What Type Of Traveller Are You? – 7 Main Types Of Travellers

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Over my last few years globetrotting serially, I’ve seen a lot of travellers explore the world in a variety of ways and taking part in activities I wouldn’t have contemplated. It’s opened my mind to the possibilities that exist when it comes to doing leisure activities. This very fact I realised even more a few weeks ago whilst accommodation hunting for future trips on Booking.com.

The way we go about travelling depends on each individual, their lifestyle and reasons behind on embarking on the travel adventure in the first place. Some travellers prefer to visit cities over more rural areas. Others may spend more than other travellers. Some prefer the company of others whilst others opt for enjoying alone time.

Travel traits and habits are adopted based on who we are and our circumstances. So I thought it would be cool and fascinating to pinpoint the common forms of travel and profile them to the best of my knowledge:

Backpacker


If you come across a person travelling around one or more countries for a period of weeks of then you’ve found yourself a bacpacker.

Backpackers are your uultimate minimalists when it comes to luggage, clothing and budget. They really push the boundaries of efficiency and silhouette to the fullest. It’s entirely possible that they are nomads. By nomads I mean they’re always seem to be on the move and don’t have a permanent home.

Cultural and outdoor experiences are a must for backpackers. They are eager to blend into their environment and live like one of the locals. Backpackers enjoy making interpersonal and meaningful bonds with people that they’ll remain with them for a lifetime.

Solo Traveller

The best one. No one dispute this in the comments please. (being biased obviously 😝)

Solo travellers are a self-explanatory kind. They travels by themselves more often than not. End of discussion.

Nah I’m kidding of course. Some traits ofthose who solo travel include being
open to meeting new people, enjoying their own company and tasting more freedom from their usual routine. They may have friends they’re visiting and will turn to their smart devices and guides more often than not.

Travelling alone can be very good for a person’s growth. You end up having to figure things out yourself, apply yourself in ways you didn’t have to before and learn about your capabilities.

Basically I’ve just described myself in a few paras! Solo travel squad where you lot at?

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City Tripper


Hop abroad mainly for city breaks for a day or two in the week or for a whole  weekend. Their travel partners typically are their romantic partners or one or two of their closest friends . I call them – city trippers.

Generally more invested doing touristy activities, namely museum and art gallery visits, walking tours, window shopping in the town squares. City trippers may tap into their spontaneous sdd and get lost wandering around from time to time. Only to find their bearings eventually.

Favourite destinations for city trippers: New York City, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Venice and London (if you’re from out of London and/or the UK) 
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Luxury Traveller


Your most bougie kind of person when it comes to travelling. Behold peeps – the luxury traveller.

Luxury travellers crave staying in all-inclusive hotels and resorts. Access to leisure facilities like gyms, saunas, swimming pool and room services. You’ll catch them mainlydoing swimming sessions in a pool, hottub/jacuzzi baths, chilling at the beach, dining at 4/5* star Michelin restaurants or sky bars. The more thrill-seeking individuals will have outdoor/ adventurous experiences on their itinerary like jetskiing, power, camel and safari rides.

Also they shop till their drop st the biggest most metropolitan shopping malls man has made around them. Making their socials look as lit is imperative so they’ll hit up the most instagramamable locations in the destination. The local experience may not be priority.

It’s virtually the stuff of dreams for us travel content creators. When you’re invited onto a press trip and all of the above is included then can we make a claim to have had made it in the industry.



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Business Traveller

Let’s get to business and talk about the business traveller. Whether they are  entrepreneurs, financial consultants, business owners, or expats they are travelling for mainly business purposes and to further their professional life.

Ambitious, career-driven and pragmatic they are looking for professional and industrial connections to progress their career or expand their business domestically or internationally depending on where they went. The typical business traveller may prefer to fly first-class/business class if financially secure or if on a budget then won’t be unhappy to arm wrestle in economy class. Destinatiois are likely to be big cities and capitals (a la Dubai) where all the money is at.

Generally speaking, they understand how money works, understand how to  make it work for them (specifically when it comes earning via travelling) and are on the path to financial freedom.

Can I have an amen guys!

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Budget Traveller


We’ve gone from the backpacker, the solo globetrotter to the luxury and business-minded travel goer. Now we’ve arrived at the budget traveller (pun unintended).

Travellers who are on a budget may share similar minimalistic habits to backpackers. Opting for hostels/B&B instead of luxury hotels. Flying into their destination in economy class rather moving bougie in a first/business class seat. Budget travellers will almost certainly always be looking for a bargain wherever they go at anytime.

