Are Introverted Travelers More Skeptical of Strangers?

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.30.09 | 2:25 PM ET

That’s the question posed by World Hum contributor Sophia Dembling, in her latest blog post over at The Introvert’s Corner. It’s an interesting one, and the logical follow-up—is introvert skepticism an obstacle preventing interaction with the locals, a useful safety device, or both?—is too. For more on introverts out in the big wide world, check out Sophia’s Confessions of an Introverted Traveler and Six Tips for Introverted Travelers.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for Are Introverted Travelers More Skeptical of Strangers?

Lindsey 10.01.09 | 11:32 AM ET

Thanks for the pass over link Eva- quite an intriguing notion.  For some of us, Ďsocialí is a skill we cultivate, goodness knows Iíve had to.

Grizzly Bear Mom 10.01.09 | 11:32 AM ET

No we are not.  Introverts like people just fine, we are good friends, and friendly travelrs.  It’s just that because socializing drains our energy, so we can only do it for so long before we have to go home and power up through solitude. 

There are also different degrees of introversion.  Because I am an extroverted introvert, people don’t believe I am one.  Also, because I work in Human Resources, my energy gets used up at work so I go home to reload and use the voice mail and door to screen visitors.  (I purchased those TOOLS for that exact purpose!)  Loved ones are trained to call out my name and I let them in even if I am “peopled out”.  Thank goodness I live in a culture where I can do so.   
I enjoy meaningful conversation, and time with a few friends of long standing.  Maybe because I have less “socializing energy”, I don’t spend it on idle chatter or in large groups where the conversation will be superficial. 

I do prison visitations which requires me to socialize for five hours at a time, which is exhausting.  (Maybe also because it is depressing.)  However I do it because it is my value.  My friends tell me that I am a good one. 

Because I value solitude and creativity, I sympathize with people who need others to be energized, and wonder if that accounts for some of the unhealthy relationships I see.  That sounds dangerous to me, like the example of the woman in the bar.

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