Stories & Characters

Holiday Characters - The SHERPA

The Godsend . The Performer . The Joker . The Martyr . The Sherpa . The Ligger . The Trojan . The Shirker . What's your type?

To help you form the perfect party and get a balance of personalities, we've drawn up a list of holiday archetypes. We've defined people by what they do or don't do. You may cringe at one or two and say hey, that's me. But secretly, we'd all like to know who and what we are. Don't worry, we're not about to subject you to Jungian psychoanalysis. For one, we're not qualified, and two, it's a bit deep for holidays. So, we promise to keep it light and have some fun. And if we strike a nerve, let's hope it's the funny bone.


The Sherpa

Illustration by Paul Davis

Behold the one who leads the way. With a Sherpa you don't need a map. This bloodhound can sniff out the best pub when you're walking over a moor in the mist and will always know the direction home. The Sherpa mingles with the locals to discover all the shortcuts and secret spots on day one. If the weather sulks, they'll  find a quirky place to go that perks everyone up. They are considerate and plan ahead. They give you energy you didn't know you had and take you places you'd never go, like the crack-of-sparrows Zumba class at the local WI.

Am I a bit of a Ligger?>

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