01 December 2008

Traveler vs. tourist

Who knew that there were so many strong feelings on this subject?

"Tourists don't know where they've been. Travelers don't know where they're going." - Paul Theroux

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

"A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao-Tzu

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We want fewer, but higher-paying guests than before. Backpackers spend almost nothing, stay for a long time, and stir up the Tibetans against us. We definitely do not want them." - Senior tourist official in Chengdu as quoted in South China Morning Post

Cheers to being a traveler, open to any adventure that should come along. Here are some great tips.