“I’m not a tourist, I’m a traveler.” As someone in the travel business, this argument is thrown around time and time again. The implication that being a traveler is “better” than being a tourist. But why?
I started looking up definitions and according to dictionary.com a traveler is someone who travels and a tourist is someone who travels for pleasure. To get further confirmation I also went to collinsdictionary.com, it had traveler list the same, but it took tourist a little further saying that it was someone who is on a tour, seeing the sights, and staying in hotels.
Well, I don’t know about you, but that is something I definitely do. I don’t go on organized tours, except the occasional day tour, but I certainly look at the touristy sites and stay in hotels. In 2015, I think I stayed in over 20 hotels (well all kinds of accommodations, really). I can’t even count how many sites I specifically went to see…a lot. I even re-visited many that I’d been to before, numerous times. In January, we went to the Eiffel Tower again, so that was at least the fourth time I’d been there. We do that. Travelers, I mean. We return to the old places, as well as look for the new.
As we gallop into 2016, I’m looking forward to traveling and being a tourist. It’s what I do!
What do you think the major differences of a traveler vs. a tourist are?
Happy and Safe Travels in 2016!