We all know about the Myers-Briggs personality test or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). (If you haven’t taken it yet, here’s where you can find out which of the 16 personality types you are.)
It’s hard to get into detail on this complicated and intricate personality inventory, but basically, the MBTI consists of four sets of letters.
E and I are for Extraversion and Introversion, which indicate whether you derive energy from being around people or spending time alone respectively.
S and N are for Sensing and Intuition, which indicate whether you are more aware of concrete facts and details or prefer to rely on your intuition and look at the big picture.
T and F are for Thinking and Feeling, which indicate whether you make decisions based on logical analysis or your values and the sake of harmony among the people involved.
J and P are for Judging and Perceiving, which indicate whether you prefer your life to be well planned out or to keep your options open and go with the flow.
Whether you’re an independent critical thinker like an INTJ or a fun-loving thrill-seeker like an ESFP, understanding your personality type can help you gravitate towards the things that fulfil you and thus live your most meaningful life while being true to yourself.
That applies to the places you travel and your travelling style too. Your Myers-Briggs personality type can shed light on which locale would be a perfect fit for you. Find out below which places to add to your travel list, based on your MBTI.
1. INFP: The Idealist
Go to: Venice, Italy
Venice feels like a city removed from the rest of the world, still grand and beautiful despite looking a little worn these days. There are awe-inspiring monuments such as the San Marco’s Basilica and Teatro la Fenice, a labyrinthe of winding alleys that reveal one-of-a-kind stores, as well as the city-wide masquerade festival (Carnevale di Venezia) that will make you feel like you’ve indeed entered another world.
This is definitely a place for dreamers and romantics.
The imaginative INFP will be drawn to this stunning city that inspires the imagination and evokes fresh ideas.
2. ISFP: The Artist
Go to: Florence, Italy
For the ISFP, travel is a wonderful dreamy adventure — even better if the trip involves lots of cultural and/or historical attractions. Where better to visit than a city with some of the greatest Renaissance art, including the famous works of Michelangelo and Raphael?
Get delightfully lost in this art-soaked city, where impressive palaces, cathedrals, and sculptures can be found around every corner.
3. ENFP: The Inspirer
Go to: Boracay, the Philippines
Life’s a party to an ENFP, and everyone is invited to it. With an inherent zest for life, the ENFP is always looking out for new adventures, and often seeks stimulation from activities involving lots of people.
A place like Boracay would be a paradise for the free-spirited ENFP, as there are plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities for thrillseekers, including parasailing, cliff-diving, surfing and rave clubbing.
4. ESFP: The Performer
Go to: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For the ESFP, a rewarding vacation is one that involves a sense of adventure. ESFPs don’t like to abide by an itinerary, and would prefer to go wherever their mood takes them. They are spontaneous and adaptable travellers who appreciate flexibility.
Rio de Janeiro has all the life and chaos that an ESFP can handle and appreciate. Not only does it boast scenic beaches, it also offers the vibrancy of a South American metropolis.
The intrepid and street-smart ESFP not only has the chops to take on the treks and tours of the Amazon basin, but also navigate the Brazilian streets.
5. INTP: The Thinker
Go to: London, England
INTPs are drawn to destinations where they can explore new cultures, ideas, and ways of life. They might even pursue long-term jet-setting lifestyles. Their thinking and intuitive side enjoy the digital nomad life, which makes London a stimulating city for them.
It offers fresh attractions, museum exhibitions, and events all year round, as well as historic monuments and serene gardens when INTPs need to recharge their introvert batteries. With novelty stores, tea shops, and pubs, the INTP will also get a chance to meet new people when they’re feeling sociable.
6. ISTP: The Mechanic
Go to: Iceland
When travelling, ISTPs like to explore with their senses. They are curious but rational, which makes them highly adaptable to new environments. They are also independent and inclined to forge their own paths, so places off the beaten track appeal to them, especially places close to nature that they can explore on foot.
Iceland’s gorgeous scenery and gamut of outdoor activities make it the ideal place for the ISTP to connect with nature and unwind.
7. ENTP: The Visionary
Go to: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Quick-thinking ENTPs dread mundanity and routine. They like to be energised by their environment, and the city needs to be fast-paced enough to match their speed.
They enjoy being busy, packing as many activities in their itinerary as possible, and are stimulated by meeting new people, discovering new places and things, going on adventures and catching spectacular views. The perfect vacation spot for them is therefore Buenos Aires, where the people are friendly, the food is piquant and the nightlife is exciting.
8. ESTP: The Doer
Go to: Bali, Indonesia
Perhaps the boldest and most spontaneous of all the personalities, ESTPs are best known for being quick on their feet, adventurous, fiercely independent and sometimes a little impulsive. YOLO is their mantra.
Bali, aside from its sun, sea, and sand, offers a range of outdoor activities that will appeal to the ESTP. From the Waterbom water park to a jungle safari, Aling-Aling natural waterfall slide to a monkey forest, Bali has enough spills and thrills to keep the ESTP’s heart racing.
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