How Travelers are different from Tourists?

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There are two types of people in the world, viz, people who travel a lot and people who travel very less or don’t travel. In every aspect a tourist is different from a traveler. Here, traveler refers to the full time traveler.
Here we are distinguishing between travelers and tourists.

1. Travelers are more time efficient and energetic than tourists

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Yes, travelers are more time efficient and energetic than tourists. Because travelers always have perfect planned itinerary and they strictly follow to that and that’s why they save more time as compared to tourists. Tourists don’t have any planned itinerary and if they have, they don’t follow that.

2. Travelers know the cheapest way to everything, tourists don’t

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Travelers always know the cheapest way to everything, whether it is travel, food, or accommodation. In case of travel they know the cheapest mode of transport to reach any place, in case of food they know the cheapest place to eat and in case of accommodation they know the cheapest hotel to stay.

3. Travelers are very cool and frank by nature

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Travelers are very cool. They visit places, meet the local peoples, chat with them and have lunch with them. Travelers are mostly extrovert and frank by nature whereas tourists are little introvert by nature.

4. Travelers have very strict schedule

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Travelers have their own calendar for the whole year. It is actually a travel calendar. Inside the calendar, they have many trip/tour plans for the whole year and they strictly and happily follow that calendar. When tourists travel, means they are not busy and when travelers are busy, means they are travelling.

5. Only travelers know the best places to explore at a particular destination, tourists don’t

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When tourists travel, they visit common places such as some gardens, some points and that’s all. When travelers visit any destination, they make a list of places which includes common as well as uncommon places and then they start visiting. They know the best attractions of that place.

6. Travelers are very adjustable, not the tourists

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Travelers don’t care whether they are travelling in AC Class or sleeper class, Car or Rickshaw, whether they are staying in a 5 star hotel or an average hotel, whether they are eating at a international food chain or at a local dhaba. These things don’t matter to travelers, the thing which matters to them is that they are “travelling”.

7. Travelers know more than one languages, tourists don’t

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When travelers visit any place, they meet local peoples and start learning their languages. Because this is the most interesting things to do while travelling. These activities give an ultimate experience during the trip and make the trip memorable one.

8. A traveler’s general knowledge & memory is much better than a tourist’s

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Yes, most travelers have much better general knowledge and memory than tourists. They know almost all the capitals of the countries and states. Apart from geography, they exactly know what’s happening in the world. They are always updated about sports, politics, business, technology, etc. Travelers always remember the ways of their journey.

“Don’t become a tourist, be a traveler”


An engineer and a travel blogger. Loves trekking and doing bike road trips. Burger lover (want to try every burger in the world). Clinomaniac. Sports fanatic. Likes technology but not a technology addict.

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  • Arun Prasadh October 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm Reply

    That's all true.

  • Indrani October 28, 2015 at 12:06 am Reply

    Not everybody is lucky to be a traveler. 🙂

  • Manu Khandelwal October 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Thanks 🙂

  • Manu Khandelwal October 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Yes you are right. It depends on the person and situation, that he/she want to be a traveller or a tourist. 🙂

  • karanjeetagarwal May 4, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply

    A nice comparison. However, a single person can be both a traveler and a tourist; it depends on the situation, where they are traveling, and with whom thy are traveling. And of course, both have their own specialty and advantages. Being a globetrotter, I want to travel everywhere no matter where the place is and how to reach that place. There is enjoyment in everything if you are passionate about it.

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