Ever wonder why that one friend of yours is obsessed with the mountains? Or maybe you're the person who favors a hike over a beach day, any day. Well, according to a new study, it all boils down to personality.
New work recently published in the suggests that your vacation preference depends on how you answer one simple question: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
After gathering personality information from a total of 921 undergraduate students, the team behind the study asked where each student prefers to vacation, either the ocean or the mountains.
When the results were compared, the results showed that introverted students were drawn towards mountain settings, while the extroverts more frequently chose the beach as their go-to spot. What's more, introversion and extroversion were the only noticeable difference between participants who selected the mountains over the ocean, as age, gender, and socioeconomic status didn't seem to factor in.
For introverts, a secluded, serene escape, like one of these tranquil retreats, might do the trick. Extroverts, on the other hand, may want to comb through this list of America's most walkable beach towns. For those who find themselves somewhere in between, there's always this designed for group relaxation