Gifting Your Children Vacations Instead of Toys Can Lead to Advanced Brain Development

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Stressing about holiday gifts and looking for alternatives to expensive toys for your children? We have exciting news for you. Gifting your children experiences coupled with bonding time might be better for their soul and mind rather than breakable toys! 


In 2017, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships surveyed close to 500 women between 18 and 93 years old and published a study. The women were asked to answer the question, “Most people feel loved when … ” — and guess what? The most popular answers had nothing to do with receiving tangible items.


“Our research found that micro-moments of positivity, like a kind word, cuddling with a child or receiving compassion make people feel most loved,” — Dr. Zita Oravecz, Human Development and Family Studies Professor at Pennsylvania State University, one of the study’s authors — told NPR.


Britain’s best-selling psychological author, Oliver James, in a conversation with The Telegraph asks “Do you have any idea what an extraordinary proportion of presents we give children aren’t actually wanted or valued?” 


“Give a 2-year-old a present and she’ll get absorbed in the box instead. It’s similar with children and travel. We should let them explore their own ways of finding wonder in their surroundings,” James advised.


A British child psychologist, Dr. Margot Sunderland, wrote a piece for The Telegraph in 2017. “Aside from a potential boost to long-term happiness, vacations can make children smarter. What is less widely known is that vacations can also advance brain development in children. This is because, on a family vacation, you are exercising two genetically ingrained systems deep in the brain’s limbic area, which can all too easily be ‘unexercised’ in the home.”, writes Dr. Margot.


“These are the PLAY system and the SEEKING system (Panksepp 2016),” Sunderland adds, explaining that the brain’s PLAY system “is exercised every time you bury your child’s feet in the sand, tickle them on the pool lounger, or take them for a ride on your back. The SEEKING system is exercised each time you go exploring together: the forest, the beach, a hidden gem of a village.”


“So when you take your child on a vacation, you are supporting their explorative urge (SEEKING system) a vital resource for living life well, and their capacity to play (PLAY system). In adulthood, this translates into the ability to play with ideas — essential, for example, to the successful entrepreneur,” she added.


According to James, it’s worth noting that vacations “remove us, physically, from our highly pressured everyday lives where everyone’s focused on meeting targets. They are times when everyone can relax and be playful together.”


“This collaborative playtime — devoid of solo-focused toys and technology — is a crucial human experience, for children especially, but for adults too. Without it, life is very empty and lacking in joy,” he added.


About the pros of traveling with younger ones, James added – “Children see the world differently. Through consumption, for example, The way that French cafés have Orangina instead of Fanta is fascinating to kids, and details like that will stick with them for long after the vacation ends.”


When you travel, you gain richer experiences, create deeper relationships, and make memories that will be a source of happiness and stay with you forever. Read more about how traveling helps build relationships here.

Written by Taige Zhang
Founder of Fairytrail


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The Campfire Is LIT


Dear Explorer,

We believe the world is a beautiful, magical place. And it’s no surprise, we are attracting those who think like us.

Through this app, I’ve connected with CEOs of tech companies, professional athletes, TED speakers, Google employees, Harvard grads, airline employees, journalists, doctors, college students, and even people who have lived in a small town their whole lives. What unites us is our passion to explore the world’s people, cultures, and places.

We made Campfire for positive, curious, and adventurous people like us. This Facebook Group is an opportunity to network and share anything related to your business, passions, and goals.

Life is full of magic. We’ll help you discover it. Contact us if you feel you could be a good moderator and help us shape the community.

Shoutout to Iceland and Australia for the most user growth last week! 

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Taige & Fairytrail Team


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Male Fairytrail Characters – Which One Are You?


We gave you the rundown of the Female Fairytrail characters; now we would like to invite you to get to know the Male Fairytrail characters. Interested in knowing which one you are? To read about why Fairytrail uses Fairytale characters to help people get to know their matches, read this article.

The Myers-Briggs Test is a widely adopted personality test that helps people to understand more about themselves. It is also helpful for others to get to know your traits and why you do things the way you do. If you are new to the MBTI test, take a free test here to find out what personality type you are!

Compatibility is crucial for any relationship, but it can be difficult to know exactly the type of person you are most compatible with. Fairytrail requires each user to assign themselves a character that best aligns with their personality type. This not only allows people to get a better idea of how they might get along, but it also helps in figuring out which characters they seem to get along best with, and therefore which characters to look for in order to increase chances of success. 



male fairytrail character - aladdin

ESTP (Extroverted. Sensing. Feeling. Perceiving)

Highly adaptable, fun and charming; they possess boundless energy. Adventurous and enthusiastic, with an appreciation for material comforts.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

People of ESTP type are generally the first you’ll notice or become aware of in a crowd. They love to be at the center of attention and always have an impact on their immediate surroundings. They enjoy and are comfortable living under the spotlight.

