Tourist caricatureBACK in the day, when I trod the road less travelled, I really thought there was a difference between myself and tourists. I was a traveller, you see, and they were … um … tourists. For some reason I thought my wanderings were superior, my interactions with local folk more meaningful. Why? Well, I was definitely more committed to travelling than the average tourist, quitting my job and travelling for months on end. But really, it came down to youth and a lack of understanding. Age has remedied that and I now really don’t think there is a difference. A traveller is a tourist and vice versa. Seems I’m not the only one who’s give this some thought. Check out this great article on the subject from Ben Groundwater. The comments are even better.

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