Tourist or Traveller?

 

 

What makes a tourist different from a traveler? When recently pondering that question, I found Merriam-Webster’s to be of little help. My old standby dictionary defines a tourist as “one that makes a tour for pleasure or culture” and a traveler as “one that goes on a trip or journey.” No big distinction there.

I then took a different tack: I checked forums on the Internet where the issue had been discussed. On the Fodor’s site, a commenter identified as “nytraveler” wrote, “I’m a tourist. I go to all sorts of places independently and want to see how locals live. Continue reading “Tourist or Traveller?”