They possess boundless energy and prioritizes fun, living on the edge with little concern for their personal safety at times. They push themselves and others to the max, taking risks with very little hesitation to get what they want. They are natural group leaders that bring an air of life and excitement everywhere they go.

Their enthusiasm and adventurousness make them really fun people to be around. There’s always something to do or somewhere to explore.

Here are some famous people that have the ESTP personality type: Jack Nickelson, Eddie Murphy, Madonna, Ernest Hemingway 


John Smith

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ENFP (Extroverted. Intuitive. Feeling. Perceiving)

Calm, cool, and open-minded. Quick to recognize another person’s strengths and weaknesses.

“It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

Intuitively honest and effortlessly genuine, the ENFP type value true spirit, independence, creativity, and freedom. Their self-esteem is built on their ability to innovate and create solutions.

Thanks to their imagination and passion, they will not be beaten down by the stress in life. They know how to relax and wind-down from the little stresses of everyday life, transitioning from serious work mode during the day to free-spirited on the dance floor at night.

Adaptable and accepting, their intuition leads them to be in tune with their own emotions and allows them to connect emotionally with others; they really get to know and understand what inspires people around them, while also recognizing their strengths and weaknesses.

A relationship with an ENFP type is an enjoyable journey of mutual exploration and imagination. They seek to connect with a soulmate and are not afraid to fully commit.

Famous people you may know that are ENFP type personalities: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Williams, Quentin Tarantino, RM (Kim Nam-joon) 


General Shang

male fairytrail character - general shang

ISTJ (Introverted. Sensing. Thinking. Judging)

Loyal, faithful, dependable, with a strong sense of duty. Operate in relation to internal beliefs and values.

“Associate yourself with men with good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

The sensibility and perfection of the ISTJ type mean that they like to get things done, and to do them well. They place great value on and pride themselves in their sense of duty and extreme loyalty.

Very much a team leader, they strategize to ensure minimal mistakes, but take full responsibility when things don’t go as planned; they hold themselves accountable for their actions.

The ISTJ type comes across as quiet and secretive; they really value their privacy and are slow to open up to and admit their feelings to others.

What famous people might you know that have this ISTJ personality type? Sting, Denzel Washington, Angela Merkel, Natalie Portman  


Prince Charming

male fairytrail character - prince charming

ESFJ (Extroverted. Sensing. Feeling. Judging)

Warm, caring, and compassionate; valuing cooperation, they are unpretentious, valiant and selfless.

“Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” –  Deborah Day.

Extraordinarily caring and always ready to help, the ESFJ type is highly sociable and popular individuals. They care deeply about their loved ones, be their family or friends. When it comes to romantic relationships, the ESFJ doesn’t mess around; they take things very seriously, rarely participating in anything that could be considered a casual fling.

Charming in the least pretentious way, they are widely popular and sought after and while they are good with and seem to enjoy the attention, they handle their popularity with a grace that keeps intact and holds true to their valiance and dignity.

Famous people that are an ESFJ personality type: Taylor Swift, Bill Clinton, Jennifer Garner, Steve Harvey  


Peter Pan

male fairytrail character - peter pan

ESFP (Extroverted. Sensing. Feeling. Perceiving)

Outgoing, friendly and spontaneous; always up for an adventure.

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you surely don’t deserve me at my best.”– Marilyn Monroe.

ESPF types are spontaneous, energetic and fun-loving. Playful and with a great sense of humor, they like to draw people out of their shells and encourage them to have a good time. Easily pleased, there’s nothing they like more than good times with good friends.

They are born entertainers, sometimes seen as performers because they are energetic and have a contagious enthusiasm for life. Outgoing and spontaneous, they wish to live their life to the fullest. They enjoy being under the spotlight and are able to make their own stage anywhere.

Chatty and lovable people, they care deeply about others. While they may go too far and can be stubborn at times, their intentions are never malicious.

What famous entertainers do you have the same personality type as? Elton John, Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Oliver, Adele  


Robin Hood

robin hood

ENTP (Extroverted. Intuitive. Thinking. Perceiving)

Witty, creative and caring, they see the big picture and want the best for everyone.

