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Your ideal beach vacation – discover your beachgoer personality and you could win a mini surfboard!

lying on Huntington Beach CA

Do you want to be this guy right now?

Who doesn’t love a beach vacation or a weekend beach getaway?

The sand between your toes.  The smell of sunscreen and a warm summer breeze.  Sand castles and surfing.

Summer is almost here and the beach is calling our name.

According to a recent survey done by Expedia, almost everyone enjoys time on the beach.  Some people even want time at the beach more than they want time with their family.

I grew up near one of the most popular beaches on the east coast – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I met many people who thought a Myrtle Beach vacation in the sun and sand was paradise.

While I didn’t necessarily feel the same (after all, this was my home), I’ve definitely enjoyed my share of beaches.  I’ve been to beaches in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, California, Croatia, and Portugal just to name a few.

I’ve done the romantic walks on the beach hand in hand.  I’ve almost drowned in the ocean (which prompted by dad to sprint from his chair on the beach to come get me).

I’ve been stung by a jellyfish.  I’ve competed in beach volleyball tournaments.  I’ve been sunburned to the point of tears.  And I’ve wrestled with a shark in a fight for my life.

OK I am just kidding about that last one.  However, growing up at the beach I have spent a lot of time there.  And while I haven’t wrestled with sharks I have been to a nude beach in Portugal, written a guide to Kauai, and listed an island in Croatia as one of my off the beaten path places in Europe.

Yet to the surprise of some, I am not a big fan of the beach.

Despite my numerous beach experiences, I am no expert  on beaches.  However, Expedia conducted a survey and the results are in – people love a beach vacation.

Beachgoer behavior and your favorite beach vacation

Huntington Beach welcome to paradise

Discover your beachgoer personality and win one of these mini surfboards!

Expedia’s 2012 Flip Flop report surveyed nearly 8600 people in 21 countries.  Americans spend nearly 40% of their vacation days at the beach and the average beach holiday is just under 8 days.

So what are the most important factors when picking a beach vacation?  Exactly what you think they would be – total vacation price and the beach itself.  14 of the 21 countries surveyed rated these as the two most important factors.

78% of Americans said that total price of the beach vacation was the most important factor.  So while people want to go to the beach, they want to make sure they get a good deal for their trip.

Of the total people surveyed, 52% plan on taking a beach vacation this year.  And despite my efforts to get people off the beach in Kauai, the two most popular activities were relaxing and sunbathing.  The Irish were the most likely to relax, Mexicans the most likely to lie on the beach, and the Brazilians the most likely to exercise.

Like to swim?  Join the Germans as most of them like to spend their beach time in the water.

Want to sunbathe in the nude?  The Germans are also your friends as they had the highest percentage, 15%, of nude sunbathers.  A little behind the Germans were the Spanish and Indians.  Bringing up the rear (but not likely to expose theirs) were Americans, British (both at 2%), and Japanese (1%) – the least likely to sunbathe sans clothes.

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Almost 40 years after the movie debuted, Jaws still scares people.  50% of people consider sharks when planning a beach vacation and 68% admit to being afraid of sharks when swimming.

So if you dare to go back into the water or just want to relax or sunbathe, it’s OK.  With Memorial Day around the corner and the summer travel season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about your summer beach vacation.

So how do you know what is the best beach vacation for you?

Check out the full results of the 2012 Expedia Flip Flop report.

Find your best beach vacation with the Expedia Summer Sale

So now we all know you like the beach.  You may not admit it but most of you are going to spend a week there.  However, how do you know what is the best beach for you?

Expedia beachgoer

Click on the photo to take the quiz!

Fortunately, Expedia has created an app that helps you find the answer.  You can answer six travel questions about your beach habits and preferences and Expedia will tell you what type of beachgoer you are.

Do you want a little adventure or do you prefer to find the best deal?  Do you want a high end resort so you can be pampered and relaxed or do you want a spiritual retreat?  Do you want to stuff yourselves or party the night away?

Check out the Expedia Blogger Bucket List app on Facebook and take the quiz.  Once you get your results, you will get your beachgoer personality and be matched up with your Travel blogger beach profile.

Tell me what type of beachgoer you are in the comments and you will be entered to win one of the mini surfboards shown above!**

Here are the categories for which you can find deals:

  • Adventure Travel
  • Budget Travel
  • Family Travel
  • Beach Bum
  • Exotic Travel
  • Zen
  • Luxury and Fashion
  • Foodie
  • History/Culture Buff
  • Party

Party in Rio de Janeiro or Ibiza.  Find your sense of adventure in Mongolia or Reykjavic.  Or enjoy a more exotic side in Micronesia or the Galapagos.

And if you want to explore a little more, find out what your travel blogger match recommends with their favorite destinations (check out the blogger profiles to see the places that are on their bucket lists).

As one of the bloggers listed, note that my list might be a little different than yours.  While I like the beach, I also like to explore a little too so maybe you will enjoy a different type of beach vacation as well!

beachgoer Expedia Summer SaleExpedia wants to help you find the best beach for you and offers you some deals.  With the Expedia Summer Sale, you can save money on your beach vacation with hotel deals, last minute getaways, and beach deals that match your geographic location and beachgoer profile.

The deals run May 15 through August 31 so you can plan and enjoy a beach vacation any time this summer.

