Are you a beach or a mountain person?
Every time I am asked this question, it leaves me puzzled. What could my answer to this possibly reveal about me? Some travellers maintain a strict preference for mountains over beaches and vice versa.
What drives us to make these choices when we travel? Is there a science behind being a "mountain person" and a "beach person"?
After digging around on the internet, I found an interesting study done by psychologists of the University of Virginia.
The study concludes,
Extroverts prefer beaches to mountains and introverts love the mountains more.
The study was developed on the basis of the psychologists' hypothesis called 'person-environment fit'. The hypothesis suggests that people choose surroundings that help them fulfil their desires.
The study also reveals that mountain lovers are more introverted than beach lovers.
Mountain lovers seek isolation when they travel and hence, they wish to go to the mountains where the population density is low and the probability of meeting people is less. People who prefer beaches are extroverts, who like to socialise.
Interestingly, the study showed that people prefer beaches over mountains when they wish to socialise, but otherwise an equal percentage of people choose beaches and mountains.
The study also revealed a common perception among people that to have fun in the mountains requires more work and hence, beach is the choice for fun seekers.
This study also analysed the residents of the US states and found that people from the mountainous US states are more introverted than people living in the flat states.
The researchers also tried to test the link between introversion and the terrain. But it was deduced that the terrain of the place doesn't make people extroverts or introverts.