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Best Advice For Women Traveling Alone

Woman traveling aloneIt has to be said that any woman wanting to travel on her own is certainly entitled to do so and will probably be already well-aware of the pitfalls and perils that lie in wait out on the open road.

A woman on her own is twice as likely to get approached in a bar and even a restaurant so in order to ensure traveling isn’t an ordeal then paying heed to a few tried and tested tips is obviously best practice.

Below are just 5 pearls of wisdom that will no doubt stand any solo female traveler in good stead and all that’s left to say is best of luck and fortune favors the brave – you can do this!

Carry an alarm

There’s no need to beat around the bush and if you’re packing the sort of alarm that’s going to ring out and put the fear of god into an attacker then do not be afraid to carry and use it. Best advice is to carry an alarm that still transmits noise even when dropped and carrying 2 is certainly a sensible option. Stick to crowded areas and try to avoid secluded, shady spots off the beaten track but if you just have to then make sure your alarm is working, in reach and carried at all times.

Learn the lingo

It may sound like your being pestered or even that your getting some abuse but if you don’t know what a local is saying then you may not be able to react until it’s too late. Get yourself a phrase book and spend some time reading over likely gestures and shouts that may just be related to cultural nuances. With internet learning a foreign language became so much easier. Also, in some countries knowing religious and cultural traditions expected of women will give you enough knowledge to adapt and fit in whilst respecting the norms and rules.

Read the signs

Putting yourself into a situation where you’re not sure of what’s going on is definitely not advisable if you’re a woman traveling alone. Being able to read body language and understand when a situation is starting to turn uncomfortable is exactly what you should teach yourself to do if you want to stay safe and getting a book on non-verbal communication is a great idea before you set off on your travels.

Play it safe

If in doubt, get right out and from avoiding too much alcohol to going to places that are far away from your hostel or hotel, if you don’t feel safe then do something about it. Traveling alone as a woman is one of the most liberating and exciting things that you can do just make sure you play it safe to ensure your trip is truly memorable for all the right reasons. Keep in touch with those back home and always make sure you keep your wits and alarm about you at all times.

Stay with a group

Being comfortable within your own skin is an amazing feeling and if you like to simply read, photograph or walk on your own then you’re going to have an amazing time away from home. Of course, just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean that you can’t meet anyone else and from couples to other single female travelers, there are plenty of positives about making new friends. Staying with a group or even undertaking an organized small group tour are both great for feeling secure and meeting new people but with the added bonus of if you get bored you can always escape and continue to travel as you wish.

Chris has been traveling on his own many times and has been truly encouraged and motivated by the strength and the happiness that comes from meeting a female counterpart.

3 Vacation Rental Scam Scenarios: Detect and Prevent!

Vacation Rental Scam: Detect and Prevent

Scammed in Vacation Rental

Recently, we have been hearing more and more about occurrences of vacation rental scam. This news is not only harmful to owners, but also to the industry as a whole. We want to arm you with essential tools to identify common tactics and take preventative measures before it is too late. We wrote about some of this before and then again but still wanted to keep you in a loop on the latest news and measures.

Let’s face it, emails written in broken English, requesting a wire transfer to Africa, are a thing of the past. Today’s fraudulent schemes have become much more sophisticated, but don’t fret. Whether you are a traveler, homeowner or property manager, the following tips are crucial to consider:

INITIAL RED FLAGS (PERHAPS IT’S AN ONLINE SCAM)

  • If a payment is requested through a wire transfer service such as MoneyGram or Western Union or there is a request for a cashiers check, you should investigate further.
  • If the deal seems too good to be true for the type of accommodation and the area, it should raise a red flag.
  • If the only way to contact the owner is via email and no phone number was provided or no one ever answers the number given, you should immediately question the credibility of the source.
  • If the emails you receive have obvious English grammar errors, you should investigate further.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK TO IDENTIFY VACATION RENTAL SCAM

  • Do your due diligence and complete a background check on the owner and rental.
  • Conduct Google and social media searches.
  • Check reviews from past clients.
  • Become familiar with most common vacation rental scam scenarios and make sure you don’t follow the same trap.

We have outlined a few scenarios below.