Knowing they’re financially conscious of their money, they’ll plan everything on their itinerary to the finest detail. Activities that are free or on the cheap will likely be the way forward. For example free walking tours, free entry to national galleries and museums and visiting outdoor landmarks and attractions.

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Group Traveller


Last but not least we have the group traveller. Again it’s self-explanatory. This kind of traveller prefers going on trips/vacations with family, friends or maybe fellow travellers. They’re down for creating interpersonal and unforgettable memories that will improve existing  relationships.

Group travellers are likely to be more dependent on their travel partners to get around. You’ll catch them attending a music festival/concert or exploring the nightlife. It may be another reason as to why they’ve gone away in the first place.

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What About Travel Bloggers Themselves


Who Are You


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Not everyone has to fit into a particular box per say. Many travellers probably have traits from more than one travelling category. Like you may be an expat who prefers to fly solo and economy class. You also may see yourself as more than one type of traveller – bougie on a budget and that!

The beautiful thing about this is how much travelling can unite different kinds of people. Travelling for the betterment of ourselves is the one common ground shared. That’s the biggest thing to take. Along with it being fun and games seeing the type of travellers that’s out there.

But the biggest question leads back to the blog title…what type of traveller are you? Have I missed other ways of travelling (I know I defo have!)? Please Discuss in the comments and share this post on your socials. Shoutout to all the Twitter travel blogging squad for pitching in!

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45 Comments

  1. Millie
    September 19, 2019 / 6:22 am

    I would definitely say that I fall under the budget traveller type! I have yet to embark on a solo trip (I think about it but never do it) and haven’t ever stayed in a hostel! I always tend to go for AirBnB rooms. This was quite interesting to read a bit about different types!

  2. September 19, 2019 / 7:13 am

    I would say I mostly fit into budget traveller type, although I wouldn’t mind changing that into luxury traveller, if I had enough money. But for now I am happy with what I can afford.

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      I think I’m in the same position as you to be honest. If I was persuaded enough to go more luxury then I would but right now it’s not necessary.

  3. Pat
    September 19, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Luxury traveller here🙋🏾‍♀️ With the local experience being a top priority.
    My goal for 2020 is to do a solo trip😬 whether that will or will not happen, time will tell😊

  4. Kayleigh Zara
    September 19, 2019 / 7:51 am

    I’m somewhere between a city visiter and a budget traveller, because most of my holidays tend to be city breaks to capitals but I go mainly for art and culture so never really spend alot of money. Although I would really love a luxury holiday x

    Kayleigh Zara 🦇✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 3:01 pm

      Your day will come Val 😊 Thanks for reading!

  5. September 19, 2019 / 8:15 am

    Great article and thank you so much for the mention! I wouldn’t have been brave enough to be a solo traveller at your age, so power to you 😀

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks Paul! Thought I’d share with everyone what other bloggers thought. I wouldn’t say what I do is “brave”, I enjoy spending time by myself and doing what I want on my own terms, which is pretty much normal for everyone else right?

  6. journeyinlaw
    September 19, 2019 / 8:53 am

    Being a student I would definitely say I was the budget traveller type. I have thought about travelling alone but never have done!

  7. September 19, 2019 / 9:45 am

    I love this post. I never really thought all the different ways people travel. I am definitely a budget traveler. I also travel alone as well. This year I’m going away with a travel group which I have never done before. I want to become a business traveler and a backpacker. I love to travel and I want to travel the world to network and explore other parts of the world. I can fall under every one or these categories depending on the circumstances.

  8. September 19, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    Great post Johnny, I would say I’m a Luxury Traveller (but also fall into the budget and Business)

    I love a good deal when booking flight/packages but also like to experience the finer things in life when travelling.

    I also tend to travel for business, which is fun but can get quite boring as I don’t get to see the country in its full glory (basically, I don’t get to take cute pics or go shopping lol)

    Looking forward to your next post
    Clo xx

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you Chloe 🙂 Well the shopping you miss out on your business travel I imagine would be made up for on your budget and luxury holidays! If anything it gives you a greater incentive to shop on those trips. Stay tuned for the next one – it’s gonna be mega 👌🏾

  9. September 19, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    Great post! My husband and I have been on the road for almost 2 years. Living out of our backpacks and on a budget. We love nature and cities. Home-stays, bnb’s and every so often we splurge for a fancy hotel (which isn’t always expensive). Also, another type of traveler could be the slow traveler. We tend to stay one month or more in places. Best rates on bnb’s (budget) also a great way to learn about the culture of the place you are staying.

