I came across a funny picture on Facebook the other day. It was a picture showing 9 types of travelers. Incredibly fun illustrations accompanied the text, but I wasn't really attached to the image itself. I stuck with the type of traveler that I actually am. So I did a little research on my own. What kind of traveler do I think I really am?
1. The planner
I'm good at planning. Before a trip, I read and draw and write and plan and mess around and think. I usually plan travel routes and both hotels and restaurants in advance. What I'm bad at planning are activities. I don't want to book myself on what to do during the day. The weather may be bad, someone may feel crass or we may find something exciting along the way. I'm a bit too changeable to be able to plan the days in detail. But by being prepared and well-travelled, it usually turns out well anyway. Although my aversion to pre-booking museums meant I accidentally missed the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and almost missed the Pena Palace in Sintra.
So I have to say CHECK at this.
2. The Master Planner
Depends on how you look at it? See the picture above 🙂
3. The risk taker
Note me! Here you will not find any skydiving. Our hikes are always well prepared and with good equipment, so I don't count that as risk taking. However, you can almost count my attempt to eat the cakes below as a serious health risk?
4. The overpacker
Could be me! If we're going to travel in three different climate zones and I'm allowed to take 30 kg with me, I usually have it. But I'm just as good at traveling with hand luggage only.
5. The photographer
Hahaha! Guilty! This is me in a nutshell. When I discover a new place, I can't go straight ahead, but I turn around at regular intervals - because what if the views in the other direction are better than the ones in front of me... I photograph a lot. Here on the blog I don't show the best and artistic of my travel photos, here I try to show informative photos that take you to the place and the feeling of being there. The images are not over-edited, brown-filtered or desaturated, but rather "raw". For me, traveling means experiencing all colors and shapes.
Would you like to see some of my more artistic pictures? I've just started building a portfolio. Look into evagyllenberg.com so you'll see what I'm up to 🙂
Definitely one CHECK on this one too.
6. The day driver
Absolutely not me. For the first time in my life, I have had a few days off without having anything planned. You can state that it is bad for me. I started watching a show on Netflix with the Japanese Marie Kondo who goes around cleaning and organizing the lives of messy Americans. Now I have arranged my wardrobe according to the Kon-Marie method. Oh my, I don't feel good about that only be off…
7. The perpetually late
Not me! I'm always early! I rather get stressed by people who are always late.
8. The Adventurer
We love being out in nature and hiking. Good hiking shoes and a backpack on the back filled with coffee (with milk), sandwiches, some small sweets and lots of water. It doesn't have to be more advanced than that. Our best adventures? It must be our hikes in national parks and nature reserves in Canada (British Columbia), where we saw more black bears than people. But I have also loved all our other hikes in, for example, the Alps, in the mountains of New Zealand, in the rainforest of Queensland and in the desert of the southwestern United States. There is something about the silence and stillness of nature that appeals to me.
Definitely CHECK at this.
9. The Instagram crawler
Could maybe happen? Filters are incredibly fun and sometimes you just happen to have a waterfall in Iceland behind you. Things that happen 🙂
Hmmmm, will probably also be one CHECK at this.
So what was the result?
I became a 1, 5, 8 and (partly) 9! Wonder if my dear travel companions agree? 🙂
So, what did you become?
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