What Kind of Vacationer Are You?

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Have you ever been on vacation with your family? Have you ever been on a vacation with extended family members, or maybe just another family you are friends with? It’s so funny when think you know someone and then you discover that they are a completely different kind of vacationer then you are. Let me explain.
I was reading some articles on the P&Geveryday website and happened a cross a quiz entitled “What kind of vacationer are you?”. I was curious what it was about so I clicked over to read. The quiz is simple, it contained four questions. After you take the quiz you get results that tell you what kind of vacationer you are. The four possible results are:

  • The Itinerary Queen
  • The Easygoing Mama
  • The Daring Adventurer
  • The History Buff

The quiz results proclaimed me an Easygoing Mama. I gave it some thought and in the end decided that probably was the best choice for me. I am an easygoing person. I like a vacation with some activities, but also some downtime for rest and relaxation. I’ll jot down the things I really want to do and do those at the appropriate time when I get there. While spending time laying on a beach would probably be nice, it isn’t something I’ve been able to do in years. Sometimes while traveling I like to sleep in a little. Maybe put my feet up and read a little. I like to do things but for something I prefer to keep it loose. Footnote – we don’t travel travel much. For this post let’s just presume I’m talking about travel by car within six hours or so. If we were to go to let’s say a destination or a resort or somewhere exotic I’d cram as much as I could into that trip!
My Dad and brothers often say I am just like my Mom. Trust me, when it comes to vacations, I am not like my Mom.
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My Mom likes a busy vacation. We’ve vacationed with her a number of times. There were times in the past where she’d actually make up an itinerary and hand it out. I kid you not. She’s like a cruise director. Or a warden. Maybe a hybrid cross between both. There were a couple of family vacations that we all said we needed a vacation from the vacation! There was one vacation where after we got home I swore I wouldn’t vacation with her anymore. Of course that didn’t happen. I thought better of things and came to my senses. I can’t blame my Mom for wanting to have fun and do stuff while she’s away. God, when I’m in my 70s like her I hope I have the energy she has! I have come to respect my Mom as a person over the years. In retrospect I know now that she tried to cram our vacations full of stuff because she wanted us to have experiences to remember and share years down the road.
Maybe itineraries are the way to go…..
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What kind of vacationer are you?

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14 comments

Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 28, 2014 - 3:59 pm

I am the planner. I make lists & agendas, so I know exactly where we are going and what we are doing.

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aimee fauci June 28, 2014 - 4:05 pm

I am a planner and let’s get in every moment kind of vacationer and then I kick myself at the end when we are too tired to have enjoyed parts of the vaca!

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Amanda @ Growing Up Madison June 28, 2014 - 4:16 pm

I am so the easy going mama. I don’t really plan anything, I just wing it and if there’s something that everyone wants to do that day, we do it. Take it easy, after all we’re on vacation. 🙂

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Amber NElson June 28, 2014 - 9:29 pm

I am definitely the easy going mama! I like to enjoy vacation.

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Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM June 29, 2014 - 12:22 am

I am a hybrid between planner and easy going. I like to have structure, but don’t like pressure. Vacations are to relax, not to stress out. LOL

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Marya June 29, 2014 - 11:27 am

Love your blog title!! I’m a combination of planner and easygoing. It makes it so much easier for everyone if I’ve done all the planning ahead of time! Though as the kids get older, it’s easier to be more spontaneous and easygoing!!

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Rosey June 29, 2014 - 11:37 am

I am a bit of all of the above. I love vacations, and there are certain things I usually want to see, but I’m very laid back too. I want everyone to enjoy themselves, and we most always do. 🙂

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Coolchillmom June 29, 2014 - 11:47 am

I am a little of everything. I guess it depends on what the purpose of the vacation is

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Pam June 29, 2014 - 5:31 pm

I went to the site and took the test and I am an Easy Going Mama too. I am at this point in my life but I am not so sure I was 20 years ago. I was more of a list maker and wanted things to be organized but fun.

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Debi June 29, 2014 - 8:54 pm

I am easy going and pretty much go with the flow of it all.

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Chelley @ A is For Adelaide June 29, 2014 - 9:15 pm

When I took the test, I answered one of each… of course. LOL. I love a good schedule, but I plan around naps and always schedule downtime and some history- so we learn SOMETHING… while enjoying the fact that a vacation is for relaxing and a fancy night out! A little taste of everything!

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pat.navymom June 30, 2014 - 7:25 am

Quiz results show that I am easy-gooing with an itinerary and appreciation for history not adventure. I know me enough to know I do not go away to pay for a room to stay in only to relax as I do do that more comfortably and economically at home. I learned the value of an itinerary on my first grand trips where I wasted time and energy going in circles back and forth. I also learned the lay of the land to find things we all liked and could share together or, at least, take turns when things conflict.

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Anna June 30, 2014 - 7:45 am

I’m very much like you. We usually just take day trips, so the plan is to get there and enjoy what’s offered, but not to stress if we can’t do everything. Usually it’s a free activity we’re enjoying anyway, so we can always go again another day.

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Jon July 2, 2014 - 9:31 pm

We have no agenda. Usually, each of us has an idea of what we want to see, but our family has an understanding that we get to what we can and we try to stay flexible. We hate the checklist style, does not sound like fun at all. We have kids with special needs who get overwhelmed easily, so flexibility is really key.

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