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy.” – Thomas J. Watson.

ENTP’s are generally smart and enjoy an intellectual challenge. If you want to argue with an ENTP type, prepare yourself for defeat against this natural-born debater – they are in their element when challenged. They are thinkers, more than do-ers.

Their knowledge and confidence to speak out make them endearingly charming. They use pre-existing knowledge in novel and creative ways. Energetic and enthusiastic, they take every opportunity presented to them to learn something new. Being a partner of a true thinker, life is never boring because they will have plenty of new ideas to surprise, entertain and even challenge you with.

Their cunning wit and desire for challenges and intellectual debate can come across at times as precocious and argumentative, but beneath the surface, they are generous and have good hearts; they really do just want what’s best for everyone.

Famous people that are ENTP’s: Adam Savage, Mark Twain, Sarah Silverman, Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic  


King Arthur

king arthur

ENFJ (Extroverted. Intuitive. Feeling. Judging)

 A born leader; kind, reliable, inspiring, adventurous.

“Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your every act can open hearts and minds.”–  David Deida.

ENFJ types are inspiring and natural-born leaders. A typical and passionate altruist, they stand up for what they believe in. They often focus on values and vision, caring about what is best for humanity. They value self-development and also the development of others, with high hopes of contributing to a brighter future for themselves as well as, if not more importantly, for those around them.

As a leader, the ENFJ type is reliable and tolerant. A good leader has to be a good listener, listening and accepting other peoples’ opinions, be they positive or negative. Their selflessness makes them much loved and admired by those that know them.

They prioritize others’ happiness over their own. They take relationships seriously, dedicating time and effort to show commitment in a relationship, making them reliable and trustworthy partners.

Do you see yourself as somewhat similar in personality to these famous people that are ENFJ’s? Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Ben Affleck



male fairytrail character - beast

ISTP (Introverted. Sensing. Thinking. Perceiving)

Fiery, passionate, and adventurous. Always analytical and fair in their endeavors.

“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” – Confucius

ISTP’s are fiercely independent, curious, loyal, and learn from their mistakes rather than playing by the rules.

Explosive passion can sometimes be perceived as hot-headed or stubborn. These people feel strongly about the things that matter to them, including their partner. Although they are sometimes quick to react, give them time, they will always return with the best solution possible.

The adventurous child inside them loves activities like sky diving, surfing, and riding motorcycles. They are fearless in their quest for adrenaline and always have to be doing something. Beasts get bored rather quickly, so they enjoy a partner who always keeps them on their toes.

Taking time for themselves is crucial for their mental health. Activities like reading inspiring books or fixing things around the house gives them a moment to process their sense of self and current dilemmas. Depriving them of this time will make them feel stubborn and detached from their core values.

Being in a relationship with someone who is an ISTP type is intriguing and exciting. Their love will feel intense & wild, just like your life together.

Famous people you may know that have ISTP type personalities: Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, James Dean, Michael Jordan



Now that you’ve discovered which Fairytale character you are, there is only one more thing you need to do to find your princess: join Fairytrail!

Get to know amazing people from all around the world, discover incredible places just waiting for you to explore them, and plan once in a lifetime trips with people that you like and have already connected with. Are you ready for an adventure?


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Why Traveling Together Creates Chemistry

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Tired of underwhelming coffee dates and telling people about how many siblings you have? If you’re frustrated by the limited dating pool in your city, it’s time to shake up your routine by adding adventure and excitement.

Try replacing your usual date script with the unknown— find someone you get along with, and go travel together. Read on to find out what experts have to say about why traveling together can help you find the chemistry you’re looking for.

You Can Uncover Each Other’s Lifestyles, Values, and World Views

Just by choosing an adventure together, you’re already setting yourselves up for success. According to personal development consultant and New York Times bestselling author Mark Manson, it’s important to distinguish between compatibility and chemistry. He says, “Compatibility is about the long-term potential of two people. High compatibility between people comes from similarities in their lifestyles and values.” If you two are traveling together, you already share something hugely important—an interest in seeing the world, in expanding your horizons.

If you two are interested in the same kinds of adventures, all the better. Even by wanting to go on the adventure together, you and your partner have already established some major compatibility.

You Can Feel More Natural And Comfortable Around Each Other

Modern Love Editor, Daniel Jones, said in an interview: “My best suggestion for a dating app? Go on a trip abroad, or on a backcountry excursion, with 10 people you don’t know. I bet you’ll fall in love with one of them.”

