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71. Posted by Aben_Zin (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I'm doing a tour of Rajistan (India) at the moment. I'm on my own and I have a driver drive me around. I wander around temples and forts and I feel such a tourist. It really irritates me, but there's not a lot I can do 'til the tour finishes. After which I'm heading down to Goa and I'm going to try to stay in one place for a while- actually get to know it. That's more of a "traveller" sort of thing I reckon...

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72. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

If you need to classify then your a snob.
All people who are not in their native country are tourists.
Eco-tourism...it's tourism
Climb a mountain and stay in a mud hut in the middle of nowhere - Governmental and worldy used word - Nature based "tourism".

We're all tourists.
"The psychology of tourism, Ross, G. 1998" States =

Four major characteristics of tourists:

They are people who undertake a journey to various destinations

Their destinations are distinct from their normal place of residence and work, so that their activities are not the same as those of the residant working populations of their destination.

Their intention is to return, the journey being temporary

Their purpose for the journey is not to take up permanant residancy.

Go on! Argue with a scientist!

73. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I must NOT be a "tourist" at the moment then ... according to the scientist quoted above.

2.Their destinations are distinct from their normal place of residence and work, so that their activities are not the same as those of the residant working populations of their destination.

I live and work in my host country, same as the locals

3.Their intention is to return, the journey being temporary

I have no intention at this stage of returning to my native country

4.Their purpose for the journey is not to take up permanent residency.

Permanent residency isn't so readily granted to foreigners. First there's temporary residence status, which I already have.

In actual fact, I think the term to describe myself is an "expatriate". Perhaps it's time to start a new thread ...

74. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting MattXIII

Their intention is to return, the journey being temporary

Life is a temporary journey;)

75. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Quoting MattXIII

Their intention is to return, the journey being temporary

Life is a temporary journey;)

Pfft, don't intend on dying.

76. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I "travelled" to work today by foot

77. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting MattXIII

Pfft, don't intend on dying.

Pssssssssst...I hate to tell you this Pumpkin....but it is going to happen. Thats why I think people shouldn't take life so seriously! None of us is getting out alive;)

78. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Being a scientist - I love arguing with one.. But, Ross makes very good points about being a tourist at all times. And, I love your agruments about eco-tourism too. We travel somewhere under that guise but ultimately impact everything we touch while there. And, is the eco-tourist more of a snob than the guy in the parking lot snapping pix? Maybe, maybe not. Both have made a decision about the other just because they differ in the way the experience the same destination.

79. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting MattXIII

If you need to classify then your a snob.

That's what it comes down to, isn't it? Justifying our own way of travel by critiquing someone else's - when, in the end, anyone who gets up and leaves is both travelling to somewhere and taking a tour of new surroundings.

In trying to draw the line between both, I think we've made a nice, messy scribble across the page. Isa, did I mention I really liked this thread?

80. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

That's what it comes down to, isn't it? Justifying our own way of travel by critiquing someone else's - when, in the end, anyone who gets up and leaves is both travelling to somewhere and taking a tour of new surroundings.

In trying to draw the line between both, I think we've made a nice, messy scribble across the page. Isa, did I mention I really liked this thread?

You've made a very good point Tway! The moment you step out of your door - you commence traveling. Whether to work, to play or to a totally new destination. The terms really are one in the same - but for our convenience, we define them using our own opinions and to our own liking. You're this. He's that. I'm something completely different. But, we're not. We just choose different paths of getting to the same place. Not physically necessarily - but definitely the same place in our minds.

We definitely have drawn a very squiggly line between the the two but it's been fun follow all the twists and turns getting to here. I (we) are happy you are enjoying the discussion. (Or, did you mean "liked" as in: I did, but not anymore? Hope not!)