Sunday, 16 October 2016

Travelling: Are you a Wanderluster or a Sunluster?

I'm sure that most of you have heard of the term wanderlust. Wanderlust is the concept where you have a strong desire to get out and see the world, travel, explore, discover new places and have new experiences.

Another concept that you may have not heard of is sunlust. As the word suggests this is where you look for places to sit on the beach or lie on a boat. It is not all sunshine and beaches however because going skiing could be thought of as sunlust as well.

In summary wanderlusters seek experiences while sunlusters seek relaxation.

What does all of this mean? What has tourism got to do with introverts and extroverts and everyone in between?

Are sunlusters the introverts of the tourism world and are wanderlusters the extroverts of the tourism world?

I'll give you an example. My friend, a few years ago, travelled throughout Europe by himself. He is an extroverted character and he had a great time visiting the capitals of Eastern Europe and meeting lots of people. He is gregarious, outgoing, has a great sense of humour and is a good guy. So he had no problem meeting people, finding things to do and enjoying himself.

Me, on the other hand, I am definitely a sunluster. When I go on vacation I want to have a beach, a swimming pool, maybe a golf course and sunny weather. Is that too much to ask? I wonder if this has to do with my introverted nature.

Most people will say that they would like nothing better to sit by the beach and a pool for two weeks sipping on tropical drinks and blobbing out. Sounds good right? However, I am willing to bet that the extroverts of this world can only take this for so much before they get bored and would want to do some stuff.

My point here is that a couple of friends or a couple are going to have to realise that about each other. For an introvert, if they are holidaying with an extrovert they may get quite annoyed with the extrovert for never being able to relax and wanting to get out of that deck chair and do things. The extrovert will also get annoyed that the introvert doesn't want to do anything and is a bit boring. However, if they knew this stuff then their relationship would be more stable as they understood each other and for example if the introvert knew that they would be able to relax after doing the exciting activity then he or she would go along with it.

Even on holiday, the time when you think that you should leave all your problems behind, you need to be aware of your travelling companions and know what makes them tick so that you holiday can be stress free and you arrive back home refreshed and ready to take on the world.

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