If you’re familiar with personality types, you’ve probably already heard of the terms “introvert”, “extrovert”, and possibly “ambivert”. For introverts, their focus is mainly on the internal, while extroverts are more focused on the external. Those that are introverted find themselves stimulated by solitary activities, while extroverts find more gratification through social gatherings. Ambivert is a term used to describe people that have both of these traits with different variations.
Going outside the comfort zone of “home” can be challenging for those more prone to introversion. For example, the writer of this blog post hasn’t left her apartment in seven days and is perfectly happy about it. But, for those of your braver than her, here are some tips to help you get enjoy your next trip while indulging in self-care.
Utilize Your Skills
Do you enjoy photography? Then volunteer as the trip’s photographer! Are you a great cook? Be the designated cook for the trip if you have a kitchen available! This may seem like a strange suggestion, but using your skills to add value to the trip, while giving yourself an activity to do that you enjoy can be beneficial.
Being the trip’s photographer gives you the ability to be a part of the action, while still giving yourself the ability to capture beautiful scenery by yourself. If you decide to be the trip’s cook, you have a designated time where you have an activity to do by yourself, keep your whole crew from being hangry, and are still being a part of everyone’s enjoyment of the trip. It’s also a great way to get everyone to stay at your accommodations rather than go to a restaurant if you need a break from social situations.
Take Time To Explore Nature
Nature is one of the best therapists out there. Taking a hike, even with a group, can help you recollect your thoughts and help you feel more centered. Are you going to an urban environment? Find a park or community garden. Even New York City has Central Park, where you can converse with squirrels or sit by yourself for a while. We also recommend finding Belvedere Castle where you can gaze at the small pond and take in the "whimsical structure".
Try and Create a Morning Ritual
Meditation isn’t for everyone, but this writer highly recommends it. Being around people can be overwhelming, so having a moment in the morning that allows you to ground yourself and set your intention for the day can help prevent exhaustion. Other options are having some tea or coffee by yourself while looking out the window of your hotel, take a walk for 20 minutes alone, or even let yourself lay in bed an extra half hour in the morning to let yourself reflect on your trip. No matter what, taking out a few minutes in the morning can make the rest of your day more enjoyable.
Keep Rocks in Your Pocket
"Rocks" can honestly be anything that reminds you of home or brings you comfort. As an introvert, you may not leave the house very often so going outside might not be your forte. Taking something with you that brings you comfort only has positives. Maybe don't take the four-foot tall teddy bear you have in your room with you everywhere you go, but a trinket or smooth rock that you hold when you feel anxious can provide relief.
Make Time For Yourself When traveling, going with a group can be tons of fun, but if you’re introverted it can also be incredibly draining. This isn’t about canceling your reservation for the wine tour, or that group cooking class. It’s just about making sure you make the time for yourself. After you go on that wine tour, maybe try to make it a “free hour” for everyone. While you’re sitting in your room reading your favorite book, the others can go to the beach. It may feel like you’re missing out on the “fun”, but even when traveling self-care is just as important as it is when you’re at home.
If you’d like to know what personality type you are, try checking out “16 Personalities” to take their free personality test. Let us know what your personality type is and if these tricks work for you! Did we miss something? Then tell us about it! When you start to feel brave, don't forget to contact us to plan your next journey today!
Written By: Jessica Robinn
Journeys Travel Company
It's time to book that trip you've been dreaming about all summer!
It's time to book those last minute vacation ideas during Norwegian Cruise Lines Super Splash Sale! Here are some details to give you some ideas for your next vacation. But be aware that you have to book before August 14th !
Choose between the free unlimited open bar, free shore excursions, free specialty dining, free wifi, and free sailing for your friends and family. The open bar offer promises to save you up to $178 a day covering spirits, cocktails, wine, draft beer, juice and soda! If you are more adventurous, choose the shore excursion offer! With this offer you'll recieve a free $50 Shore Excursion Credit per port, per stateroom. If you're more of a foodie, the specialty dining offer could be more up your alley. You can save up to $168 a day on your cruise depending on whether you qualify for the 3 or 4 meal package. Sometimes you don't want to log off and the free wifi offer would end up being a must for you. This alone will save you $125! Finally, the friends and family sail free offer lets your your friends and family come along with you. This is for select cruises only so be sure to double check that this one fits your needs.
