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Do you Complement a Traveler or a Tourist?


“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

–Ray Bradbury

My definition of a perfect trip is a five-star resort, complete with room service and a poolside bar. To me, this is heaven. But to others, this is pure complacency.

The ability to identify your suitor is as important as the trip itself. Generous members on MissTravel can be categorized into one of the following groups: travelers and tourists. Travelers prefer bracelets over watches, backpacks over luggage, hemp over cotton, free-runs over loafers… you get the point.

Looks aside, here are the two most distinctive qualities between both suitors. Knowing these inherent traits can be the difference between travel-bliss and trouble in paradise.

Exploration vs. All-Inclusive

Travelers have an incessant knack for discovery. For them, trips are the best way to become lost, and found, at the same time. Not knowing what to expect is half the fun for them, so travel companions will be constantly on the move during a date. Whether this free-spirited suitor is looking for the next meal or the next hostel, he will search for the solution—literally.

Tourists, on the other hand, favor the conveniences provided by an all-inclusive resort. To a tourist, “Discovery” is only a channel. Since they’ve worked so hard to buy this trip, they’re looking to do anything but work during their stay. A typical tourist’s itinerary is as follows: Eat, drink, sleep, repeat, and they couldn’t be happier.

“Which is Better?”


  • If you wish to explore, date a traveler.
  • If you wish to relax, date a tourist.

Means vs. Comfort

Travelers are the embodiment of minimalism. They never fall short from shortcomings, and deprivation is their motivation. Ironically enough, money is the last thing stopping them from backpacking across an entire continent.

A traveler’s resourcefulness allows them to explore more of the world with as little as possible. In turn, they tend to be more cultured than tourists. So if you grew up with a silver spoon in your mouth, then this penny-wise approach to travel dating may leave a bad taste.

Unlike their wanderlusting counterparts, tourists generally travel for no more than a week. But boy, do they make the most of it. When dating a tourist, expect your trip to be much more extravagant and comfortable. Tourists will book popular excursions, buy the most extravagant meals, and will likely raid the gift shop. While lavish, these trips are very predictable, and leave little room for imagination.

“Which is Better?”


  • If you seek independence, date a traveler.
  • If you seek luxury, date a tourist.

“How do I distinguish travelers from tourists?”

A traveler’s profile will include photos of more adventurous activities such as zip-lining, rock climbing, hiking, etc. Their descriptions are the essence of wanderlust: yearning to learn through travel.

A tourist’s profile defines R&R: pictures beaches and pools, descriptions of lavish restaurants, cruise ships, commercial destinations, etc. They often describe trips as “vacations” and tend to have a planned itinerary unlike a traveler.

“Who is right for me?”

Ultimately, there is no set definition for a perfect travel date. One suitor seeks wanderlust, while the other seeks opulence. If you wish to explore yourself as much as the world, then a traveler is your best match. But if an escape from effort is your ideal getaway, then opt for a tourist.

Whichever generous member you choose, one thing holds true: Pay attention to your guy as much as your getaway, and you’ll experience travel-bliss.

Would you rather date a Traveler or a Tourist? Why?

What type of MissTravel member are you?

5 Responses to “Do you Complement a Traveler or a Tourist?”

  1. Leroy Velasquez says:

    All personalities and perspectives are welcome on this blog, while personal attacks and name calling are not. It’s inevitable that there will be disagreements, but let’s handle it as mature adults with class to keep the dialog constructive and respectful. Please refer to the “Blog Etiquette” section for more details. Now comment away and let’s enjoy the blog!

  2. Cap says:

    What if you’re both? I am flexible and love backpacking, but have no problem in a nice hotel enjoying myself on the luxury end of things.

  3. NordicTall says:

    I am a Traveler for sure ! I prefer meeting the locals and not going on “tours” or meeting only people who speak English. I love adventure and engaging in the unusual instead of the average. I have lots of stories of experiences to back that. I enjoy showing others how to explore new things. And I love teaching new languages to someone.

  4. Miss Judy says:

    I agree with your two versions of traveler vs. tourist. I am a traveler and have been since I was 19. Then at 30 got married and raised a child. My husband died 6 years ago (sudden heart attack the day before our 20th anniversary at age 48). I “travelled” to Australia for 3 times afterwards. I had done my last trip prior to getting married; 6 months cycling New Zealand and Tasmania then ditching the bikes and hitchhiking straight from Melborne to Darwin onto Cairns and down to Sydney. My friend and i sailed on several yachts for a month in Cairns enjoying the Great Barrier reef. The last 3 trips were to run away from the pain of losing my husband; staying with friends and relatives. I was neither a tourist or a traveller. Prior to that I spent all of my 20’s traveling either by bicycle touring, sailing, hitch hiking and camping/hiking. I’d like to continue travel to places I didn’t live (Western Samoa for a year) New Zealand for 6 months and Mexico for 6 months) or visit, but as a partner/friend that doesn’t include or presume sexual benefits. To me, that’s selling myself. There are men who would like a companion that doesn’t require sexual benefits and I wonder if this is the site to consider. How about one for attractive, intelligent women with morals and standards that like adventure?(And aren’t youngsters still in their prime).

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