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Back in 1999 I set off on my first solo trip to Europe (from New Zealand) – read about it here. This definitely helped me discover my travel style – i.e. what activities I enjoyed, what budget suited my tastes, and what modes of transport I preferred. I’ve come a long way since then as far as defining my travel preferences – but that’s the thing about travel, the more you do, the better at it you get!
As my budgets and experiences have changed and grown, so have my tastes; and I spend a lot of time planning and organising to ensure I can maintain this style of travel despite varying budgets.
Generally, I’ll fly budget airlines and hunt down killer hotel deals, so that I have money to spend on great food and drink while travelling. I also love catching trains, which can be both cheaper and more enjoyable than flying – especially within Europe. You get to see the countryside as you click-clack past, and I enjoy the time reading or drafting blog posts.
As for activities, I’d class myself as a #foodie traveller – I like to track down the local cuisines in local restaurants, and make sure I try some unique food and drink from the countries I visit. I also love museums – so generally gravitate to the tourist attractions that have an artistic element or aesthetic interest: museums, churches, art galleries etc. You are less likely to find me bungy jumping or hot-air ballooning – in fact, you won’t catch me doing either of those things!
What about luggage you ask? Well, ever since the notorious backpack incident of 1999, I have steered well clear of anything that I have to haul on my person. I am firmly in the wheely-case class of traveller. It’s a similar story with my choice of accommodation – I tried a hostel once, but to be honest with you, despite being an extravert, I need my own space – so hostels are not for me. But the important thing is that I don’t begrudge them for others.
I think you have to be true to yourself when it comes to travelling – if backpacking and hostels are your preference, all power to you. I don’t think one style of travel over another is necessarily more or less fulfilling. I personally prefer city breaks and foodie holidays over sitting on a beach for a week, but holidays need to be fulfilling to the person taking them – so if a beach is what you need, then get yourself to a beach and read that book!
So, what’s your travel style? Backpacker, Business, Foodie, Resort bunny, Adventure, Luxury? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
All photos © Hannah Henderson and may not be used without permission (sharing this blog post is fine, though!). Images shot with a Canon DSLR T3i Rebel + Canon EF Lens 50mm 1:1.8 STM; and an iPhone6s.