AROUND THE WORLD: Travel Destinations for the ISFJ


By Joyce Chua from THREAD SG

Each of the sixteen personality types is purported to behave in ways true to their temperament, and this influences their travel personality too. In this series, we dedicate a feature to each personality type. Whether you’re an INFJ or an ESTP, find out the best destinations for you here.

ISFJs are honest, protective people — “Defenders” — who care deeply about their friends and family. They always work hard to meet others’ expectations and needs, and are generous with their support for them. This desire to be of service sees the ISFJ typically in the “helping” professions like social work or nursing. They are likely to be the first to sign up to volunteer for a cause they deem worthy.

The ISFJ Traveller

When it comes to travelling, the ISFJ’s greatest desire is to experience new cultures, although they may worry about getting lost or having to deal with unfriendly people. They are quiet, reflective, and considerate perfectionists who crave harmony and orderliness, and places of rich cultures or natural beauty appeal to them most.

Ideal Destinations for the ISFJ



As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto is definitely rich in culture and history. It retains many of Japan’s traditions, and the well-preserved, tranquil temples and gardens will appeal to your love for reflection. The Zen Buddhist temples of Kyoto have been a huge draw to travellers for centuries and are perfect for ISFJs who love to take some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

But if you’d like to spend some time in the thick of the action, Tokyo is a futuristic wonderland that offers both scenic parks and urban entertainment. For some peace and quiet, Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park, famous for their spring cherry blossoms, are great for ISFJs who crave serenity to balance off their urban cultural intake.



Dublin, Ireland, is another great destination for ISFJs. Known for its low crime rate and polite, friendly locals, it is also easy to navigate. For spectacular scenery, the coast itself is a wonder to take in — depending on the weather, you can enjoy a swim along the coast, explore the seaside cliffs.


Dublin is also rich in history — it hosts magnificent museums and libraries that will satisfy any ISFJ’s wanderlust. You can also wander around its botanical gardens or step into a pub to try its famous ales. Dublin’s old-world charm will definitely attract the ISFJ.