Are You a Tourist or a Traveller ?


What makes a Tourist different from a Traveller?

Did you ever tried to brainstorm on the difference between  a Tourist or a Traveller? or do they mean one and the same?

If we try to google, we land up with these confusing meanings:

Tourist: A person who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure.

Traveller: A person who is travelling or who often travels.

The best answer found was “The Traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”

Lets try to decode the differences between the two with below examples:



#. A Tourist doesn’t mind being called a tourist. A Traveller does, very much.



#. A Tourist wants to see all the sights. A Traveller wants to see some, but also to find something interesting that isn’t in the guidebook.



#. Tourists often cannot wait to go home and show off their suntan, travellers often never want to leave, or never want to stop travelling.



#. A Tourist will go to McDonalds in a foreign country, with no shame. A Traveller will go there too but not tell anyone.



#. Distance traveled can demonstrate a stark difference in approach. Travellers’ journeys can last a life time. Tourists’ journeys are a 7 day search for a full English.



#. Tourists’ holidays come to an end, travellers’ journeys never end. In some ways the effect of a place, the experience itself never pales into insignificance.



#. Tourists tend to travel in large groups or families. Travellers tend to travel solo, or with one other person, thus NOT BLOCKING THE PAVEMENT THANK YOU.



#. Tourists go on holiday. Travellers go travelling.



#. A Tourist will learn a few words of the local language. A Traveller will too, but act like they know more.



#. Tourists follow maps and guides preferring to discover through someone else’s recommendations, Travellers go off piste. Sometimes getting lost is the best way to discover something surprising that challenges you and your view of the world.



#. A Tourist gets ripped off. A Traveller haggles.



#.Tourists colonise with their cultural imperialism or their religion.  Travellers meld into the crowd and hope to learn something new that may challenge their preconceived notions of life and lifestyle.



#. A Tourist takes photos of all the famous stuff. A Traveller takes pictures of ordinary people and things and is rewarded by the locals with gratitude or puzzlement.


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