You can avoid the usual awkward pitfalls of dating—lulls in conversation, overly-scripted questions, and the weirdness of not knowing what to do next—by doing something truly exciting together. As dating coach Eric Resnick told Bustle, “Good dates are interactive. Do something where you are both on your feet and moving around together… The point is that you have something to focus on other than the date. This gives you both a chance to breathe and be yourselves. It also provides you with built-in things to talk about if the conversation hits a dead spot.” Traveling together hits all the marks: getting you on your feet, giving you opportunities to be yourself, and offering something exciting to talk about.

Your Excitement Will Spark Chemistry

When you go on adventures together, you’re getting out of your comfort zones and, no innuendo intended, arousing your bodies. Why does that basic, physiological response matter when it comes to building chemistry? According to psychologists, when your blood pressure is up and you’re feeling short of breath, your brain doesn’t always know why. So, if you’re with a partner, and you’re both feeling excited, you and your partner might attribute that excitement to each other. Basically, your brain takes the excitement from whatever you’re doing and turns it into chemistry with the other person.


Photo Courtesy: Grace Chen

So, if you want to feel the sparks flying, do something exciting together. See a new place with gorgeous scenery. Try unfamiliar foods or exotic gourmet. Visit museums and art galleries. If you really want to use psychology to your advantage, get your heart racing. Go climbing or dancing, surfing, or horse riding.

Basically, if you’re looking to really feel a connection with another person, travel is an amazing way to start.

If you don’t want to sift through hundreds of profiles to find someone who is as passionate about travel as you, give the recently launched Fairytrail app a try. It’s a wholesome dating app that lets you match with a traveling partner on a fun, safe adventure.

Written by Clara Olshansky

Writer at Travel + Leisure, world traveler, and frequent online dater. After graduating from Yale, Clara taught abroad in two different countries, lived with five different host families, and traveled to 32 towns/cities: 4 in Japan, 17 in Israel, 2 in England, 1 in Germany, 7 in Greece, and 1 in Turkey.


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Fairytrail Travel Agents


Starting today, Fairytrail travel agents will be able to help you plan and book your next adventure.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo traveler or already in a relationship. This service is available to anyone through the Fairytrail app.

Wait, why would I pay someone to book my travel?

You’re already paying a commission when you book your flights from an online booking agent such as Kayak, SkyScanner, Travelocity, Hipmunk, Expedia, and Google Flights. These sites make money on commission, and often airlines pay an extra commission when these sites “nudge” you to buy a more expensive flight or pay more.

With Fairytrail, you pay the same commission (to us instead of them), but you save a lot more time and get a price guarantee.

How are you able to do all this extra work and still not charge more?

We have a distributed travel agent team based in developing economies who are very knowledgeable about finding great deals. If you work as a software engineer, one hour of your time might be worth $70 so it makes much more sense to outsource the work to any of the Fairytrail travel agents who make $1.50 per hour. And you’ll be supporting a developing economy.

We have special agreements that allow us to buy the ticket for the same price as you would by yourself, but we get a commission on it which is what pays our bills.

Here are some partners we have agreements with:

Hotels –

Flights – JetRadar

– GetYourGuide

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Top 13 Reasons Why Travelers Love Fairytrail

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travelers love Fairytrail

So what do people love the most about Fairytrail? Here’s a short summary of why travelers love Fairytrail.

1. Biggest EVER Olympic-sized dating pool. 

We have one dating market instead of tiny fragmented markets. This means more efficiency and choice. Instead of only being seen in your city, you can be seen in hundreds of other cities in your country, and even other countries! That’s a 30X dating pool increase.

2. Most time savings. 

Commuting sucks. Fairytrail lets you video chat from the convenience of where you are. Value your time by vetting your dates before investing in a date. No commute. Plus it’s safer.

3. Save money big time.

Traveling to a first date can be very pricey. Uber can cost $10 each way and drinks around $10. That’s $30 just to see if you like someone.

4. Date while on the road.

Most dating apps are location-based which means you can’t actually go on dates if you’re traveling or always moving. Luckily on Fairytrail, people are open to dating with video chat, so you can date from the hotel, airport, office– anywhere.

5. Find like-minded people.

If you are passionate about travel, curious about other cultures, and want to explore the world, there is no better dating app than Fairytrail. Couchsurfing, Airbnb, and Instagram are pretty cool, but they’re not dating apps.

6. Explore the world without leaving home.

On Fairytrail, you can meet people from other cultures and places without leaving home. It’s like getting that magical human part of travel even when you don’t have time to travel.

