The major reason we have this blog is to tell you about travel, what’s cool and what’s not. We also have to educate and maybe, sensitize you on some of the little things that may pass you by, the succinct ones on most occasions. Starting this series is the difference between a traveller and a tourist, because it sounds so obvious. Or so is it. There is a distinct difference between these two. The purpose of this article is to educate you because; to many people, a tourist and a traveller are one and the same thing.
First of all, the first difference is from the word itself. Boring as it may sound, a traveller is someone who goes somewhere on the basis of the travel act. For example, you would be going up-country, abroad, etc. for a given purpose and be classified as a traveller. On the other hand, a tourist can be summed up as someone who is not a local, or rather, he or she goes to a place to see attractions, what’s on offer and sites, etc. Naturally, tourists have a vague idea over what they are going to see compared to the travellers who are almost sure.
The other difference is in the way they treat their destinations. When a traveller goes to a new place it’s just a start to someplace else. It’s a journey, sort of an adventure. On the other hand, a tourist goes to a place, conquers it and moves on to new lands. In their books, that’s a closed chapter because they are driven by a desire to conquer other, new places. If a tourist comes for an African safari, he is most likely to move on to the Alps of Asia, the coastlines of South America and what not. He or she has a feeling of contend. The traveller is different. He sees it as a new phase or at least, a different feel each time he comes back to a place. That’s the difference.
These two seem almost the same; it’s as you imagined. The core difference, which is the purpose of this article is; one does experience more adventure than the other on those expeditions and you guessed from the above facts- the traveller is happier. You can start being a traveller today by adapting a few first steps. The first one would be-start packing your toilet roll when you are on safari in the wild African bushes, because you may just find something amazing in the African bushes and refuse to go back to your hotel! By the end of this sequel, you should learn a thing or two about being a traveller, possibly, come back for more.
Two surprising differences between travellers and tourists
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