Scam scenario #1: 

A Great Deal Not to Miss, But The Property Doesn’t Exist

Craigslist Scam Alert about Waikiki Listings

A snapshot of a Scam Alert published on Craigslist

Vacation rental scams may not all display the most beautiful property photos, but they will typically offer a great discount to tempt potential visitors

If a great property is offered at half price with one condition that money must be sent via wire transfer, watch out. Just because they may be only asking for a deposit, it doesn’t mean it is not a scam.

Scammers accepting reservations many months in advance could collect 10%-50% of the total, multiple times, before anyone raises an alert. And, at the time when would-be travelers discover that the place simply doesn’t exist, it will be too late.

Back in June I received a call from a guy, urgently looked for same day accommodation. Distressed, he claimed he had just arrived to New York from San Diego, and learned he was the victim of a fraudster. He found a craigslist ad showing an amazing loft for rent in the heart of New York’s SoHo district and connected via phone with an advertiser who requested to wire him a one-night deposit of $140. The remainder of the balance was due at check-in. Unfortunately there was neither a check-in point nor anyone who knew the advertiser at the address provided. The traveler had to learn the hard way that even at a rate of $140 a customer, fraudsters exist.

Scam scenario #2:

The Property Is Real But The Rental Is Not

Scammed in Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rental plot

It goes like this:

Traveller: “Hello, we are here! We booked your house!”

Homeowner: “Really?”

Check out this Easter weekend case from Fort Myers Beach

Classified sites like Craigslist provide a plenty of room for misrepresentation. An advertiser could pretend they are someone else by supplying real names and addresses with legit profiles, hoping nobody will double check.

Here’s another incident when scammers poached information from a legitimate real estate website. A property manager had listed the property, but scammers fashioned a phony advertisement with an irresistible price tag:

Scam scenario #3:

Beware of Vacation Rental Phishing

 Vacation Rental - No phishing

Image a courtesy of Ann F Brundige

Those of us who follow the vacation-rental phishing saga are probably aware of this scenario:

  1. Emails exchange via email or a platform similar to VRBO
  2. Money wired via bank transfer
  3. No answer.

Phishing schemes fraudulently extract personal information by e-mail (the e-mail log-in credentials of a property owner). The fraudster then impersonates the owner, requiring customers to wire money.

Ann Schutte, who found a rental villa with a “million-dollar” view in Sedona, Arizona, through the rental web site VRBO.com, became a victim of such phishing plot.

HomeAway, which owns VRBO and other vacation rental web sites, reported 3,000 phishing cases as of last fall.

Still unsure if any of those scenarios applies to you?

Take a rental scam quiz to evaluate your chances of being scammed. This quiz urges you to evaluate possible scenarios and run a reality check.

Rental Scam Detection Quiz

In summary, don’t forget the three simple steps below, great preventative measures against scammers:

  1. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Run away.
  2. If wire transfer payment is the only option, insist on a credit card payment.
  3. Use vacation rental websites that hold guests’ payments in escrow until the check-in date (rentini.com is one of them).

Just put yourself in scammer’s shoes and try to deal with a customer who follows those 3 simple steps. Would you succeed? At Rentini, we promote these simple measures and see scammers run away!

How to Report Scammers

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet crime, or if you are aware of an attempted crime, you can file a complain at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C):

http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

In addition, if you’ve been ripped off or scammed, complain to the Federal Trade Commission. It can help put the bad guys out of business. Watch this video to learn how to proceed:

To file a complaint, just go to http://www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

Have you heard of any other stories or want to share your own tricks how to detect scam?

Feel free to share in the comment section below.

How Burning Man Can Bring You the Best Customer

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A year ago I had a guest at my lake Tahoe Knotty Pine Cabin who asked me if there was enough room in the house’s driveway to park his RV. The guy was planning to “decompress for a couple of days” after  Burning Man 2012 on his way back from Black Rock Desert. Whatever that means…

A few days later when the guy had left I learned something that made me think he was the best guest ever.

In the beginning I was a bit concerned about this decompression party in my house. One could only guess what this guy had in mind.

About ten years ago I had been to Burning Man a few times and went to decompression parties. It was great experience but it was outdoor and didn’t involve my newly remodeled house. We’ve all heard these AirBnB horror stories about guests who turned very ugly, right?!

After a quick phone conversation with the guy I decided to let him stay at my house as he sounded easy going and very mellow.

