Tourist vs. Traveler

The words “tourist” and “traveler” are not interchangeable. If you travel or want to travel, you probably have an ideal plan of how you want to see your destination. Maybe an all-expenses-paid tour? A food-focused trip? A DIY meandering? Each word defines a certain way of traveling, and they’re not the same. A couple of weeks ago (on my most recent travel), I had just seated myself at the table for the evening’s fine dining experience after exchanging greetings with...
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Character Study: Tourist vs. Inhabitant

“Ciao, Bella.” Here he was again. The handbag-street-seller. As soon as the Venice police came into view, the bags were swept away, and Handbag-Man sashayed out of the square. But minutes later, he’d be back, talking to me. “Do you live here?” Handbag-Man stood over me where I lounged on a bench built into the front of one of the many Venice churches. I laughed, wondering if he was flattering me or if he was serious. He seemed serious. “No,...
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Awakening in Venice

I traveled to Italy solo this weekend. On the 10-hour night train back to Austria, I shared my seating compartment with 4 guys (on the train to Italy it had been 4 stinky men but these guys didn’t smell). We swapped travel stories. One of the young Turkish guys traveling with his buddies asked me, “Don’t you get tired of traveling by yourself?” “It’s okay, but sometimes I’m scared.” My immediate response jumbled out of my mouth, and in that...
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