So since you are going to the beach anyways, take this fun quiz and save a little money on your ideal beach vacation.

What type of beachgoer are you?  Share your results, tell us where you are going this summer, and win a mini surfboard!

**Deadline to enter the mini surfboard giveaway is June 8, 2012 11:59 PM PST!

Disclosure – The mini surfboard giveaway is not associated with, endorsed by, or administered by Facebook or Expedia.  Participation in this giveaway is voluntary.  While participation in the Expedia app is suggested to determine your beachgoer personality, you do not have to participate in the quiz or app to say what kind of beachgoer you are.  A winner will be chosen at random using random.org.  If you choose to participate, you must leave a valid email address, be a fan on Budget Travel Adventures on Facebook, and post a comment about what type of beachgoer you are (feel free to share more of your beach stories or experiences as well).

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  1. Lol turns out I’m a water-loving gourmet-eating Korean Dude! LOL

    Great post as always!! Excited to be heading to the beach this weekend! =)

  2. I can’t access facebook where I am right now, but I would say that I’m an adventure-foodie-party-beach-bum!

  3. Stephanie Stafford says:

    I am a Shell-Collectin Gourmet-Eatin Korean Gal lol! WHat can I say I like beach food? =) @slstaffo

    • Well you are the second Shell Collectin person I’ve had but not Gourmet eatin or Korean! I like beach food too! What type of beach would be your favorite? Will you go on a beach vacation this year?

  4. Leah Travels says:

    I’m a Laptop-Packin’, Totally Relaxin’ Singaporean Gal. That’s pretty funny since Singapore is a deep port country. That’s why they have so many ship yards there. The only beaches you’d want to visit are on Sentosa Island, and those are man-made. Whatever…it was a fun quiz.

  5. Cheryl Armstrong says:

    I am a shell collectin, family focusin irish gal! pretty funny. thanks for the chance. hoping to make it to the beach later this summer!

  6. Curtis says:

    I am an active beachgoer. I love to play in the water or on the beach.

  7. Sounds like fun! I think I’m totally an exotic beach goer.

    • You’ve been to so many beaches I am sure you already know! :) However, you should take the quiz – the results are really crazy. I am curious what it would say for you.

  8. brittany says:

    it said I am a uber chillin’ brazilian dude lol!!!

    and this summer i plan on going to our local beach all the time. I LOVE the beach!

    • From reading the survey, Brazilians like to exercise on the beach. Are you active on the beach?

      What’s your local beach? What activities do you recommend for the beach?

  9. Craig Slocum says:

    I’m a play in the water beach goer!

  10. John B. says:

    I definitely would call myself a Beach Bum!

    • You and a few million others John! :)

      Have you taken the quiz on Expedia? People have had a lot of fun with the results and it’s only six questions. If you got a few minutes and haven’t done it, it’s a lot of fun.

  11. Betty N says:

    Shell Collectin’ Uber-Chillin’ Singaporean Gal huh I would just have picked Zen lol

    • So does the Shell Collectin Uber Chillin Singaporean Gal fall under the Zen one? You’re the third Shell Collectin that I know of so far! I wonder if it’s mostly women that like to collect shells? :)

  12. I am a fun in the sun beach goer… I breathe beach..love the sounds of the crashing waves… of the birds flying over…of children laughing and playing in the sea and sand… watching people make sand castles…shell collecting,…. closing my eyes while sitting on a beach blanket and just listening to the sounds of seaside life… that’s the kind of beach goer I am. Cottage chic~ resort spa~ island getaway… all beckon to me. My friends are shellers, surfers, sailors, boaters, boogieboarders, windkiters, pilates and yoga on the beach trainors… and more!
    Cathy B
    pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom
    @projecthope7 twitter

    • Cathy, glad that you love the beach. I grew up at the beach so I’ve had my share of beach days. It’s what my parents normally did for a vacation – a week at the beach. A few years ago, I was in Kauai and stayed in a house right on the beach. All night long, I heard the crashing of the waves – it’s perfect!

      We aren’t the same type of beachgoers but glad we all can enjoy the beach in different ways. With your love of the beach, do you have a favorite beach? What was your best beach memory?

  13. Laptop Packin total Relaxing Korean Dude

    Actually I like places where I can sit in the shade and watch the waves – no sun for me anymore – love surfing the wave but yes Sharks are too plentiful in florida to enjoy

    • Yeah, sharks are most everywhere these days. Thank goodness I don’t surf because I would really be freaked out by them then. What are your favorite beaches to hang out?

  14. Hmmm, there were a couple answers for each ? that fit me well, so tried it both ways. I’m a water-lovin and shell collectin'(well that much I knew!) new beach findin’ but often practical thinkin’ Korean gal. Why exactly am I Korean? LOL

    • Well there were lots of answers based on how you answer the questions. You can take the quiz as many times as you want, lie, and see what other results there are! :)

      As for why you are Korean, I have no idea. I think I am going to take it again to see what I am (I forgot)!

  15. Margaret says:

    I always travel with my daughter, so I’m all about family travel and family beaches. I most enjoy beaches that provide water activity lessons (surfing, wake boarding, etc) for her.

    • Did you get a chance to take the quiz? It’s a lot of fun. I’ve never done the surfing or wake boarding thing but I like to swim. I prefer my beaches near the lake though but grew up at one of the most popular beaches on the east coast.

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