Typically I don’t get to meet my guests in person as the front door is equipped with a keyless lock system.  I just generate a code online and send it to my guests.

I hadn’t heard from the guy during the check-in time, so I assumed everything was going smooth upon his arrival. A day later I called my neighbor and asked if she noticed any nuances with the house or its occupants. She said the RV is parked on the driveway but she didn’t see anyone at all. It was very quiet. I was relieved.

A few days later the guy checked out and my housekeeper confirmed everything was in a perfect shape. The damage deposit was refunded automatically 48 hours after check-out and I received a positive review from this guest.  He called me though in order to share one thing privately. Apparently there was no hot water in the house for a few days. He said it was completely fine for him as he took showers in his RV.

What? It would have taken me 5 minutes to solve the problem but my guest never bothered telling me while he was in the house. He just took a shower in his RV… I felt so bad and was about to refund the money he had paid me. He insisted it wasn’t an issue at all and that I shouldn’t  worry about any of that. Whatever happened obviously he and his party had a great time at my cabin!

Every year about fifty thousand participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City.

Who are these people? What is Burning Man all about?

Depending on who you ask one can get a different answer. BM (Burning Man) could mean a community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, or just getaway from their real life. It lasts one week, then everyone goes home having left no trace whatsoever.

I thought that the best way to show BM is through the Drone’s eye view or instagram images from real people.

Below we selected a dozen of instagram photos from Burning Man 2013!

What do you think about Burning Man after watching a video at the top and looking at these photos?

Burning Man BELIEVE instagram photoinstagram image by Alr75

Burning Man 2013 BM UFO by caseyklein11instagram image by caseykllein11

Burning Man 2013 image of woman by Whimsili instagram image by whimsili

Burning Man sunrise on the playainstagram image by nikolaicornell

nateholme Burning Man Evil Machine from the Spaceinstagram image by nateholme

Burninig Man 2013 The House on Wheelsinstagram image by jackwasarobot

Burning Man 2013 UFO Bad Lnadinginstagram image by ajcurtis78

Burning Man 2013 Battleship in a desert oasisinstagram image by welaughindoors

Burning Man 2013 Mirror faceinstagram image by ondeathbeds

Burning Man 2013 Silly cupcakesinstagram image by whcheath

Burning Man 2013 The door in the desertinstagram image by caitran

Burning MAn 2013 The Crowdinstagram image by sardarovtimur

Burning Man 2013 The Burninstagram image by dubmachine

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Home Security 101: Should You Go DIY or Professional Installation?

Do it yourself or don't do it yourself?With simple tools found in most homeowners’ toolboxes, installing a do-it-yourself (DIY) security system is a fairly easy weekend project. Learn about the features and the pros and cons of a DIY system versus a professionally installed and monitored system before you make a decision. Home safety is your priority, so you want the best system for your home.

The Price Incentive

You can spend more than $2,000 for a professionally installed home security system. A service such as SecurityCompanies can help you find and compare a number of expert security companies to work with. DIY systems can reduce that cost to almost half, and a quick Google search will reveal plenty of deals on these types of systems.

A DIY wireless system doesn’t require any special tools. Most of the components will need access to a power outlet, your home network and perhaps a computer to control the system. You can create a DIY security system by purchasing individual components or a package. You can start with a few basic security elements, such as sensors on windows and doors, and add features as your budget allows.

Time Is on Your Side

You can put together a home system in a few days. A basic home security system can be installed and up and running in an afternoon. Make sure you weigh that against the amount of time you will spend maintaining it. A professionally installed system might take an afternoon to do, and from then on, the security company does the monitoring.

Your DIY system may not have all of the self-test and diagnostic capabilities of the professional systems. That means you will have to spend time checking the components regularly and fixing or replacing them as needed. Many homeowners who are DIY-ers like to tinker with their handiwork. Just remember it will have an impact on your time.

No Commitment

Most home security services require you to sign a year or more contract to monitor and maintain your system. There are often high fees for terminating these contracts early. Since you are in charge of a DIY system, you won’t have this expense.

Monitoring or Not

What you won’t have with your DIY system is a company that monitors it for you, calls emergency resources should an alarm get triggered and maintains the system integrity. You can find services that may do some of the monitoring, but few will do that unless you purchase and install their equipment.

