Classification of Travelers According to Purpose

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Travelers are often given different categories.
Travelers are often given different categories. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Travelers have a wide range of classifications or categories based on the type of travel they are engaged in. This is an important detail during travel because it results in getting the appropriate travel insurance or the appropriate visa for international flights. All international travel must have a passport. Inappropriate insurance or the wrong visa can create problems for the traveler, so knowing the classification by purpose makes a differences in travel.

Business Travelers

Business travelers are the men and women who are traveling for business or job purposes. This might result in international travel, or it might remain in the United States depending on the job and the type of business. Business travelers going to an international location need an appropriate business or work visa for the country before leaving based on the length of their stay. Regardless of location, business travelers should get appropriate travel insurance for items like work computers.

Student Travelers

Student travelers is the group that is either traveling for educational purposes or the travelers who are going for vacation between classes during school breaks. Student travelers going abroad must have appropriate visas, which will differ depending on whether the trip is a pleasure trip or an educational trip. For an education trip, student visas allowing the student to study in a school are necessary, though countries differ in exact requirements. For vacationing purposes, students need a tourist visa for international travel. Visas are not required for traveling within the United States. Travel insurance for students will usually cover items like laptops and digital cameras.

Group Travelers

The group traveler is the large tourist group, often of friends and family, who have at least 10 individuals within the group. In most cases group travelers are going as tourists to any given location. When applying for a visa, group travelers usually apply for a tourist visa to a country. For insurance purposes, group travelers often get special rates or deals because of the large number of individuals.

Medical Travelers

Medical travelers are those who are traveling to see a specialized doctor for a medical ailment. For example, traveling from one side of the country to the other to see a specific medical doctor. This type of traveler will vary in needs for both insurance or visas depending on the location of the travel. If traveling to a location outside the United States the appropriate visa will either be a tourist or visitors visa or a medical visa if the country has a separate category.

Family, Senior or Single Vacationers

Vacationers who are not part of a large group, but rather fall under a family, senior or single’s category, are often separated in insurance. As far as visas for international travel are concerned, the typical visa is a tourist or visitor's visa. For short-term visits, some countries might have a visa waiver, such as travel to Japan, which allows Americans with a valid passport to enter the country up to 90 days without a visa. In general, most countries will require a valid visa.

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