They say the destinations you travel to says a lot about your personality. Just think about it: if you’re an easy-going person you may prefer a relaxed beach destination to an adrenaline filled vacation. And perhaps if you’re arty and inquisitive, you may want to visit a place that’s known for its architecture or strong design culture. There is indeed something to be said for the destination that tickles your fancy; and with that being said, let’s take a look at the four fundamental personality types, and find the ideal destination for each.
Personality type: Sanguine
Temperament: enthusiastic, active and social
If you consider yourself an extrovert; thriving on social interactions and enjoying nothing more than being the centre of attention, then it’s highly likely that you fall under the category of ‘Sanguine’. Sanguine’s love people, they are the social butterflies of the world. While they’re happy to interact with anyone and everyone they come into contact with, they seek deeper meaning to their interactions and gravitate towards people that are storytellers. Sanguines enjoy sharing their experiences and love to hear others’ too – this is their favourite way to connect. They strive to learn from others and hear their perspectives on life and the world; and find it incredibly thrilling when they share the same views as those they come into contact with. They may come across as bubbly, chatty and outspoken (and they are), but it’s all for a greater purpose. Sanguine’s are also known to enjoy their comforts; they are attracted to the luxury life and certainly know how to enjoy the finer things in life.
Destinations fit for Sanguines: Experiential vacations where they’re able to learn more about the intricacies of life and the planet, without compromising on comfort and luxury. They would also prefer places that have a strong focus on social interactions. A safari at Samara Game Reserve in Africa, a skiing holiday in Finland, or a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia would be perfect for a Sanguine as they bring like-minded people together; and often encourage socialising between travellers.
Personality type: Choleric
Temperament: Dominant, strong-willed and goal-oriented
Choleric’s are extremely confident. They are strong and powerful in aura; always making a grand entrance when they walk into a room – sometimes without even trying. Those that fall under ‘Choleric’ are go-getters who measure their value based on how they have impacted the world; more so in the business sense. They are attracted to wealth and will give their all to acquire it. They like others to know that they are successful and important, although they won’t necessarily boast about it; but are flattered when it’s noticed. They are known to be the least sympathetic of the four traits, however, they will kill for those they love. They are intense, strong-willed, powerful in nature and very self-confident.
Destinations fit for a Choleric: any place where they can see or be seen. They would prefer to go somewhere popular- somewhere that’s the ‘it’ place to go at the time. The most popular destinations currently are Bali, Vietnam and Thailand. For the Choleric’s that have more than a few pennies to spare would enjoy Europe, specifically Zurich.
Personality type: Melancholic
Temperament: analytical, detail oriented, deep thinker and feeler
Melancholics are introspective – they analyze themselves and their feelings and will often ponder for days, weeks or months about various circumstances, whether external or personal. They tend to search for a deeper meaning in everything they see and do, and will often interpret situations in a very different way from most people. Melancholics are known to be the most creative of the four traits, and lean towards areas that allow them to express themselves in any way they please – specifically art, literature and music. They have a deep love for people and are always looking for ways to make the world a better place – they feel it is their duty.
Destinations fit for a Melancholic: any place where they feel they can be free and can express themselves wholeheartedly. They thrive on interacting with other interesting people who they can learn from and feel inspired by. They would suit a destination that has an art-y flair’ that’s also vibrant and energetic – to get their minds off of analysing themselves and their inner world, and instead focus on their creative strengths. Design hubs like New York, London, Copenhagen and Berlin would be right up their alley.
Personality type: Phlegmatic
Temperament: relaxed, peaceful, quiet
Phlegmatic’s are introverts. They’re reserved, they keep to themselves and often tend to exclude themselves, often without knowing that they’re doing so. They can be mistaken for being stand-offish and unapproachable, but this couldn’t be further from reality. They’re instead very shy, and loathe being the centre of attention. Most phlegmatic’s feel awkward in social settings especially with people they don’t know, however, they’re surprisingly very chatty and ‘open’ with those that they know and feel a connection to. Phelgmatic’s may not be the overly social type, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care for others. They like to analyse people and read between the lines of what others portray. They hear what is not said, and they see what is not shown – they are extremely intuitive and instinctual.
Destinations fit for Phelgmatic’s: a place that is not too different from their home-town, because they’re known to not like change. Phlegmatic’s prefer the familiar and won’t often venture too far out of their comfort zones.