When searching for a travel buddy, you may want to find someone who is experienced, laid-back, or even the life of the party. But one trait wins out above the rest: curiosity.
That’s the finding in a new survey by Curio Collection by Hilton, which looked at the connection between curiosity and travel. That travellers are curious by nature will not come as much of a surprise for anyone who finds themselves going through extreme bouts of wanderlust and a desire to pack up and see a new part of the world. In fact, 91% of people surveyed consider themselves curious and 73% said that the top way they channel their curiosity is through travel.
Most people see travel as an outlet for their curiosity, with more than 90% saying they take trips to learn something new and 79% considering learning something new on vacation a priority. Of course, there are plenty of people looking for a relaxing beach vacation, but 55% of people said that they want to use their holidays to explore and not to relax.
It also seems that no matter how curious we think we are, there is room to grow. The report says that 60% of people think they are more curious than other people, but 53% still want to be more open to new experiences. We also look for a fellow explorer when planning a trip, as 64% say that their perfect travel companion is someone who is curious. Generally, travellers surveyed prefer to have a pal around, as 65% said a spouse or significant other is the best travel partner for new experiences, while only 25% would prefer to travel alone.