When you think about your personality type, do you consider yourself a play it by ear kind of person, or are you the sort of individual who has a spiral-bound notebook in your back pocket with a to-do list a mile long scrawled upon it? If you’re the former, then you could probably throw your essentials in a duffel bag and be out the door in as little as a half hour if someone even uttered the phrase, “Road trip!” However, if you’re the latter, then the thought of trying to plan an adventure without at least six months’ worth of meticulous preparation most likely sends you into paroxysms of panic.

No matter whether you prefer to wing it, or you can be ready to go at a moment’s notice (and your Florida tags are up to date), you’d probably fit in with these four types of travelers that you might meet while you’re on the road. Do any of these sound like you?

1) The “It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination” Guy.

It may seem like a trope, but there’s something that can be said about the thrill of anticipation. Instead of focusing on the end goal, you’re the type of person who wants to make the most out of every single mile. Roadside food trucks, random novelty shops and tourist traps, and a slow and easy pace are more your thing. Sure, you’re excited about your destination, too, but who says your vacation only starts when you get there? Not you, that’s for sure.

2) The “When Will We Get There?” Companion.

Oh gosh, you probably are the arch nemesis of the first guy mentioned above. You travel with your eyes firmly focused on the road, you’re not interested in small talk, you just want to get the unpleasant business of travel over with so you can finally start your vacation. Now, that doesn’t mean that you’re no fun when you’re travelling. In fact, you can be an absolute blast. You just prefer to save your enthusiasm for when you’re finally there, instead of wearing yourself out in the car.

3) The “Urban Jungle is My Playground” Explorer.

Some people find cities to be absolutely exhausting. The hustle and bustle and the crowds? No thank you! But you? You come alive in bustling urban centers. You love skyscrapers, the thrum of energy from all the people around you, and you delight in discovering local landmarks. Forget the great outdoors; that’s where the bugs are. The myriad of delicious restaurants, quaint boutiques, and art museums are there for your enjoyment, and you’ll be darned if you don’t make the most out of it.

4) The “Off the Beaten Path” Voyager.

Hey – psst. Urban Jungle Explorer? If you’re afraid of a couple no-see-ums, well, that’s what bugspray is for. For you, there’s nothing quite like making s’mores around a campfire, relaxing in a hammock, and splashing around one of the many rivers that cut through South Florida. Forget the city; you’re at home when you can break away from it all. No cellular signal? No problem !(Okay, maybe you won’t go that far.) Sure, you’ll duck into the city to stock up on provisions for your next trip, but you always can be found chilling out in the wilderness. Ahh, bliss, thy name is nature!

Whether you prefer to relax by the beach with a frozen drink blended into a pineapple, you rather get caught up in the energy of a bustling city, or you’re a little bit of both Column A and Column B, your next adventure– whether it’s to the grand opening of a new restaurant downtown or it’s a secluded campsite on the other coast -- is just a short drive away. And who says your travel companion has to be the exact same type of traveler as you? After all, they do say that opposites attract. (Maybe you could even learn a thing or two from them!) Either way, you’ll be sure to have an awesome time on your next road trip, whether you took your time, zipped across the state in a hurry, or met somewhere in the middle.


If you're taking a big trip, make sure your tags don't expire while you're on the road. Contact a Fort Lauderdale auto tag agency quickly by calling (954)848-4808.


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