Travelling just wouldn’t be the same without these colourful characters. The beauty of embarking on a sojourn is that you never really know what to expect. From the food you’ll eat, the sights you’ll see all the way down to the locations you accidentally stumble upon, each connection that you make is an adventure in its own right and this definitely applies to the people you’ll meet along the way.
From the eternally selfie-ing couple to the enthusiastic newbie who went overboard on the packing, your travels are bound to put you in contact with a host of unforgettable personalities who will forever be ingrained in your memories.
See if you recognise any of them in the list below and should this inspire you to get back out on the road or finally embark on that trip you’ve been planning for so long, remember to first check out Saleduck travel to snag the best deals on flight tickets, tours, accommodation and more great travel offers!
The Frat Bros
These guys have devoted their lives to bicep building and crushing beer cans with their forehead. Identify them by their board shorts, muscle tanks, tribal tattoos and bloodshot eyes cultivated from months of killing it at beer pong at the local bars of the cities they’re currently cruising through. Loud and boisterous, they travel in packs and are unlikely to turn down an invite to the next Full Moon festival (heck, it’s probably the reason why they’re here in the first place) where they are likely to show up in neon body paint and a surplus of glow sticks. Mostly to jab one another in the eye with after pre-gaming it at the hostel prior to turning up at the festival.
The Worldly Wanderer
This is the person who has been on the road for longer than they can remember and have become fully acclimated to their surroundings. By sustaining themselves financially on a healthy diet of volunteering, work exchanges and strategic penny pinching, they’ve given up the pursuits of air-conditioning and 800 thread count sheets to fully immerse themselves into discovering the many wonders Mother Earth has to offer. From having the local lingo down pat to knowing which back alley dishes out the best Phở you’ll ever have the pleasure of sampling, the Worldly Wanderer is an encyclopaedia of entertaining travel tales, helpful suggestions and enlightening information. Plus points if they’ve also mastered the ways of the bum gun.
Basically the Worldly Wanderer but armed with a plethora of different apps and tech devices. Don’t be deceived by the harem pants and faded tank because hidden away in that burlap tote bag he or she carries is an iPhone 7 loaded with mesmerizingly efficient and obscure travel applications that can map out an entire journey for you, aggregate the cheapest hostel prices, book tours, convert currency and track your water intake. Chances are this person is an under-the-radar digital nomad who has been quietly running their super-successful organic smoothie delivery business from a guesthouse in Cambodia over the last six months but whatever the outcome, you’ll usually walk away from an encounter with this individual a little bit more tech savvy then when you first came in.
There’s always that one person who’s constantly whipping out their camera to capture everything that goes on. They’re the ones likely to almost get left behind during group expeditions while fiddling with the aperture setting on their DSLR and go missing from their bed at 5am in the morning to take pictures of the sunrise from the hill behind your hotel. Nothing escapes their lense and everything from a rowdy night out with other hostel guests that ended in you attempting to befriend a palm tree to breathtaking images of the temples of Thailand are stored in their Cloud. You sometimes want to snatch their camera away and beg them to just experience their surroundings but a lot of the time, you’re hankering after them to send you the images of yourself and your new buddy Jeff the palm tree.
The Enthusiastic Packer
The enthusiastic packer has overestimated exactly how many pairs of underwear he’s going to need and his luggage is nearly ripping at the seams from all the weight it’s carrying. And it’s a brand new piece of luggage. Guidebooks, hand sanitizers, toiletries and tent; there’s also a first aid kit shoved somewhere in between his raincoat and laptop charger. Over time the Enthusiastic Packer will evolve into the Deep Heat Diablo due to his reliance on pain relief rub to cope with the complimentary backaches he keeps getting from lugging around his bags. This will eventually lead to him giving away a fair supply of his belongings to fellow travellers in an attempt to lighten the load. The first thing to go will most likely be the bulk supply of hand sanitizers.
Have you met any of these colorful personalities on your travels? Or do you identify with any of them? Share your experience with us in the comments below 🙂