Every once in a while the good ol’ traveller or tourist debate comes up again on various travel blogs and Facebook groups. I usually am not that kind of person that jumps up on trends and posts the things everyone else posts too but some comments got me thinking and now that I came back from my latest trip I decided that I wanted to share my thoughts on being a traveller or tourist with you in a new Sunday chat column.
Are you a traveller or tourist?
Traveller or tourists? What the hell – that’s pretty much the same thing, isn’t it? Well, according to some passionate travel bloggers there actually is a big difference between simply travelling to a country and being a tourists there or being able to call oneself a traveller. As opposed to tourists travellers are passionate, they do not dwell on sights and just randomly explore a city, they don’t dress like tourists and mingle between the locals, they immerse themselves in the local culture rather than standing out. You get the idea!
Of course, being a traveller is the goal. Tourists are bad – they wear sandals with socks, block the way with their iPads and use a selfie stick here and there. They are not worthy of calling themselves globetrotter or travellers because how dare they, they do not speak the language nor do they sleep in a hostel. How dare you!!
I personally like to call myself traveller. However, looking at the definitions I would say I’m both in one person. When I go somewhere I like to be prepared, I research the local foods, their sights, their customs and ask about hot spots. I sleep in (more or less fancy) hotels rather than doing couch surfing. I like to do some sight-seeing but I also love to aimlessly wander the streets and explore different parts of the cities.
Excuse me but this is one of the most idiotic debates I have ever seen on the Internet. People are different and so are their travel styles. Just because I like to be prepared when going abroad and take pictures of the local sights that makes me a worse person? Can we please stop the labelling!
What about you? Would you consider yourself to be a traveller or more a tourist? And what do you think about this debate?
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