Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travellers don’t know where they’re going.
– Paul Theroux
Traveller or tourist? What do you consider yourself to be?
It is funny how often this question gets asked within the travel community. And from what I can tell, the only ones who care are those who consider themselves ‘travellers’. People who go on a weeklong holiday to Ibiza, or a two-week jaunt to Florida do not care if they are called tourists or if they are called travellers. Those that have strong opinions on being – or not being – either one tend to be (from my experience) almost exclusively, ‘gap-year’ backpackers aged around 18-23. And they always claim they are travellers. Such people have a belief that to be a tourist is a bad thing, a negative in some way. And thus it is vital that they share their ‘traveller’ credentials.