7. Dates are more fun.

Have adventures with someone you like. What could be better than that? Make the most of your time and have memorable life experiences instead of forgettable coffee dates.

8. Higher chance for love.

Going on an adventure together lets you spend quality time with the person to determine chemistry and compatibility. Furthermore, going on a journey is a bonding experience, so you’ll have a higher chance of developing a relationship.

9. Be pickier about who you want to meet.

Fairytrail allows you to filter for age, personality, nationality, and more, so you can date who you want, not just who’s down the street. More filters to come! That’s why travelers love Fairytrail.

10. Maximum safety from online to offline.

All our adventures are in groups and lead by professional guides (expect the cruises). It’s safer than being an Uber with just the driver. Plus we’ll verify the identity of you and your match during the booking (just like Airbnb does) and won’t purchase tickets until both parties have paid, so no one is on the hook.

11. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Fairytrail is all about the alignment of user interests with business interests. You want to have amazing adventures/dates. And we’ll do everything we can to help you with that. One dream. No tricks, no fakes because you can’t go on a date with a fake profile. We’ll even help you pick our your best photos. One dream. 

12. Gateway to your next adventure.

If you don’t know where to travel or where to live next, this is the perfect app to help you find your next adventure. People are the doors to opportunity. Fairytrail brings the world’s people to your fingertips. Another reason why travelers love Fairytrail.

13. Leverage personalities to find your match.

What matters when it comes to relationships and compatibility is your partner’s identity and personality. We allow people to filter for the Myers Briggs types they’d most like to meet using our fairytale character representations. And nationality because that is highly correlated with a person’s identity.


We hope one of these reasons applies to you. 

Our mission is to help people explore the world with someone they like. Our focus is on safety and fun. We value our community which means you .

Written by Taige Zhang
Founder of Fairytrail


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Travel The World Or Stay In Bed

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My parents met in the university through a mutual friend. My dad had just graduated from the Navy Academy and had started working as a merchant marine. My mom was becoming a medical doctor and doing her residency at the hospital. Both were living in Dalian, China at the time.

After a mutual friend introduced them, they dated for 2 years mostly on the weekends because they were very busy. After meeting each other’s parents and they decided to get married. 

My mom had many men chasing after her but chose my dad because he didn’t have any bad habits like smoking, gambling, and drinking. He was well-educated with a master’s degree (which was rare in China at the time and why Chinese people obsess over education now because they saw how education could lift people out of poverty). And lastly, he wasn’t wasteful with his money, which was a value that appealed to my mom. 

Their relationship was mostly long-distance even after they got married and had me. He was on the ocean for 6 months at a time and my mom would be busy working and teaching at the hospital. When I was three, my mom left to study in Manchester and Cambridge which made seeing each other even harder. Every few months, she would call home by spending a fistful of her hard-earned golden coins (8x£1) to make a one-minute long-distance phone from the UK to China just to hear our voices. This separation lasted for 3 years. 

We were united around the time the Berlin Wall fell. 

It was only then when we all truly started living together and seeing each other on a regular basis. Growing up with them, I came to understand how vastly different two people can view travel. 

My mom views travel as a positive. To her, it’s exciting. It makes her feel alive. It is what makes living beautiful– to see the world, to explore new places, people, and cultures.

Just take a look at her. I think this picture says it all.

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A Photo Of My Mom

My dad, on the other hand, has absolutely no desire to travel. He would always say “pay money to endure hardships.” To him, happiness is to sleep. It’s to lie in bed all day.

There is no right and wrong, just two different perspectives. They both worked really, really hard. My mom had 3 jobs at one time: scientist (9-5), hotel maid (weekends), and overnight caregiver (nights).  My dad would collect coals that fell off trains along the railroad tracks after work. So I don’t think it’s a matter of being too tired to travel.

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Courtesy: Sarah Anderson

I was thinking about this recently because sometimes people would tell me Fairytrail is stupid. Why should I date someone farther away when there’s people to date near me? To me, that sounds like my dad. Why should I leave this bed of mine when I can be so comfortable AND save money?

Then there’s people like my mom. She sees the world as a gift and something to be experienced and appreciated. I am largely in this camp. When I meet incredible people and have amazing experiences, it makes me feel alive and in love with life. Sure, it’s more effort and cost more money, but isn’t that what makes life beautiful?

We are only on this planet for a while, so for me, I’m going to be kind to people around me and enjoy myself while I’m here. I’m going to appreciate those who love me and cherish all the fragile, beautiful moments that life brings me.