One DIY option is to build a motion-sensing device that will send you a text message whenever movement is detected. But, until you have your system fine-tuned, you may be responding to false alarms for a few weeks.

If you install security cameras, you’ll have to decide how to monitor them. You may have to set up your own motion sensor triggers to start recording if activity is detected around the cameras.

DIY or Not?

For those who can’t afford a professional system and like to be engaged with their home and home projects, a DIY system may be ideal. There is some prove out there a DIY project could be effective. For others, a call to a professional security system company may be in order.

Which do you prefer:

  • a DIY or
  • professionally installed security system?

Tell us in the comments.

Epic Chalets Around The Globe

When you think of a chalet, you might think of a log cabin in the woods. That’s only partially correct. Chalets are romantic cottage enclaves. They are beautiful and rustic hideaways to which you can retreat for a skiing weekend, a restorative vacation, or a romantic getaway.

Chalets can be everything from rustic and cozy to extravagant and elegant. You can find an amazing chalet in which to spend an unforgettable week or to settle down and make your dream home. Here are some of the most epic chalets from around the globe to get you inspired:

Chalet Brickell in the Rhone-Alpes, France

Chalet Brickell Rhone Alpes France

In the French Alps lies this beautiful chalet on the southeastern edge of France. The chalet prides itself on offering a luxury experience while also providing access to some of the best skiing in the region. The décor is created to appear rustic like a traditional skiing chalet, but it is accented with elegant details. There are wood-planked walls, floors and ceilings, but there are also furnishings and other design elements made of the finest fabrics and of marble. It is the perfect marriage of modern and traditional elements.

The Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland

Luxury Chalet Zermatt Matterhorn Alps

This luxury chalet is one of the most famous in the Alps. The entrance to the chalet is tunneled into rock in the side of the mountain, so you know that you will enjoy peace and quiet. Inside, the chalet is decorated with top-of-the-line furnishings and amenities, including walnut floors, surround sound, Italian marble, crystal chandeliers, an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, and a steam room. The chalet offers some of the most beautiful views over the Zermatt all the way to the Matterhorn.

Bighorn Revelstoke, British Columbia

Bighorn Revelstoke British Columbia ChaletBilled as “Canada’s premier mountain home,” this chalet is located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain in heliski terrain. You can fly into the space using a private helipad to get access to some great skiing. The chalet itself is a full-service private retreat that has a European chef and delicious cuisine. You can enjoy a fire in the great room or a formal dinner in the luxury dining room. The property also features a hi-tech cinema, massage rooms, spa and outdoor hot tub, among other amenities.

Chalet Des Drus, Chamonix France

Chalet Des Drus Chamonix France

Designed for luxury holiday rentals, the Chalet des Drus is one of the finest chalets in Chamonix. You can rent the chalet by the week in the summer or the winter. The 5-star accommodations feature an indoor swimming pool and spa, cinema room, massage tables, and more. There are beautiful panoramic views of the mountains surrounding the chalet, and the décor features a blend of modern design (such as a glass stairway) with traditional materials (including the wooden structure and walls).

Le Kilimanjaro in Val d’lsere, France

Chalet Le Kilimanjaro Val d'Isere, FranceThis chalet in Val d’lsere, France features 200-year-old reclaimed wood alongside Travetino marble steps and Italian tiles. It is a gorgeous luxury chalet that offers all the modern amenities with a focus on privacy and coziness. There are many nooks in which to kick back and enjoy a glass of champagne or a delicious meal while also enjoying beautiful views of the mountains or the warmth of a fire.

Staying at a chalet is a great way to enjoy your skiing vacation, no matter where in the world you plan to hit the slopes. These are some of the most well-known and amazing chalets because of their beautiful design and their attention to detail in providing the very best experiences for their guests. Even if you can’t afford to stay in one for your next ski vacation, you can learn about them and become inspired for building or buying your own cozy chalet closer to home.

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This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd. She’s a freelance writer, netball player, gamer girl. In her freetime she likes to read and travel a lot to discover hidden places around the globe.

