Traveler vs Tourist

The Traveler sees what he sees, the Tourist sees what he has come to see.”                         —  G.K. Chesterton, Writer  (1874-1936)

"Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going."
—  Paul Theroux, Writer (1941-present)

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Q:  What is the difference between a Traveler and a Tourist ?

                                                              Traveler                                     Tourist

Time                                                            Long-Term                                   Short-Term

Purpose                                                       Enrichment                                     Escape

Seeking                                             Adventure / Knowledge                        To Get Away

Accomodation                         Guesthouse / Camp / Hostel                        Resort Hotel

Transportation                                         Public (bus, train)                           Private Car

Sightseeing                                                  On Your Own                             Tour Group

Communication                                        Local Language                           English Only

Itinerary                                                Loose / Spontaneous                        Detailed Plan

Pace of the Trip                                                    Slow                                         Fast

Knowledge                                      Know before You Land        What the Tour Guide Says
(language, currency, customs)

Solo / with Others                                  Solo  /  with Others                          with Others

Interact with Local People   Yes, in many circumstances  “Another Margarita, por favor”

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