Do you think there is a difference between travelers and tourists? I go back and forth on it. In general, I think we are just trying to feel better about ourselves when we label people. I think we are all just exploring the world in whatever way we feel comfortable. On the other hand, I felt pretty firmly like a “tourist” this summer when I was on a cruise and waking up at a new island every morning (and it was great!) And there have been times where I’ve felt quite deserving of the “traveler” hat, like when I’ve stayed in the homes of strangers or arrived in new countries without even the loosest of itineraries. Either way, I quite like this week’s travel quote.
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” -Paul Theroux
What do you think? Is there a difference between tourists and travelers?