Tourist versus traveler: a matter of word choice, or is there more to it? When visiting a touristy part of town, you’ll often overhear residents complain about the tourists. But do they also complain about travelers? Oftentimes travelers stick around a while, exploring areas outside of the touristy sections. Tourists makes some effort to familiarize themselves with the culture, while travelers go the extra mile.
Are you a tourist or a traveler? To find out, ask yourself the following questions:
1. How much of my trip do I plan ahead of time?
A tourist makes detailed arrangements with a focus on relaxation.
A traveler makes detailed arrangements as well, but focuses on the ways he/she can learn about the country’s culture: excursions, museum visits, and more.
2. What types of activities do I find most exhilarating?
A tourist usually wants to take it easy: party, relax, have fun.
A traveler wants to enjoy his or her vacation, but also wants to get involved in spontaneous activities that lead to a richer, well-rounded experience.
3. What do I treasure most after a getaway?
A tourist is excited about the time off, about the pictures taken and about posting those images on social media.
A traveler may post images on social media, but mostly to give others the opportunity to travel vicariously. A traveler is less concerned with souvenirs and photographs, and more interested in the actual experience.
Do you consider yourself a tourist or a traveler?