Written by Taige Zhang
Founder of Fairytrail


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Female Fairytrail Characters – Which One Are You?


On Fairytrail, we use fairytale characters to help people quickly understand your identity and personality. But which character to choose? Know the various female Fairytrail characters! 

Read about the personalities below or look up your MBTI type to find the character that best represents you.

If you don’t know your MBTI type, you can take a free test here:

We have 8 female Fairytrail characters.



The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen // Denmark

ENFP (Extroverted. Intuitive. Feeling. Perceiving)

Curious, energetic, fun-loving, creative, visionary, free-spirited.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou 

People with the ENFP personality type value independence and freedom above all else. When presented with a life of routine, stability, security, they are quick to move past it. More than security, they value adventure and freedom. They also place great value in their social relationships. 

Free-spirited and inquisitive, she cannot help but question her upbringing; the plans and traditions which her family has set out for her. She has a boundless curiosity for the unknown world. Her collection of ‘thingamabobs’ is a perfect showcase of this.

She yearns to explore; to see the world unseen. At every step of her story, she follows her heart, even in the face of risk and adversity. She throws caution to the wind and pushes past doubting voices; always moving forward in pursuit of her dreams.

Famous people that are ENFP’s: Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Amy Schumer, Ellen Degeneres




Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont // France

INFP (Introverted. Intuitive. Feeling. Perceiving)

Thoughtful, imaginative, compassionate, idealistic, caring, intellectual.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

INFPs are both blessed and cursed with an extraordinary imagination. Their imagination allows them to see the world in creative and unique ways, but can also alienate them from those who don’t share the same perspective as they misunderstand.

They are able to effortlessly see the true potential in people and situations. They can see the best in others and help them realize their potential. At their core, they believe that people are good, or at least have the ability to be. 

Belle embodies these traits naturally. She’s constantly reading books, expanding her mind and point of view. Her creative thinking and big ideas do lead to her isolation from the surrounding villagers, but she is not dissuaded by being different. In addition to being intelligent and creative, she is very open-minded.

While many would run away from the Beast in fear and disgust, she is able to see deeper. She sees past appearances, past judgments, and assumptions. Looking straight into his soul, she sees his potential for good. INFPs, more than anyone else, know how to bring the best out of people.

Famous people that are INFP’s: Sarah MacLachlan, Emily Blunt, Jude Law, Mia Farrow




Cinderella by Charles Perrault // France

ISFJ (Introverted. Sensing. Feeling. Judging) & INTP (Introverted. Intuitive. Thinking. Perceiving)

Kind, reserved, loyal, considerate, resourceful, responsible, realistic.

“When you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you’re happy and it’s easy.” – Lauren Olivier 

Have you ever known someone who was admirably humble and kind? Perhaps to a fault? It’s possible they could be ISFJ or INTP. These folks are often responsible, reliable, and dependable. What’s more, is that they are extremely humble in regards to their knack for dependability. 

They see it as their duty to keep their promises and maintain their responsibilities. They fulfil their promises with the utmost kindness towards those in their lives. ISFJs and INTPs are intrinsically motivated to care for and help others. Anyone who is friends with an ISFJ or INTP will recognize this sense of selflessness that these people exude, and should count themselves lucky to have someone like that in their lives. ISFJs and INTPs are also full of enthusiasm and loyalty but seldom talk of these traits.

Cinderella had every reason to look at her situation with negativity; to relinquish any sense of hope, and to give in to the defeating feeling of despair. Despite how terribly she is treated by those in her family, she is always able to act in compassion and kindness. No matter what misfortune happens, she is ready to bounce back with positivity and joy. 

Famous people that are ISFJ’s: Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Middleton, Beyoncé

Famous people that are INTP’s: Tina Fey, Ellen Page, Kate Moss, Harper Lee




Aladdin from the Arabian Nights // Middle East

ESFP (Extroverted. Sensing. Feeling. Perceiving) & ESTP (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

Enthusiastic, spontaneous, encouraging, refined, perceptive, social.

“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew…Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful…and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.” – Desmond Tutu 

ESFPs and ESTPs are easy to spot. They like to make their presence known. And once you do notice them, you’ll often find yourself drawn in by their magnetic personality. They love to be the life of the party, the center of attention and want to share that energy with everyone around them. You’ll always find them speaking directly and bluntly; they have no time or energy to be passive-aggressive. 

