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The Dirty Dozen: What Kind of Traveller Are You?

By Sean Mahon

Posted: 18th December 2014 14:57

Gap Year Travellers come in all shapes and sizes; during your journey you will undoubtedly come across a wide-spectrum of nationalities and personalities. Here is a light-hearted look at but a few of the characters you are likely to encounter along the way.

1. The Party Animal: First one in, last one out the club. The only sunrise they will see is on their way home from the night before.

Likely Destinations: Anywhere with a happy hour.

2. The Budgeter: Who needs happy hour when you can sit in your room and drink budget vodka that tastes like paint-stripper, right?!

Likely Destinations: Wherever they have been saving for the past year to visit.

3. Mr Monopoly: Would rather buy new clothes than use a laundrette. Money is no issue.

Likely Destinations: The big cities. Anywhere with a decent shopping centre.

4. Free Spirit: Can often be found enforcing silence so everybody can listen to them play acoustic guitar.

Likely Destinations: Somewhere Russell Brand has previously visited.

5. The Backpacker: Cockroaches and vomit add character to their hostel experience. There is every possibility they don’t remember the last time they showered.

Likely Destinations: Watching the sunrise with a campfire and an acoustic guitar.

6. The Stickler: There is no room for last minute alterations, or recommendations whilst on the road; they have every second of every day planned out.

Likely Destinations: Anywhere on their pre-planned itinerary.

7. The Know-it-all: They will insist that Montparnasse Tower is better than the Eiffel Tower without having been to either.

Likely Destinations: Somewhere you have never heard of.

8. The Instagrammer: They are open to suggestions on where to go… but first, let me take a selfie.

Likely Destinations: Anywhere with a great backdrop.

9. The Casanova: Looking for love in all the wrong places. Equally, they are unlikely to remember your name the next day.

Likely Destinations: Any bed, except their own.

10. Beach Bum: If they were any more laidback they would be horizontal.

Likely Destinations: They don’t care where they are as long as it has a good beach.

11. The Chatterbox: Knows every person in the hostel. Even Dave, the Janitor.

Likely Destinations: Everywhere… and you will hear them coming!

12. The Solo Traveller: Trying to discover themselves whilst sitting mysteriously at a train station.

Likely Destinations: Anywhere off-the-beaten-path.

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