What’s Your Travel Style?
A personality quiz to figure out your traveling style.
Old World Adventurer
A species so rare we’d believed you to be extinct. Intellectually curious and a wo(man) of letters, you might have done an expedition or two previously or have it on your bucket list but what drives you is your genuine curiosity of new places and cultures.
Where you’ll be happy: Lake Tanganyika. Having played host to personalities ranging from Sir Richard Burton to Speke, Jane Goodall to David Livingstone, Lake Tanganyika is situated in a remote part of Tanzania with views of Congo on a clear day . Urbane Nomads offers trips to Lake Tanganyika, based in a rustic luxury lodge. From chimpanzee trekking (this was after all, where Jane Goodall made some of her seminal observations on chimpanzee behaviour) to a lazy day of cruising on a dhow over crystal-clear waters while being fed fresh sashimi, this remote place surely makes for a memorable East African trip.
Ethiopia. You’re not here for the big 5, of course. Far less developed than its East African cousins (namely Kenya and Tanzania), Ethiopia is known for its extreme landscapes – sulphur pools and salt formations that National Geographic dubs ‘the land that the Devil sowed’, an underground maze of churches and peculiar rituals of legendary tribes that involved the preservation of the castrated phallus of a rival tribe member in homes as a mark of being ready for marriage. Or make like Rimbaud and head for Harar, the fortified Muslim city where you can still find a man feeding hyenas directly from a stick dangling from his mouth.
Your spirit adventurer(s): Sir Richard Burton. A man of letters and a veritable polyglot (29 languages including Sanskrit and Arabic), Burton’s contribution to literature include the translation of Kama Sutra and 1001 Nights into English. Caught ‘writing passionate love letters to prostitutes’ at 15 and proudly admitting to having committed ‘every sin in the Decalogue’, Burton also attempted to find the source of the Nile, was the first European and non-Muslim to write a well-disseminated account of having visited the Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina under disguise.
Arthur Rimbaud: The enfant terrible of the French literary scene and one of the most colourful and renowned poets it’s ever produced, Rimbaud’s life was certainly more colourful than fiction, having by turns, been a child prodigy who stopped writing poetry by the age of 21, an adventurer and an arms dealer. You can find a museum in his honour in Harar.
While realising that there are limitations to what travel can do due to its transient nature, you are aware of the harmful consequences of travel and have consciously moved towards- dare we use the word- a more enlightened way of traveling, eschewing the operator that provides very little benefit to the local community in favour of one that works directly with them and with their best interests in mind, staying away from outfits that brand itself as ‘conservation projects’ while exhibiting all the red flags of being an exploitative one and generally, looking out for ways in which your travel decisions can benefit local communities and environments.
Where you’ll be happy: Working with a condor rehabilitation project in Latin America (Urbane Nomads can tailor one for you in Ecuador, where you ride on horseback to work every morning), whilst based in a beautiful hacienda in the picture-perfect Andean valley.
Kalimantan forests: Based on a cruise, you’ll be visiting an orang utan rehabilitation centre, swimming amidst pristine coral reefs and spotting perhaps, the rare proboscis monkey as you glide down the river in a canoe.
Travel Like A Humanitarian works with NGOs to incorporate tours with a conservation and/or social objective in mind.
Your Spirit Adventurer(s) : Jane Goodall Needing no introduction and almost synonymous with the study and conservation of primates, she’s one of the most vocal advocates of animal conservation today.
Alexandra Lavrillier : Children of school-going age from nomadic tribes in Siberia once had to spend months away from their families in order to attend school. By doing so, they lose out on both time with their families as well as cultural knowledge and practical know-how of surviving in the wilderness of the taiga. With the setting up of the nomadic school, schools travel with the tribes and children receive their education without losing out on being with their families and receiving instruction on the day-to-day practicalities of surviving in the taiga.
You know every pose, every destination made popular by key Instagrammers and the most Instagram-worthy resorts and cafes.
Where you’ll be happy: First place on that precarious looking cliff at sunrise, beating every other Instagrammer in the process.
Being on that first wave of Instagrammers to descend upon the latest Instagram-worthy spot in town.
Want to identify Instagram-worthy spots well away from the masses? We know more than our fair share!
Your Spirit Adventurer(s): Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer of photography and to whom the first selfie is attributed to.
A pre-Madame Bovary Flaubert: With his friend Du Camp, Flaubert journeyed through North Africa with a Calotype camera, setting up portable makeshift darkrooms in the desert to capture images of pyramids, tombs and ruins with the same kind of painstaking effort that Instagrammers take with framing a photo today.
You’re most comfortable in urban areas- shopping, visiting musems and checking out new restaurants and cafes.
Where you’ll be happy: In a bustling city, of course! Cultural attractions, a vibrant entertainment scene and lots of shopping.
Especially when there’s an event- Bull run in Pamplona? New Year’s Eve on Times Square or a demonstration in Istiklal Caddesi?
Urbane Nomads is handy when you need to tailor memorable experiences.
Your Spirit Adventurer(s): Amélie Poulain- the character that’s inspired many a tour in Paris.
The trio in Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à Part, covering the entirety of the Louvre in 9 mins 43 seconds, beating Jimmy Johnson of San Francisco’s 9 mins 45 seconds world record.
You’re probably an extrovert and love nothing more than the sun, the sand between your toes and the sea.
Where you’ll be happy: By the beach, surely!
Maldives for the marine life and sheer array of luxury resorts. For those looking to venture further, Urbane Nomads offers the sleepy Muslim fishing village of Lamu, exquisite islands in Seychelles and remote Indonesian islands.
Your spirit adventurer(s): Your best friend.
Driven by the same forces that compelled the first expeditioners (national and/or personal glory, the desire to do what’s never been done before), you travel with purpose- you train hard in anticipation of the expedition and travel is definitely not a recreational pursuit.
Where you’ll be happy: On expedition of course! If you’re not setting a record, then it’s a stepping stone or training for your record-breaking expedition. Urbane Nomads offers trips to Antarctica that are different from the ones based off a cruise ship. Departing on the same private expedition plane used by scientists and expeditioners, you’ll be arriving in a different part of Antarctica from the normal horde of tourists (or even expeditioners). Certainly the more challenging point to start an expedition if that’s what you’re after, due to the quicker increase in altitude, you can also get creative in setting world records while taking it at a more leisurely pace.
Your spirit adventurer(s): We won’t dare take a guess on this one. It really depends on your approach to expeditions- sled dogs or without, resupplies or without?
What would be your ideal mode of transportation?
What’s your favourite travel movie?
What do you do most weekends?
Where are you on the introvert-extrovert scale?
Where do you get your travel inspiration from?
Who’s your favourite travel instagrammer?
Which pair of shoes would you be?
Based just on the names of these teas off a menu, which do you choose?
Your airline of choice?
Your favourite travel writer?