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Travellers vs. Tourists

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The differences between
Travellers and Tourists

Travel is fatal
to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things
cannot be acquired by vegetating
in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
— Samuel Clemens 

Around this wide world's broad expanse
Are places great and small
Whose names fair tingle with romance
And I would see them all.
— Unknown 

Icono Clast:
A traveller doesn't know where she's going;
a tourist doesn't know where he's been.

A tourist can list all the places they have been … A traveller can
tell you about the people met and stories heard along the way.

A tourist travels to get away from home; a traveller always feels at home.

Barbara Vaughan (bvaughan@*.edu) suggested:
One is more of a snob than the other?

Miguel Cruz (mnc@*.nu) agreed with P J Wallace <pat@*.com> who said:
I am a traveller, you are a visitor, they <sniff> are tourists

and commented:
  That's the best illustration of the difference I've seen so far …

Middle_Aged_Man said:
 A Traveller is a Tourist who thinks he's special.

 1. Thou shalt not expect things to be as they are at home for
  thou hast left thy home to experience things different.
 2. Thou shalt take nothing too seriously for
  a carefree mind is the foundation of a fine trip.
 3. Thou shalt not let thy fellow tourists get on thy nerves for
  thou art travelling to enjoy thyself.
 4. Thou shalt take only half the clothing thou thinks needed and twice the money.
 5. Know at all times where be thy passport for
  without it thou art absent identity.
 6. Remember that if thou wert meant to be rooted in one place,
  thou wouldst have been created with roots.
 7. Thou shalt not worry, for
  one who worrieth be denied pleasure for things fatal are few.
 8. When in Rome, thou shalt be prepared to do somewhat as the Romans do.
 9. Thou shalt not judge the people of a community by the person who has given thee trouble.
10. Remember, thou art a guest in other lands and
  one who treateth a host without respect shalt not be honored.

If you know who created the preceding fine list of advice, found before 10 September 1994, please let us know.

Excellent advice to follow just about anywhere.
From: yrret@*.net (Terryo): Date: 2003-10-02 00:37:35 PST 
Reactions to [cities] seem to be very much an invidual thing. Sure [they're] busy and noisy and confusing and, sometimes, dirty. But I agree with those who say that a lifetime is not enough …
……Leave your guidebook in your room and go spend an after­noon and evening in [a small neighborhood]. Discover your own sights to see, hang out in the little piazzas, watch the kids playing [ball], enjoy some [local delicacy]. And after the sun goes down, follow the music and aromas to a little hole-in-the-wall restau­rant, not listed in any travel guide, where mama is in the back preparing a meal for you that you will never forget …

George Max said:
«In the matter of a vacation, less is more.
«Do less driving, more time at any one site …
«Just 'cause it's “doable” doesn't mean it should be done.»

Icono Clast, 19 June 2005, commented:
Excellent advice well-stated. [Some people's] plans are over-ambitious. [They] should seriously consider spending
more time doing less than so little time doing so much.

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