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Since launching IntroverTravels in South Dakota nearly three years ago, Marek has planned a wide array of trips for his clients, from tours of Vietnam and Thailand focused on cuisine, to more adventurous wildlife-watching itineraries in South Africa and the Galapagos. “They tend to be remote places where there’s an absence of people or external stimuli. You can get back to nature, contemplate history or experience the culture of a new place,” Marek says.

His clients tend to be “social introverts,” people who enjoy activities but need to be alone afterward to recharge.

And:

When the group meets, Renzi has them all agree to a few specific principles, including, she says, “Honour one another’s needs and preferences for personal time and space and right to silence, and encourage one another to take personal time and skip group activities as needed. Be open to different belief systems, ways of behaving, communication styles.”

The trips are usually capped at 16 people, and many now have waiting lists. “The demand has certainly been growing,” Renzi says.

Here is the full story by Dave Mcginn, via Art Johnson.

Comments

Traveling in a herd of 16 people seems entirely at odds with the program’s stated goals. This reminds me of Tyler’s post where he recommended staying at posh international hotels while visiting “demanding” countries . And in this day and age , why use travel agents at all ?

From the article: “Airline travel is excruciating to think about," Beranek says. "Who is the stranger that’s going to be sitting beside you?”

According to the article, Beranek lives in Sioux Falls SD, and that may be his problem: people probably talk to each other there. If Beranek lived in a larger city, he'd know that airline travel to and from those places requires no social contact with the person you're sitting next to. You just sit there and ignore each other, except maybe for passing the packet of airline pretzels to the next guy. Perfect for introverts.

Since moving to Portland OR I've seen that it is friendlier than most other large US cities and I occasionally do something that I almost never did in those cities: talk to the person sitting next to me on the airplane. But even in Portland I do that less than 1/4 of the time.

Here's another example of people not knowing how to handle the social environment of transportation in public: when the current light rail system in Los Angeles first opened and Angelenos started cautiously and curiously getting on board the trains, they didn't know how to behave. If there's somebody else in the section of seats, are you supposed to make eye contact and say hello to them? Are you supposed to sit far away from them or would that seem unfriendly and you should sit next to them? Having lived in large cities in the northeast and midwest that have extensive subway systems, I was just SMDH.

But Angelenos caught on soon enough and when riding the light rail are as aloof as everywhere else.

Globalization has made everyone into cucks. You can make a lot of money selling to world's cuckolds. I'm booking my next trip with them.

'and encourage one another to take personal time and skip group activities as needed. Be open to different belief systems, ways of behaving, communication styles'

Is this some sort of cult deprogramming? That just describes normality, I would have thought.

a trip to the nearest Indian reservation would provide these wealthy South Dakotans with an ample supply of exoticism as well the opportunities for self reflection they claim to crave. Interesting that they chose to waste thousands of dollars and dozens of barrels of jet fuel to travel half way around the globe instead. Of course these reservations are an indictment and consequence of their wasteful lifestyle and as such need to be ignored

'and as such need to be ignored'

Asked any of the residents of those reservations what they think about being the seeming less than voluntary hosts of people seeking an ample supply of exoticism (an exoticism which likely is not visible from the residents' perspective)?

How do the introverts cope with the pervasive climate of imminent violence in South Africa?

Since all MR readers are extroverts, I want to explain the difference between an introvert and an extrovert: for an introvert, being in a crowd sucks all of the energy out of her, while for the extrovert, being in a crowd energizes him.

No... all MR Readers are CUCKS

meanwhile
the answer to a reasonable question, "bold plan, how much?"
is a warren (harvard )narcicystic nonsequiter - essentially that this
an unreasonable question!

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