I have always wondered what type of person I am – a tourist or a traveler. What makes one different from another?
Some say: “A tourist is an amateur traveler, and a traveler is a professional tourist.” What do you think about this?
The truth is these two titles have different implications.
It is always easy for locals to spot a tourist. They usually carry a camera, a map and are dressed just like at home. Tourists tend to stay in their comfort zones, in places and facilities similar to their home. Interesting thing is they rarely try to learn phrases of the local language. They’d rather stick to English. Tourists usually choose major cities instead of exploring small towns or off-the-beaten paths.
Travelers usually explore the less traveled areas and more secluded places. They would sleep over n the mountain just to catch the exotic birds and stunning sunrise/sunset. Travelers tend to immerse themselves in the local culture rather than stand out. Locals are often more open to them because they interact with them. Exploring new places is a journey for them not a vacation. They love adventures and experiencing new things.
Holidify recently released a series of minimalist images that best illustrate the difference between these two titles. One thing is certain, both have the spirit to enjoy life, and that’s what matters.