It’s that time of year when it feels like winter will never end, and the idea of a weekend away is so appealing that it just might be worth the splurge. But finding the right spot to relax and unwind is not always easy. This is where the Enneagram comes in. Planning a vacation is time-consuming, and in a world of unlimited beautiful destinations to choose from, we’ve gone ahead and made it easier. Here is where you should travel this year, according to your Enneagram type.
Type ones are organized and hard-working. They value structure which makes it hard to vacation, but everyone needs time off. Lucky for ones, Napa Valley is the perfect getaway for their organized and structure-loving heart. Filled with hillside vineyards and gourmet food, Napa has some of the best wine and restaurants in the country. Type ones will enjoy a weekend itinerary of visiting vineyards such as Chateau Montelena and Robert Mondavi, as well as eating at the iconic French Laundry. Any type one will leave Napa feeling refreshed, full, and educated on the best Cabernet.
Type twos are incredibly caring and generous, and they value relationships. They probably spend most of their time thinking about how to make other people happy and not so much time thinking about their own needs. But a vacation is the perfect opportunity to put themselves first and indulge in some self-care. Palm Springs is a desert oasis filled with beautiful hotels, fun restaurants, and hiking, and it is close to Joshua Tree National Park for more outdoorsy type twos. It’s the perfect setting for a mix of relaxing by the pool, venturing out on a desert hike, and taking in the mid-century architecture. A type two will never be bored among the luxury that is Palm Springs.
New York City
Threes are all about efficiency, results, and recognition, and they thrive in an atmosphere that is competitive. New York City is a fast-paced destination that feels like their paradise. Threes will love admiring countless museums such as the Met and Guggenheim, strolling through Central Park, shopping on 5th Avenue, and dining at too many restaurants to possibly choose a favorite (but maybe start with Carbone). They will check off everything on their travel itinerary and have a slew of Instagram-worthy photos to share along the way.
Type fours value uniqueness, authenticity, and self-expression, which is why Santa Fe is their dream vacay. This city is home to unique architecture and a creative arts hub with almost 250 galleries to explore. It also has a rich history, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop doesn’t hurt either. Any type four will get lost in the art markets or spend the day reflecting and unwinding at the Ten Thousand Waves Spa. With so much creativity buzzing in every corner, it’s no wonder artists like Georgia O’Keefe called it home and why a type four will enjoy every element the city has to offer.
Type fives have a desire to understand the world around them. They are curious and very perceptive. No matter the destination, they will always be the first to educate themselves on it, which is why Washington D.C. is like a playground for them. It’s a city filled with history (both in the past and in the making), and you can expect a type five to be exploring every library, museum, and national monument it has to offer. They will spend their days in the Library of Congress or the National Archives Museum, and they will be eager to tell those closest to them everything they learned.
A type six values security, belonging, and being prepared, so a low-key and relaxing vacation is just what they need. Key West is a beautiful and sunny destination, far away from the bustle of Miami, where they can feel safe and unwind. As the southernmost point in Florida, Key West is home to many sandy beaches that are perfect for soaking up the sun with a good read and a Mai Tai. It’s also home to some of the most stunning coral reefs which make for perfect snorkeling and diving expeditions, but if that’s too far outside a type six’s comfort zone, poolside is always a great way to spend a day.
Type sevens are busy, fun-loving, and spontaneous. They’re often referred to as the life of the party, and there’s no better place to enjoy a party than New Orleans. This bustling city is home to Mardi Gras but has a thriving nightlife all year long. It is brimming with vibrant music, delicious food, a complex history, and maybe a few ghosts. Type sevens will never run out of new dishes to try (including the gumbo) or speakeasy bars to explore, and the French Quarter will be the oasis they never want to leave.
Type eights are powerful, self-confident, and willful individuals who love a challenge. Whether they are mountain experts or new to the slopes, Aspen will soon become their domain. This ski resort town makes for the perfect type eight vacation where they can spend days hitting the black diamonds, browsing the luxury shops, and enjoying an aprés ski. In the evenings, they can be found indulging at restaurants such as the French Alpine Bistro or Matsuhisa. Without a doubt, type eights will take advantage of everything Aspen has to offer.
Type nines are easygoing, adaptive, and patient. They live life in harmony with the world, and there’s no better place to define a type nine than Maui. The island culture of surfing, tanning on the beach, exploring waterfalls, and eating lots of delicious fruit and seafood is the exact sort of bliss a type nine is looking for in a getaway. They don’t need much of a plan for their trip because they are comfortable going with the flow, meeting new people along the way, and coming home having had the most amazing experience on this scenic island.
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