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