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If you’re at a loss for where to take your next vacation, perhaps your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help point the way.
Developed by mother-daughter team Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, as inspired by noted psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, the four-letter formulas are a shorthand way of describing … well, you.
The 16 different personality types draw from four areas: extroversion (E) or introversion (I); sensing (S) or intuition (N); thinking (T) or feeling (F); and judging (J) or perceiving (P).
Take an informal version of the MBTI test online here. Then, scroll through for a travel suggestion based on your personality type … but don’t be surprised if a vacation idea aligning with another might inspire you, too.
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Nickname: The TeacherYou’re an extroverted, people-focused individual who is empathetic and highly in tune to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. You are great at organizing people and drawing the best out of them.
Travel Suggestion: South AfricaYour empathy for all living creatures would shine in South Africa. Start in Cape Town, then venture to Krugar National Park, where you’ll spot the Big Five, and wear that “teacher” hat while gabbing with fellow safari goers. Finish the journey volunteering at an animal conservation park or local school, to grow your understanding of the country while tapping your ability to motivate others.
Nickname: The CounselorYou’re an idealist who thinks deeply and differently about the world. Often seen as quiet and mystical, you know how to creatively nurture and inspire others through personal challenges.
Travel Suggestion: BaliTap your inner mystic with a trip to Bali. Settle into the town of Ubud, a globally renowned center for spiritual retreats focused on yoga, meditation, and energy work. Visit the enchanting Ubud Monkey Forest to draw inspiration from its mischievous, and spiritually significant, inhabitants swinging from the trees (and sometimes perching on the shoulders of visitors).
Nickname: The ChampionYou’re a warmly enthusiastic and imaginative free spirit with unique individuality and a disdain toward the routine and cookie-cutter. You’re a doer who craves experience.
Travel Suggestion: IcelandYou’ll appreciate the quirk and creative thoughtfulness of Iceland, especially the capital city of Reykjavik, where art-and-design eye candy and a wildly irreverent music scene are anything but cookie cutter. It’s also home to puffin-watching cruises, tours centered around elves and trolls, and one of the world’s most unique and, ahem, well-endowed museums: The Icelandic Phallological Museum.
Nickname: The HealerYou’re a gentle soul who is reserved yet very curious and capable of helping people fulfill their potential. Your curiosity and propensity for daydreaming make you an imaginative individual who seeks deeper meaning in life.
Travel Suggestion: Riviera MayaSlip away to an oceanfront sanctuary in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, such as Maya Tulum Resort. Here you can cultivate a deeper connection to yourself (and strengthen your ability to provide guidance to others) with daily yoga classes, healthy meals, and a local shaman who guides open-minded resort guests in onsite Temazcal ceremonies, a way to further explore the deeper meaning in life.
Nickname: The MastermindYou’re an independent thinker with a plan for everything; uncertainty is a no-go for you. Comfortable with alone time, you enjoy engaging in a thoughtful, logical study of the world around you.
Travel Suggestion: JapanIn Japan, you can experience and observe a culture where thoughtful order is baked in. Participate in tea ceremonies, ride the shinkasen high-speed train from Tokyo to Kyoto, and watch as skilled sushi chefs expertly craft a meal. Joining a structured tour will sate your innate desire for a pre-planned itinerary.
Nickname:The ArchitectYour unrelenting logic makes you an expert at picking up patterns and reading people. With an interest in ideas and theory over social interaction, you enjoy environments that stimulate your creative genius and analytical insight.
Travel Suggestion: New York CitySpend your trip exploring the diverse museums of New York City to learn, to question, and otherwise engage that brilliant mind of yours. Lectures, panels, readings, and special installations can be found at museums such as the MET, the Rubin Museum, and the Museum of Sex … as there is a museum for almost everything in New York.
Nickname:The CommanderYou are a “take charge” type who doesn’t like to sit still. A natural-born leader with a skill at managing others, you are boldly determined to find opportunity amidst every challenge.Travel Suggestion: IrelandOrganize a road trip through Ireland with some of your favorite loved ones. It’ll tap your expertise at organizing and managing, and you’ll be welcomed into a country where activities and attractions abound—from exploring castles and sheep-laden countryside to experiencing good craic at local pubs.
