“I’m a traveler not a tourist.” “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
Internet is flooded with such quotes.
So what’s the matter with this “traveler vs. tourist argument’? Tourists are often known as “boring”, “inconsiderate”, “bad”, “uninformed”, “traveling in the group” and travelers are “cool”, “adventurous”, “respectful”, “open minded” and in one word- “better”.
These are stereotypes and many times this division is caused by snobbish behavior and thinking “I am better than you are. And my way of traveling is better than yours”. Sometimes just the way you dress or destinations you pick will make you look like a tourist or a traveler. That’s more than enough to show that this division is based on stereotypes.
Let’s see first what the word tourist means. The official definition describes tourist as someone who travels abroad for at least twenty-four hours. And for sociologists these both groups are perceived as tourists. But the word ‘tourist’ usually had a negative connotation since its introduction.