5 Top Airline Choices For Traveling On A Budget

Expense reports are pushing envelop too hardTraveling for business is not cheap. The days of the six-figure expense account are long gone. Five-star client dinners, four-star hotels, three-martini lunches, two tickets to the local NBA game since you’re in town, and one Lexus rental car are a bit too much to put on the boss man’s dime in today’s business climate. It’s hard breaking the addiction to the cherished triple C: the Company Credit Card.

To hold on to as much as you can, why not fly cheap? Sure, the major carriers have a few nice perks, but really, all you’re doing is sitting there. It’s a simple choice: do you want an extra pillow on the plane, or do you want to watch Kobe dunk? Of course, that choice is obvious. So ironically, in the spirit of preserving corporate excess, here are five super-cheap airlines that are great for business trips.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airplanes airplane in the air

  • Flies: Airbus
  • Operations: Western Hemisphere
  • Destinations: 52 Cities
  • Hubs: Detroit, Dallas – Ft. Worth, Chicago, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale

In operation since 1980, this is one of the first no-frills carriers in the United States. Their claim to fame? Dirty advertising. Google Image search “Spirit Air promotions” for some stuff we can’t print here.

AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways Plane on a runway

  • Flies: Boeing
  • Operations: US, Mexico, Caribbean
  • Destinations: 57 Cities
  • Hubs: Baltimore/Washington, Atlanta, Orlando, Milwaukee

Formerly ValueJet, AirTran is popular, even being patronized by major sports teams like the Orlando Magic. Their claim to fame? They like to play in turbulence. Google “AirTran turbulence 1998” for some interesting stories.

Frontier Airlines

Fronteir Airplane on a ground

  • Flies: Airbus
  • Operations: North and Central America
  • Destinations: 74 cities
  • Hubs: Denver, Trenton

Not to be confused with the 1950s Frontier Airline, this Frontier started in 1994. Their claim to fame? They went bankrupt and were acquired by Republic Airways yet somehow managed to keep their name.

Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air Airplane in the air

  • Flies: Airbus, MacDonald Douglas
  • Operations: United States
  • Destinations: 79 cities
  • Hubs: Honolulu, Phoenix, St Petersburg/Tampa, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, Oakland, Bellingham (Seattle area), Myrtle Beach, Punta Gorda

This one is pretty popular and serves a lot of the smaller markets. Their claim to fame? Every ticket is one-way. You have to book a return flight separately. While this may seem like a hassle, it can actually save you money and make your trip more flexible.

Vision Airlines

Vision Airline airplane in the air

  • Flies: Airbus
  • Operations: Southeastern US
  • Destinations: 3
  • Hubs: St Petersburg/Tampa, Orlando, Biloxi

Basically a regional carrier, these guys have downsized A LOT, down to just three destinations. Their claim to fame? At this point, simply being in business!

There are a few others you have likely never heard of, such as Sun Country, which is a regional carrier in the Florida area, and People Express, which has been resurrected and expects to begin flying again later in 2013.
As great as discount airlines are, a lack of widespread availability, much like the carriers detailed above, will lead you back to the big guys from time to time. If you do have to go that route, remember Jet Blue, Southwest, and Virgin America. These are major carriers for the most part – certainly just as popular – but they offer significantly lower rates and fees than the likes of United and Delta.

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The author Chris Turberville-Tully works with ESA Serviced Apartments in the UK. ESA provides travelers a more economic option than hotels. Serviced apartments are also roomier and are furnished.

Which Type Of Traveler Are You?

You probably don’t know it, but the type of tourist you are has a huge influence on the type of travel you indulge yourself in. Don’t worry, however, for there is some science behind it. You won’t merely be lumped into a category where you’re a ‘lazy tourist’ or the equivalent of a ‘Little Englander,’ dependent on where it is you are from.

Landmarks from around the world. Choose yours!

What can the type of tourist you are have an impact on?

  • Where you choose to go on holiday
  • The type of accommodation you choose to stay in
  • What you do when you go on holiday
  • The people you travel with
  • How you eat and behave when you’re in a destination

Influencing Your Tourism Habits

At the same time, a range of factors can influence the type of tourist you want to or are able to be. These might include

  • Your incomeNothing can stop you from being who you're on vacation
  • Your personal circumstances in terms of relationship and family status
  • Where you live
  • Your personal hobbies and interests
  • Your holiday budget

While these can all be an influence, nothing can prevent you from being the tourist you want to be.

