This week’s photo is of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C; a place I called home for around 10 years and a location I included in an analysis last year of how your personality can affect the places you’ll most enjoy traveling to!
To me it’s fairly obvious that different people enjoy different types of holidays. It’s also fairly obvious (to anyone that’s ever travelled with a friend for the first time only to want to tear your own eyebrows out a mere 24 hours in to the trip) that traveling with someone who doesn’t have the same travel style and expectations as you can be frustrating for all concerned. That basic premise got me wondering if there was any way to ‘evaluate’ travel buddies and destinations to determine if they’re a good fit for you. After all, if you have limited work holidays and you don’t return after a long day at work to swim amongst the gold coins in your money vault (a la Scrooge McDuck) then it’s probably important to maximise the enjoyment and minimise the frustrations of any holiday you book.
And then it hit me. I’ve worked in highly politicised corporate office environments for long enough (lucky me) to have been subjected to personality testing on a whole host of occasions. With my limited knowledge of personality testing it seems possible that knowing both your personality-type and that of those you’re traveling with could help you work out the kinds of holidays that suit you and how you’ll get along when you get there. Of course in no way am I saying you should ostracise any friends that don’t match your personality (as convenient as that sometimes might feel), but it might help you get a better understanding of your friend’s and family’s travel preferences, and how to manage any conflict before the Disney security team get called to respond to an incident on the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride.
Nowhere on earth seems more fitting for ‘The Debater’ (ENTP) than the center of the political world that is the Capitol Building in Washington, DC . Sign up for a free tour of the Capitol Building to get a better understanding of the inner workings of democracy (although at the moment I’m not sure anyone really understands what’s going on). Once you’re done there the curiously intellectual ENTP will be delighted to know that the city’s Smithsonian Museums are all free!
Check out my full analysis and list of destinations here.