Do you know your Enneagram travel type? If you are reading this article you probably know your number and are ready use it to find more satisfying travel destinations. If you need to take the test, try this one. Here are my best recommendations for the 9 Types.
One - The Perfectionist
According to the Integrative 9 website, "Ones tend to appreciate standards, principles and structure. At their best, Ones are tolerant, self-accepting and serene, offering dignity and discernment to themselves and the world around them." Norway is an ideal country for Ones to enjoy themselves. The well organized country will allow a One to relax knowing that things are being done correctly. You might also find a One in developing countries doing humanitarian aide or mission work. They are not relaxing though, they are fulfilling their drive to make the world a better place.
Two - The Helper
You know your Two friends, they are the nice ones. "Twos value relationships and as a result kindness, generosity and self-sacrifice are important to them." If you are a Two you are worried I will send you to a poverty stricken area where you should help as many people as possible, because that is what a "helper" should do. Nope, that would be work. Twos will most enjoy New Zealand. Kiwi's are a polite and appreciative people. Twos will feel accepted and enjoy the natural world without the pressure to be helpful all the time.
Three - The Achiever
A Three is highly motivated by success. Threes will enjoy Italy. They can find the best in fashion, the fastest cars, fastest motorcycles, the best coffee and friendly fun people to enjoy it with. Italy has it all and a Three will enjoy the efficiency of getting mountains, country, urban, beaches and history all wrapped into one location. Achievers are ambitious so I am going to give them two more destinations, Japan and Argentina. Japan is a wonder in efficiency and La Argentina is fun loving and out going. Threes would be happy at any of these destinations.
Four - The Individualist
"Fours value individualism and as a result, feelings, self-expression and purpose will be important to them. They are quite romantic at heart and appreciate beauty and creating meaning for themselves and for others." Welcome to Russia. While the brooding nature of many Russians might come across as an unredeemed Four, they have also produced some of the great works of art in the world of literature, dance and architecture (not the Soviet Era). When given the chance Russians produce amazing beauty for the world. For the less adventurous Four, you can try out Ireland. While on the surface the Irish seem crazy and even scatter-brained, they are the saviors of culture in Europe, the highest per capita of Nobel laureates in literature, and the source of some of the worlds best music. You will not be afraid to be yourself in Ireland.
Five - The Investigator
If you know a PhD, chances are high that person is a Five, but you will find a Five anywhere you find a person who loves to study and research. "Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs." If you love a Five take him or her to the Polar regions. Cruising the Northwest passage or kayaking in Antactica will appeal to their desire to learn more about the world while giving Fives quiet thinking time and fewer distractions. When the first space hotel opens, I am guessing a five will be the first to book a room (next door to a Seven).
Six - The Loyalist
Enneagram Worldwide says, "Sixes use their keen perception to anticipate problems, find solutions, and establish rules and procedures that create safety and security. Some Sixes are cautious while others jump into action." If you thought I was going to say Germany, the patron culture of the Six, I am. Germany has the structure and support to allow a Six to relax. Sixes can rest assured a trip to Germany will be a good time and trust the Germans to provide an abundance of information about the hows and wheres of their country. A Six will probably not be terribly tied to a specific location but wants to know that where ever they travel they will be able to understand the risks and logistics involved. Subsaharan Africa might seem an odd choice, but there are many ways to visit these countries with a reasonable knowledge and mitigation of the possible risks. Guided tours and river cruises will provide a known quantity of risk but give the often courageous Six the chance to enjoy learning about different cultures and languages.
Seven - The Enthusiast
You are a Seven and you probably skipped right over the other headings, right to here. You will like my suggestion for you. "They approach life with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of adventure, like “kids in a candy store” who look at the world in wide-eyed, rapt anticipation of all the good things they are about to experience," according to The Enneagram Institute. They are the FOMO type as well. If someone tells you they have traveled the world chances are they are a Seven. I do not have just one place for Sevens. They will enjoy just about any destination and will enjoy telling you the story even more. Go everywhere Sevens! You will never regret the trips you took, only the ones you didn't.
Eight - The Challenger
"Eights have enormous willpower and vitality, and they feel most alive when they are exercising these capacities in the world." If an Eight is in your face, lean into it, he will feel the love. Eights get thyself to Australia. Astralians are not afraid of being loud. They even call buying a round of drinks a "shout." Here Eights will find people who appreciate toughness and bragging rights. Becareful though, it is easy to get caught up in a "hold my beer" moment with such an appreciative audience but the danger is real; Australia has 9 of the 10 most deadly snakes. Eights will also enjoy Italy or Ireland because their strong energetic personalities will be well appreciated.
Nine - The Peacemaker
Nines are sometimes hard to pin down because they like to "explore" the other types, going along with what people around them want. The Enneagram Institute says, "They are typically “spiritual seekers” who have a great yearning for connection with the cosmos, as well as with other people. They work to maintain their peace of mind just as they work to establish peace and harmony in their world." Head to the land of spirituality, India. There you will find a country full of people managing to mostly get along in very crowded places. You will not be alone in your search for higher meaning. If you are the partner of a Nine they will not ask to go to India, you will just have to take them and see what happens. If you are a Jewish or Christian Nine, nowhere better then a trip to Israel.
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