Picture Credit This is a collaborative post written by select content publishing partners. There seems to two clear personality types when it comes to going away. You’re either a traveler or a tourist. And, the battle lines between the two seem harshly drawn. Travelers scorn ‘tourist activities.’ Tourists often think traveler’s activities seem exhausting. But, […]
Is it useful to differentiate travelers from tourists and create this hierarchy, as travel literature would imply? Or, as the operational industry definition suggests, is it all the same until you actually live somewhere? In my opinion, the UNWTO is right. Until you reside somewhere for over a year, until you are an integrated member of the local community, you are a tourist. You might as well embrace it. And, as the travel literature points out, your main purpose as a tourist is to consume.