1-10 Points: You love the beach! If there’s sun, sand and hammocks you’re in your personal paradise. If you don’t mind splurging, French Polynesia is an excellent choice, although I recommend going beyond Tahiti to islands like Fakarava (great for diving), Raiatea (amazing culture and heritage) and Tahaa (just bike, hike and enjoy the natural beauty). If you’re on a budget, Mancora in Peru is beautiful and incredibly affordable, with local meals costing less than $5 and taxis to anywhere costing $1. I also love Barcelona for some urban beach action, Punta Cana for resort action that doesn’t feel like Cancun and Hawaii’s Big Island is perfect for an epic beach-filled road trip. And for something incredibly quirky, The Exumas in the Bahamas have everything from swimming pigs to deserted islands inhabited by iguanas to James Bond’s beautiful underwater lair.
11-20 Points: You’re a budget traveler! Me too. As a backpacker who loves traveling longer and smarter, I typically opt for destinations where I can really stretch my dollar. While Southeast Asia has a number of worthwhile places to visit, for me personally coming from the USA it can be tricky to get to without spending a lot. This is why I typically opt for Latin America: Colombia, Guatemala and Bolivia are just a few of my favorite cheap and worthwhile travel choices.
21-30 Points: You’re an adventure traveler! An adrenaline rush is the highlight of any trip, and you’re always looking for great destinations to have unique thrills. Zorbing — rolling down a hill while inside a giant beach ball pooled with soapy water — in New Zealand was potentially the most atypical adventure I’ve ever had. New Zealand in itself is full of adventures: blackwater rafting through Waitomo’s, limestone caves, hang-gliding in Abel Tasman National Park and hiking Franz Josef Glacier, to name a few. Some other adventure travel destinations I love include Banos, Eucador; Interlaken, Switzerland; Patagonia, South America; and Telluride, Colorado.
31-40 Points: You love traveling in style! While I don’t cover luxury travel a lot on Jessie on a Journey — although I do write about traveling like a VIP on a budget — I do sometimes enjoy luxury travel if I’m with friends or there is a responsible tourism aspect, such as when I covered Southern Ocean Lodge on my online magazine, Epicure & Culture. Some of my favorite luxury destinations to date have been French Polynesia (stay on a your own private island on Tahaa), the Galapagos Islands (it’s not as expensive as you’d think once on island) and South Africa (take a sunrise Champagne balloon ride over Magaliesburg near the Cradle of Humankind, go on a luxury safari and spend a few nights on a working wine farm in the Constantia Valley, an easy day trip from Cape Town).
41-50 Points: You’re a nature traveler! You love immersing yourself in eco-friendly ventures and learning about local flora and fauna. This can be an extremely eye-opening way to travel, as well as an opportunity to re-connect with the true essence of a place. Some top nature destinations for me have been The Amazon Jungle, Tobago, Tayrona National Park in Colombia and Vilcabamba in Ecuador (super budget-friendly!). I’ve never been, but I’ve also heard Costa Rica is a prime place to go if you enjoy nature.
51-60 Points: You’re a roaming foodie! You love exploring the local eats when traveling, savoring your way through a destination, taking cooking classes and getting away from English menus for more authentic fare. While I can’t think of too many places where I’ve despised the food, there are a few standout destinations. If you love spicy food, Albuquerque is the land of the fresh green chile (Sadie’s Restaurant is amazing). Of course, no food guide would be complete without mentioning Italy, especially Tuscany, where rolling hillsides showcase olive groves, lemon trees and endless rows of sangiovese. Other top food destinations for me have been New Orleans, Portland and Brooklyn (especially for farm-to-table), Argentina (the land of delicious meat) and Jordan for uber fresh Middle Eastern fare and lots of opportunities to go local, evening eating with a local family.
61-70 Points: You’re an urban traveler! You love getting lost in big cities and discovering the unique personalities of different neighborhoods. I may be biased as I’m from Long Island, but New York City has so much to offer for urban travelers: local walking tours, eclectic neighborhoods and innovative experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Other awesome city destinations I’ve loved include London, Sydney, Melbourne, Portland (Oregon), Bogota (a bit rough but amazing street art and culture opportunities), Cusco, Buenos Aires and Istanbul.
71-80 Points: You’re a culture carnivore! When you travel, it’s all about getting to live as the locals do and get an authentic perspective on a place. For this I recommend opting for a homestay for accommodation as well as locally-owned restaurants and local tour companies and guides. This is also the most responsible way to travel, as you help boost the economy of the community you’re visiting. There are a number of sharing economy services now making it easier to travel locally, such as EatWith, Airbnb, Lyft, Vayable and Adventure.com. You may also want to visit places that aren’t on many Top 10 and Best Places lists, meaning they’re less likely to be overrun with tourism. For me, I’ve felt truly immersed in local culture when visiting Ghana, Butterfly Valley in China and Chiang Rai in Thailand, especially in the Hill Tribe villages.