. Again, the higher your score on the scale, the more you are likely to pursue activities described below. You love to experiment with life. New products, especially technology, typically hold a special fascination. You may have been the first among friends to own a large screen HDTV, a hybrid car, or experiment with the latest personal digital assistant (PDA) or cell phone that has just been introduced. You’re willing to buy new products long before these become popular and more reasonably priced. The joy of discovery far outweighs the risks associated with purchases that don’t live up to their promise or that will soon become more reasonably priced after intense competition takes over in the marketplace. Searching, seeking, probing, looking for something new and different, always wanting something new in your life — these are characteristics that friends and relatives would probably say are part of your personality, if an outsider asked about you.
This constant interest in what is new can also cause you some problems. You may experience difficulty in balancing your varied personal interests and hobbies to the point that at times you feel like your life lacks a central focus that can help provide a sense of direction and stability. Your boundless sense of energy, intellectual curiosity and continual interest in new ideas can make it difficult to find someone who also views the life in so many varied ways. And others may not be able to match your energy level.
Perhaps most important, you are relatively comfortable and at ease with the decisions you make. This low level of anxiety about how you manage your life’s affairs not only adds to an aura of self confidence that is evident to your circle of friends, but also helps to make you relatively successful in your occupation and various other pursuits in your life. Confidence breeds success because others will accept what you say and follow your lead. But, if you haven’t found the right job, you may feel somewhat like a misfit. Others don’t quite seem to catch on to what you’re thinking. That feeling, of having ideas others don’t understand, often leads venturers to go out on their own to start up new businesses. Venturers traits are found in many successful entrepreneurs!
Most likely you convey a friendly personality to others but, in fact, many times you’d like to skip the next cocktail party or social gathering that some work associates or neighbors have planned. Small talk can bore you. And, somewhat surprising with your energy level, you can be reflective and contemplative at times. You can enjoy being alone, especially doing things by yourself with no schedule or commitments. That’s also a formula for a truly great vacation. Just wander around and take whatever time seems warranted to explore the interesting sights of the day, or to pursue personal sports and other activities.
In conclusion, your travel personality indicates you like to explore more than average and are willing to take the risk of choosing a destination unknown to your friends and that might turn out to be a less than satisfying vacation experience. You are likely to read a lot of books and magazines to learn about where else you might want to go that is truly different from the last place you visited. All in all, that’s a definition of a venturesome personality. Look for destinations on the website that score high for Venturers and you’re more likely to end up with a great vacation.
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