In this world of tourism ,there are 2 category. A tourist or a traveler . The conformist and non-conformist . Is there a difference and does anyone really care?
Let’s face it travellers , there is a huge marketing influence in the way we travel and where we travel to. Consumers, whether as a traveler or a tourist have many choices and marketers play a big role influencing people where to travel to. Marketers are convincing enough to have any country have the tourist visit. This is the way tourism works, this is the way tourists travel. There is nothing wrong with this, it is the way it is and tourists know this.
Well, what about the traveler? Is there a difference or are we all travellers? I say yes, there is a difference.
A traveler goes and dreams of exploring places most people would not think of going. Travellers adapt to the environment of their destination. It is ok if the country is cold or the ground we walk on is rough, or hard , it’s about how we interact and blend in their culture. The rich experience of travel & the traces we leave behind are held dear in our hearts .We create stories to tell. It’s about the people we meet along the way and how their story have touched us deeply within our soul.
To a traveler we seek the truth in the world. Exploring the gorillas in Uganda or the raw nature of Antarctica, we get intrigued. We want to tell our story to the world to make a difference.We have an innate drive to explore the parts of the world that is hidden from marketing influences.
Travelers are fearless with their quest of the unknown, everything is a leap of faith. Their curious soul surpasses any fear. Their drive is only to start the journey and leave a footprint behind.
Do you think you are a traveler or a tourist?