  10. September 19, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    Heyyy fellow solo traveller here 🙋🏾‍♀️ Although my first solo trip this year is next month. I’ve done quite a few group trips this year

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      Noice one Debs! It’s always good to like change up your regular travel habits every now and then. Whereabouts you going next month?

      • September 25, 2019 / 6:05 pm

        Sorryyy going to Portugal but you know that now lol

        • Johnny
          Author
          September 26, 2019 / 12:10 pm

          😂😂😂

  11. September 19, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    This is so interesting. I think I’m a mix of a couple of these. I like to get a budget flight as cheap as possible and then stay in a really nice hotel, likely in a city, but not all inclusive 🤭 My next trip is this weekend and I guess it would be a luxury city break! 😂

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Yeah and I can tell from some of your posts too 😂 Hope you enjoy your trip this weekend. Where you going?

      • September 21, 2019 / 7:03 am

        I would say stay tuned, but I’m here already! I’m in Aberdeen 🙂

  12. September 19, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    Except for luxury and business, I’m all the other types of traveler — or at least been all of those at some point in my life so far. The great thing is each type taught me something valuable.

    Great post!

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      That’s great to hear Molly! It shows that each way of travelling has some kind of value too and has its different challenges too. Appreciate you reading 🙂

  13. September 20, 2019 / 4:59 am

    I am a solo slow traveller on a budget, not necessarily looking for the cheapest deal but staying in my budget. I would hate to be called a budget traveller who travels solo. Part of me is a bit backpacker. Great post Thank you

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:48 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂 Sounds like you’re definitely quite flexible with your travel . Is there a reason why you hate being seen as a budget traveller who goes solo?

  14. poofbeegoneblog
    September 20, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    Solo traveler checking in!!!

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Checking in with ya!

  15. Johnny
    Author
    September 20, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    Your day will come Val 😊 Thanks for reading!

  16. September 21, 2019 / 10:42 pm

    I think I’m 1/2 a solo traveler and 1/2 luxury traveller but I love all types of travel 🙂

  17. September 22, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    I am also biased in that travelling solo is the best way! This being said I love a good city break and always, always travel on a budget; more of a chance to find the ‘underbelly’ of a place so to speak! Great post 🙂

  18. September 23, 2019 / 10:54 am

    City tripper, thats me all over! I’d love to be a mix of all but with 3 children in tow, a city break alone as adults is about all we can afford or fit in.

    Great post!

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 26, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you Claire. I’d say you’re probably the most straightforward out of everyone else here to be honest! Nice and easy 🙂

  19. September 28, 2019 / 10:52 am

    Interesting! I think I fit into a couple of these as it ultimately depends on what the trip is for – I love travelling with group/family on holiday but have travelled alone for work. 😀

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 28, 2019 / 9:31 pm

      Very very true Jamie! The way in which you travel is sometimes relative to the motivation. The solo travel for work must’ve been very rewarding for a influencer like yourself, what type of travel would you say is your favourite if you had to pick one?

  20. October 7, 2019 / 6:38 pm

    I’m a tropical traveler. I love to go places with warm climates, beaches, good food and plenty relaxation.

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 8, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Sounds like you’re up for the exotic kind of holidays. We’ll put you right in with the luxury travellers going by what we’ve got on the list hehe

  21. October 9, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    A reluctant business traveler and a happy backpacker here. I love the outdoors. I simply cannot travel in groups. Good post. Cheers!

    • Johnny
      Author
      October 11, 2019 / 6:45 am

      Thank you Je, that’s a pretty good way to put it in terms of knowing what kind of travel you like and dislike 👍🏾

  22. October 10, 2019 / 1:26 am

    I could fall into a few different categories here, but I would personally add an 8 type of traveller – the Outdoor Traveller. These are the people who would rather sleep in a tent than a 5* hotel. Not to be confused with a backpacker as car camping often involves a lot more gear than you can carry on your back. My husband and I take at least one trip every month with our dogs, and it’s almost always to a park somewhere to pitch a tent and enjoy the sights, canoe spots and hiking trails.

  23. October 11, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    I am definitely a budget traveler and a group traveller hehehe

  24. chrisdidcom
    October 23, 2019 / 11:32 am

    I kind of swing between group travel and solo, maybe even budget. Given I do much of travel pretty last minute I find joining a group a lot easier but enjoy having the freedom to do my own thing when going solo.

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