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The Tour Group Troop, First-Time Wanderlusters, D-List Insta-lebrity... Have You Met Them All?

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 01, 2015 -- There is no end of varied and fascinating places to visit around the world. And yet, wherever you go, there are some things that stay the same. Amazingly, that often includes the personas of visitors to these destinations. The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have been taking notes on the lovers, the photo bugs, families and more to come up with The 11 People You Meet at Every Tourist Hot Spot. While you are out exploring the wonders of the world, take a moment to people watch too. It's one way to see how much we all share!

Below are six of the classic tourist types to make our list. See how many you've met on your travels:

  • The Millennial Wanderer - You don't have to meet them in person. You can meet them virtually and follow along on their travels via their blog, which will surely have a clever title like "The Bucket Listicle" or "Urban Nomaddict." They are all about the experience and will be quick to share the hidden gems they've found along their journey. You may run into one in Rome at the Coliseum, but they surely spent the previous night drinking the finest local Italian reds at a hole-in-the-wall trattoria with the best homemade Bolognese you will ever taste. They booked their trip online using mostly credit card points and frequent flyer miles and are quick to share how much they saved. You can do it, too. Just follow them on Twitter for the link.

  • The Fanny Pack Fashionista - This tourist attraction staple is ready for anything. In the real world, they may be a fashion-savvy trendsetter, but, once the vacation clock starts running, they'll trade their heels for sensible shoes with carefully placed Dr. Scholl's inserts and forgo their designer purse for the ubiquitous hands-free tourist accoutrement - the fanny pack. (They'll call it a belt bag, but we'll know the truth.) These organized early birds will be up with the sun to get the best spread from the hotel's continental breakfast, and they'll have an itinerary for the day planned out before you can scrape jelly onto half a stale bagel.

  • The Multigenerational Jet-setters - Most often found at theme parks and beaches, this tight-knit brood likes to travel in packs. They are quick to request family photos and, before you can tell them to say cheese, they will systematically arrange themselves by height like a team of synchronized swimmers. When in quieter settings like museums or monuments, the younger members of these units may get fussy. Nothing adds to the ambiance of the Louvre like a crying child throwing a tantrum on the gallery floor. Now, we may finally know what the Mona Lisa was thinking.

  • The Wayfaring Fact Checker - You will find this rare breed reading the placard in front of every monument, museum and McDonald's they come across. Did you know they stopped counting the number of burgers sold when they reached 99 billion and that the arches were incorporated into the fast food chain's logo in 1962? This classic arm-chair traveler has read up on their destination extensively and no longer needs a guide book to spout facts and figures. Alas, despite their knowledge, they will not pass up an opportunity to read from museum signage. You may find a collective of unaware tourists slowly tacking on to the end of their group, believing themselves to be on an impromptu guided tour.

  • The Selfie Stick in the Mud - Many attractions like Orlando's Disney World, the National Gallery in London and 19 Smithsonian museums have already banned the selfie stick, which will limit the number of places you can run into this controversial and unwelcome specimen. Like smokers, they are being slowly weaned from populated areas. And for good reason. Wielding a selfie stick can be a dangerous game, especially when their primary concern is fitting their entire squad in the frame and not so much innocent passersby. If you are one of the unfortunate souls traveling with a Selfie Stick in the Mud, you will spend much of your time waiting for them to get just the right shot. If only there was an easier way to take a photo with multiple people in the picture. Maybe suggest an alternative: other people - the original selfie stick.

  • The PDA-dventurers - Some say the couple that travels together stays together, but if you run into this attached-at-the-lips twosome, you may want to keep your distance. You can find them spooning in flight, taking selfies at the Eiffel Tower or sitting on the same side of a booth sharing a single strand of spaghetti. They might think there is no such thing as too much PDA in the city of love - but from your vantage point, that's debatable. They may approach you with a request to take their photo. And they will gladly tell you where they met, how long they've been together and how many kids they plan to have. It doesn't matter that they don't know you and that you didn't ask.

Want more people to watch for on your next getaway? Check out these five additional tourist personalities that round out our list: the Tour Group Troop; the First-Time Wanderlusters; the Backpacking Bro; the D-List Insta-lebrity; and the Nomadic Empty Nester. To read the full details on these and see Cheapflights.com's complete 11 People You Meet at Every Tourist Hot Spot, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/the-11-people-you-meet-at-every-tourist-hot-spot.

About Cheapflights.com, part of the Momondo Group
Momondo Group is an online travel media and technology company that is driven by the belief that an open world is a better world. The group now serves travel search and inspiration to over 17.5 million visitors a month -- plus 8 million travel newsletter subscribers -- via its Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) and momondo (www.momondo.com) brands. Skygate began the sourcing of complex air-travel data in 1992, while Cheapflights pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users in 1996 and momondo launched meta-search in the Nordic countries in 2006. The Group has offices in London, Copenhagen and Boston with a consumer base across more than 30 core international markets but users all over the world.

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