by Ellen Barone
Knowing yourself can help you have a better time on your next vacation. Take this quiz and discover if adventure travel is in your future.
1. The unknown:
a. Totally freaks you out, you'd never leave on vacation without a plan.
b. You're okay with leaving some parts of your vacation up to serendipity, but you rely on favored brands, respected providers and trusted resources for the core essentials.
c. Your dream is to buy a round-the-world-ticket and embrace the unknown with wonder, awe and ingenuity.
2. Cultural differences:
a. In theory, you're fine with different. In reality, you're much more comfortable when you know what to expect.
b. A little goes a long way. You sprinkle your daily dose of different with a dash of the familiar.
c. Where others see differences you find commonality. The ability to suspend judgment is just built into your DNA.
3. Taking risks:
a. Flinging yourself out of airplanes, running river rapids, or summiting thin-air mountain peaks is your idea of crazy. No way. No how.
b. Sure, you're willing to challenge yourself and push the boundaries of your comfort zone. But only with the guidance and support of those with proven track records for success and safety.
c. You inner adventurer is willing to try nearly anything at least once.
4. Travel tech:
a. Wherever you go, the techy toys go too. You wouldn't dream of leaving home without your smart phone loaded up with the latest travel apps, digital camera, laptop, iPod, Kindle, etc. The more the merrier.
b. You like and use technology as much as the next guy, but you view gadgets as just another travel tool.
c. To leave the technological tethers at home is WHY you travel. You abhor any device that keeps you connected to the 'real world.'
5. Trip planning:
a. Your favorite way to prepare for a trip is by reading up on the destination. Guidebooks, travel magazines, novels, classics, Trip Advisor, you name it. You know more about the place than the locals by the time you leave home.
b. Your intentions are good. You have the bulging files of dog-eared articles, restaurant reviews and well-thumbed coffee table books to prove it. Thing is, that's as far as it goes.
c. You're a purist and purposefully avoid reading about the opinions and experiences of others. There's little you enjoy more than discovering a place with an open mind and fresh eyes.
Scoring: Add up the total value of your answers i.e. One point = 'a' response; Three points = 'b' response; Five points = 'c' response.
If your score is:
• Less than 10: TAKE A FLYING LEAP. You NEED an adventure. Please go somewhere now.
• 10-15: JUST SAY YES: You're ready, willing, and able but far too busy putting the needs of others above your own. Get out there more.
• 16 -20: LIFE IS GOOD: Your bags are packed. Passport's ready. You're already living life to the fullest. Where to next?
• 21- 25: ROCK ON: You're already living with the deliberate intent to enjoy the view. We applaud you!
Travel expert Ellen Barone did what many of us only dream of doing: at the age of 35, she traded a successful academic career for the wild blue yonder and set out to explore the world and herself. In the dozen years since that intrepid decision, she has turned passion into profession, journeying to more than 60 countries in search of evocative images and life-enriching adventures. Learn more at EllenBarone.com