They have a strong appreciation for aesthetics and beauty. This leads to an impeccable fashion sense. They love to experiment with different styles and designs in their quest to express themselves fully. 

ESTPs and ESFPs love a challenge and will meet that challenge head-on. Jasmine is a strong ESFP/ESTP, both by nature and circumstance. Her lifestyle as a princess led to plenty of extravagant parties. She exudes glamour in everything she does; her clothes, friends-she even has a pet tiger!

Jasmine has a strong desire to be herself. She’ll always speak her mind, even if it means disagreement and conflict. Jasmine longs for adventure, fun, and to be herself. With her quick wit and bravery, she’s able to pursue her goals with ease.

Famous ESFP’s: Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Cameron Diaz, Judy Garland

Famous ESTP’s: Meryl Streep, Amy Winehouse, Milla Jovovich, Judi Dench




Traditional Chinese story of Hua Mulan // China

ISTP (Introverted. Sensing. Thinking. Perceiving) & ISTJ (Introverted. Sensing. Thinking. Judgement)

Bold, practical experimenters, practical, fact-minded.

“I wanted to live life, a different life. I didn’t want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges.” – Harrison Ford

A call to action and exploration is natural for the ISTP and ISTJ types. They would rather dive into a task immediately and learn through trial and error than spend time pondering and analyzing. Action in the physical world is more meaningful to them than thoughts and feelings.

The sentiment that it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission is likely to resonate with ISTPs and ISTJs. This can get them in trouble as it might mean breaking some rules, but the rules they break are often for worthy causes.

Mulan’s story of leaving her home to learn to be a soldier is also the story about her growth into her ISTP/ISTJ nature. She truly values her family and country, she would do basically anything for them — including dress up like a guy and joined the army in her father’s role.

She does struggle initially in training, but over time she learns quickly and turns out to be a competent soldier. Even before leaving for the war, she had a fear that she would live out her life as a housewife. For Mulan, the traditional gender roles of caregiver and nurturer didn’t fit her inborn ISTP/ISTJ nature of physical action and exploration.

Famous ISTP’s: Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Venus Williams, Amelia Earhart, Kristen Stewart

Famous ISTJ’s: Julia Roberts, Condoleeza Rice, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Danica McKellar



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Pocahontas by John Smith // America

INFJ (Introverted. Intuitive. Feeling. Judging)

Decisive, altruistic, determined, creative, sensitive.

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

The INFJ type is the least common out of all MBTI personalities. When they do show up, they have the potential to cause great change. Their gift is that they not only have big dreams, they also have the fire and drive to realize those dreams. Often they find themselves pulled to help those who have fallen on misfortune or are otherwise suffering. They are happiest when they can see the positive change they are affecting in the world.

Pocahontas lived through an extremely challenging time for herself and her tribe. Europeans had arrived on their land, and the war was imminent. As the chief’s daughter, Pocahontas assumed a great moral responsibility of preventing the conflict. She had a dream and vision that everyone could be peaceful, and that war was not needed. She knew that the only solution was love and compassion, and worked tirelessly to make her vision of peace a reality.

Famous people with INFJ type personalities: Taylor Swift, Cate Blanchett, Jane Goodall, Simone de Beauvoir



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Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm // Germany

ESFJ (Extroverted. Sensing. Feeling. Judging)

Loyal, sensitive, popular, practical, outgoing, sociable.

“I think love is the through-line and it’s universal and it doesn’t matter what period of time, time or place, or people, that’s something we all connect to. That’s the thin thread that I think keeps it all together.” – Rachel McAdams

Remember the lead cheerleader in high school? The star quarterback? The chances are, they were probably an ESFJ. People from this type are extremely sociable and outgoing. They love to organize social events and are often happiest when laughing and gossiping with their friends. They are naturally skilled at connecting with others, even strangers. Always ready with a warm smile, ESFJs will brighten your day whether you like it or not.

We can see her people skills in action when she is able to befriend a group of aggressive thugs by encouraging them to follow their dreams. We also see her pain as an ESFJ who doesn’t have people to talk with. She gets around this by having conversations with herself in the mirror. It may seem eccentric, but for an ESFJ, not having anyone to engage with is a true struggle.

Famous ESFJ’s: Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Kerrigan, Whitney Houston


Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

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Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault // France

ISFP (Introverted. Sensing. Feeling. Perceiving)

Artistic, introverted, sensitive, romantic, imaginative, passionate.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” – Henry David Thoreau

Adventure and exploration are important for ISFPs. They are naturally curious and able to view parts of the world which most others might deem ordinary as novel. They are able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. ISFPs revel in aspects of life that many take for granted by uncovering the novelties hidden underneath.