What deal you get depends on what cabin you want. Book a Studio or inside cabin and recieve 1 offer and up to $50 to spend. If you go for an Oceanview, Balcony, or Mini-Suite you get 2 offers and up to $140 to spend. For the best deal, book The Haven and Suites to recieve all 5 offers and up to $500 to spend!
And did you notice that if you book with us you get an exclusive offer for an extra perk?
Now you might be wondering where you even want to go! Lucky for you, Norwegian Cruise Lines offers many locations that you can visit. Here's just a sneak peek into some of the places you could explore as soon as you hit that contact button!
More than twice the size of Texas, Alaska is the largest state in the USA, known as a land of vast natural splendour, abundant wildlife and few people. It offers unique experiences such as walking in unspoilt wilderness, spectacular cruising through the fjords of the Inside Passage, and frontier towns rich in gold rush history. Alaska's sense of undiscovered wilderness and promise of adventure is as prominent now as it was when it attracted thousands of pioneers in search of gold, fur, fishing, logging and oil. Today, this 'Last Frontier' lures travellers in search of unspoilt beauty and close encounters with nature. In fact, Alaska's three largest cities - Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage - are home to fewer than 370,000 people between them.
Choose from over 20 different cruises to visit the beauty of Alaska. Get away anywhere from seven to nineteen days there's sure to be an option that fits your schedule and your budget.
Australia and New Zealand
Australia is politically divided into six states and two territories, each one offering a different experience for the traveller. There is the drama of the remote 'Outback', the colourful spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef and its coral islands, the excitement of the big, efficient cities, the sun and surf at some of the best beaches in the world, and the tropical rainforests of Western Australia. The list is endless in this diverse land of adventure, which boasts about 2,000 national parks and 14 World Heritage-listed areas, along with more than 7,000 beaches.
New Zealand, 'Land of the Long White Cloud', is a small, sparsely populated country consisting of two major islands, North and South Island, and a scattering of smaller ones. Despite its small size it is crammed with magnificent natural beauty and has an incredible amount to offer; the only complaint travellers have is that they haven't allowed enough time in the country. Fresh air, breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities are the main attractions of New Zealand, with a tremendously friendly, honest and helpful population, colloquially nicknamed after their country's distinct symbol, the unusual but amiable flightless kiwi bird.
Australia and New Zealand are places that seem to be on everyone's bucket list. They have everything! Beautiful landscapes, cities with great nightlife, unique animals and plants, and amazing cultures! Choose from 10 to 19 days on the Norwegian Jewel during a time when visiting these amazing places won't break your bank account.
Bahamas & Florida
Graced with extensive beaches bleached white by the year-round sun and surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters filled with varied and colourful sea life, the islands of the Bahamas are a major destination for divers, sailors and sun-worshippers. Although often thought to be part of the Caribbean, the Bahamas is actually an archipelago of 700 islands with thousands of small 'cays' strung out in the ocean, starting 55 miles (89km) from Miami in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Sunshine State of Florida is a vacationer's paradise 365 days a year. Its climate, pristine beaches, and theme parks are all geared towards the leisure and pleasure of the millions of vacationers who flock in from around the world. Consisting of a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of the United States, Florida's uneven coastline is indented with estuaries, bays, inlets, lagoons and rivers, creating ideal enclaves for holiday resorts. Right in the south the peninsula ends in an arc of islands resting on coral reefs, known as the Florida Keys. These islands, which together make up the southernmost part of the United States, are perfect for all water based activities, like snorkeling, kayaking, and dolphin watching.
Can you believe that there are over 40 cruises available through this sale that can take you to these gorgeous beaches? We can't either. Take a quick 3-Day vacation or make it a 9 day excursion. Either way you'll be sure to have enough time to soak up the sun and revitalize yourself.
Britain's oldest colony, Bermuda, is a land of pink, sandy beaches, clear, turquoise seas and picturesque, old colonial towns. It is hard now to imagine that sailors once knew it as Devil's Island, but the combination of shallow waters and coral reefs caused many shipwrecks in the past, which contibuted to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, which stretches between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. Today, however, the reefs provide a wonderful playground for swimming, snorkelling, and diving.
