Traveling is an exciting, educational, and fulfilling experience. There are so many different things to do and so many different places to see. Someone’s thrill may be another’s terror but there’s a vacation for everyone! Here’s a list of 15 different types of vacations describing the pros and cons of each and identifying which vacation type is the best trip for you.
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First, let’s figure out what type of traveler you are. Keep in mind you can be a mix of many different traveler types but your current travel desires will dictate the type of traveler you are.
If you don’t already know, Taylor and I use points and miles to fund our travel adventures and rarely pay full price for a vacation. We started accumulated points and miles back in 2016 and never looked back. We even create a course teaching others how to do it!
Over the last 4 years, we:
If you’re interested in learning more, I am willing to schedule 30 minutes with me for FREE to answer any question you’d like about our past travel adventures, future travel, travel tips, etc and don’t worry it will not be my random assistant, it will be myself. Traveling is absolutely one of our favorite things to do and I want to encourage as many people as possible to get out and explore the world!
The 15 types of vacations outlined below are available to anyone who is looking to enjoy some time off. When planning your next vacation, you can easily combine several vacation types into one to create the ultimate vacation or simply keep it simple with one type.
If you’re on the hunt for the unknown, new places, new food, new cultures and new experiences than an international vacation is the vacation for you. An international vacation is perfect for someone who is open to new ideas and not afraid to try something they have never done before.
However, if you’re someone who likes certainty, not fond of far travel, and doesn’t desire new experiences than traveling internationally may not be for you.
We think an international vacation, is for everyone, whether your alone or with others, traveling internationally is an experience of a lifetime.
Traveling a further distance usually means it’s more expensive!
According to the Travel Channel, the most popular vacation locations in the world are Paris, New York, and Rome (all cities). What’s that tell us? City vacations are the most popular vacation type in the world and there’s a good reason behind that.
First, there’s so much to do in a city. There are historical sights, amazing restaurants, and plenty of activities all within walking distances of one another. Each city has something special and unique to it as well as plenty of tourist activities.
Similar to international vacations, city vacations are for just about every traveler. However, we don’t recommend families with young children to take city vacations unless you’re focused on museums, viewpoints, and bridges. Often cities vacations revolve around activities that appeal to a more mature audience since there are more activities for folks over 21 years old. For this reason, we only recommended 4/5 traveler types for this type of vacation.
One of the most popular types of vacation second to a city vacation is a beach vacation. When most people think of a vacation, they think of the beach, a relaxing getaway, toes in the sand or by the pool and a nice cool beverage in their hand, right? Well, that’s what you get with beach vacations, assuming the weather is nice!
For beach vacations, you can find a location that’s domestic or international, just as long as you find some warm weather. One of the most sought after beach vacations in the United States is a vacation to Hawaii. If you’re interested in going on a beach vacation to Hawaii, check out our Hawaii posts, that cover every island.
A beach vacation is perfect for every type of traveler looking to get out in the sun with their toes in the sand. Depending on the location some are more family friendly, some are focused on seniors, some are focused on couples and for those single folks, there are plenty of beach locations close to the party scene.
Similar to a beach vacation, travelers often picture themselves at a resort with a beautiful pool, water park, and more. A resort vacation is the ultimate getaway where you just want to lose track of reality, relax by the pool, get a massage, and simply pamper down. Resorts range in all shapes and sizes but generally have a similar purpose in mind, “How can we keep our guests here for as long as possible giving them a solution to any desire or need they have while they’re here”.
Resort vacations are available to just about every traveler. There’s a resort for all ages and interests, however, we find the majority of resorts are perfect for 4 of the 5 traveler types we listed below.
Solo travelers can certainly go to resorts, but we have found that they are more family-oriented or partner based. However, some resorts do offer singles week which provides special events tailored towards folks traveling alone who are ready to mingle. Here’s a quick google search to find the best resorts for singles and when they offer their singles week.
Similar to a resort, a cruise is a massive floating resort that brings you to multiple locations. Often more expensive than resorts, cruises offer the ultimate package of everything you can possibly imagine from an entertainment perspective. Cruises have water parks, casino’s, pools, live performances, comedy acts, contests, sports activities, zip lines and more. Cruises are great for folks who do not want to plan activities and just want to go with the flow.
Cruises are great for every type of traveler and there are cruises specifically designed for each demographic. A few examples of these are Disney’s family cruise, singles cruise, over 40 cruises, and more.
Road trips are for the more adventurous type of traveler, those who like to take control into their own hands and go wherever the road takes them. This vacation type can be planned or spontaneous and it’s within these vacations you can find out whether or not you truly enjoy another person’s company. If you want to test your relationship or friendship, go on a road trip together and stay in each other’s company 24/7 for a few days!
The type of road trip will dictate whether or not we recommend road trips for each traveler type. For the purpose of this post, we’ve identified two groups, one in a smaller vehicle (car/SUV/truck) and one in an RV.