Sensitive and kind, Aurora is used to spending time alone, and read books, but she actually doesn’t mind being alone. Aurora has this same love of life and taste for adventure. Unfortunately, her parents are quite protective and aren’t keen on her doing too much exploration. Even so, she makes the most of what he has. She loves to take walks out in nature and pick flowers. Though some might consider this boring, her ISFP tendencies allow her to see the beauty in seemingly simple things.

Famous people that have ISFP personality types: Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Rihanna, Jessica Alba



So who did you get for your character?

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Traveling Makes Us Much Happier Than Any Material Wealth

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When you are feeling a little down, there’s nothing like the instant hit of buying something on Amazon or going on a little shopping spree. Spending money can bring you happiness, but only temporarily. Traveling makes us happier than any material wealth.

Making new purchases may give you a quick rush but it isn’t able to help you maintain happiness.

The problem is we get used to new clothes, phones, cars, and shoes fairly quickly. As soon as we get used to our new purchase, our level of satisfaction decreases. Once the novelty and thrill are gone, we feel compelled to buy something again.

So what’s a better option?

According to research from Cornell University, doing makes us happier than owning. Dr. Gilovich found that people experience the same amount of happiness when making a purchase they want and when they travel.

However, while the happiness we get from a purchase quickly decreases over time, the memories of travel experiences produce happiness for a much longer time.

But why?

Experiences Create A Sense Of Identity

Dr. Gilovich explains our experience is a bigger part of ourselves than our material things. We may feel and like to think that we are a reflection of the stuff we buy; however, they are mostly separate from our identities. On the other hand, our life and travel experiences are strongly a part of who we are.

If you think about it, your most cherished memories probably aren’t from the material things you’ve bought. Rather, they’re experiences you’ve had.

Happiness Comes From Relationships 

An 80-year old research study from Harvard University found individuals who were most connected to their family, friends, community, and other people were the healthiest and happiest.

Interestingly, Dr. Waldinger explains that experiences connect you to others in a way that material things can’t. Some of the most important moments in his life are travel which has brought him closer to his family and loved ones.

The best way to deepen your relationships by doing new things together with the people in your life.

Travel Creates Heightened Awareness

Traveling brings us in touch with new people, cultures, and places.
In novel environments, our awareness, focus, and experiences are richer. When we experience normal environments that we’ve already adapted to, our experiences blur into one and things are often missed. Why should we bother remembering if we’ve had the 8 or 9th Starbucks from down the street?

When we travel, we experience wonder, joy, and lasting memories that are hard to forget. 


A new car gets old as soon as you drive it off the lot, but a travel story just gets better over time. When you travel, you gain richer experiences, create deeper relationships, and make memories that will be a source of happiness and stay with you forever. Traveling makes us happier than any material wealth.

Written by Taige Zhang
Founder of Fairytrail


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Why We Have Characters From Folklore On Fairytrail

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Why do we have characters from folklore on Fairytrail?


1. To elevate personality to the level of physical appearance. 

It’s very hard to know what someone is like as a person from their online profile. Who someone chooses as their character on Fairytrail says a lot about their personality and identity. Each character is tied to Myers Briggs types.


2. To help you understand who you have chemistry with. 

Characters also help you understand which personality types you have chemistry with. Had a great video chat with someone? Check their character. Hmm… Robin Hood. Maybe you have a thing for guys who prioritize kindness. 


3. To help you search more effectively. 

Many dating apps let you search for people based on age, ethnicity, etc. but what about the thing that really matters in a relationship, your partner’s identity, and personality? On Fairytrail, you get to search for that.


Don’t know who you should choose?

If you’re a woman, click here.

If you’re a man, click here.


One more thing.

Fairytales, folklore, fables, parables, and stories are what make us human. They are seen across nations and cultures: Native American folklore, Chinese myths, Icelandic legends, African fables, and German fairy tales. At Fairytrail, we are intensely curious about people, places, and cultures.


“Stories and sayings define cultures.”
– Ben Horowitz, What You Do Is Who You Are


Stories are how cultures, languages, and values are passed down. It is what makes us who we are. Learn more.

Thank you for helping us build towards the most efficient, safest, and most fun dating app.

The Fairytrail Team


About Fairytrail

Fairytrail is a travel adventure dating app that connects single travelers on group journeys and activities. Its mission is to help people explore the world’s cultures and places with someone they like.

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