The wonderful thing about travel is how each experience can be unique and different. Just as each person is a unique individual, each traveler has their own travel style. With LeafCanoe, you can find leaves that suit all sorts of travel styles. From adventurous exploration in the outdoors, to a peaceful retreat on the beach, travel can be what you want it to be.
Over the past year, our expert LeafCanoers have created leaves that represent the wide spectrum of travel styles. If you’re looking for ideas for travel, they’re a great resource to start with. Take a look at these travel styles and see which one suits you the most.
Slow Travel – Dan McElroy
Do you enjoy living in the moment? Do you prefer to get to know a destination in depth, rather than moving quickly from one destination to another? For some travelers, going at a slower pace is the way to go. This means spending more time in a particular destination, and really understanding the ins and outs of that place. Or it can also mean using forms of transportation that aren’t as fast, such as cars or bikes. Dan McElroy from Searching for your Zen, knows this quite well. He spent several months road tripping around the United States, really taking the time to get to know the country. If you’re looking for travel experiences that showcase the ins and outs of a destination, check out some of his leaves, such as “Jaw Dropping Scenery at Glacier National Park” or “Washington DC – In A Day!”
Budget Travel – Laura Studen
If you’re not careful, travel can get pretty expensive, especially if you do a lot of flying overseas. Fortunately, travel doesn’t necessarily have to be pricey. If you love to travel but have limited resources, then you might fall under the category of a budget travelers. Budget travelers know how to get the most travel value out of what they have. Rather than staying at a luxury resort, they choose more simple accommodations like a hostel or a guest house. Instead of eating out every night, they occasionally cook dinners from home. And when it comes to choosing destinations, budget travelers will choose cheaper countries rather than more expensive ones. As a student, Lauren Studen, of Girl x Departure, has a lot of experience with budget travel, and her leaves focus on how to get the most out of a destination. Check out her leaves about Turkey, such as “10 Free Things to do in Istanbul” or her leaf about Bangkok called, “15 Things To Do in Bangkok.”
Intellectual Travel – Kathryn Damicone
Travel isn’t always just about the destination. For some travelers, it’s about learning the history of a place, or diving deep into the social and cultural aspects of that destination. Intellectual travelers enjoy the educational aspects of travel, the opportunity to enrich the mind with historical knowledge or a cultural context. These are the type of travelers who will spend months learning the language before visiting a new place, or who will immerse themselves in the literature of a particular country. At the heart of it all is the desire to connect with other cultures. LeafCanoer, Kathryn Damicone, also known as SocioKathy, loves focusing on the human to human connections that comes with travel. Her leaves, such as “Destination Dresden” or “Maui’s Must See List,” focus a lot on cultural exploration, so typical for the intellectual traveler.
Adventure Travel – Daijie Huang
On the other end of the spectrum is adventure travel. This type of travel is centered around people who love fast paced environments, and who love to test the limits of what their body can or cannot handle. Adventure travel oven involves activities that are physically challenging or are in a unique location. Those who love adventure travel are happy when they are doing things such as climbing hills, ziplining through a forest, or riding ATVs through the sand dunes. LeafCanoer’s founder, Daijie Huang, has traveled to some very exciting travel destinations with her family, and for those with a more adventurous travel style, her leaves are the perfect travel inspiration. Check out her leaf, “Visit Machu Picchu,” or “18 Day Kenya Safari Itinerary” for some wanderlust worthy adventure travel ideas.
Pop-Culture Travel – Toni Frazer
Like the intellectual traveler, the pop-culture traveler doesn’t always focus on the destination. However if that destination is related to something in a movie or a tv show, than the pop-culture traveler is sure to seek it out. These types of travelers are the ones who like visiting a landmark because it was featured in a film. Or they enjoy creating trips that are inspired by a movie, book, or tv show. LeafCanoer, Toni Frazer, of Enchanted Serendipity, loves visiting filming locations. Her leaf, “The Notebook Filming Locations” showcases several spots in North Carolina where the movie was filmed. Another leaf of hers, “Chicago, Illinois Filming Locations,” highlights filming locations of famous John Hughes movies.
Nature Travel – Amanda Tiffany
For some, the wonders of nature are what inspires them to travel. Nature travelers love exploring the natural surroundings of a destination. They are drawn to the beaches, the forests, the mountains, and lakes. They focus on the beauty that surrounds them in nature, and they love taking pictures to showcase this natural beauty. Amanda Tiffany from Gallivant Society, has plenty of experience with nature travel. Her leaves about Belize, such as “Explore the untouched beauty of Southern Belize” and “The possibilities for adventure are endless in Cayo, Belize,” all showcase the wonderful natural beauty that can be found during your travels.
Local Travel – Astrid Vinje
Like the slow traveler, those who enjoy local travel often opt to get to know one particular destination really well, rather than hopping from one destination to another. For the local traveler, the focus is on taking the time to live like one of the locals. Local travelers love activities such as cooking classes or city tours, because it gives them a chance to really get to know the local culture. They also enjoy doing activities like visiting a local park, or going to the city market. LeafCanoer, Astrid Vinje, of The Wandering Daughter, loves exploring the local scene during her travels. Check out her leaves such as “A Tasty Tour of Seattle” or “Day Trips From Seattle” for ideas on local travel.
Responsible Travel – Laura Fairbourn
Traveling the world brings with it a sense of social responsibility. Many travelers want more from their travels than just seeing the tourist sites. They want to leave the world better than when they found it. For the responsible traveler, travel is about making sure that your activities do not have a negative impact on the environment or the cultures of the places you visit. They love doing volunteer activities, and are drawn to destinations that exemplify sustainable travel. For LeafCanoer, Laura Fairbourn, of Grassroots Nomad, travel is about having a positive impact on the world. Her leaves, “Petra” and “Savamala Street Art – Belgrade,” offer a unique perspective to travel that focuses on understanding the local culture and history.
Every traveler has their own unique travel style, and LeafCanoe has a leaf for almost every type of travel style imaginable. Some of the travel styles not highlighted here include luxury travel, which focus on staying at luxury resorts and pampering yourself on your travels, and food travel, which seeks out to find the very best meal.
If you’re looking for inspiration on where to travel next, think about your travel style, and follow one of our LeafCanoe experts! If you want to become an expert, check out our expert program!
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