Traveling as an Introvert

October 1, 2018
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Today’s post is a bit more personal. I want to tell you about what it is like to travel as an introvert. We are going to start by defining introvert, then we’ll talk about why introverts are the best travelers and finally we’ll talk friendships. If you are “one of us” you’ll probably feel related. If you are an extrovert, I hope this will help you understand us better. Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage and let’s get started.fall autumn non-touristy comfortable travel outfit fashion style
What defines an introvert person? 
Introverts are quiet, reserved and reflective. Introverts see the world in a different way and would rather be reading a book at home that partying till dawn. The worst part of being an introvert is perhaps how the world perceives you. Sociable people have a hard time understanding how we feel or what we do. Being an introvert doesn’t mean we are antisocial, we just like to socialize in our own terms. I find it hard to force myself to go out when I don’t feel like it. I hate being in a bar late at night yelling to be able to have a conversation because of all the noise and loud music. However, one of my favorite things to do is catching up with friends or having deeper conversation while having a cup of tea.
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Why do introverts make the best travelers?
Being an introvert doesn’t mean we want to be at home all the time. The thing I love the most in this world is traveling and nothing gets in my way when I want to see the world. Even though traveling may seem an activity for extroverts it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, introverts can get more out of travel because we are always well aware of our surroundings and where we fit in. Just like in conversations we are much better listeners than talkers, we don’t like to be the center of attention and we prefer to see than be seen; that’s why when we travel we soak everything up from foreign cultures to people and landscapes. We like traveling solo and we love learning which helps to get to know ourselves much better as well. Finally, introverts are often strong people which is a very valuable asset when traveling.
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Introverts make deep life-long friendships
For a long time, I’ve traveled solo (read my experience here) because choosing a travel partner is tricky business. Unfortunately, that independence is sometimes mistaken by selfishness. I’ve lived in Ireland, the UK and California and I moved to those places on my own. I’m not going to lie, I felt lonely at times. When that happened, I looked for activities that where a bit more social or stayed in hostels instead of hotels.

It’s true that us introverts don’t have a million friends but the friendships we have are unbreakable. Introverts are much more selective when we make friends because we only feel at ease with certain people. I’ve met many great friends thanks to traveling and living abroad. When introverts meet someone special it feels so good! And we are never going to let anything get in the way of that friendship. I’d even venture to say that introverts build stronger connections than extroverts. That also means that when someone disappoints me, it hits me harder than it does to other people.
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I’m going to be an introvert for life and I’m ok with that
Nowadays, my life is very different from what it used to be. Even though the travel bug is still there, I swapped the “occasional expat” life for something more stable. I travel with my husband, who is not only the perfect life partner for me but also the perfect travel companion. He is an extrovert and I’m an introvert but we understand each other perfectly. This works so well because we learn a lot from each other. I make an effort to be a bit more sociable and he is starting to enjoy the pleasures of being at home a bit more.
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One third of the world’s population are considered introverts, however, we are raised to believe that the right thing is to be an extrovert. There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. Just like with many other things in life, the important thing it to accept the way we are.

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21 comments

  1. Indeed! I am an introvert as well. You look beautiful, and the scarf looks lovely :)

    Marie
    The Flower Duet

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  2. Totally agree there's nothing wrong with being introverted! I an introvert for sure and I quite like it haha!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  3. Very interesting post! Now I feel like I'm more introvert than extrovert and I'm very ok with it ;)

    Happy Monday xx

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  4. Team Introvert all the way! Lol Cute scarf and love it accessorize on your ponytail. Such a great way to add extra colors. I hope you had a great weekend and happy Monday!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  5. I am sometimes introverted and other times the opposite. It kind of depends on the situation I'm in! I love your head scarf and how you styled this look!

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  6. This is such a nice read dear. Thanks for sharing your experience. Anyway, love how you played with color in this outfit. The red top pops up beautifully from the white pants. Lovely scarf too.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  7. Love how the scarf adds to your outfit, beautiful way to accessorise! :)

    I'm definitely an introvert - travel is fun but I need my down time!


    Hope that you are having a good week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  8. Me too! I wouldn't like to be extroverted. I think introverts are more special ;)

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  9. Thanks so much! Glad you found it interesting :)

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  10. High five! Thanks for your sweet comment, Maureen :)

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  11. Thanks so much, Ruth! I know many people like you, that are only introverted at certain times.

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  12. Thanks, Jess! Glad you enjoyed this post :)

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  13. I'm a classic introvert! You make a lot of good points! You look beautiful in red by the way. That scarf is so pretty on you!

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  15. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comOctober 5, 2018 at 6:03 AM

    Interesting indeed - society seems very much geared to extroverts.

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  16. Such a fascinating post! I would never think that an introvert would love to travel so much - but it makes sense!

    Hope you have a great weekend! Pop over to my blog and say hello if you'd like :)
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  17. I'm with ya on the introvert thing. I'm much more outgoing online because there's none of that in-person social anxiety, but in real life I'm awkward and more quiet.

    Your outfit is super cute - I'm loving that bag with that wide striped strap!

    Thanks for linking up with the Fabulous Friday link-up!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

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  18. Great post. Yep, I totally relate and I love to travel too and to try new things, I don't like being in the spotlight. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about introverted people.
    X, Julie | This Main Line Life

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  20. Very insightful post and much appreciated as a fellow lover of travel and introvert. Am always happy to dispel the notion that introverts are unfriendly. I'm quite friendly and outgoing but re-charge my batteries with quiet and alone time. And agree that traveling with a spouse that is extroverted (another similarity) can make for a really nice balance of perceptions and perspectives.

    Betsy | https://nattygal.com

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