When was the last time you tried something new on your vacation? Even better, when was the last time you tried a whole new type of vacation? We spoke with our MBTI type experts and resident psychologists to talk about what activity might be the most relaxing or invigorating for each of the 16 MBTI personality types. Then, take the quiz here to find out more about your specific travel-style!
With spring likely on your mind, take a look at the suggestions by MBTI type below. Perhaps it’s time to book that wildlife volunteering project you’ve been thinking about since high school biology class?
Vacations To Try for Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type
ISTJ – WELL-PLANNED CITY BREAK
Research and organize a weekend away in a new city. It doesn’t have to be far away from where you currently are. Make sure every hour is carefully mapped out to get the most out of your vacation and honor your preferences for introversion.
ISFJ – COOKING COURSE FOR TWO
Whether you’re a gourmet chef or can microwave a mean plate of pizza rolls, taking a cooking class gives you practical skills that will benefit everyone. In addition, you’ll make some memories too by including a significant other, family member or close friend in your culinary adventure.
INFJ – CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT
It’s hard in this busy life to find time for being creative, but creativity is one of your strengths. Find a quiet space to explore your imagination and values. Let your inner creativity run deep on this type of vacation.
INTJ – READING WEEKEND
Life is busy and your to-do list never seems to end. Seize the change for a quiet, uninterrupted vacation. Give yourself the chance to use that sharp intellect to concentrate on books, ideas and theories. Whether you book a private AirBnB or send the kids away for the weekend, take this time to recharge and focus on your rich inner mind.
ISTP – TRY A LONG-DISTANCE HIKE
Take time outside, and preferably alone. Go at it with no imposed time tables, relying on rugged practical skills and ingenuity. You’d be amazed at the benefits of spending time alone in nature if you haven’t ever done it before.
ISFP – WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERING PROJECT
Enjoy the freedom to work at your own pace. Get in touch with nature and know that you’re doing something good and tangible for the planet. Extra points if your work gives you volunteer hours and you can use them towards part of this vacation!
INFP – BACKPACKING WITH A SOULMATE
Seek a relaxed setting to connect. You don’t have to be in conversation the whole time, but give this relationship (friends or significant others) a chance to reveal and share the meaning between you two. If you’ve never tried backpacking, you can rent much of the equipment from your local outdoor store and just do one overnight adventure.
INTP – SOLO FLY FISHING
IF you’ve never tried fly fishing, hear us out. You can match quiet contemplation with the complexities of the universe. Then throw in a few bursts of action when you catch a bite! You can go on a guided tour and wander a ways off from the group, or rent a pole and watch a few YouTube videos before heading out on your own. Give it a try – you might even find a new passion!
ESTP – SAILING THE WATERS
You probably like some adventure on your vacations and enjoy living in the moment. On your next vacation, try a sailing expedition. It will give you the excitement you crave while allowing you to deal resourcefully with the physical challenges that come with sailing the open waters.
ESFP – RIO CARNIVAL
You’ve probably had this on your bucket list for some time now. This time, make it a reality and dive head-first into the spontaneity and action of Carnival’s sun, fun and dancing. Not sure how to get there? Why not take a cruise ship over to the adventure?
ENFP – MUSIC FESTIVAL
Share your enthusiasm with kindred spirits in an open, idealistic, tolerant setting. Pick a festival you haven’t been to before. Just remember to bring extra TP, sunscreen and layers. And snacks are always a good way to barter for what you need if you didn’t remember to bring it!
ENTP – LAST-MINUTE BOOKING
Embrace the unexpected. Find variety and explore new ideas. You’ve probably wanted to book a last-minute adventure for a while, so why not start now? Cruise lines, air lines, and other group excursions often sell discounted tickets at the last minute to fill rooms/seats/spots. Whether it’s an Alaskan cruise or a Costa Rican surf camp, feed your need for the unexpected and take a chance!
ESTJ – TRY A CYCLING TOUR
Work out the route. Establish a stretching but realistic goal. Then join a group! When traveling, you can see so much more of the landscape by bicycle than bus or car. And you’re getting your cardio in. Whether you venture to Italy or just the next town over, challenge yourself (and your friends) with a cycling adventure.
ESFJ – FAMILY TRIP TO A THEME PARK
Plan the fun together and prepare for the laughter, warmth, and something for everyone. Whether that means carnival rides, sea life exploration or Disneyland, a family trip to a theme park will create memories that last a lifetime. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
ENFJ – VOLUNTEERING HOLIDAY
Be a part of a team who share your core values, and help make the world a better place at the same time. You might be cleaning a beach down in Florida, or serving at a local homeless shelter a few town away. Either way, plan to do some good for the greater good on your next vacation and you’ll reap the rewards. Bonus points if your workplace offers volunteer hours and you can use those as well!
ENTJ – ORGANIZE A GROUP SKI/SNOWBOARD TRIP
Research and select the best resort nearby. Then invite friends and family and enjoy the challenge of competition on the slopes. If you haven’t tried this sport before, many resorts offer discounted group lessons, especially if you go in the off-season. Grab your friends and start planning your mountain escape today!
If you don’t know your Myers-Briggs (MBTI) type yet, you can take the official assessment here. Also make sure to read about how to plan a vacation without frustrating your travel companions if you’re not traveling solo!