Does it Matter?

While what a person does concerning their holiday might seem to be irrelevant, the modern, connected world in which we live means that it is of more importance than ever before. It only takes one tweet or Google+ update to show the world what you’re doing, and tour operators are using this activity like never before, as well as encouraging travellers to do the same.

It sounds extreme, but the type of tourist you are can have an impact on economies, future travel trends, and the way in which people living in a popular resort view those from a particular country or geographic area. Thinking back to earlier, the term ‘Little Englander’ did not originate from an accident one day!

We also have to consider the ways in which resorts set up and market themselves. Places don’t just throw open their doors and wait for people to arrive. Everything they do is designed to attract a specific type of traveller, and they know exactly what to do in order to fulfil the travel needs and requirements of holidaymakers in every group.

Finding Yourself

Which type of tourist are you? We explored 15 different descriptions that were identified in a 1992 study, what they mean, and where the best places on Earth are to indulge in this manner of travel.

Be warned: You might not like the group you fit into, although it might motivate you to rethink your own holiday attitudes and behaviours, or give you an idea for a great holiday in the near future.

hat type of tourist are you

Sun Worshipper

A couple on a beachWe expect that most people will be able to relate to this type of tourism. After all, despite sweeping changes in the industry and the attitudes of travellers, large numbers of people still decide to take a holiday in a particular destination because the sun will be shining most of the time.

The sun worshipper follows a very particular pattern of behaviour during a holiday; they are the people that you see relaxing around the pool from dawn until dusk, and on the days they do move it is only down to the beach where they follow a similar pattern of inactivity.

Places to Visit: The beauty of being this type of tourist is that you can almost look at a world map and point to any country that has the climate you’re looking for. Depending on where you are in the world, it might not be necessary to spend a lot of money if all you’re seeking from a trip is the sun.

Consider Mexico, the northern coast of Brazil, and places around the Mediterranean, including politically stable nations in North Africa.

Action Seeker

Action seekers on the beach dancingThis probably isn’t going to be the description you expect to find under this banner. No, an action seeker is not someone who loves an adventure holiday or heads off looking for extreme sports, although we will get to that later.

An action seeker is the tourist who heads to a resort and becomes an all-out reveller, looking for the parties that are taking place around a locality, the best nightclubs, and organized events such as bar crawls and booze cruises. Throw in a very liberal attitude towards sex and drugs and you won’t be far away from the perfect fit when it comes to this description.

Places to Visit: We’re not about to feel like we’re naming and shaming any resort or country, and the last thing we would want is to upset a national embassy or tourist board and have ourselves blacklisted for life.

If you fit into this category yourself, you know the type of places we’re talking about. If, for some reason, you’re planning to be an action seeker, then a quick Google search will likely show you the best places to go.

Anthropologist

Admittedly, this sounds like we’re starting to get a little deep, thus moving perhaps from one extreme to the other. However, being an anthropologist doesn’t mean you have to have an impressive degree or any other qualification.

Rather, a tourist anthropologist is a person who takes themselves off to various locations around the world and immerses themselves in their destination. This tourist is probably the most likely to reject anything that is on offer from their homeland, and try out local cuisine, pastimes, and spend time within the community getting to know the people, and maybe even getting involved with farm work, fishing, or other traditional roles. An anthropologist is also likely to stay in a guest house or bed and breakfast facility, rather than an ‘all mod cons’ hotel or apartment complex.

J'irais dormir chez vous / I am going to stay at your place

Photo credit: Antoine de Maximy jiraidormirchezvous.com

Places to Visit: Three locations around the world really stand out for us in this respect. The Greek Islands is the first. Clearly, you need to avoid the islands that are known for sun and action seekers – no, we’re not naming them – and head to the smaller locations that are perhaps not even well known for tourism.

East Africa would be our second option, with community programs often operating in countries such as Tanzania and Kenya, where you can actually go and live in a village undergoing development and have some input yourself. Finally, consider the Patagonia region of South America. This area is very remote, but home to some great communities as well as simply stunning landscape.

Archaeologist

Archaeologist landmarks to visitDo we mean there is a type of tourist casually travelling the world, seeking fields and other open spaces so that they can try to dig up dinosaur fossils and discover hidden villages? Unfortunately, it doesn’t get that exciting, but you wouldn’t be a million miles away from the correct answer.

