Pre-internet (yes, there was such a
thing) I used to buy glossy pink-hued magazines for one reason, and one
reason only – the personality quizzes in the back of the spread. What’s
Your Party Personality? Which Spice Girl Are You? Which Hogwarts House
Are You In? (nb. always pining for Griffindor) Are You In Love? Which
Twilight Guy Should You Date?
was a pleasant moment or two of relaxation taking them, and armed with a
pen, secretly knowing which answers would get you the result you were
hoping for (though if anyone actually needs the ‘Are You In Love’, the
answers will never be in the back of a glossy with a free lip balm,
never). After a few years of this quiet joy, and leaving the nest to
travel, I slowly realised that I was literally living the What Kind Of
Traveller Are You? quiz, but in real life.
has taken a few years to establish my travel personality and embrace
the fact that I am who I am. If I ran those quizzes again, I suspect the
following would come up…
My travel style in a single, much considered,
overly pondered, hyphenated word. I’ve always found much of the magic of a
holiday is in the planning – dreaming up a destination, calculating the
maximum time we can get away, researching the tourist must-dos, finding
a few gems that will allow us tourists in, schedule in a few relaxation
days, marking everything on a map to ascertain the things we can
actually fit in without going crazy. The best bits: that call to my better half enroute
home the day before to announce that I’m freeeeeeeeeeeee and the cab to the airport.
airport carry on encloses a medicine cabinet, entertainment to keep
myself from fidgeting for days, snacks, headphones, all our chargers,
socks, a bottle of water and copies of our itinerary, usually in a
beautifully, luckily lightweight bag. I often get giggled at, but they
always turn around later asking for something. That is irony right
I want to experience the culture as a local, even just for a little bit. Hire a cute apartment, enjoy a morning espresso on the Venice mainland, clutching warm crusty baguette in the South of France, celebration karaoke New Year Kyoto-style, sipping bourbon in the Rainbow on LA’s Sunset Strip, worshiping the fairies in Scottish Highland glens and wearing shoulder pads in New York. (No, wait, that might have been an 80s movie I watched recently.)
We’ll never be locals (and asking for “svei tickets bitte”
will never convince the Berlin bus drivers of our familiarity of the
area) but we want just a taste of the magic that long-term residents
take for granted.
I adore the off-beat attractions. Sure the Louvre is stunning, but so is the L’Orangerie with breathtaking Monet Lilypads. We adored the Van Gogh musuem, but spent more time wandering the hallways of Amsterdam’s Cat Museum. We tracked down the infamous Hilton suite where John Lennon & Yoko Ono asked us to give peace a chance, slept in a piece of Hollywood musical history, discovered the worlds largest Orange in the sunshine state, and adore getting lost just to see where we end up.
Once we actually find ourselves on holiday is when we kick it back to go with the flow; whilst I don’t want to miss out on particular things, we like to keep a good balance between sightseeing and ambling. It wouldn’t be a holiday otherwise! Lie-ins, cheeky brunches, the odd glass of wine and occasionally just sitting on the side of a riverbank.
for amusement and old times – in the spirit of the linkup you
understand – I did one of those tests, and found myself on a horoscope
The trip: Scorpio’s ideal trip can be a very romantic—but not a politely
romantic—getaway. It’s more of a trip to the jungle where you’ll sleep
in a treehouse. Scorpio is the archetype of the archeologist and
detective. So, a trip where you could discover ancient ruins and ancient
mysteries of the occult would be satisfying. Or, maybe a genealogy
search or walking an ancient trail. Scorpio is a water sign, so anywhere
near water would be great too. You’re not as daredevil as Aries, but
you’ll still benefit from doing something we’ve always been afraid to
do, like something that triggers an old fear. Maybe going back to a spot
where a girlfriend broke up with you, and letting it go. Another
archetype for Scorpio is the shaman, a need for deep healing. Going and
hanging out with Shamans in the jungle on a soul-searching mission would
be great for you, too. Try: Stay in a tented villa in Maldives,
discover temple ruins in Cambodia, clear your mind in the purifying
waters of India’s Ganges river.
So, how about you?