You may use the words “tourist” and “traveler” as a synonym, but some people see a difference. Mostly in the way how someone experiences their journey. Get most out of your next trip by knowing if you are more of a traveler or a tourist!
Tourists are said to be easily spotted by locals. Look for the one with the camera or the selfie stick, taking photos of everything. It’s said that the typical tourist likes to sightsee the top spots of a city or region, to then post it on their Facebook – it’s important that their friends know that they’ve been to that destination. A tourist might also be perfectly happy just lying at the beach in their vacation. The goal is to cross of a destination from the bucket list.
Travelers on the other hand like to immerse in the local culture, interact with locals, and try to pick up some words of the language. They are prone to explore less traveled areas and like to have time to wander. The goal is to make new experiences and learn new things.
By no means, one is better than the other – travel means different things to different people. For some to spend a week at an all-inclusive resort is a dream come true, while for others snuggling up in their sleeping bag in a hut in the middle of the jungle is what they long for.
But you can become a better tourist by trying to blend in a bit more with the locals and maybe ask them for places to see. You might discover a new favorite spot that’s in no guide book! To become a better traveler, you should not avoid all the touristic hot spots. After all, there’s a reason why they are so popular.
Most of us are a bit of both. And the Riviera Maya makes it easy to be a tourist and a traveler simultaneously. Besides of its world-famous attractions like Tulum or Xcaret, the Riviera Maya hosts many sites worth visiting off the beaten path too. You can totally be a tourist on one day, snapping a photo of yourself smiling at your Facebook friends from Chichen Itza or enjoy yourself at Xcaret. And on the next day of your vacation you explore Playa del Carmen beyond the 5th Avenue, eat fresh fish at El Pirata, and learn how to swear in Spanish meeting locals at Punta Esmeralda.
The point is to have a good time on your vacation in Playa del Carmen!