Tourist vs. Traveler


“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he came to see.” What a statement! What do you think about that? What do you make of that? I have always realized and understood that there are clear differences between the tourist and the traveler. A tourist sees what he came to see, whatever that might be. But for the traveler, there are no limitations.

The tourist, they are more interested in taking a break and getting away from work. They are not interested in getting to know the people, the culture, or even the way of life.

For me, when I travel, I am interested in so much more. I am interested in the food, the culture, the people, living like a local. What way to get a great experience overseas and get to know a knew culture other than truly immersing yourself in it.

Sometimes, the tourist is rude. Especially the American tourist. They may expect everyone in the country they are traveling too to speak English. They may dress inappropriately and not obey that countries or that cultures customs.

The tourist may travel in groups or travel with other American tourists. They may stay in westernized hotels, where they feel comfortable. The traveler will step outside of their comfort zone. The traveler will push their limits. The traveler may stay at Air bnb’s or bed and breakfasts, or anywhere that locals stay. This allows for a more enriching and fulfilling experience. This allows the traveler to get the most out of their experience.

So which one are you?


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