Before I really started traveling, I didn’t realize that there are so many types of travelers. I really thought that most people either travel for work, or travel for vacation/holiday.
Once I realized that there is this whole world out there of Digital Nomads and long-term travelers, I was intrigued. It makes sense too. We live in the technology age. Computers, apps and investment vehicles today are designed to help people manage their living and finances no matter where they are located. Anyway, here are the various types of travelers I’m familiar with:
Staying at a resort for a week while taking time off of work? That is a vacation traveler. These little getaways can be awesome and in high class, but usually they’re short lived. Then it’s back to the grind of normal life with another trip possibly planned 6 months away. These trips are great for families and kids because it gives the children a stable life with the added perk of seeing new places occasionally.
Airline pilots, flight attendants, military service workers and so on. These workers have a job that consists of constant travel. Often, they get discounted rates or free flights altogether. This can be a great way to travel and maintain a successful career. The only disadvantage is that you don’t always get to choose where and when you travel.
Traveling for a month or more with multiple destinations in mind? Long term travelers typically have sizable savings, investments or some form of work they can do on the road to finance their travels. I personally love being free so that I can travel when I want. These types of travelers typically live a life that a small fraction of the world is capable of experiencing. Our world is slowly making it easier for people to become long term travelers.
Backpackers tend to be minimalists. They travel with what they can keep on their person and in their backpack. There are a couple different ways to view backpacking: wilderness trekking or road tripping. Both are backpacking because they involve traveling light. Either way, I personally would never travel with luggage or anything I couldn’t easily throw over my shoulder.
This is the best “option” in my perspective, but I’m also a computer nerd and lover of all things electronic. I work from a computer and have since I was in college. It still sort of boggles my mind that 30 years ago 99% of workers had to go into a physical work place to complete their core dilutes. Today, that number is significantly different. In fact, many jobs can be done from a computer.
As always, if I’ve missed anything, please let me know! I always love to hear from fellow travelers.