Are You a Traveler or a Tourist?

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. -G.K. Chesterton

Whether you consider yourself a traveler who likes to explore or a tourist who prefers a well-planned trip, each of us has a unique travel style. Many of us are a blend of both styles. The key is to know your preferences and plan your travels accordingly.

You may wonder why knowing your travel style is important. Have you ever traveled with someone who got up at the crack of dawn with a detailed plan for the day when you just wanted to sleep late and go to the beach or vice versa? And their happiness depended on you spending time with them? When unexpected differences arise between travel companions, a dream vacation can quickly turn miserable.

Because differences can be challenging to manage, some people prefer to travel solo. When traveling alone, you decide how you travel and control what you see and do.

For those who prefer to travel with others, it’s important to select your travel companions carefully. Talk with each other about expectations before you book your travel. It’s better to find out before you go that your interests are significantly different. Or, you may still decide to travel together but find ways to compromise. At the end of the day, you can meet for dinner and swap stories about your experiences.

Whether a traveler or a tourist, be true to your preferences when planning your trip and you will be sure to enjoy smooth travels.

Happy travels!

Featured image: (Milada Yigerova)

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