How to Travel Without Being a Tourist

The word “tourist” can have some very big connotations around the world — some positive, and some quite negative.

There is a certain type of traveler that spends their entire vacation comparing the place they’re visiting with home, usually in a negative way. “These people don’t know how to build a house…”, “These people don’t know how to make an omelet…”, etc. They’re not really open to a new experience. What they’re really doing is trying to recreate their world at home while they’re away.

There are plenty of opportunities to have a vacation experience that won’t move you out of your cultural comfort zone too much… Disney World and cruise ships come to mind, and so does the old standby – the “staycation.” There’s nothing wrong with these types of getaways. For many people, they provide the ideal escape. Even the most adventurous mountain climber can sometimes crave the comfort of a resort hotel.