In Part 1 of this post last week we took a look at how personality test results might be able to predict the types of holidays you might enjoy. That first post focused on the Analyst and Diplomat personality groups. This week we shift focus to the Sentinels and Explorers. If you happened to miss the first post (how very dare you) then you can take the personality test HERE.
The Logistician (ISTJ): Practical, Fact-Minded, Efficient, Reliable (Seoul)
Logisticians like to find time to themselves when on holiday (….so unsociable). They also love efficiency and reliability. The calming nature of Seoul’s grand palaces and the ordered efficiency of its transportation networks are likely to suit them down to the ground. Make sure you visit the tranquil Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces before hitting the shops and restaurants in Myeong-dong. If you’re looking for true seclusion then head to Bukhansan National Park to convene with nature.
The Defender (ISFJ): Dedicated, Structured, Protector of Peace (Switzerland)
Having secured its neutrality in the Treaty of Paris in 1815 I think it’s fair to say that there aren’t many nations more peaceful than Switzerland (don’t worry, you won’t often find me quoting dates of historical significance on this blog). The introverted nature of the ISFJ also lends itself to Switzerland’s outdoor activities and the solitude of hiking in the foothills. Of course, Switzerland isn’t exactly renowned for being for the budget-conscious amongst us; so just make sure you save those pennies well in advance.
The Executive (ESTJ): Dynamic Manager, Efficiency, Order (New York)
Dynamic and business-savvy, ESTJs are likely to feel right at home in New York. The efficiency and order of a grid-based city will probably also appeal to the structured mind of the Executive. Spend time downtown in the Financial District (including a stop at the New York Stock Exchange); head out on the Ellis Island Ferry to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty; catch the views from the Empire State Building; feel the buzz of Times Square…New York should easily have enough to capture the attention of an ESTJ for a long weekend.
The Consul (ESFJ): Caring, Social, Popular (Sweden)
Earlier this year Hostelworld commissioned a study that ranked Gothenburg as the most sociable city on earth based on openness, propensity to party and frequency of social events (surprisingly, London didn’t make the top 20…..in case you were wondering the word ‘surprisingly’ was inserted as a perfect example of British sarcasm). Anyhow, those results indicate that ESFJs should feel right at home in Gothenburg. Perhaps my photo (of the Gothenburg Archpeligo; easily accessible from the city on a half day trip) doesn’t quite evoke those party feelings; but I’ll guess you’ll have to visit and find out for yourself.
The Virtuoso (ISTP): Bold, Practical, Experimenter (New Zealand)
Apparently, even though they’re introverted, ISTPs love to experiment and love a good thrill. Based on that description where sounds more perfect than New Zealand, one of the true thrill-seeking capitals of the World? Start with a couple of days exploring Auckland and its surrounding islands before hitting the road; it’s the perfect start to a few weeks exploring everything New Zealand has to offer (including two of the top ten bungee jumps in the World).
The Adventurer (ISFP): Flexible, Charming, Explorer (Cambodia)
For the adventurer I had a number of choices but ultimately went for Cambodia. The main reason for this is Angkor Wat; where ISFPs can let loose their inner explorer and pretend to be Indiana Jones. Head away from the crowds of the main Angkor complex (although certainly do go and see it!) and you can still find relatively unexplored temples crumbling and covered in vines. You’ll also get the chance to see some of the best sunrises and sunsets anywhere in the World (other than Africa, obviously).
The Entrepreneur (ESTP): Smart, Energetic, Lives on the Edge (Overland Africa)
Although I’m not an ESTP, like an ESTP I’m one of those people who can’t sit still for more than 10 minutes. I love being on the go and want to maximize my time (after all, time off from work is limited so why would I want to spend it sat on a sun lounger). Seeing as much as feasibly possible on each and every trip is the primary objective. Overlanding is a great way to achieve this; you only spend a couple of days in each place (at the most), the journey itself is a massive part of the overall experience and you get to meet new people (with whom you’ll soon be talking about your personal hygiene at a level of familiarity usually reserved for your doctor).
The Entertainer (ESFP): Spontaneous, Energetic, Enthusiastic (Las Vegas)
Where else but Las Vegas could be described as spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic? The Entertainer should definitely feel at home on the Las Vegas Strip taking in the gambling, live shows and music and high octane atmosphere. Having gone through all 16 personality types its dawned on me that the only places I don’t have photos for are Amsterdam and Las Vegas even though I’ve visited both on multiple occasions. I wonder what that says about me.
I’d love to get your feedback on whether you think your suggested travel destination fits your personality and alternatives to my suggestions in the comments section below.