Are you an MBT?

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What am I? Not a BMT by maybe an OFBT or IMT?

Yes, I have  visited twenty countries or more but I don’t believe that the journey is as important as the destination or  that I look to maximise my time when on Holiday.  I certainly don’t welcome the unexpected and I don’t research destinations based on food and culture. This means I am not a Modern British Traveller or MBT for short. I think I can only say yes to about a third of what makes an MBT. Which probably makes me an OFBT – an Old Fashioned British Traveller – or perhaps an IMT –  Independently Minded Traveller.

But who has decided that these requirements are necessary? The answer is Trainline which commissioned research looking into the travel habits of Britons.

It claims that 48% of us don’t use the word “holiday-maker” anymore but prefer the word “traveller”.  The survey also revealed that for “modern Brits,” the traditional fortnight holiday has been replaced with a ten day break. In addition, 52% of us prefer frequent city breaks over longer beach holidays.

How can you tell if you are an MBT? Here are some of the attributes yous hould have.

You prefer sight-seeing to partying
You respect local cultures and customs
You enjoy city breaks as much as beach holidays
You eat at local restaurants rather than tourist traps
You plan enough – but don’t plan everything                                                                                                                                                                        You prefer to drink local beers and wines
You choose experiences over packages                                                                                                                                                                                  You like short haul just as much as long haul
You go with the flow                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You know how to be savvy with your travel budget
You believe the journey is just as important as the destination
You always look for ways to make your journey as convenient
You research places to visit based on food and culture
You welcome the unexpected
Your holidays are authentic experiences
You make new friends wherever you are                                                                                                                                                                              You always look for ways to maximise your time
You always try to find ways to avoid queues
You are sometimes out of your comfort zone
You regularly strike up a conversation with a stranger on a journey                                                                                                                              You have more than 3 different plug adaptors in your home
You learn some of the language before you arrive
You have a Kindle
You’re always on the hunt for the perfect photograph
You choose hotels based on whether they have free Wi-Fi and other tech
You are always planning your next big trip
You have travel apps on your smartphone
You prefer travel by train rather than plane
You like to have all travel documents on your smartphone
You don’t follow guide books and ask your peers for hidden gems instead
You have a favourite place to eat in more than 5 UK or European Cities
You update daily on Instagram and/or Facebook while on holiday
You’ve visited 21 countries or more
People come to you for travel recommendations
You choose environmentally friendly travel over other options if possible
You rent other people’s homes
You get your travel insights from social media influencers
You’ve been on a wine tasting holiday
You’ve picked grapes in a vineyard)
You’ve done a bungee jump
You have your PADI
You have swum with sharks

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