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Go ahead and be a tourist!

There’s a lot of fear of being labeled a “tourist” in the travel community. But what is a tourist, anyway? How is it different from a traveller? I’ve heard people describe a traveler as someone who “remains unseen” as the traverse the roads of foreign cities like a local, leaving no impact. A tourist, on the other hand, is described as someone culturally ignorant, who hits all the tourist sites and brings home a superficial experience.