What Is Your Travel Style? QUIZ!

By Jade Johnston

What is Indie Travel? Find your travel style with our quiz!

What is indie travel anyways? You here people talking about it. The debate about tourists vs travllers is all over the place these days. But does it really matter? We all have our individual travel styles which are unique to who we are at that moment.

What is OurOyster’s travel style? For us indie travel means individual travel. But what does that mean anyway? For us it means planning things our own way, making our own bookings, and seeing what we want, when we want. This means that sometimes we may opt not to see some of the more obvious attractions in a region. It means we have the flexility to travel as slow, or quickly as we please.

But the most important aspect of indie travel for us is the connections we make with people. And not just other travellers either, we really value the connections we make with the local people. Instead of meeting other travellers over our hotel brunch, we can instead be found couchsurfing with locals and hanging out with them at their favourite haunts.

Indie travel to us is the freedom to see what we want, on our schedule, and to have the freedom to make connections with local people.

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Jade with some Couchsurfing friends on Mount Edan in Auckland

What does Indie travel mean to you?

As I was thinking¬† about the concept of Indie travel, and personal travel styles this morning, I realized that even our own personal travel style is changing al the time. There has been a lot of debate recently about which style of travel is superior – but to be honest – all travel is created equal. It doesn’t matter if you are on a packaged tour, or hitchhiking your way across the continent.

As long as you are living your dream, and staying true to your own goals and ethics while learning about and exploring a new place or culture – then that is all that matters!

But for the sake of fun, I put together this quick little quiz to help you determine just what your general travel style is. So here goes!

Can you guess which of the three travel styles James and I are? Answers will be revealed below!

1) Planning. You are planning your next trip away (how exciting!), do you…

a) Drop in to your local travel agent to ask about information and collect brochures?

b) Pick up a copy of your favourite travel guide?

c) Start looking up online resources and travel blogs for information?

2) Transport. Now is the time to book your flight/ transport to your destination! Do you…

a) Go to your local travel agent to arrange a flight package?

b) Book as far in advance as possible to make sure you get a good deal?

c) Book at the last minute, just in case you change your mind?

3) Accomodation. But where will you stay during your trip? Do you…

a) Book yourself into a hotel or resort?

b) Book your hostel in advance, or start getting in touch with local friends or couchsurfers?

c) Just show up and look for a hostel once you have gotten a feel for the place?

4) While on your holiday, how far in advance do you plan?

a) I don’t do the planning, thats why I have a package tour/ travel agent!

b) I plan as far in advance as possible to make sure I don’t miss out on anything!

c) I don’t plan at all… you know…. go with the flow.

So how did you do?

Mostly A’s – You are more likely to book packaged¬†vacations through a travel agent, or you may spend a considerable amount of your trip on an organized tour. While this may have less flexibility, you will be assured that you don’t have to worry or stress over any of the little details. Also you have the comfort that if anything does go wrong, that you will have a team of peope working on it to help make it right again.

Mostly B’s – You the happy medium of indie traveller. You like to book what you can in advance to save money and to help you budget, but you also like to keep some flexibility in your plans. You are most likely to pre plan your trip in advance, so you can make sure you get to do all the things that are important to you while you are away.

Mostly C’s – You put the “independant” in indie travel. You like to go with the flow, and try to keep your plans as wide open as possible. This means that you have the ultimate freedom to stay as long as you like in places that strike your fancy, and that you can change your plans in a flash. However, you may end up paying more for things where you could have saved cash by booking in advance.

Where do Jade and James of OurOyster.com fit?

Well I, (Jade), would almost certainly have to be a B. I like to plan. I like to have guide books. (I like reading blogs as well, but I always also have a guide book with me). I also like to save as much money as possible by booking what I can in advance. I once found a hostel in Queenstown New Zealand where the room was $9 cheaper per night if booked online! Thats $18 a night for us as a couple!

James is definitely a C. He is still new to the whole “planning in advance” school of though, and he usually just “wings” it on the road. Although this can be great, and also be an integral part of the whole travelling experience, it also cause him to miss out on some things.


Indie travel, to me, means being open to new experiences

Sometimes we go between the different travel styles. The first time we backpacked around New Zealand we did it in style C – we hitchhiked everywhere, had no definite plan, and just went where the wind blew. This worked really well for us back then since we had lots of time to wander around.

On our second trip through New Zealand we used a mix of style A and B. Part of our trip was spent with Stray bus tours (you can see my review of them here), and the other half was done independtly, but was already well planned out. This suited us best for this trip because we had a shortage of time and were trying to do as much as possible in a short amount of time.

So, tell us, what is your travel style?


    • says

      San Deiga sounds exciting! We will have to check back on your blog! We are starting to plan our Australia trip as well. And now that James is going back to the UK for work for a while – it means I will have extra time for quality time with my guide book!

  1. says

    I’ve done all of these at times in my life – depends where I am in the world, who I’m travelling with and whether it’s work or indie. I’ve even booked a flight through a travel agent (pre online booking days)! However, looking back the most satisfying travel has been the backpacking-turn-up-and-find-somewhere-to-stay-kind.

    • says

      I booked one of my first flights through a travel agent as well! haha! I think C is the least stressful kind of travel, but you need to have the time to kill for it to work properly

  2. says

    I am a B with some aspects and C with others.. If I don’t waste money buying transport tickets at the last minute, I can travel more. No brainer really. Tend to use the internet more than Guide books though and research beforehand.
    When I am at a place though I am very flexible and decide what to do next depending upon the weather, my mood or whatever Never draw up itineraries of what I will do each day, just when I travel between locations and where I will stay. But will have researched beforehand and identified things I would like to do in each place. If travelling by car I usually don’t book accommodation in advance.

    • says

      I think we are really similar to you John. I usually like to really research well that to do in each area, so I can decide ahead of time how long I want to stay in each place. If I can manage to book bus / train transport in advance, I can really save a lot sometimes

  3. says

    I’m a pretty solid C. I’m a B when I am just figuring out my plans for a trip, but once I’m in the heat of the moment and have gotten beyond my first night/booking, it’s pretty much open. :)

  4. says

    I’m definitely between B and C. I LOVE doing travel research before a trip, so I know what all of my options are. I always book accommodation in advance, and some tours if I find out during my research that it’s recommended. Sometimes I book flights way in advance, while other times I wait until a few weeks beforehand. But everything else? I kind of just let the rest happen!

  5. says

    ALL TRAVEL IS CREATED EQUAL. So true. I don’t think I fit into one group. I think my travel style has changed throughout the years and will continue to do so. I love backpacking, but I’m hoping to one day be able to try out luxury travel. I think as long as people are getting out there then good on them!

    • says

      Exactly! It doesn’t matter if you are in a tent, a hostel, or a resort – as long as you are challenging yourself and your preconceptions…. or even learning something new… then good for you!

  6. says

    Indie all the way, though some of my answers don’t even fall under A, B or C. Like the first one. Answer D would be, ‘pick a destination and go. Figure it out once I get there.” OR, reap the benefits when my wife does the research, because she loves that stuff and it’s my worst nightmare…


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