Start­ing with the dec­la­ra­tion that “We intro­verts have a dif­fer­ent style of travel, and I’m tired of hid­ing it”, Sophia Dem­bling looks at the dif­fer­ences in how intro­verts and extro­verts travel, and what this means.

I’m always happy enough when inter­est­ing peo­ple stum­ble into my path. It’s a lagniappe, and I’m capa­ble of con­nect­ing with peo­ple when the oppor­tu­nity arises. And when the chem­istry is right, I enjoy it.

But I don’t seek peo­ple out, I am ter­ri­ble at strik­ing up con­ver­sa­tions with strangers and I am happy explor­ing a strange city alone. I don’t seek out polit­i­cal dis­course with opin­ion­ated cab dri­vers or boozy bond­ing with locals over beers into the wee hours. […]

For some of us, meet­ing peo­ple is not the sole pur­pose of travel. I travel for the travel. […] It’s good to know that I might be a loner, but I’m not alone.

This is exactly what I needed to read: con­sid­er­ing any exten­sive travel I always feel like I’ll enjoy it less due to my mod­er­ate intro­ver­sion. This arti­cle and the cor­re­spond­ing tips make me realise that it’s OK.

Like Jason (via), this reminds me of one of my favourite essays: Car­ing for Your Intro­vert (which in turn reminds me of The Nerd Hand­book). I loved these two essays when I first read them, and think of them both often.