Have you ever used the words ‘tourists’ and ‘travelers’ interchangeably? If yes, then you need to upgrade your glossary, my friend! Because, the difference between the two is not just semantics; there are certain elusive characteristics that set them apart when it comes to venturing out into the world. Read on to find out which category you belong to.
1. A tourist counts on maps whereas a traveler believes his/her instincts:
Every time you step on an alien land: Is buying a map the first thing you do? If yes, then you belong to the category of safe players a.k.a. tourists. But does that imply that the travelers who don’t make use of google maps are unsmart? Well, NO! The only difference is that they aren’t anxious of getting lost in aforeign land because getting lost gives them a reason to discover the undiscovered!
2. A tourist sticks out whereas a traveler blends in:
If you are a tourist,you would always be equipped with a whole list of ‘things to do’. However, if you belong to the breed of travelers, you would converse with the locals, attempt to be part of the crowd and go with the flow. You would rather set out on a journey to explore the unexplored and make your own way!
3. A tourist click ‘DPs’ whereas a traveler lives moments:
Returning home with dozens of pictures to be boasted on social media? Awaiting notifications every second? You are most definitely a tourist. If however, you are loaded with a zillion memories on your way back home, you are a proud traveler.
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4. A tourist intends to stay in the comfort zone whereas a traveler opts for a budgeted trip:
Prominent hotels, five-star dining, everything prim and proper. Is that what you looking for? If yes, then you want to explore the world as a tourist. However, if you possess the ‘bring it on’ outlook, then you are certainly a traveler. You are always up for anything and everything!
Neither a traveler nor a tourist is fundamentally good or bad. Both possess different traits that eventually give them entirely different experiences whilst venturing out into the world!