- FIT - Free independent traveller or tourist
FITs follow the concept of individual travel. In this type of travel, 5 or fewer people are allowed whether they are a couple or individuals. This type of travellers enjoys flexible timings and prefers travelling at their own pace. They make their own itineraries and routes without any prior consultation from tour guides; however, they sometimes use travel agents. These travellers are passionately adventure driven and they don’t indulge themselves in mass tourism or group travels. The main motto of FITs is “travel solo and intimate” and they stick by it no matter what. They are ‘purist’ and tend to explore any destination’s culture, cuisine, history all by themselves. Blending among locals and try to learn their everyday routine is in their expertise. Most FITs are people with above-average income. Many travel agencies and tour operators now cater to FITs by giving them the option to design their own trip but The FIT package is costlier than the GIT package due to group size, customization, etc.
- GIT – Group inclusive tour / traveller
Group Inclusive travellers are the complete opposite of FITs. It’s for the travellers who prefer to travel in large groups, mainly the group that accommodates more than 5 persons. The rate of this tour package is low, based on the size of the group, and it includes all the expenses of food, meals, sightseeing. GITs choose to travel to a certain destination with the help of a tour guide. There’s also a non- escort group travel where the group travels without a tour guide. Although it’s not necessary, most of the group travelers go for travel agents or tour guides because most of them include family members , they prefer to be safe in an unknown destination. In a nutshell, GITs define the concept of group management and serve the purpose of a group tour.
- Business Travellers
As the name suggests, these travellers travel for work. These people always travel for professional reasons and to indulge themselves in the world of work. This type of travellers can also be called MICE Travellers [Meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions] or MESE Travellers [ Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events]. All major cities have conference centres that cater the needs of business tourists.
- Health or Medical Travellers
Travellers looking to undergo surgery that is cheaper in another country, medical treatment that is not available in their homeland, to visit a holiday spa or to get recovered in a healthier climate falls under the category of medical travellers. For example; many people from abroad come to India for Ayurvedic treatment.
- Adventure Travellers
Adventure travellers actively seek high-forms of unusual and exciting experiences. They are not afraid of participating in life-threatening activities, such as Rock- climbing, skydiving, river rafting, shark cave diving and bungee jumping etc.
- Cultural Travellers
These travellers blend themselves with local people and get affiliated with their culture and history. Their main motive of travelling is to expand their cultural knowledge of different destinations of the world. These tourists participate in cultural festivals like Jazz Festival in Cape Town etc to get mixed with the local crowd.
- Leisure Travellers
These people are seeking a break from their redundant life and just want to travel for rest and relaxation. They travel to revitalise and rejuvenate themselves, to forget their life of exhausting and mundane nature for a while. Most leisure travellers go for a cruise trip as their perfect type of vacation.
- Religious Travellers
Travellers that want to see and experience places of religious importance. There are many religious destinations in the world such as the Hajj in Mecca, Jerusalem in Israel, Varanasi in India, and the Vatican in Rome.
- Backpacking or Youth Traveller
Generally have little luggage with them while they travel on a budget. These travellers want to experience adventure and excitement, so they tend to travel independently. They enjoy meeting other travellers on the road, and have flexible travel schedules. A group of young tourists on a weekend walking tour in the mountains, or a student touring around the country by bus are examples of this type of travellers.
- Gap- year Travellers
These travellers are students who don’t want to study further or enter a job opportunity after school, so instead they take a break called a gap year. They travel, work and earn money, learn new skills or do volunteer work in another country. During this time they gain skills and life experience before resuming their education. These young people are also known as "gappers".