Your Vacation Destination Is a Reflection of One Unforseen Factor

Let me ask you two simple questions: 1.) Do you prefer to vacation at the beach or in the mountains? 2.) Are you an extrovert or an introvert?

While these questions and your answers seemingly have nothing to do with each other, a new study from researchers at the University of Virginia begs to differ. The work, which appeared in The Journal of Research of Personality and was written up on Citylab, proves that where you choose to vacation is linked to one of the most basic personality traits—whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert. The idea that people “select certain surroundings to fulfill their individual values and desires” is nothing new, but the recent conclusions are more specific.

Extroverts prefer to vacation on the beach, while introverts like to travel to the mountains. Researchers at the UV studied more than 900 students and determined that no other factors (age, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.) contributed to their decision to choose beach over mountains. The only common similarity between beachgoers was that they were extroverts; same goes for the people who preferred the mountains—the majority were introverts. The inquiry attempted to figure out whether a certain environment could make a person become more extroverted or introverted, but the findings were inconclusive.

Whether you’re headed to the beach or the mountains, you’ll need a chic windbreaker to keep you warm.

Are you an extrovert who likes to vacation at the beach? Or an introvert who prefers to visit the mountains?