If you are road tripping in a traditional vehicle, car/SUV/truck, then we recommend the following travelers:
If you’re road tripping in an RV then we recommend the following:
We didn’t include solo travelers for road trips because of the safety concern. In our opinion, it’s never fun to travel long distance alone especially in a short time period with a lot of driving. Although this can be rewarding going out alone, it’s always easier to drive with another person.
One of our favorite things to do is to visit national parks. In the past two years, Taylor and I visited 16 different national parks across the US and we recommend them to everyone we know. I think John Muir said it best…
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”
There is something special about National Parks and seeing them in person lets you appreciate the beauty of mother nature.
National parks have activities for all ages and every type of traveler. Most national park offs long hikes, backpack camping off the trail, group camping at designated campgrounds within the park, romantic dinners in the park lodge, and scenic tours where you can learn about the park’s history!
A common vacation type combined with a road trip is a camping vacation. Taylor and I often combine vacation types and commonly combine a road trip with camping at a national park (three vacations types in one). While living on the West Coast, we would happily drive 6-12 hours to a national park, make a pit stop along the way to eat at a local restaurant and then camp out for a weekend; we absolutely loved it. It’s always nice to get out into nature without phone service where you can unwind from reality and relax. We love to make a bonfire cook dinner and relax under the stars.
Depending on the location and campsite will dictate whether or not we recommend it for every traveler. On average, camping with friends or your partner is always a great time. Camping with a family with small children is difficult but can be done when you have all of the necessities readily available. Here’s our recommendation
If you’re camping in a tent then we recommend…
If you’re camping in an RV…
If you’re backpack camping out in the wilderness…
Group vacations often let you get the best deals possible when traveling. They can be relatively effortless to book with a preplanned itinerary and stressless if you’re content with going with the flow of the group! Many resorts, airlines, and activity providers offer group discounts when planning group vacations so this is a great way to take advantage of discounted prices.
Group vacations are great for every traveler, saving money and time and being able to vacation with others is a great opportunity to do activities you may not do on your own. We recommend group vacations for every traveler type.
Volunteering vacations offer the opportunity to experience a new location without trading money but rather trading your time. Many missionary retreats allow volunteers to help developing countries build schools bringing value to local communities while funding your hospitality while you’re away. This type of vacation can be very fulfilling and rewarding.
Since the majority of volunteering vacations are longer than a weekend, we did not include families for this vacation type.
The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. If you’re considering investing in yourself, consider making a vacation out of it. There are plenty of events available for just about every type of development path you’re looking for. A yoga retreat to improve flexibility, meditation retreat to get closer to your inner self, personal finance conferences, personal development conferences such as Tony Robbins – Unleash the Power Within and more. If the event requires you to travel to the location, simply extend a day before or after the event to experience the new place.
As mentioned above, there’s a personal growth conference/activity for just about everyone so we included all traveler types for this type of vacation.
Activity-focused vacations can be a blast with a goal in mind. This type of vacation is often coupled with other types of vacations to enhance the experience. An activity-focused vacation could be, a visit to all the wineries in Napa Valley (good luck, there’s a lot) or a cooking-focused vacation in Italy.
We excluded families from this vacation type since it could be difficult to rally up the kids and keep them focused on an activity for a number of days.
If you play any sports or you’re simply a fan then you should consider taking a sports vacation. There are thousands of tournaments available at all levels where you can test your skills against other competitors. If you’re a big sports fan, get in touch with your local fan base. I bet there’s a group that schedules organized away games where the away team fans make a large appearance.
While we were in Seattle we went to a Mariner’s game against the Mets and there was a large number of Met’s fans exploring the city and attending the game.
Sporting vacations appeal to every traveler available, as long as you are interested in sports!
Have you ever just needed a break from reality but not a getaway? Sometimes a staycation is a perfect match. Do nothing for the weekend and just relax on the couch and binge watch your favorite series or go to all of the local restaurants that you haven’t tried before. More often than not there’s something new to try very close to home that you’ve never done before. You’ll be surprised at what you find.
Staycations are for everyone! When the stress level is high, a staycation may be the perfect remedy. Every traveler type is the perfect fit for a staycation.
Like I said before, traveling solo can be intimidating at first but something you likely won’t regret once endured. Traveling alone can get you out of your comfort zone and force you to meet new people and experience new things. You can learn a lot about yourself and gain more appreciation for others.
No matter what type of traveler you are there is a type of vacation that is a perfect fit everyone. We have figured out a way to save a lot of money on our vacations using the strategies outlined in our FREE eBook on How to Find Cheap Flights as well as saving nearly all of the costs of our vacations through accumulating a rapid amount points and miles programs.
We hope this post helps you weigh out the pros and cons of each and helps you plan your next vacation.
The 15 types of vacations: