Here's Where to Vacation Next, According to Your Personality
Our Instagram feed offers travel inspiration aplenty, but how do you know which bucket-list destinations you’ll actually enjoy? It all comes down to your personal preferences. An introvert might love the serenity of a remote island getaway while an extrovert would crave companions. Meanwhile, an extrovert would feel exhilarated in the pulse of a big city while an introvert might feel drained and exhausted by the crowds and chaos.
So how do you find your perfect vacation match? We turned to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, one of the best-known psychology tests, to pinpoint the most common character traits. Then, we scoured the globe to suggest the most beautiful and must-see locations that are suited to each personality. If you don't have your Myers-Briggs score, answer our simplified questions below as a guide. If you know your type, break it down letter by letter to find destinations that best match your traits.
Pack your bags—here's where you should vacation in 2017, based on your personality type.
Are You an Introvert or Extrovert?
When you spend a day surrounded by friends, do you feel energized or exhausted? People who are extroverted fall into the E category in the Myers-Briggs test and are often described as outgoing. Introverts (I) are thinkers; they're reflective and naturally reserved, preferring their own time to relax and regenerate.
Where: Guilin, China. One of China's most picturesque regions, Guilin sits in the country's south. Mysterious and otherworldly, parts of Guilin are like stepping into a traditional Chinese painting, with misty karst rock formations and tranquil lakes.
Why: Introverts love serenity. You enjoy spending time with your friends, but when it comes to picking a dream holiday destination, you want a place to rest and restore your mind, away from bustling cities and crowds. Guilin's natural beauty will captivate you. Be sure to take a boat down the Li River and absorb the stunning surroundings.
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Where: Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan. Only two hours from Tokyo, Hitachi Seaside Park attracts tourists with its ever-changing floral display of vibrant color.
Why: Extroverts generally feel at home in the world and love to seek out new experiences. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, you tend to jump between activities and are always searching for the next adventure. Base yourself in Toyko and explore the neon city with a group of friends—you'll feel totally comfortable among the crowd. When you crave a new adventure, get the train to Hitachi Seaside Park to spend the day in this unique natural wonder. The park changes color at different times of the year, so be sure to time your visit to suit your preference. In spring, the landscape is awash with baby-blue blooms while October sees the Kochia plants turn a fiery shade of rust red. Extroverts love to tell others about their experiences, so don't forget to pack a camera—this is one photogenic destination you'll want to post on Instagram.
Do You Prefer Plans to Be Organized or Flexible?
Before you travel, do you prefer to have your itinerary confirmed or leave plans open so you can be spontaneous? Organized types, who fall into the Myers-Briggs judging (J) category, are task-oriented and prefer order. Those who are flexible fall into the perceiving category (P) and prefer to stay open to new opportunities.
Where: Lavaux Vineyards, Switzerland. Sprawling across 2000 acres, Lavaux is the largest contiguous vineyard region in Switzerland. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is best known for its hillside terraces and 16th-century towns.
Why: You're a naturally organized person and love to plan a trip in full before you get on a plane. You'll be at home with the like-minded Swiss culture and feel revived after days spent sipping wine, exploring quaint towns, and driving your rental car through the winding mountainside roads overlooking Lake Geneva.
Where: Inle Lake, Myanmar. Located in the Shan State in Northern Myanmar, Inle Lake is a tourist destination on the rise. The 13.5-mile lake is home to stilt-house villages, Buddhist temples, and world-famous floating gardens.
Why: You're a seasoned traveler and prefer to visit far-flung corners of the globe without mapping an itinerary. Myanmar, also known as Burma, should be your next destination. The country has recently opened to tourism and is the ideal place for travelers who prefer to change plans on a whim. Like many Southeast Asian countries, most transport and accommodation are best booked on the day, and iconic longboat rides through the floating gardens of Inle Lake can be arranged with local guides on arrival. Explore the monasteries, gardens, and restaurants that line the lake, and be sure to see the famous fishermen who catch their prey using traditional oars and nets. The only thing you'll need to book in advance is a visa, which should be secured at least a month before the trip.
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Do You Respond to Situations Based on Logic or Intuition?
When a problem presents itself, do you solve it by logically considering the facts, or are you guided by intuition and gut? Those who use logic tend to fall into the sensing category (S) in the Myers-Briggs test. People who are intuitive (I) solve problems by leaping between different ideas and love thinking about abstract theories.
Where: Banff National Park, Canada. Canada's oldest national park is situated in the Rocky Mountains and includes glaciers, aqua lakes, mountainous terrain, and dense forest.
Why: You like to solve problems using logic and reason. Those who fall into the sensing category (S) love a physical challenge and using their mind to navigate difficult terrain, and Banff National Park is the perfect place to put your skills to the test. The park is a playground for skiing, hiking, and adventure sports. Be sure to check out Lake Louise, a vivid blue body of water surrounded by pine forest and snow-capped mountains.
Where: Jaipur, India. Jaipur is the capital of India's Rajasthan state and is home to the former royal family.
Why: You're naturally intuitive and love to explore different cultures. People who fall into this category prefer immersive travel destinations where they can meet locals, partake in cultural events, and get a feel for a place. You'll love India, and Jaipur is a good place to start your trip. Visit the stunning City Palace and Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, to indulge your love for architecture and people-watching. Take time to wander the colorful and chaotic streets, chat with rickshaw drivers, and feel the beat of this unique city.
Do You Make Decisions by Thinking or Feeling?
When making a decision, do you weigh the pros and cons or consider the context of the decision, like other people's feelings? Thinking types (T) prefer objective truth and use reason to solve a problem. Those who make decisions based on feeling (F) consider the emotions of those around them and are often seen as more empathetic.
Where: Isla Holbox, Mexico. A two-and-a-half hour drive and brief ferry ride northwest of Cancún, Isla Holbox is a peaceful car-free island that spans only 26 miles. The New York Times featured this tiny slither of sand on its travel hot list for 2016, and it's poised to be the next must-see island hot spot.
Why: You like to use reason to make decisions, and when it comes to taking a hard-earned holiday, you see the logic in heading to an island resort to relax. You want somewhere close and accessible, with a white sand beach and plenty of cocktails. Thanks to a new transport route, Isla Holbox is easier to reach than ever and the perfect place to spend your valuable vacation days lounging by the pool, kiteboarding, or swimming with whale sharks.
Where: Tanzania. The largest country in East Africa, Tanzania offers a diverse landscape including stunning Zanzibar beaches, expansive safari plains in the Serengeti, and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Why: You're naturally empathetic and inquisitive and search for travel destinations outside the ordinary; big cities or resorts don't appeal to you. Tanzania is rich in wildlife, cultural diversity, and East African history, making it a beautifully complex country to explore. Be sure to research volunteer options, too. Go Overseas and International Volunteer HQ run programs focusing on health and education.