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Traveling Tips For The Introverted
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
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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.