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What is a word for someone who loves to experience? A philomath is someone who loves to learn. Wanderlust describes a strong desire to travel. In that vein, is there a word for someone who seeks to experience things: boat rides, a circus performance, ice cream cones at the beach, attending a concert. In this context, a gift of experience would be preferred to an object or possession - for example, tickets to a baseball game rather than a baseball jersey.

  • Extroverted, perhaps? – Josh Jan 13 '14 at 2:25
  • Experientialist is an proponent of experientialism, the philosophical theory that experience is the source of knowledge – bib Jan 13 '14 at 2:37
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    Perhaps a "thrill seeker"? – Elliott Frisch Jan 13 '14 at 4:25
  • Geoffrey Chaucer would say liver, but that word has a different connotation now. – Anonym Jan 13 '14 at 7:28
  • Adventurer? Bon viveur? Hedonist? Or the opposite, outgoing or sociable? Restless? Ants in his pants? – RegDwigнt Jan 13 '14 at 13:50
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Perhaps you are looking for "novelty seeker"? In the psychological sense, the meaning might be a bit strong, but, generally, someone who enjoys having new/different/a range of experiences could be said to seek novelty. I certainly use the term of myself. "Thrill seeker", of course, would work if the types of experiences are adrenaline inducing.

And I just found this:

Definition of NEOPHILIA: love of or enthusiasm for what is new or novel

So "neophile" would also work.

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