foods; however, if someone wants to travel in a different fashion, is that a big deal? Travel is about being open-minded, so shouldn’t we be accepting of other people who don’t explore in the same fashion we do? It’s as if an adventure traveler judged a luxury traveler just for being different. Travel should be about experiencing a place the way you want to. That’s the beauty of it, it’s selfishly wonderful. It’s about indulging your interests and curiosities, whether that means taking part in a cultural festival in China and trying guinea pig in Ecuador, or eating at a McDonalds in Italy and doing silly poses in front of statues. I would also like to point out that many times, it’s the “open-minded travelers” making these distinctions. I’d be surprised if the “tourists” were insulting themselves. If travelers are supposed to be so accepting of everyone, why does there need to be such a differentiation between those who go local, and those who simply want to snap photos of a new place? Many people may not realize it, but they fall into both categories. Are you going to say travelers don’t take myriad photos of touristy sites like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York? I’d bet a few jumping shots get into their camera roll, as well. And I’m sure there have been a few “tourists” who’ve tried some kind of adventurous food, or befriended a local in a dive bar. Instead of defining each other, let’s enlighten and inspire each other to travel and experience new things, no matter the method. What’s your opinion on tourists vs travelers?
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