How to plan your summer vacation

(or any vacation), according to your Myers-Briggs personality type

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Posted 15 June 2022 by Vanessa, MBTIonline Contributing Writer
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As places continue to open and people get more comfortable with the idea of post-pandemic travel, the possibilities seem endless. As yesterday was a sweltering 95F degrees where I live, I took it as a good reminder to make summer plans.

Personally, one of my favorite spots to visit is Carmel-by-the-Sea in California. The cottages are like something out of a fairytale and I feel like a brighter, better version of myself when I’m there. And it’s pretty rare to experience 95+ degree weather in Carmel. I feel cooler already just thinking about it.

But as relaxing as vacations can be, the actual planning can be stressful.

There are a lot of decisions to make – including where to go, how to get there, who to bring, and what to do. Thankfully, you’ve got a built-in way to navigate these decisions as long as you know your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality type. (Find yours here if you’re not sure).

MBTI Master Practitioner and TED speaker Michael Segovia says a good way to approach decision-making is to consider the way MBTI mental processes work. For example, our Sensing and Intuition preferences are the mental processes that help us take in information.

And our Thinking and Feeling preferences are the mental processes that help us evaluate that information.

So, let’s turn on the AC and start planning those summer vacations. Here’s some advice from Michael about how different MBTI types can make travel decisions as streamlined as possible.

Tips for ESTP and ESFP personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ESTP or ESFP, you evaluate information quicky and can easily assess the reality of a situation. Your decisions usually solve problems. As you think about where to go on summer vacation, consider these questions:



Tips for ISTJ and ISFJ personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ISTJ or ISFJ, you evaluate information by connecting it to things you’ve experienced in the past. After careful consideration, your decisions are deliberate and definite. Here are questions you might ask yourself while you plan your summer vacation:



Tips for ENFP and ENTP personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ENFP or ENTP, you consider all possibilities and “what ifs” as you evaluate information. Your decisions are creative and help others see beyond what’s in front of them. As you plan your summer vacation, ask yourself these questions:



Tips for INTJ and INFJ personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is INTJ or INFJ, you focus on big-picture possibilities when you evaluate information. Your decision isn’t made until you explore all options and perceptions. Here are questions to ask yourself while you plan your summer vacation:



Tips for ESTJ and ENTJ personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ESTJ or ENTJ, you evaluate information in a logical and objective way. Your decisions are quick and assertive. While you plan your summer vacation, ask yourself:



Tips for ISTP and INTP personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ISTP or INTP, you evaluate information to create order and find the “correct” answer to a problem. Your decisions are logical and can seem detached from feeling. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you plan your summer vacation:



Tips for ESFJ and ENFJ personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ESFJ or ENFJ, you evaluate information based on how your choice will affect others. Your decisions are facilitative and compassionate. To help plan your summer vacation, consider these questions:



Tips for ISFP and INFP personality types planning a vacation:

If your personality type is ISFP or INFP, you evaluate information through a specific set of inner values. Your decisions are guided by your conscience. While you plan your summer vacation, ask yourself:


Let MBTI personality insights help you plan your dream vacation

No matter what personality preferences you have, every question listed in this blog post is a good one to ask.

As you make your travel plans (even if you decide on a staycation) you can practice being a more well-rounded and intentional decision maker. One way to do this is re-read the post and pay special attention to all the questions that aren’t listed beneath your personality type. It’s a great way to think about things you may not have considered otherwise.

So . . . where are you headed this summer?


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