For those of you needing to get away from it all, Bermuda is a great option. In the Atlantic Ocean away from it all, it's a great place to disconnect and recenter yourself. Take 4 days off work for that well deserved long weekend or take 10 days to become a whole new you.
Canada & New England
The vast nation of Canada, second largest country in the world, offers a range of experiences for visitors that are as wide as the land itself. From its large, cosmopolitan cities to its frozen northern tundra; its snowy mountain peaks to its rugged coastlines; and its rich farmlands to its pioneering outposts, Canada offers something to suit the taste of every traveller. Canada is bound to the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north by the polar ice cap, and to the south by the United States of America.
The Eastern Shore occupies more than half of the Delmarva Peninsula shared between Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, protecting the towns along Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Although linked to the mainland by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, life is much slower and sleepier on this side of the bay. Miles of country lanes and Chesapeake waterways await, while old wooden farmhouses and wheat fields, waterfront towns and fishing craft, lonely wind-rusted marshes and the sound of birds give the peninsula its charming character.
If beaches aren't really your scene, then why not try seeing Canada and New England? Both offer gorgeous landscapes and quaint destinations. Spend up to 12 days seeing charming towns, learning the history of the area, and exploring gorgeous forests. And don't forget that fall is coming! New England in the fall is famous for being one of the most beautiful ways to welcome the season.
First discovered by Columbus in 1493, the islands were known to the local Caribs as Karukera: 'the islands of beautiful waters'. French settlers arrived in the 17th century bringing with them disease - which wiped out the indigenous Caribs - and slaves to work the sugar plantations that were to be source of the islands' wealth for the next 200 years. In the 20th century Guadeloupe become an overseas department of France, enjoying French protection and economic support. The beaches are quite magnificent and remain the main draw card for the steady stream of tourists, the majority of whom are French.
With 98 cruises qualifying for this sale, you'll definitely find one that will fit your needs. With so many islands to explore you'll never have a dull moment but still have ample time to relax. Spend up to 16 days away in paradise.
Cuba could portray itself as the archetypal Caribbean island paradise, with its sandy, palm-fringed shores washed by crystal-clear waters and cooled by breezes carrying the scent of frangipani, mango and guava, but Cuba has so much more to offer than generic Caribbean bliss. Those who venture away from the beaches and resorts will find charmingly dilapidated colonial architecture and grand plazas, streets filled with classic vintage automobiles, and the hip-swaying sounds of salsa music filling the night air. Cuba is about cigar smoke and rum cocktails, baseball, and everywhere visual references to the 1959 revolution which still dominates Cuban identity. The largest island in the Caribbean has a dramatic history and a very distinct culture; it is the perfect destination for those in search of something a little different on their beach holiday.
Cuba is one of the Caribbean Islands, but it's worth mentioning on its own. One of our own travel agents recently visited and couldn't stop saying how special it truly was to experience. If you've been thinking about seeing this beautiful island, now is the time to see it.
There are so many things to say about Europe. With so many destinations that have inspired the world for years, it's hard to pick one place to visit. So why not go on a cruise to get a taste of as many as possible? Whether you want to visit the Mediterranean, Italy, Scandinavia, France, or the Iberian Peninsula there's a cruise that will fit you. There are 70 options available so one of them is sure to suit you.
Any 'Best Of' travel guide inevitably includes the Hawaiian Islands as the best place for sun, sand and natural attractions - the place to head for an idyllic beach holiday.Hawaii has some of the best beaches in the United States, each unique in its dimensions, shapes and hues. These sandy stretches are fronted by crystal waters teeming with tropical fish darting through forests of coral. Some of the world's best surfing and watersport opportunities are offered here and for those intent on premium sightseeing it is hard to beat the thrill of watching lava flow from the world's longest erupting volcano.
The cruises available all require you to book a full week of travel, but let's be honest is that so horrible? Not at all. Time to say "Aloha" to Hawaii.
Welome and thank you for visiting! I am a travel agent with a passion for good food, design, general craftiness...and of course TRAVEL. I treat everything in life as an adventure. Sometimes the journey is short and sweet and sometimes it's long and messy, but if we try to stay in the moment we can make most things enjoyable.