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Old 07-29-2014, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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How do you classify your approach to visiting a country? Do you think there's a difference between what 'tourists' and 'travelers' typically do? Or is the latter an egoistic term?

I remember joining an evening meetup group for people to share their travel experiences and I was all prepped up to regale everyone with my numerous trips to France, on how I soaked up the Parisian atmosphere by staying in a rented apartment, having le petit-déjeuner in quaint cafés, and visiting lesser-known museums, etc.

Just when I thought it was going to be a superb session, everyone, literally everyone started talking about how they roughed it out in a rickety passenger train en route to Cambodia to build an orphanage...they talked about getting their hands and legs muddy, and of course, plucking vegetables for their lunch that day. It was psychologically embarrassing so I refrained from sharing my stories while everyone waxed lyrical over the photos of them being 'travelers'.

That got me thinking, do you think 'tourists' who make a checklist of must-not-miss monuments qualify as less of a visitor compared to the 'do-good travelers'? For example, I've never been to Thailand but in the media, I see quite a number of people donning the typical traveler look (long disheveled hair, beard, beer in hand, singlet with the word 'Chang Beer' or 'Red Bull' emblazoned over it, flip flops...you get the picture). These people, I believe, would be quick to label themselves 'travelers' rather than 'tourists'.

What think you?
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Tourists: Work hard for their holiday, big budget, overpay for almost everything, stay in the same area the entire time (pool of hotel/beach on the other side of the road for example).

Travelers: Less hard working in general, smaller budget, know what the prices are, don't like to stay in the same place for too long because wants to experience as many thing as possible.


Tourists go to places in/around Europe, Travelers go to places far away from Europe.
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:46 AM
 
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Tourists: Work hard for their holiday, big budget, overpay for almost everything, stay in the same area the entire time (pool of hotel/beach on the other side of the road for example).

Travelers: Less hard working in general, smaller budget, know what the prices are, don't like to stay in the same place for too long because wants to experience as many thing as possible.


Tourists go to places in/around Europe, Travelers go to places far away from Europe.
Interesting version of the 2.

I think what you pay makes zero difference.

A traveller could be more interested in the real culture, off the beaten track but I do not think you are 1 or the other.

I call it "being a tourist" when I took the kids to say Tower of London. We're British so we weren't in a strange country, but looking at something that could be classed as a "tourist" spot, although most "tourist attractions" have history etc.

Someone who would stay at the pool the whole time are just either lazy or their version of relaxing. (I think it's silly)

I'm in a hotel right now while works are being done on my apartment. I see the same teen on the sofa on his macbook all day long in the lobby. He came from the USA to France to sit on the sofa?
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:33 AM
 
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To me a tourist is anyone going to a place with a schedule just to visit the place and then he goes back home.
A traveler is someone who just travel from place to place without agenda just to see the world. He works only to finance his travels, unlike the tourist.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Castlederp
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To me..

I see a tourist as someone who visits well known places

A traveller is someone who explores new places
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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"Travelers" have larger hat sizes and think everyone else is a "Tourist"
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Castlederp
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Travellers also probably do not wear cameras around their necks lol
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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They're all tourists, plain and simple. Any distinction is artificial and subjective. Most people would fall somewhere in between. I freely admit when I go to a place I tend to check out the most lauded attractions, but at the same time, I do get off the beaten track. I'd hardly consider myself an adventurous traveller. So I trekked in the hills of northern Vietnam, explored ruins in Sri Lanka or slept on a yacht in the Whitsunday Islands, but they were all pretty easily done 'touristy' things. More adventurous things to me are exploring wild places few venture, doing 5-day treks in the wilderness or climbing real mountains, or going backpacking alone to places like Iran.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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What do you guys think of people who go to Thailand and don this look: long disheveled hair, beard, beer in hand, singlet with the word 'Chang Beer' or 'Red Bull' emblazoned over it, and flip flops.

I'm still trying to make sense of it.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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What do you guys think of people who go to Thailand and don this look: long disheveled hair, beard, beer in hand, singlet with the word 'Chang Beer' or 'Red Bull' emblazoned over it, and flip flops.

I'm still trying to make sense of it.
I confess I did buy a Chang Beer T-shirt, and wear 'flip flops' (or thongs, as we call them) a lot in places like Phuket, it makes sense in a beachy place.

Yeah, I stayed on Khao San, the 'backpacker's ghetto' as it's called. I think they're just following the crowd. A typical package tour to Thailand includes going to Bangkok to see the Royal Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, the water market, maybe try a cricket or two if you're brave...shopping at Siam Paragon, bars full of tourists, maybe checking out the ping pong show (I never got the appeal myself )...then perhaps up to Chiang Mai to do a bit of trekking, riding elephants, then Phuket, Koh Samui/Koh Phang Nga to do the 'must do' Full Moon Party. I'd say a good 80% of young tourists will 'do' Thailand this way.
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