If you've ever been bitten by the wanderlust bug, then at some point you must've had this debate with yourself - am I a tourist or a traveller? But in case you haven't, this quote will surely get you thinking about it:

"I had ambiguous feelings about the difference between tourists and travellers - the problem being that the more I travelled, the smaller the differences became. But the one difference I could still latch on to was that tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled."

- Alex Garland (author of The Beach)

I know, it may seem like splitting hairs. But the truth is that no matter how similar they may be, there are differences between the two. And what side you belong, says a lot about what travel really means to you. Here are 8 ways you can tell a traveller from a tourist:


1. Tourists take selfies in front of monuments to prove that they've been "somewhere."

Whereas travellers take photos with the locals to capture their memories.

Source: Yarl.com


2. Tourists learn about the place from tour guides, online reviews and apps.

Travellers learn about the place from the people.


3. Tourists always carry a lot and take away little.

Travellers do exactly the opposite.

4. Tourists travel to see something or to cross off something from their bucket-list.

Travellers just travel for the sake of travelling!

Source: Lifehack.org

5. Tourists generally travel with their friends and family members.

Travellers just make friends and family along the way.

6. Tourists generally head back home from their vacation.

Source: engblog.ru

Travellers, on the other hand, head off to someplace else.

Source: Etsy


7. Tourists stay in hotels.

While travellers stay in homestays.

Source: easycgi.com


8. Tourists use maps to get along.

Travellers just prefer getting lost.

Source: iamnikon.com


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