I would say it is a person who has experienced a lot of different places and would feel comfortable about going to a new place.
There are so many people who always travel to the same spot, the same hotel, the same beach. Even if you've been there twenty times, you can't really call yourself an experienced traveller. Also people who always travel with groups where everything is planned for you. Those people, I don't think, would probably panic at the thought of being by yourself in a new place and therefore would stick out as the terrified tourist type.
I hope this makes any sense.. It's late and I just got home from work
I guess you're an experienced traveller when you can read a warning like
colombia is only for experenced travellers and caution should be taken at all times.
and then be able to identify the reasons you are being warned about it, know how to prepare for those risks, know that you know how to deal with them and feel confident that you can travel there. It's something that you sort of need to know about yourself from your own experience.
Good question! I suppose that i would generally be classed as an experienced traveller, but what that means in real life terms, I have no idea.
And is being an experienced traveller always even a good thing? Or can it inhibit you a bit, and prevent you from doing things or going places which when you are a blissfully unaware newbie, you would do without question (or, possibly, realisation)?
I think you can also learn which situations are dangerous and uncomfortable and how to avoid and/or negotiate them. Of course some are born with the gift of the gab but many (like me) have to learn about them through hard travelling experience!
According to me, an experienced traveller is a one who has been travelling a lot, being very watchful, experimenting himself and his ability to act independently in unknown area, and develloping it.