I don’t know why travelers see the word tourist with a bad connotation. Tourist means someone who travel for pleasure. Travelers and tourist both travel for pleasure. Now, the motive behind that pleasure might be different. I looked up the difference between a traveler and a tourist, and my conclusion base on what I read is that a tourist is on a fast pace schedule with a camara trying to cover as much as they can in a short period of time. A traveler don’t have a schedule, they submerged themselves on the culture, they try to blend in with the locals, they are not in a hurry. I get it and I understand it too. I have a heart of a traveler but giving the circumstances, I am a tourist everywhere I go. I work full-time, my vacation time is limited. I get excited with every new place I visit, which I wish I can stay for ever but I can’t. Because I can’t, I carry my camara to glimpse as much as I can of everything I see in the limited time I have. For now until I quit my job, I can only have a heart of a traveler and just be a tourist. I know there are people that they are only tourist and for ever they will be tourist, no heart of a traveler. But you know what? That’s ok too.
I am the kind of person that thinks that two is better than one. When you find that special person that you can partner with, to go shopping, to watch a movie, to talk, to live… to travel is like seen a complete picture. At least that is to me.