Travel stress tips for extroverts and introverts highlights the differences between two personality functions while bringing an understanding of both types. Hopefully, the tips below will provide you with some much-needed insight to keep your holidays merry and bright, and not like a scene from Home Alone, a satire on the holidays and the roles we play.
A Few Misconceptions About Extroverts and Introverts
Please understand no one is 100% an introvert and vice-versa. Many of us fall somewhere in between, which makes classifying all introverts as shy, wrong and all extroverts as confident, wrong. Here are a few more misnomers:
- Not all extroverts are up for large crowds and mingling with people 24/7 some, not all, will need downtime
- Some extroverts need a timeout when feeling stressed, and require alone time; listening to music, or being in nature
- Sometimes extroverts will make time to listen to their body; to meditate, take a nap, a yoga class or drink more water…
- When feeling overwhelmed some extroverts need a change of scenery; a visit to a local museum, a weekend getaway…
- Exploring new environments resonates with several extroverted Myers-Briggs® types as did being in nature
- Not all introverts are shy and timid; some will even fool you into believing they are extroverts
- Sometimes a walk to somewhere new; a change of scenery can be very therapeutic
- Introverts will benefit from self-care as many are so busy taking care of others they neglect themselves
- Seeking a friend that you trust, who can sit with you, without a lot of judgment, advise or criticism, is often helpful
- Canceling non-essential plans can help decrease stress and overwhelm; this may be a good call both introverts and extroverts; especially during the holidays
Travel Stress Tips for Extroverts and Introverts
According to Carl Jung, the godfather of psychology, he claims that the division between extroverts and introverts is the most crucial distinction between people because it describes the source, direction, and focus of a person’s energy. As we celebrate the season, I wanted to present these tips to bring an understanding of these two functions to avoid stress and anxiety that can often escalate while on holiday.
Travel Stress Tips for Extroverts
- Going to the same old haunts; grandma’s house, a resort or holiday destination may create stress for the extrovert who seeks stimulation and exciting activities. Know that an extrovert will want to stir things up and expand on the tried and true.
- Scheduling for extroverts can be exhausting as their personality lends itself to a more carefree, open-ended approach; try and keep a few plans flexible for this type; and who knows it may be the most exciting part of the holiday getaway!
- A lack of social events, parties, get-togethers or being away for a weekend in a cabin with zero social interaction may cause anxiety for extroverts who like to be in the middle of it all. If this is the case prepare them ahead of time as they may try and find short escapes to keep them sane.
- Many extroverts don’t like to depend on someone; so respect their desire for independence which helps alleviate stress
Travel Stress Tips for Introverts
- Overstimulation can cause significant stress for introverts especially during the holidays when overstimulation is the norm; be forewarned as they are likely to withdraw
- Unpredictable conditions can also provide anxiety for introverts who typically prefer routine and order
- Spending time in a crowd is fine but stress will ensue if an introvert doesn’t get time to recharge and rest. For them, alone time is as restorative as sleeping or as nourishing as eating.
- Hurrying an introvert will only frustrate them, they need time to think. Tip: give them a 15-minute warning to finish up what they are doing you’ll both be all the happier for it.
How it All Began
I’m a curious creative and when something piques my curiosity, I can’t help but dive in to see where it all leads. I’ve been fascinated with personality typing for decades, and this fascination has led me to a new idea. I’ve discovered a useful way to apply personality typing to travel. There are 16 travel personality types in total inspired by Jung, Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. To learn more about how this all began, click here.
My dream is to develop a growing community of like-minded travelers who seek to know more about the 16 travel personalities. You the traveler are the heart and soul of this community, and I will rely on you to contribute reviews on recent vacations, staycations, attractions visits and more. It will be a wonderful community, full of honesty, fun and genuine insights about real-world destinations.
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My goal is to revolutionize the way we plan a vacation and to help you have happier experiences, sexy sojourns, and memorable family vacations once you arrive at your dream destination. Travel, be safe, and enjoy getting to know your genuine travel personality!