Nickname:The DebaterYou thrive around others and love a spirited debate, allowing logic to rule over emotion. Curious and clever, you’re a “big picture” thinker-innovator who is bored by routine and values flexibility and spontaneity.
Travel Suggestion: FranceHead to France for a cycling tour through either the Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, or Alsace wine regions. Travel at your own pace exploring world-renowned vintages, gorgeous countrysides, rich history and a “joie de vivre” culture that aligns with your spirit. You’ll enjoy discussing (and “debating”) your favorite wines at vineyard stays along the journey.
Nickname:The PerformerYou are the life of the party, with an exuberance and curiosity about people and the world around you.
Travel Suggestion: Rio de JaneiroTime a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the winter Carnival season. The colorful festivities and nonstop celebrations, accented by feathers and beads (which you’ll most likely don), feed into your life-of-the-party persona.
Nickname:The ComposerQuiet and unassuming, you live for the present moment and embrace the wisdom that comes with life experience.
Travel Suggestion: Banff National ParkDraw inspiration for whatever you’re “composing in life” with some time in nature, a la Henry David Thoreau. Hiking and reflective solitude in any U.S. National Park will feed your soul and desire for personal space, but consider heading to Banff National Park in Canada, where true wilderness lodges offer ideal spots to experience life in the now, without cell phone and WiFi distractions.
Nickname: The CaregiverYou are the quintessential social butterfly who loves to gather people together. Warmhearted, cooperative and helpful, you go the extra mile to make sure those around you are happy and feel valued.
Travel Suggestion: Phuket, ThailandAllow yourself to be pampered and cared for—after all, you need to nourish yourself if you’re to have energy to nourish others. Head to the island of Phuket and splurge on Six Senses Yao Noi, where white-sand beaches nestled within a lush, tropical setting will foster a rejuvenating vacation for YOU.
Nickname:The ProtectorYou’ve got a heart the size of the sun. Extremely sensitive to other people’s feelings, you exude a generosity, harmony and desire for cooperation that inspires those around you.
Travel Suggestions: JamaicaA trip with a voluntourism angle will tap your always-on generous spirit. Stay in Montego Bay at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, where you can balance fun-in-the-sun with volunteering time at a local school “adopted” by the resort.
Nickname: The CrafterYou’re a logical, curious soul with a knack for creating, troubleshooting and experimenting. You like to get your hands dirty and explore with your hands and eyes.
Travel Suggestions: ItalyTake your love for experimentation into a culinary vacation in Italy, basing yourself in either Rome, Sicily or the Positano region, where vacation cooking schools are popular. In between visits to ancient ruins and cafes, you’ll cook recipes from local chefs to take back home—souvenirs you’ll continue to perfect in your own kitchen.
Nickname: The PromoterAn energetic thrill-seeker, you’re a sociable learn-by-doing type with a focus on the here-and-now.
Travel Suggestions: New Zealand Experience the thrills that come with a New Zealand road trip. Rent a car (or even better, a luxury camper van) and tour the North and South Islands, beginning in Auckland. Move at your own pace, indulge in spontaneity amidst natural beauty, and weave in adrenaline-pumping adventures in nature (like bungee jumping, sky-diving, sea kayaking and ZORB-ing.) that add to New Zealand’s popularity for thrill-seekers.
Nickname: The InspectorYou value order, logic and tradition. Although this can sometimes come across as serious and stuffy, you know how to have fun—you just want to be practical and responsible about it!
Travel Suggestions: LondonTake a trip to London, a city whose refine and polish suit you. The highly efficient London Tube can be your chariot as you live out British history and traditions across the city. Visit Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, the Tower of London for stories about royal beheadings and to ogle the Crown Jewels, and The Ritz London for one of the world’s finest High Tea experiences.
Nickname: The SupervisorYou know how to get things done. Organized, practical and decisive, you have a profound ability to put plans into action, and do it in a way that you believe is right and socially acceptable.
Travel Suggestions: HawaiiGo island hopping in Hawaii. Pick a few islands (Big Island, Maui and Lanai perhaps?) and organize a fabulous DIY trip. You’re an expert at managing details, so putting together an epic itinerary that includes luaus, whale-watching and driving the Road to Hana should be easy to design—and implement. You’ll effortlessly handle any last-minute revisions while sipping a Mai Tai poolside at your oceanfront resort.
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