I’ve been working abroad for the last 7 years, including the past 2 years on cruise ships. In that time, I’ve met hundreds of women from dozens of countries. Most of the time they’ve been pleasant encounters, especially when they share my love for travel. The interesting thing is, regardless of where they are from people aren’t as different as we make them out to be. There definitely tends to be common personality traits, and these are just 7 such types of female travelers I’ve encountered during my travels.

1. The Artist

The Artist is happiest when life is difficult, because then it’s a journey of self-discovery. For her, travel must be arduous and challenging in order to be meaningful. She’s the kind of person who would go camping by herself for an extended period of time, all in the name of her art.

2. The Researcher

The Researcher is an overachiever and approaches travel the same way she has approached her career. She is not only multi-talented; she has special powers when it comes to Google. She’s the kind of person who will buy the Lonely Planet guide, refer to Wikitravel and practice her foreign language skills at home. She’s the perfect companion to have if you are willing to let her take charge. In return, she will be your impromptu tour guide and teach you new things, like the intricate differences between Rococo and Baroque architecture.

3. The Ladette

The Ladette probably grew up with all brothers. She’s the kind of girl who will go one-for-one drinking with the boys at Oktoberfest and still be standing by the end of it. If she likes a guy, she’ll let him know. She’s also the mostly likely person in the group to be arrested for fighting with a bouncer or for public nudity.

4. The Princess

The Princess is a romantic at heart. She’s one of those girls who as a child, wanted to grow up as a princess. (Even though she’s now an adult, she may still secretly hope it’s a potential career path.) The Princess loves to shop, is always dressed to impress and one of those girls who can walk around a city all day but still look fresh as a daisy at the end of it. Her favorite color is pink and she travels with a suitcase rather than a backpack (possibly also pink). If you want any chance of her joining you out in the nature, you many want to suggest glamping instead of camping.

5. The Hippy

The Hippy will either be a vegetarian, vegan or a raw foodist. She was couchsurfing before there was even a website and has been to Burning Man at least once. She can teach you how to open each of your seven chakras. When she’s bored, she goes to the city to give Free Hugs to lonely normal people. Her favorite plan is to have no plan, ie. she is always late for everything.

6. The Socialite

The Socialite is a master networker and seems know everyone. She’s is always up for a good time, whether it’s to go clubbing on the weekend, a trip to Ibiza, or any other hedonistic holiday around the world. She’s like an energizer bunny and parties like there’s no tomorrow. Her energy is contagious but vacationing with her means little sleep and a few extra days needed for recovery.

7. The Indie Chic

The Indie Chic enjoys bohemian things such as obscure films and music, independently-owned cafes and visiting second-hand bookstores. Her pastimes include looking for the best sushi restaurant in town, shopping at vintage clothing stores and denying the fact that she’s a hipster.

So which one are you? And what other personality types have you encountered?


This post was written by Roy Marvelous, the first man ever to contribute a post to Travelettes! Roy is originally from New Zealand and has been traveling for the past 7 years. But better than any introduction from us is his own on his highly recommended (and dead funny) blog. Check it out!

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