This is one of the simplest definitions to understand. It relates to people who love to visit museums and historic sites, and will choose a destination specifically with that in mind.

Places to Visit: Many places across the world have a rich history, so it really depends on your own interests and on what you are looking for. If historic ruins are what motivate you to get on an aeroplane, then Rome and Athens are two great cities to target.

For lovers of monuments and temples, the South East of Asia and countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam are excellent locations, while for those seeking outdoor history and heritage, the Aboriginal areas of Australia are must visit.

Mass Tourist

Mass-tourism-on-a-beachIf you feel that your holidays are stuck in a rut, then the chances are that you find yourself firmly in the ‘mass tourist’ category. This person perhaps closely relates to the sun worshipper or action seeker, but is more likely to be someone who travels with their families and younger children.

The mass tourist books their holidays at the travel agency, picking out the best picture from the collection of ‘Summer Sun’ brochures on the shelf, and indulging themselves in tour operator excursions and the buying of souvenirs – some might say tacky ones – during their trip.

Places to Visit: We were tempted to label this one places to avoid, but if you’re a person who enjoys a traditional ‘tourist holiday,’ there are many great locations around the world to head, depending on your current location and budget.

Thrill Seeker

Thrill seeker surfing Costa RicaWe promised you we would get onto looking at extreme sports, and now we have the real definition of what many would term an action seeker. This type of holiday goes far beyond mere action, and can range from a 100 miles an hour adrenaline rush down a mountain to discovering some of the most unique and exciting wildlife anywhere in the world.

Thrill seekers are more likely to book an adventure holiday, following adrenaline-fuelled pursuits such as skydiving and abseiling, but you can also group those who look for a diverse mixture of travel activities into this category. These travellers choose holidays specifically because of the adventure element; this is not your tourist who arrives in a country, sees something exciting, and decides “I’d love to try that.”

Places to Visit: This depends completely on what your interests are and what you’re looking to do on holiday. However, countries such as Australia and New Zealand offer a diverse range of options, and the varying terrain found across these nations means that you can do almost anything, from wakeboarding and swimming with sharks in the water to skiing and snowboarding down towering peaks.

That said, those countries can be expensive to get to, so if you’re on a tighter budget, you will have options elsewhere; almost every country has something to offer a thrill-seeker.

Explorer

Explorer backpacker on vacationMore than just enjoying discovering new locations, an Explorer embraces the challenge that can often come with travelling to such locations. Someone who loves backpacking holidays, for example, would be the perfect candidate for this category.

Explorers follow a range of holiday plans; they might have a pre-determined route or an itinerary, or they could ensure that they have enough money and an idea of hostels and places to stay, and then improvise as they go along.

Places to Visit: South East Asia is the modern day explorer and backpackers’ paradise. As well as having a hot climate and some stunning places to see and visit, getting around the region is extremely cheap, making it a potential holiday opportunity for everyone.

A little to the south, Australia is also a great place for exploring, and with emerging tourist trends there such as relocation campervans available to hire, getting around doesn’t have to cost a fortune there, either.

Jetsetter

Paris Jetsetter's padIf there is a type of tourist that is more aspirational than the others, then you would have to argue that it is this one. However, it can have the most barriers in terms of inclusion, as you often need a considerable level of finance behind you to be a jet set traveller.

Many people would consider a jet set traveller to be someone who bounces from place to place quickly, and while there is perhaps an element of truth to that, our definition focusses more on those who love to travel to and stay in the most luxurious resorts around the world, dining in high class restaurants, and partying in exclusive bars. They may also actively seek out the company of celebrities or others who have a similar budget or lifestyle.

Places to Visit: Think about the most exclusive places in the world, such as St. Tropez and Monte Carlo, and you’re onto the right line of thinking for a jet set traveller. However, there are notable locations around the world with a high concentration of luxury places to eat, drink, and stay. Our choices would be Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Paris, and New York City.

Seeker

Travel choicesWhat are you looking for from your holiday? If you’re a seeker, then your purpose goes way beyond your holiday, and extends to life in general. Yes, we’re starting to get deep again, but many people take a holiday in order to ‘find themselves’ or challenge what they already know about the world.

You might not have been a seeker when you first made a trip, but experiences as an anthropologist or an explorer could have turned you into one. To truly find yourself and qualify the way you feel about life in general, it is usually best to travel to diverse destinations where you can find contrasts of rich and poor, and where these different levels of culture clash.

Places to Visit: With that last sentence in mind, the three obvious locations someone who knows they’re a seeker should consider are Brazil, South Africa, and India. Peaceful places where you will find time to relax and reflect, such as Nepal or Tibet, are also be worth considering.

All of these will offer you great variety in terms of the things you see and the people you meet. Cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, and Mumbai, are all well-known – or notorious – for being places where you can experience wild riches in one location, and encounter extreme poverty just a matter of metres away.

Independent Tourist

We really don’t understand the stigma attached to doing things independently. Some people believe that ‘going solo’ is weird; we just think it is a great way to do your own thing and meet new people without having to worry about what anyone else wants to do. Independent tourism is ‘me time’ at its best.

This person does their own thing, and they will usually spend some time travelling popular resorts and destinations.

Places to Visit: Anywhere you want to go is really the answer here, although we would recommend you check travel advice and guidance for people travelling alone in certain areas, such as the Middle East and India, for example.

High End Tourist

Eagles nest sacred space villa new zealandWe won’t dwell on this point too much, as there are several similarities with the jetsetter. The big difference is that the high-end tourist is less ‘in your face’ about where they go, and enjoy the time spent in the destination for what it is.

This tourist is also more likely to be with their family, and looking for an altogether more rounded experience.

Places to Visit: The same as the jetsetter, but visiting hotels and restaurants that are classy and high-end without having an exclusive or elite label.

Drifter

Bella Vista Lodge Costa RicaIs this a type of tourism or is it a way of life? The reality is that it can easily describe both, however it is how one becomes a drifter that is perhaps most intriguing, because we can almost guarantee you won’t set out to be one.

How do you become a drifter? Generally, a drifter is an explorer or seeker, who finds themselves immersed in life wherever they have travelled to, and tends to stay there for an extended period, while occasionally moving from place to place. Drifters can make their money from short-term jobs such as bar work or helping out on a farm.

Places to Visit: As we said, it is unlikely you will set out to become a drifter, but you are most likely to do so in the popular explorer and backpacker locations we mentioned earlier, specifically South East Asia, owing to the relaxed way of life and considering how cheap it can be to get by.

Escapist

Mountain retreat. Escape from it all!You can perhaps be an escapist while fitting into many of the tourist categories we have already explored. We often say that a holiday is out opportunity to ‘escape from it all.’ An escapist embraces this fully, heading to remote destinations where they can relax in a peaceful surround, be it a quiet village, a beach hut, or somewhere in the countryside.

Places to Visit: This one comes down to your own personal choice. If we started listing places now, everyone would head there and it would defeat the purpose of wanting to escape!

Sports Tourist

Sport traveler on a golf courseIf you are someone who heads off on holiday to go cycling, meet other groups from around the world to play football, or head off with friends to play golf, then you are an all-out sports tourist.

Places to Visit: Anywhere with a reputation for great golf courses is worth visiting. The Caribbean is filled with beautiful resorts, as is Portugal and the south of Australia – Adelaide and Melbourne, in particular, are golf hot spots Down Under.

Educational Tourist

The academics amongst us will often take an educational holiday. This type of tourism often follows a person who has previously been an anthropologist or archaeologist, and can be used to describe a person either looking to learn a language, understand a culture, or discover why a particular place is the way it is.

Places to Visit: Anywhere you have an interest in and want to learn about!

Your Next Steps

Now that you know the type of tourist you are, or the type you would like to become, it is the perfect time to think about where you want to go on your next holiday.

Use our suggestions of places to visit, or perhaps think of your own based on the category you want to fall into, and explore the possibilities available. If you’re a different type of tourist from the one you thought you’d be, and feel you’re missing out on certain opportunities, then fear not, for you have time to put that right.

This article was contributed by Rob who is a keen traveler having a lot of fun and still trying to work out which type of tourist he is. This year, he plans to become an explorer, traveling across Australia and New Zealand with hired relocation campervans to take in the beauty and majesty of those two countries.

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