I have been thinking lately about what kind of traveller I am, and I’ve come to the realisation that I simply could not singlehandedly label myself as a specific type of traveller. Don’t get my wrong, I love doing those silly buzzfeed quizzes where you can answer a series of questions and find out what kind of traveller you are. The collector? The conformist? The soul searcher? The tourist? You name it. Anyways…labels are for boxes anyways…so I think I consider myself the transient, changing traveller. My travel style, appreciations, goals, destinations really are all over the place, and quite frankly, they have continued to change as I experience more. As a child, I would want to go to every place that has an amusement park (Disneyland, Disneyworld, SixFlags, etc), perhaps I was more of a child friendly thrill seeker traveller back then. Then I would long for exotic, tropical places during my highschool years, perhaps I longed too much for the constant sun and beaches visits that was not a reality back at home in Vancouver. Then in university I rapidly transitioned the most, from the desire to travel with friends for independence and to go to places that were within a budget that I could afford. However, in the past 2 years I have reached a stage where I want to travel to places that challenge me, places that are full of history and beautiful architecture, and cultures that are completely foreign to me. Beautiful scenic places #igworthy, and places where I can go for hikes or go backpacking is currently what I look forward to the most. However, my desirable travel destinations are always places that I know are achievable which makes planning and daydreaming a bit more justifiable. For example, SE Asia, New Zealand, Croatia, Portugal, and Scandinavian countries are currently on my list! Living in London makes these dreams a closer future reality and SE Asia is close to where my intermediate family is residing, so a trip to Asia is never too far.
As a transient traveller, I am open to a multitude of moments that give me happiness, curiosity, understanding, appreciation, friendship, and adventure which I think is incredibly important as a traveller. All of these moments are temporary but I think knowing that these moments will be fleeting and passing is what makes me hold on to them so strongly and yet so gently. When I think back to any trip that I have gone to, I am always drawn to snippets of experiences, stories, and moments that really made my trip. These are the memories that I cherish and keep with me.
As a changing traveller, I find that it is so wonderful to know that I can continue to enjoy experiencing the main/tourist attractions, to have a taste of what locals do in their city, and to explore beyond the city and to find myself in nature. I think that travellers who only hit up the tourist spots are given too much hate when I feel that those places are famous to visit for a reason, and who is to say my experience of the same place would be the same as yours? This brings me to one of the most important steps before travelling for me, which is the planning. I love planning and that does not mean that I have a strict need to follow everything that I want to do, in a particular order, and at a specific time. As a changing traveller, we must be open to changes, be flexible when things don’t go as planned, and have open arms to new experiences. I personally love planning just to make sure that I am making use of all my time and that usually means that there isn’t too much time for relaxation, but I just love being out and about and busy when travelling! I also enjoy visiting the main attractions, while digging deeper with my research to find the less known, the less travelled spots. Finding good restaurants to go to is also very important as I have had a few trips where I have struggled to find a restaurant or went somewhere that wasn’t as great…but if I had done my research, the experience would have been more of a positive one!
To end this post, here are captured moments of all the kinds of traveller I have been through the years!
Until next time,