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So, are you a traveler or a tourist?
There are always two types of people in the world and so there are two types of people who travel as well – a traveler and a tourist. Yes, it sounds confusing but don’t worry, let us break it down for you.
#1 When was the last time you took a trip?
A traveler is someone who doesn’t wait for the right time or the right opportunity to go out and explore. For a traveler any little chance he can satisfy his wanderlust he will. He is always looking for a possibility to take off and explore a new city or a place. He’s not time bound and travels like a vagabond. On the other hand for a tourist travelling is a vacation. The tourist values it in a way that everything will be planned carefully beforehand and will have a schedule to follow.
#2 Did you take your comforter along?
You know the people you see at the airports who are always standing on the counter always paying extra baggage charges. They are the Tourists who like to travel with all comforting things and make their surrounding familiar. A traveler is this person who goes around with a huge rucksack and at most a trolley bag. They travel light and focus more on travelling.
#3 Who’s that behind you?
Have you seen a group of people who look completely mismatched but still are travelling together? Those are definitely travelers. They make instant friends for the places they want to visit through social media or make acquaintance with new people they come across on the trip. In fact few of them are solo travelers who are going to take on a new city in solitude. The tourists are mostly with a comfortable known group of people like family or friends.
#4 You know you can laze around at home right?
The tourists mainly come to relax and enjoy their time off from work or have a typical holiday where they can sleep and laze around with sightseeing activities. On the other hand, the travelers are always out and about when on a trip exploring the new place.
#5 Have it all planned out?
The traveler is there for an essence of the place to meet new people enjoy the local food and language. They explore the unknown and live truly in the moment. A tourist has everything planned in advance he has to see all the important landmarks of the city and click pictures, buy souvenirs, visit museums and take back gifts home.