Where You Should Travel Next, Based on Your Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on February 15, 2022

Planning your next vacation? Everyone looks for something different in a travel destination. From fun-filled, action-packed adventures to authentic cultural experiences, your personality type plays a big role in the types of destinations you’ll enjoy. Whatever you score on the Big Five personality test, or any other test for that matter, rest assured that there’s a perfect destination for everyone! 

Here’s where you should travel next, based on your personality type.

Extraverted Explorer

If you’re an Extravert, you’re probably an enthusiastic and excitable traveler. You’re eager to explore the best of what the world has to offer and seek out new adventures wherever you are. For this personality type, you’ll love destinations that offer a wide range of different experiences and opportunities from food to history to nature and everything in between!

Here are some destinations you might like:

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Sibiu, Romania
  • Mexico City, Mexico

These destinations are probably not the first places that come to mind - and that’s what makes them perfect for Extraverts! Head to these spots and hunt out new experiences that few travelers get to explore!

Introverted Vacationer

If you’re more of an Introvert, you’re probably better off traveling to calmer, more low-key destinations. Look for places that are good for solo travelers, especially if you prefer spending time alone. The best locations for Introverts are not over-crowded or overly hectic. They’re perfect for enjoying solitude and quieter activities and it’s easy to get out of the city and into the peaceful countryside.

Here are some destinations you might like: 

  • Cambridge, UK
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Vancouver, Canada

These destinations are known for being calmer than the capital cities. There’s plenty to see and do but you can also find plenty of chilled cafes and tranquil spots where you’re free to just be yourself and relax. 

Spontaneous Free-spirit

For free-spirited travelers who are always on the go, choosing just one location can be a challenge! You need destinations that are as unstoppable as you are, where the fun never ends and you are always just a phone call or a chance encounter away from an adventure. Look for cities that thrive on spontaneity and self-reliance. The best destinations for your personality type are ones where you can wake up at 3am or 3pm and still have tons of fun.

Here are some destinations you might like:

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • New York City, United States

These destinations are all about 24-hour adventure. You’re sure to meet like-minded people and have an awesome time. The best way to travel? Turn up and see what happens!

Committed Culture-lover

If your idea of the perfect trip is seeking out cultural experiences like museums, historic sites and authentic local cuisine, you probably score highly for Openness in the Big Five Personality test. People who are high in Openness tend to be creative, imaginative and enjoy talking and thinking about new theories. 

In this case, your ideal travel destination will depend a lot on your past experiences - if you’re a novice traveler, a European capital with lots of history is a great option for you. If you’ve already seen most of the best-known destinations in the world, it’s time to look further afield.

Here are some destinations you might like:

  • Paris, France
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • Muscat, Oman

The world is full of incredible places with incredible cultural experiences just waiting to be uncovered. These destinations are ideal for letting you get closer to the past - and the incredible writers, philosophers and artists who lived there. 

Planner in Paradise

Are you the type of person who loves having a schedule? Do you plan to the tenth degree and know exactly what you’re doing at every hour of the day? If yes, you probably score high in Conscientiousness. For this personality type, the best destinations are the ones where there’s lots to do. Planner personality types aren’t usually the ones who get on well in slow-paced destinations. They like to know the top spots to see and you can bet they’ll see every single one!

Here are some destinations that you might like:

  • Rome, Italy
  • Washington DC, United States
  • Kandy, Sri Lanka

It’s easy to set a full itinerary for these destinations and there’s no shortage of things to visit. It’s time to get planning!

Nervous Navigator

If you score highly for Neuroticism in the Big Five personality test, you might struggle to relax when you're traveling. If you’re often anxious or find you get stressed easily, it’s a good idea to stick to destinations that are more familiar and easier to navigate.

Destinations that are used to tourists are a good option for nervous travelers. You might also like to look out for countries where people speak your language. The other option is to travel with an agency or tour group where someone else takes care of the key details. This can help you to relax a little more.

Here are some destinations that you might like:

  • Dubai, UAE
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The Maldives

These destinations are all tourist hotspots. Most people you meet will speak English and they’re generally very safe for travelers. This makes them ideal locations if you’re more nervous.

Adventurous Adrenaline Junkie

There’s one specific travel personality type that’s easy to spot - the adrenaline junkie! These people usually score highly for Extraversion and it’s not hard to see why! If you’re this type of traveler, you’ll love any adventure that involves being active and getting your heart pumping. From paragliding to bungee jumping to white-water kayaking, you’re up for anything that involves a thrill.

Here are some destinations that you might like:

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Queenstown, New Zealand

Most of the best adventure spots are outside the cities so plan your trip with this in mind. Rather than booking a hotel, look out for guesthouses and camping spots close to where the action is happening! You’ll want to get up early and get out to make the most of every day.

Where should you travel next? Take our new What’s Your Road Trip Personality? to help you figure out your ultimate road trip!

Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and ghostwriter. She’s an anthropologist at heart and loves using social theory to get deeper into the topics she writes about. Born in the UK, Elizabeth has lived in Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Dubai before moving most recently to Budapest, Hungary. She’s an ENTJ with ENFJ leanings. Find out more about her work at bethharris.com

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.

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