Among the cultural and culinary experiences that enrich your travels, some of the best memories you’ll make are with the new people you’ll meet. Some strangers become lifelong friends; others inspire us to expand our wanderlists with their stories of exotic adventures. Every person we meet teaches us not only about travel, but also about ourselves. Here are five types of travelers you’ll meet—which one are you?
The Rest Assured Researcher
From the moment a trip idea is born, the researcher’s quest begins. He or she utilizes all the travel tools in his or her arsenal—from apps to how-to guides to locals’ recommendations—to determine the biggest, best, and most beautiful places to see, eat, and experience. No point of interest is left unexamined; no review is left unread; and no itinerary detail is left un-uploaded in TripIt. In the RAR’s opinion, the un-researched trip is one not worth taking.
The Spontaneous Solo Traveler
“Research? *Scoff* I booked this trip last week!” We all know her, we all love him—heck, some of us are them! The unwaveringly independent, quietly confident, spontaneous solo traveler who reads a travel article one hour and books a plane ticket the next. How does (s)he do it? “Minimalism,” the solo traveler confides. By saving his or her hard-earned money to spend on travel (and little else), (s)he can hop on a plane at a moment’s notice—but typically when a great flight deal is found. Wheels up!
The Fare Compare Queen
Speaking of great flight deals, you could be sitting next to the Fare Compare Queen on your next flight. How would you know? Because FCQ will tell you about the amazing price he or she found using Hipmunk’s fare compare matrix. When searching for a seat on this very flight, FCQ wanted to know just what he or she would be getting if (s)he purchased a basic economy ticket. With a few clicks on the site, FCQ compared prices across all cabin classes. Turns out, basic economy wasn’t a good fit (FCQ needed to use the overhead bin space—and definitely wanted to pick a seat when booking), and premium economy was just outside the budget, but an economy fare fit just right.
Want to be in-the-know like the Fare Compare Queen? Here are three easy steps:
Step 1: Enter your flight criteria, then identify results with potential:
Step 2: Navigate to the left panel showing the basic to biz/first class fares, then click the hover notification:
Step 3: Explore the fare compare matrix highlighting the cabin class options for your flight:
The Infrequent Flyer
You know the signs: uncertainty at security; nervousness upon turbulence; chit-chatting with headphones-wearing seatmate. The Infrequent Flyer may still have a thing or two to learn when it comes to flight etiquette, but he or she is making the effort to get up in the sky (and around the world)—and that’s all we, as good global citizens, can ask for. Every points and miles maverick has to start somewhere. You remember those days, don’t you?
The Makes-It-Look-Easy Mama
Snack baggies – check. Devices with downloaded episodes of Daniel Tiger – check. Favorite stuffed Peppa Pig to cuddle (yes, there’s more than one) – check. Travel credit card to purchase one ice-cold glass of vino – check!
Once upon a time, this working mom of three was a spontaneous solo traveler—but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten how much travel means to her, nor how to make it look easy. Yes, spontaneity has taken a back to seat to planning ahead (and needing more than just one seat and suitcase), but it’s going to take a lot more than a wary look from an infrequent flyer to hold her back from reveling in the freedom of flight. Besides, what better way to raise well-rounded kids than show them the world? High-five, mama.
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